Healthy Dining in Freeport with Kids

Note: The Fresh Batch cafe is closed. The Freeport Public Market is now in it’s place. If you go Kamasouptra and Peachy’s Smoothie Cafe are definitely worth trying, and perfect for families looking for something simple, quick and satisfying. While the Cedar Works play set is no longer on site, the interior is much the same.  The team visited The …

York, Maine Summer Food Favorites

We’re so fortunate to have readers like you. All of your suggestions for favorite local getaways were wonderful. Thank you! Congratulations goes to Sandy Abbott, who returns to York with her loved ones every year: My family goes to York Beach every summer for a long weekend. My grandparents lived there, and when they died, we continued to take our …

The Mosquito Ice Cream Shop

The team at Cute Potato likes to think we are ice cream connoisseurs. We have our favorite stands, but any chance we get, the CP family enjoys trying new places. We were so glad to have discovered the Mosquito in Raymond. First, who can resist the fun name? Co-owner Travis McClellan says he named the shop after a whimsical gift …

Opening Day: Mainely Custard

When your neighborhood ice cream stand opens for the season, it’s worth visiting, no matter what the weather. Even though it was a little breezy outside, the team was determined to visit Freeport’s Mainely Custard on opening day. Black Raspberry was today’s flavor, but the kids are traditionalists. CP#1 chose a scoop of chocolate custard on a sugar cone, and …

Local Sprouts Cafe

Note: The Bomb Diggity Bakery is currently located in Windham.  On Sunday, the team met friends for brunch at Local Sprouts Café in Portland. MP had heard good things from a trusted friend and was thrilled to find he was right. The community supported, teaching kitchen aims to connect its members—as well as the general public—to seasonal, local food. Upon …

Wildflours Gluten-Free Bakery

We’re sad to note: Wildflours Bakery is no longer at this location due to fire. However, you can find their yummy treats at restaurants and markets throughout the state. Visit their Facebook page for details.  Update 2016: Wildflours is rebuilding in Brunswick, according to The Forecaster. It’s no secret that the Cute Potato team loves to bake. Our favorites? Classic …

Congdon’s Doughnuts

There’s no denying it: the team at Cute Potato clearly has a thing for homemade donuts. Over the past year, we’ve highlighted our favorites, including made to order donuts at the French Press in Westbrook, as well as the unique flavors available at the Kennebec Café in Fairfield. Rounding out our donut stop du jour is the fabulously old school …

Farmers Fare

Note: Farmers Fare closed in June 2011. Belfast-based designer, Patricia Shea, who writes the fun dessert lover’s blog, Pattern Patisserie, sent a glowing email about Farmer’s Fare in Rockport—a market/eatery featuring locally grown produce, Maine cheeses, coffees, spices and specialty food items. Not long ago, MP decided to stop in for a much needed caffeine fix and a treat for …

Ocean Park Soda Fountain

Not long ago, the team ventured to Ocean Park—also known as the quieter side of Old Orchard Beach. We loved exploring the wide, sandy beach, but what really interested us was the Ocean Park Soda Fountain, complete with heart-shaped chairs, wooden booths and pinstripe valances on the windows. It’s not unusual to find a line out the door, but the …

Peanut Butter & Jelly Time

Note: We were disappointed to learn Peanut Butter & Jelly Time closed in April 2011. However, word on the street is that owner Steve Miner might be back with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Time stand outdoors. Here’s hoping!  Every once and awhile, Team Cute Potato will discover something so perfect for kids and families, we’ll wonder, why didn’t we …