At 800 feet elevation on the Northwest side of Hussey Hill in Acton, Maine, one can see the Salmon Falls River and Mount Washington as the sun sets late into the evening. This gorgeous ending of the day was the inspiration that Gavin Maloney had behind the naming the property Late Light Farm. This is the piece of land Gavin grew up on, which has been a homestead for the past 25 years.
Linda Grecco met Gavin after she moved to Maine from New Jersey in 2010 to attend the College of the Atlantic to study Human Ecology, the sole major of the COA. The focus of Human Ecology Linda described as learning to “live in a way that doesn’t hurt others” and examining and reflecting on the relationship between humans and the earth.
This connection and respect for what the earth produces is evident when Linda talks about farming, an occupation she describes as a “worthwhile pursuit to be able to grow our own food and medicine,” which the two have been doing together for the past few years. Late Light Farms grows and sells an assortment of vegetables and herbs including beets, kale, Swiss chard, chocolate mint, dill, basil, cilantro, yarrow, lemon balm and more. Linda is knowledgeable about the medicinal properties of the herbs she sells, such as how the plant colt’s foot is associated with the lungs and helps to relieve coughs and colds. A selection of dried herbs is also sold by Late Light to be used to make teas.
Produce is not the only item sold at Late Light’s farm stall at the market, but also beautiful hand woven dream catchers made with feathers from birds such as ducks, pheasants, and wild roughed grouses, and hemp braided jewelry, all made by Linda. Fine-looking wooden toys, durable due to the craftsmanship and the sugar maple wood they are carved from, are also sold at Late Light Farm’s market booth. Gavin and Linda’s neighbor, Wesley Ham, creates these toys.
Not being able to resist the selection of herbs, however, I was able to pickup a few bundles, including dill. The dill was a key ingredient in the tzatziki recipe I made, a traditional Greek cucumber dip recipe made with dill, mint, and yogurt that I served with sliced pita and veggie sticks. (The recipe is attached below). Made with McKenzie’s Farm cucumbers, this was the perfect refreshing dish after a hot and humid day spent outside.
Late Light Farm also has other suggestions of ways on how to use their herbs and prepare their veggies, such as making sun teas. With Gavin and Linda’s array of goods, stunning market stall, and plant knowledge to be gained, Late Light is a unique gem at the Somersworth Farmers’ Market (Thursdays from 3:00-6:00 pm) and the Sanford Farmers’ Markets (Wednesdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm).