Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Morse, Moody and a Little Red Schoolhouse

For the month of August we are roosting along Route 1 in Warren, Maine. We are a stone’s throw from Rockland, Rockport, and Camden (and within spitting distance of the Maine State Penitentiary). Our little town provides us with a great launching point to see lighthouses, harbors, museums, and state parks. Naturally, when we come to a new area we check out the food first. Between Warren and the neighboring town of Waldoboro, we have found some great food finds that make it to our list of “must see, do, eat” when in Maine.

Morse’s Sauerkraut (yes, their official name actually has “sauerkraut” in it) is a step into Bavarian that has you looking to see if your waitresses name is “Helga” and there is a hofbraĆ¼haus next door. Morse’s is an easy place to miss from the outside but really hard to leave when you are inside. It is half restaurant, half gourmet shop and deli. The restaurant is small and dark with six booths tucked into the wall. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch/diner fare until 4:00 pm. The menu is filled with authentic German dishes ranging from house-made pickles and borsht to schnitzel and goulash with every kind of “wurst” possible in between. (For you non-Germans or those of you who have never been to a baseball stadium, “wurst” are sausages) The adjacent gourmet shop features a selection of European goods that reminds me of the corner store when I lived in Belgium. We came for the sauerbraten, sauerkraut, bratwurst, Rueben sandwich, potato pancakes, and spaetzle. We had all that in our bellies and still bought bags full of German goodies (including more home-made sauerkraut, spaetzle, and wursts). The place has been making sauerkraut since 1918 and I think they got it right!


Waldoboro’s most famous eating establishment is Moody’s Diner, perched right along Route 1. The Moody’s tradition of good home style food dates back to 1934. As with any great American diner, there are daily specials that include turkey pot pie, meatloaf, pot roast, turkey and gravy all of which are competing against other culinary delights like grilled cheese with tomato and hot dogs. Don’t expect a fancy dining  establishment because that is not what Moody’s is known for. Instead, it is their home cooking comfort diner food and PIES! The diner is serious about their pies and is proudly decorated with signs that says “Pie Fixes Everything.” Homemade pies come in many flavors like lemon meringue, coconut cream, four-berry, strawberry-rhubarb, and the ever-popular blueberry. Did I forget to mention whoopie pie? We suggest coming at an off time because Moody’s has a tremendous lure on tourists and a steady stream of locals all vying for a coveted table or seat at the counter. Come hungry and start with desert.

Lemon meringue pie.

Diner food at its best - turkey pot pie,
potato salad, and macaroni salad.
For the two weeks now we have passed a sign for “Beth’s Farm Market." We decided to take the winding road that was slightly out of our way to see what Beth’s had in store for us. The corner stand was much larger than most and full of brightly colored flowers, sweet smelling pies, and freshly harvested produce. Beth’s actually sold lobster and oysters which were a new farm stand item to us. We munched on a deliciously sweet blueberry crisp while perusing the store. The produce was much higher in price than other stands but the displays and selection were great.

But the most visited food establishment for us has been the Old Schoolhouse Farm stand. Only a mile and a half from our RV park is an old red wooden 1850’s schoolhouse that has the best produce, bread, cheese, and pies we have laid teeth to. When I say we go every day, I am not exaggerating! The prices are low enough to make you feel guilty, the corn is so sweet you want to cry, the zucchini is bigger than my shoe, and the pies are better than grandmas. A black dog greets you at the door and if you’re lucky he will move; otherwise, it is your job to side-step him because he thinks he is the owner! This is a true farm stand that is surrounded by acres of fertile fields and farm equipment. There is no mistake about where the baskets full of produce came from. When you pull into the parking lot, you are greeted by big black cows feeding on yesterday’s produce that didn’t sell. When an item is out, it is out. If you walk along side of the farm stand, you will see employees scrubbing potatoes fresh from the earth. We have been dying for a summer peach pie. But the pies will only be baked when the farmer says the peaches are ready to be picked. We check back every day!
Our favorite farm stand.
 

Fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread, pies...flowers....etc.
Morse's Sauerkraut only has a handful of these intimate little booths.
Morse's "Euro Deli" is a goldmine!

We usually pack a cooler so we can bring home all the good stuff.

More yummy treats at Morse's.


Beth's Farm Market not only has oysters, but cooking instructions. 


Blueberry crisp - big enough to share.
Garlic drying in the greenhouse.
"Pie Fixes Everything" (except fitting into those skinny jeans).


4 comments:

  1. What great food explorers you are! I bet that you could come to my area and find places to eat that I had never heard of before.

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  2. Sounds like great fun. Looking at all those pictures of tasty looking food made me hungry.

    Denise

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  3. I have to stop reading your blog, I'm putting on too much weight. Those virtual calories really stick! ;c)

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