May 2014 Newsletter
Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn! The summer solstice is upon us, marking the longest day of the year and the pivotal moment when, at precisely 6:51 am on June 21, the earth's axis tilt points us as directly toward the sun as we ever get here in the northern climes. From that moment on, we'll continue our orbital journey toward winter. If the planet's rotational axis was vertical, the seasons would never change and we'd never savor these precious green and golden days as much as we do now. The weather thus far has still been cool but this past winter was so long and harsh and spring was so short and cold that many gardens
here in Maine are behind schedule. When I measure the impossibly slow progress of my own garden, I have to remind myself that in early April, the ground was still covered by two feet of snow. The perennial gardens here at the inn look 'wicked good', in spite of all the seasonal challenges Mother Nature has presented us with. This is thanks in great part to our wonderful and multi talented gardener and florist, both of whom were hired and
This is the time of year when every ounce of daylight is poured into Maine's brief growing season, and there's little rest for those who make their living from the land. The farmers and fishermen who provide us with locally raised and harvested seasonal provender are hard at work from dawn to dusk, and the fruits of their labor will provide our talented chefs with the freshest of
Maine grown ingredients. We're proud to support the Maine Farmland Trustand Maine Organic Farmers and Growers. These organizations form the back bone of Maine's sustainable agriculture. As my mother is fond of saying, "No land, no farms. No farmers, no food."
Included in this newsletter are several photos courtesy of the Maine Farmland Trust, including the one of my mother and brother, highlighting the farmers and farms that help keep Maine a special place. We hope you'll join us in thanking them for their hard work.
*LLBean Summer in the Park Fourth of July Celebration and Free Summer Concert Series Check out the great schedule of events and plan to have some fun in Freeport this summer!
*Summer Menus in the Maine Harvest Dining Room and Broad Arrow Tavern are up and running. Come try some new entrees or enjoy your old favorites! Sit by the outdoor fire pit on the patio and share a glass of wine and good conversation with fellow travellers. It's just amazing the number of lasting friendships that have been forged here at the inn!
* Victoria Wyeth lecture, Friday evening, July 18th at the Harraseeket Inn . Back by popular demand, the only granddaughter of the late great artist, Andrew Wyeth, will give an hour long presentation of the legend and his art. Ms. Wyeth lectures all over the country and internationally as well. This is a dynamic presentation and slide show, highly recommended, and free of charge! Plan on an early supper and please join us at 8 pm.
Last month's trivia question asked who was Henry David Thoreau's guide on his legendary canoe trip in Maine. Joe Polis was the name of the guide whose picture was in the newsletter, but I gave a nod to Joe Attean as well. Both Joes were instrumental in guidingThoreau's adventures in the Maine woods and bringing him home safe to share his writings with the world. This month's trivia question has to do with the name of one of the farms that provides us with wonderful produce. It's called Six River Farm after which six rivers, and where do these rivers all meet? All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit, and from all the correct answers one will be drawn to win dinner for two in the Maine Harvest Dining Room or Broad Arrow Tavern. You may redeem up to 12 vouchers at one time, a value of $60., preferrably the year they were won but we are lenient that way. We realize not everyone is lucky enough to visit Maine every year.
Happy Summer Solstice, and we hope to see you soon!
The Gray family