The Belfast Farmers’ Market launches its outdoor season in Belfast from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 7. Available will be fresh greens, Maine-produced meats, cheeses, flowers and seedlings for your own spring projects.

At the market, shoppers will see some of the old favorites, like Appleton Creamery’s award-winning cheeses, Meadowsweet Farm’s tender chops, and a host of bright and fresh vegetables. Also available will be Sweet Henry’s and Gardiner’s Honey. Shoppers can round out their baskets with freshly-baked bread from Firefly Bakery and Monroe Cheese Studio’s fabulous sourdough.

The list of artisan growers is too long to give them each their due, but there are  a few new members this year. Among them are Aunt Lynn’s Kitchen, which  will appear with a line of irresistible cheesecakes and cake mixes. Also debuting at the market, Moonlight Maple Co., Port Clyde Fresh Catch and the Maine Water Buffalo Co. for some innovation.

The farmers at the market will answer questions about what it took to get their goods to market, so customers know they are getting an honest product. Many market vendors are still accepting new members to their Community Supported Agriculture programs, which could provide an excellent discount on the season’s bounty.

The Belfast Farmers’ Market was established in 1980 to provide local small growers and craftsmen with an outlet for the sale of fresh-picked produce and related agricultural products, to foster an appreciation for Maine’s rural resources and to develop sources of marketing, management and agricultural information for its members.

The Belfast Farmers’ Market functions as a nonprofit membership organization that oversees the establishment of market guidelines, sets quality standards, promotes the market, and encourages growth of the local/regional food supply. All vendors must carry necessary and appropriate licenses and insurances. Visit, for more information about market members and coming events and to sign up for the market’s e-newsletter.