Salt Water Farm, Rockport Maine, Down East Magazine

Hard Opening

Last year, 170 new restaurants opened in Maine. Statistically, more than a quarter of them won’t make it through their first year. This is the story of one that did — restaurateur Annemarie Ahearn’s ambitious Salt Water Farm — and of what it took to get there: bruised egos, broken friendships, and tough lessons about what Mainers want.


Best of Maine: Eating 2012

A menu of the state’s best cupcakes, pretzels, fried fish, Eritrean food, and lacto-fermented sauerkraut. Photograph by Mark Fleming   Suppose you were having…