ZERO WASTE GROCERY GUIDE: MAINE

Where to shop for bulk, package-free, zero waste foods in Maine: a state-by-state grocery store guide | Litterless

Belfast

-Belfast Co-op: Has a great selection, selling coffee and tea, herbs and spices, nut butters, pasta, snacks, grains - even package-free tahini, which is tasty when stirred into homemade hummus.

Blue Hill

-Blue Hill Co-op: Has a large bulk department, where you can stock up on pantry staples such as grains, flour and other baking supplies, beans and legumes, snacks, nuts, herbs, spices, tea, and more.

Damariscotta

-Rising Tide Community Market: Sells bulk goods that you can bring home in your own containers. Shop for dry pantry goods (grains, beans and legumes, flours, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, snacks, granola, herbs, spices, tea, and more), as well as liquids like apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Some of their products are locally made, too!

Fort Kent

-Market Street Co-op: Browse their extensive selection of package-free teas and herbs.

Gardiner

-Gardiner Food Co-op: Bulk pantry staples including herbs, spices, tea, and coffee. (And pick up some locally grown organic produce while you're at it!).

Portland

-Portland Food Co-op: Find dry goods - think grains, beans, lentils, legumes, snacks, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, tea, spices, and herbs galore, as well as more unusual bulk finds like local maple syrup and honey, cooking oils, local vinegar, bulk local tofu, bulk baker's yeast, and kombucha. Besides food, they have bulk bath salts, dish soap, laundry detergent (liquid and local powdered ones), bulk jojoba oil, beeswax beads, shampoo, conditioner, castile soap and more. Best of all: they encourage using you own jar, and have a free collection of cloth bags (to bring back later) and used boxes in case you forget to bring your own bag. 

Rockland

-Good Tern Natural Food Co-Op: A well-stocked store that sells dry and wet goods (such as spices, snacks, dry cooking basics, nut butters oils, vinegars, and sweeteners), as well as more rare bulk finds, such as package-free seaweed and pet food!

Rockport

-Fresh Off the Farm: You'll find bulk grains, beans, nuts, snacks (popcorn and chocolate options abound), herbs, spices, and tons of great locally grown produce.

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