I ran around a lot during Thanksgiving week, making sure I had all the ingredients for the biggest meal of the year. My car felt a little like a steel ball inside a pinball machine; the Lewiston/Auburn businesses I regularly visit were the bumpers I kept bouncing off. There were errands to run and very little free time for Lady Alone Travels. I tried to make each trip in the car memorable, but found nothing new in my travel patterns until…
I promised local cider for the feast, so I zipped out to Willow Pond Farm on Route 9 in Sabattus. Wednesday was the last day for their roadside stand and I scooped up my cider and a bag of Bosc pears to enhance the cranberry sauce. I’d seen a sign for “Christmas on the Farm” and I motored on to Jillson’s, about a mile down the road.
I’d driven by Jordan Bridge Road and seen the holiday event sign many times, but I’d never stopped. For two weekends in November, Ed and Pat Jillson turn their farm stand into a holiday bazaar full of unique arts and crafts. I poked around the cozy building, heated by wood stoves. This delightful space is usually set up for their regular weekend brunch buffet. The day of my visit, it was set up like an old fashioned country store, with ample shelves of jams, jellies, soaps, and other homemade goods, plus the maple syrup the Jillson’s tap and sugar right there on the farm. Upstairs in the attic space there were more crafts and a few antiques too. Everything was tastefully arranged and I was sorry that I had but a minute to peek.
The smell of the wood fire and foods cooking in the kitchen, plus the farm décor was something out of another time.
Get off the highway and get your sugar when you need it!