Salt Water Farm is a recreational cooking school and farm located on the coast in Lincolnville, Maine. It was founded on the principle that life is celebrated around the table, with plates of nourishing food and good friends. The business is family-owned and operated on an old sheep farm that looks over the Penobscot Bay.
Our cooking classes explore fundamental skills in the kitchen and in our gardens, emphasizing the pleasure that comes from harvesting food from your own backyard. Our focus is to honor traditional methods of cooking, from baking a loaf of naturally leavened bread, to making the perfect blueberry pie, to putting up fruits and vegetables for winter. We guide students through simple knife and butchery techniques, cooking over a wood fire, and foraging for wild edibles along Maine’s rich seashore. All of our classes end in a communal feast around our farmhouse table.
The cooking school resides in an antique post & beam barn at the foot of the Camden Hills. The kitchen is fully equipped with a wood-burning brick oven, an open hearth for spit roasting and state-of-the-art appliances. An outdoor kitchen provides a wood burning grill, lobster burners, and a smoker for meat and fish. A cascading vegetable garden with more than 100 seed varieties runs through the fields, providing stock for the kitchen. A chicken coup beside the barn houses 12 laying hens, and beside it is a bee hive, laden with honey.
The space is designed around the concept of a summer kitchen. Native to the North, these kitchens are set away from the house, near the garden. They are a place where vegetables are gathered on tabletops, summer berries are preserved for the fruitless months of winter, loaves of bread are baked and set to rest, fish are filleted and smoked, tomatoes are left to warm in the sun, and where a chef is free to cook as he or she pleases, undisturbed.
**Note: The Farm is not open to the public. For a visit, please make an appointment by emailing email@example.com**