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Dining Dish: It's farmers' market season
The Cumberland Farmers' Market Association will kick off its 2011 summer season the week of May 16.
The Falmouth market will take place every Wednesday at the Walmart shopping center on Route 1 through Oct. 12. The first day will be Wednesday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m.
In Cumberland, the market will take place every Saturday through Oct. 15 starting May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cumberland Town Hall on Tuttle Road.
In Freeport, the market will start on Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Cricket Hunt School on Route 1, and from 2-5:30 p.m. at the L.L. Bean campus. Both will continue every Friday through Oct. 14.
The Portland Farmers' Market is open Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monument Square and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon.
The Scarborough Farmers' Market will begin on Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scarborough Town Hall, 259 Route 1.
The Brunswick Farmers' Market opened May 3 on The Mall in the downtown area between Park Row and Maine Street, near the gazebo. Local farmers offer their goods rain or shine Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Bath Farmers' Market is open at Waterfront Park on Commercial Street every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon through Oct. 29.
Taco Trio, 119 Ocean St. in South Portland's Knightville neighborhood, will open Monday, May 16. Owners Manuel Peña and Karen Massmussen of Portland will offer traditional Mexican food Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the former Zeta Cafe on Legion Square. They also plan to serve dinner Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
The menu includes sopas and soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a salsa bar. Customers can dine in or call 767-9055 to place take-out orders.
Asia restaurant moved across the street to 50 Mill Creek Plaza from Market Street in South Portland a few weeks ago, and Thai Taste, 435 Cottage Road, is adding India Taste to the menu.
The Well at 21 Wells Road, Cape Elizabeth, will open for its second season this month. The restaurant is on Jordan's Farm and chef Jason Williams serves fresh produce from the land and from surrounding farms Tuesday through Saturdays from 5-9 p.m.
In Portland, the City Council approved outdoor seating for Zapoteca, a Mexican restaurant at 505 Fore St. Petite Jaqueline, 190 State St., will also offer outside seating for customers during the warmer months.
Krista Kern Desjarlais, chef-owner of Bresca at 111 Middle St. in Portland did not receive the title Best Chef in the Northeast from the James Beard Foundation. Tony Maws, chef of Craigie On Main in Cambridge, Mass., won the award on Monday, May 9. Desjarlais was the only Maine chef to make it to the finals.
A new comfort food restaurant called Fresh Batch is planned in Freeport at 20 Bow St. Owner Frank Grondin expects to open by July 4 and serve fresh local ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be a full coffee bar, and gelato, ice cream and baked goods will be served daily.
Vervacious will open in Freeport at 58 Main St., where Acorn was previously located, and Lindt Chocolates will return to Freeport at Freeport Village Station between Lids and the Dairy Queen.
The grand opening of the new Bow Street Market is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, in Freeport. There will be a ribbon cutting for the School Street extension on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.
And in Falmouth, Leavitt & Sons, at 37 Depot Road, is now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.