May brings familiar signs of spring: green grass, chirping of summer birds and fragrant flowers blooming encouraging us to plant our gardens and spruce up our homes.
B & F Veggies ( as it is affectionately known) is ready to help.
B & F is a quirky " Noble Blue" little fruit,veggie & seafood shop located on the right as you round the curve at 327 China Road in Winslow when leaving town. Its appearance changes with the seasons, showcasing the bountiful offerings of the day.
B & F Veggies was founded by Frank Kent. He began selling fresh fruits and veggies as a seasonal business over a quarter century ago. Everyone knew and loved Frank! He added the seafood department offering fresh Maine harvested fish, clams and lobster. Staff continues travels to the coast daily to assure the locals the freshest seafood possible.
Approximately eight years ago the opportunity came along for Frank's daughter Teddi and son in law Mark Blakney to buy the business. Polly, Frank's daughter and long time gal Friday, came along too. She knows how to coordinate the incoming produce, flowers, and lobster orders and create a schedule to get the work done. No day is the same and keeping customers happy is one of her special talents!
Mark is the man with the long term plan. He has created a vision to use the whole property. He's built a new building for faster organizing produce and work space for wreath and garland making equipment. Mark has added on and updated the front display rooms, making it cleaner and easier for customers to enter and choose their items, pay, and exit quickly in this time of covid.
May brings the flowers, hanging baskets, six packs of veggies to plant in our own garden and lots of Mother's Day gifts. Let's not forget "Lobsta" for Mom's special day.
You can buy it fresh by the pound, cooked and clear lobster meat ready to eat. A phone call will assure your order will be ready upon your arrival. You can ship lobster overnight to your family and friends across the country.
May also finds the staff doing double duty. Time to plant the gardens!!!!
Staff takes their turn nourishing the six acres of cukes, tomatoes, lettuce, green and wax beans, summer squash, coussa, spinach, potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash and zucchini and so much more!
June and July brings "Native Strawberries" juicy red inside and out. Sweet mouth watering strawberries, welcome in the Fourth of July weekend.
B & F creates the opportunity for the perfect back porch summer supper. Freshly grilled salmon, sweet baby peas, a summer salad and a yummy strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream will satisfy your taste buds and create family memories of the perfect Maine meal!
August and September offer fresh corn by the bag full! Staff peel thousands of ears making it easier to cook. Fall flowers, pumpkins, winter squash, decorative gourds, corn stocks and decor fill out the season.
November and December sees the transformation of the B & F yard. The yard is readied for hundreds of Christmas Trees of all sizes, handmade wreaths, garlands and seasonal decor.
Custom order or choose from the 3ft. to 20ft. trees provided by our local foresters. Making your holidays special is B & F's mission.
B & F is open 364 days a year! Christmas being it's only down day. I asked Mark Why? He told me that holidays have always brought opportunities to bring good food to folks who may have had last minute guests or for those who are staying home and want a special meal. Mark admits he likes being his own boss, creating jobs and treating locals with kindness and friendly service. He takes pride to include Maine fisherman, specialty farmers from Friendship, Albion, Warren, China, and other Maine growers to offer "Maine's Best products"" to Central Maine.
The next time you are on the China Road in Winslow, Maine and see the "Noble Blue" shop, stop in and give your taste buds and imagination a boost. Creating nourishing colorful tasty meals with their farm to table ingredients will make your day!
B & F Veggies friendly staff are waiting to assist you in making your next meal a yummy delightful expression of what "Maine's Best Products " can deliver.
Call 207-873-4345 or see us on Facebook.