Bumbleroot Organic Farm is a certified organic farm located in Windham, Maine, just 20 minutes from Portland. We grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs for sale at local farmers' markets and through our CSA. We also offer floral design for weddings and events.
Sunday Plant Sales in May
We'll be hosting plant sales on the farm each weekend in May from 10am - 2pm right here on the farm. We'll have many varieties of tomatoes (sungolds! heirlooms!) to choose from, 4-packs of your favorite organic greens (spinach, kale, etc.), herb and flower seedlings, and more. Come find plants for your garden, check out what's growing in our fields, and take a walk around the farm! If you can't make it on Mother's Day we'll be open for business every Sunday in May from 10am-2pm. Hope to see you!
Farmland Access Event
The Southern Maine chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition will be hosting a Farmland Access and Farm Financing event at Bumbleroot on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00pm. Panelists from Maine Farmland Trust, Coastal Enterprises Inc, Land for Good, and local farms will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers in Maine. This event is open to the public and we welcome you to come learn about the abundance of resources available to farmers in our state!
Bumbleroot Receives Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award
We're honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Maine's Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2018. Bumbleroot was nominated by Sarah Guerette, Program Director at the Southern Maine Women's Business Center and an advisor to us through the process of writing our business plan. We're proud to be a part of the strong agricultural community here in Maine and we wouldn't be where we are today without our amazing customers and support from our friends at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Farmland Trust, and Coastal Enterprises Inc. We hope to continue growing our business and providing healthy food for our community for many years to come!
We're so excited to share that two of Bumbleroot's owners, Jeff and Abby Fisher, brought their first child into the world on Monday, March 12, 2018. Josephine Bess Fisher is a beauty and she's gaining those ounces like a champ! She arrived just in time to welcome spring and is looking forward to her first season on the farm. Just a few short years before she joins the field crew. Welcome to the world, Josephine. We love you!
Outstanding in the Field
On Tuesday, August 28th Bumbleroot will be hosting Outstanding in the Field, a pop-up dinner set in the field and shared by over 120 food lovers. Guests (and the Bumbleroot farmers!) will enjoy a meal prepared by Portland, Maine chefs Damian Sansonneti and Ilma Lopez, using many of the vegetables and herbs grown right here on the farm. There will be a farm tour, cocktail hour, and multi-course meal - a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of summer in Maine. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased here. We hope to see you at the table!
CSA sold out for 2018!
Our 20 week vegetable CSA begins in June and goes through Mid-October. Each week our members receive a share of Bumbleroot's harvest, usually between 6-8 different types of vegetables including greens, roots, alliums, herbs and fruiting veggies. We have two different sizes to choose from and pick-ups take place at our farm in Windham or at our off-farm pick-up sites in Portland. We are sold out of both our vegetable and flower shares for the 2018 season, but encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waiting list and be the first to know when our CSA goes on sale next year!
Floral Design & DIY Flower Buckets for Maine Weddings
Bumbleroot offers full floral design services and DIY flower buckets for weddings and events from June through September. We have a simple, natural style with a focus on the flowers and foliage that are in season here on our farm. We are currently booking for 2018 and are happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation. Please email Melissa at email@example.com to start the process!
2017: First Year on Our New Farm
2017 was our first full year living and working on our farm in Windham after two seasons getting our business started on leased farmland in Buxton. With the help of Maine Farmland Trust , we purchased our farm from the Weeks family who lived on this land for generations. We're honored to continue the legacy of family farming here in Windham, and feel so lucky to have found such a beautiful property so close to Portland. We are in the process of building the new infrastructure we need to operate our vegetable and flower business, including walk-in coolers, a packing shed, and high tunnels for winter production. Spring is right around the corner and we're excited to see what next year has in store for Bumbleroot!
In 2017 we had just under 5 acres in certified organic vegetable and flower production. We attended 3 farmers' markets (in Portland, Saco, and Kittery), supplied 20 weeks of veggies to 80 families through our CSA program, and worked with over 15 restaurants in the Greater Portland area. We also expanded our cut flower operation, donated hundreds of pounds of vegetables to My Place Teen Center in Westbrook and Wayside Food Programs, and hosted three local high schoolers on the farm for their senior projects in the spring. None of it would have been possible without our first employees (thanks Nikki and Ellen!), and our hard-working volunteers. Thanks for helping make our first season on the new farm a success!
The photos above were taken by Mat Trogner at a beautiful sunset meal put on by Allagash Brewing Company at Bumbleroot Organic Farm in August. It was an absolute pleasure to take a break from farm work and enjoy Bumbleroot-grown veggies prepared by the talented chef (and Allagash brewer) Sean Ellsworth. At tables set up in the flower field, we watched the sun set and the full moon rise as we savored the beauty and bounty of summer in Maine.
Proud to be
We are committed to using sustainable farming practices to improve the health of our soil and the integrity of our land. By using only organic fertilizers and soil amendments, planting organic seeds whenever available, cover cropping our fields, and rotating our crop plantings, we have held to MOFGA's (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) organic standards. They have granted us our certification and we're proud to call our vegetables, flowers, and herbs organic.
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Find us on Instagram @bumblerootorganicfarm for daily updates about what's happening on the farm. This is the best way to see the Bumbleroot team in action in the field and get all the behind-the-scenes insight into what we're up to on a daily basis.
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