Foodies are always looking for unique and high-value food items, especially those made from scratch with local ingredients, with local effort and sold at local shops.

Local Market & CafО

148 Maine St., 729-1328

Sharon Smiley and Sylvia Wyler have created a happy place on Maine Street. A deli case filled with a festival of colorful, fresh, crisp salads and entrees. Cheeses and charcuterie from Maine and beyond, homemade dips and pastries, crusty breads from Standard Baking Co. in Portland and a bountiful array of wines, beers, coffees, teas, spices and jams will delight the food adventurous. 

There are shelves and tables laden with food prep tools and enhancements, cookbooks, even a leather knife sheath made by hand in Topsham. Sharon and Sylvia host public to special tastings of wine and house made delicacies during the Second Friday Brunswick! event from 4-6 p.m. “It’s free and fun — bring a friend.”

More to seek out in Brunswick

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars

90 Maine St, 406-4957

Extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars

Gelato Fiasco

74 Maine St, 607-4002

Made in Brunswick using the practices and techniques of the old masters of gelato

Maine Streets Sweets & Gifts

56 Maine St, 837-6595

A nostalgic candy and gift shop

Morning Glory Natural Foods

60 Maine St, 729-0546

Natural food store specializing in local and organically grown foods

Smiley’s Ice Cream Shoppe

210 Maine St., 577-6009

All hard-serve and soft-serve homemade

Union Street Bakery

40 Union St, 844-1400

Homemade baked goods, breads, salads, soups in a homey cafe

Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections

143 Maine St., 729-4462

Confections made in their Freeport Chocolate Factory

Wildflours Gluten-free Bakery

54 Cumberland St., 725-7973

Large selection of all gluten-free baked goods

Wild Oats Bakery & Café

149 Maine St., 725-6287

From scratch baked goods, soups, breads, quiches

Next week: Farm to farm at their own tables

Sande Updegraph is a Coastal Journal contributor who writes about food and beverage news. She is a former wine store owner, caterer, and food and wine reviewer. She can be reached at:

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