center image by Erin Little Photography
Morning Dew Farm is a 10 acre MOFGA certified organic vegetable farm centered in Newcastle, Maine. Morning Dew Farm is owned and operated by husband and wife team Brendan McQuillen and Brady Hatch.
Our focus is providing Damariscotta and Rockland area customers with the highest quality seasonal vegetables available. We specialize in salad greens, culinary herbs, unique vegetables and forest raised pork. Our produce is available through our summer and winter CSA programs, at the Monday and Friday Damariscotta Farmers Markets and at numerous stores and restaurants along the mid-coast.
Our approach to agriculture is informed by the bio-intensive Parisian market gardeners of the 19th century. We take a detailed approach to soil nutrition with the goal of generating high yields of food on smaller plots of land. We are dedicated to certified organic practices, believing that small scale, diverse, family-owned farms play a critical road in defining what it means to be certified organic.
We started growing vegetables in 2004 at the farmhouse where Brady grew up. We spent two seasons apprenticing on farms in Washington and Florida. We started very small in the early years and went through a lot of trial and error. We worked nights at the Damariscotta River Grill for many years. Luckily for us the local food movement was gaining momentum in Maine and we were able to grow along with it. With support from loyal CSA families, market shoppers, restaurant owners, and farming mentors we have steadily expanded our acreage and our ability to grow with ecological sensitivity and personal care.
We now grow 10 acres of certified organic vegetables on fields in 5 area towns. Our goal is to supply our community with organic vegetables in spring, summer, fall and winter. We start planting in early March in our various tunnels and have carrots, squash, garlic and sausage until the snow is flying.
Over the years our farm has grown and changed but our commitment to our local customers has remained a constant. We want to live and participate in the community fabric of the mid-coast. Our daughter is currently attending the same pre-school Brady went to in 1986!
We are avid readers and audiobook listeners, enjoy making and listening to music, cooking and eating out, and spending time around the house, fields and forests with our daughter.