Momo’s Cheesecakes works on the honor system at their roadside ‘stand’ (in the garage). Photo courtesy of Momo’s Cheesecakes

Who doesn’t love driving along and stumbling across an amazing roadside food stand? While good old lemonade stands have mostly gone the way of cassette tapes and Napster, roadside food stands are having a revival and can still be found peppered all around our island and surrounding community. Many of these stands are seasonal, but some serve tasty treats all year long. We’ve listed some of our favorites below. Please add updates or you own favorite stop in the comments section!

On MDI

Bella Moo’s Jams and Jellies at 20 Long Pond Rd in Southwest Harbor sells a variety of jams and jellies on a little stand at the end of a driveway. Bella Moo’s sells homemade blueberry, raspberry and strawberry jam in two different sizes. Like many of our favorite roadside stands, it runs on the honor system. Stop by seven days a week (depending on weather) from 9-6pm between Memorial Day and mid-October. Learn where their name came from, and find updates and photos on their Facebook page.

Saltmeadow Farm is a small roadside take-out shack featuring bread, pastries, subs and artisan pizza that are made from scratch daily. The view overlooking the marsh in Bass Harbor can’t be beat. This seasonal business is located at 221 Tremont Road in Bass Harbor, and is open between 11am and 6pm. Visit their Facebook page for daily specials or call first to get your pizza started and confirm open hours and days.


Islandbound Treats is a Southwest Harbor institution. Located on Main Street, right before you enter downtown, what was once a kitchen-door operation is now run from a cute little yellow building on the same property. Mary sells three classic pies- blueberry, triple berry, and strawberry rhubarb, daily from 9:30am until they are sold out. Islandbound Treats may specialize in pie, but you can also find whoopie pies, cookies, or other sweet treats. Find them on Facebook and Instagram, and fill up between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

There is something extra special about scoring a coveted pie from the weekly sale at the Somesville Union Church Meeting House in July and August. Perhaps it is because these pies are only available for a few hours, a few months of the year; perhaps it is some secret ingredient; perhaps it is the ritual. Whatever the secret, you should make it a point to stand in line one Wednesday at noon (until they run out, but that may be just ½ hr later) for a wonderful selection of pies and quiches. The YWCA MDI also sells pies weekly through the summer in downtown Bar Harbor.


Nearby

If you love cheesecake, you will be obsessed with Momo’s Cheesecakes. Although Momo’s isn’t technically on MDI (it is in Ellsworth at 471 Main Street), it is such a gem we just had to add it to our list. Momo’s Cheesecakes is operated out of Momo’s garage, and is open 24/7. Just walk in, select a slice from almost 30 flavors of cheesecake, and leave your payment in the box. You can also order whole cakes, which are made to order. Find Momo’s on Facebook to see photos of their treats and definitely plan a stop next time you are in Ellsworth.

A visit to Seal Cove Farm means heading out to 202 Partridge Cove Rd in Lamoine, but the drive is nice and the trip is worth it! They specialize in goat cheese, made right on their farm from their herd of adorable goats. If a goat farm and yummy cheese aren’t enough, they run a roadside pizza stand on weekends starting in late June and closing Indigenous Peoples Day weekend. They are open for cheese Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon-5pm and pizza’s are made Friday and Saturday from noon to 7pm and Sundays from 12-5pm. from the end of June through Indiginous People’s Day in October. Visit their website and Facebook.

Did we miss any of your favorite stops? Mention them in the comment section below.


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