Located about halfway between Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, the scenic seaside town of Kittery, Maine, is a convenient stop for travelers in New England. For tourists, there are a handful of historic forts to visit and nice beaches to wander. The area’s ties to the sea are evident not only in the many boating options around the town, but also in the gateway to the immense Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that has been in operation for over 200 years.
The stretch of Route 1 as it passes Kittery is renowned throughout the region as a great outlet shopping destination. Additionally, over the last several years the downtown area (often referred to as “Kittery Foreside”) has been reinvented as an artsy, boutique-lined town center, with lots of shopping and excellent dining.
One of Kittery’s finest and most unique shopping experiences is the Kittery Community Market. This great little weekly bazaar showcases products from dozens of local vendors. A huge array of locally sourced items are for sale here, including fresh produce, baked goods, pottery, canned goods, fabrics, honey, soaps, beer, and much more.
In addition to the excellent shopping, visitors to Kittery Community Market also get to enjoy live music by area talent. This summer has seen performances by several artists, including folk musician Sarah Nelson; guitarist Sam Southworth; and Wayne Read, inventor of the Xharp. Aside from the music, there are often also displays from local organizations introducing guests to their efforts in education, conservation, medicine, and other issues.
During the summertime, from late May until early October, Kittery Community Market is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM, so visitors should plan accordingly. Don’t worry, though, if your travels don’t take you through the area in the summer. The Market is also open every other week during the winter months, so there are even a few opportunities to check out it out in time for the holiday season!