Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn and welcome to summer in Maine!  'Tis the season for long leisurely walks at Popham Beach and Reid State Park, for stuffing oneself on strawberry shortcake and blueberry pie, for eating steamed lobsters and clams dripping in sweet butter, and for soaking up the lovely sunshine.  We've had great weather thus far and there's lots going on.  The Yarmouth Clam Festival and Rockland's Lobster Festival are coming right up, LLBean's Summer in the Park is going full bore with excellent free concerts in their Saturday night line-up (they begin at 7:30, bring a lawn chair) along
Two beautiful four legged therapy dog guests.
with loads of fun activities, including the upcoming Dog Days of August and DockDogs competition,the annual fundraiser for the Brunswick Coastal Humane Society.  Speaking of which, those of you who stay with us with your furry friends have raised a total of $22,472. to help homeless pets find forever homes. Wow!  Thank you!  That $25. pet charge you pay has made a huge difference to a lot of cats and dogs.

Maine has some of the best agricultural fairs in the nation, in the most beautiful of settings.  Check out the  fair schedule for the latest news and information.  Sunday, July 22 is Open Farm Day in Maine.  The  Maine Farmland Trust is a wonderful organization that's growing the future for farming here in Maine.   Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment is just a few miles from the inn and what a beautiful place to spend a few hours visiting the farm animals, walking the trails and attending educational seminars.

Speaking of local farms and farmers, many of you know that our talented chefs use these locally sourced and harvested foods to create the menus here at
Chef Robert "Beau" Byrne.
the inn, and we'd like you to meet the newest addition to the Maine Harvest and
Broad Arrow Tavern team.  Robert "Beau" Bryne was the executive chef at Tiqa and worked with David Turin at David's Restaurant in Portland, Maine. We think you'll enjoy the unique flair he's bringing to our venue.  Try his coffee marinated steak tips, they're melt-in-your-
Chef Danny Thompson.
mouth tender and don't taste at all like coffee (something I don't understand).  We're very fortunate to have a host of great chefs, including Danny Thompson and Aaron Clark, who work together to create such delicious meals for our guests.  Our menus change seasonally and we offer
Chef Aaron Clark.
nightly specials, as well, so there's always something new to tempt the palate.  One of the challenges of integrating fresh seafood into our menus is striving to utilize locally harvested and sustainable fish stocks and our chefs do a great job with this.  The other challenge is working in such close quarters on a really busy night, so it's a very good thing they all get along so well. How they orchestrate the timely preparation and presentation of all those meals at the same time is something that amazes me even after all these years of watching them make it happen.  It's like a magic show only better, because you get to eat the magic they make at the end of the show.  Our Maine Harvest and the Broad Arrow Tavern are both open to the public and the Maine Harvest serves an award winning Sunday Brunch, as well.  

Recipe of the Month:  
Sharon's Blueberry Pie
Blueberries are just starting to ripen here, and Maine wild blueberries are the BEST.  This is the same pie we serve here at the inn, to rave reviews:
8 C Maine wild blueberries (Wyman's frozen will work)
5 TB quick cooking Tapioca (less if you like a juicy pie)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix filling together, pour in pie shell and top with another crust, crimp edges, sprinkle top with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake 350 for one hour and 20 minutes or until center of pie bubbles and crust is brown.  Enjoy!
Special Offers and Upcoming Events:
*L.L.Bean Summer in the Park  
*The  Conde Naste Traveler Reader's Choice   is now open for voting. Vote for your favorite places and you could win a trip to Thailand!
* LL.Bean's Calendar of Events ; everything from kayaking, fly tying, bike maintenance, archery...and some great presentations from world adventurers. 
* Wolfe's Neck Farm  Backyard Gardener Workshops  Learn new skills and get your gardens growing
* Visit Freeport  Sales and fun happenings in town! Everything "Freeport" in one handy website.
*Wolfe's Neck Farm  A wonderful farm to visit just a few miles from the inn, right on Casco Bay and next to Wolfe's Neck State Park.
wolfes neck
*Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park There's always a selection of family oriented and educational outdoor events planned at the park, and it's just a short drive from the inn.  Beautiful wooded walking trails along the rugged shoreline of Casco Bay. 
And just when you thought I was going to forget the trivia question this month, here it is and it's an easy one: What's the oldest agricultural fair in the state of Maine? All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit.  You may redeem up to 12 at one time, a $60. value, preferably in the year they were won.  One per household, please. Be patient with my replies, there are hundreds who respond to this trivia.  If you don't respond within ten days, you must be extremely patient because you probably won't hear anything until the next newsletter goes out. Good luck!

We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you again soon!
Penny Gray
The Gray family