A life made on the farm
In the spring of 1990 we built a small farm stand on our 25 acre farm along the Messalonskee River. Our intention was to sell fresh vegetables and live entirely off the land, all while providing access to great produce for our community.
At the time, we both worked good jobs that paid us well. But the added security felt hardly worth the sacrifice of spending time away from our budding family. Plus, we wanted to run a business that we truly believed in — a place to call our own. With a two year old son and a daughter on the way, we took a leap of faith in the hopes of making Riverside Farm a viable lifestyle and business.
Shortly after opening we realized there was demand for more than just fresh produce. We began adding items like hand-made potato baskets from Aroostook County, unique pottery crafted by our friendly neighbors, "The Meaders", homemade breads and pies and other unique local goods. We even started making our own "bean hole beans", an age-old Maine tradition (they're still made in the same bean-hole on our property to this day).
After a chance encounter with a patron and close friend who needed a last-minute sandwich for her husband, a new concept for our business was born: a restaurant. It wasn't long before we were selling sandwiches and baked goods from our very own kitchen. 25 years, three building additions, and a brand new kitchen later, we have the version of our restaurant and market that you will experience today.
Over the years our farming practices have changed in many ways, but we continue to grow fresh produce exclusively for the meals we offer. Whether it comes from our own garden, or from one of our many local vendors, we're committed to using ingredients that are an honest reflection of what the region has to offer.
The market side of our business— once a humble, road-side stand— has matured alongside our restaurant. We now offer a variety of specialty foods as well as an extensive selection of wine from all over the world. And even with all those changes, our friendly neighbors, The Meaders, still display their handcrafted pottery and artwork. Some things never change*.
With the support of family and close friends, Riverside Farm has become the culmination of all the things that bring joy to our lives: healthy and delicious food, fine wine, live music, and great people. We hope you'll come join us for lunch, brunch, and dinner to toast to life's risks and rewards.
We look forward to serving you soon.
~The Tyler Family
Toby, Pam, Travis and Chelsea
*In the summer of 2014 we lost Toby to his fearless battle with cancer. We continue to run Riverside in his memory and in honor of his original vision: to bring wholesome food, and great people, together.