Rockland welcomes Terra Optima
Rockland — A long-awaited goal of moving to Rockland was realized July 10 when Terra Optima Farm Market opened its doors for business at 218 Main St.
The small neighborhood grocery specializes in artisan meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and other delicious, locally-sourced products. The market was previously housed in Thomaston, at the corner of Routes 131 and 1.
"We are looking forward to seeing all our regulars from Thomaston, and meeting new friends," said owner Cheryl Denz.
Officials from the city of Rockland, Rockland Main Street, Inc., and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with about 25 guests.
Samples of breads and cheeses were available for tempting, as customers perused the rooms full of products.
Lorain Francis, executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc., served as master of ceremonies.
"Everything is local, and gives a farm-to-table appeal," said Francis. "We are glad she is here."
"We are excited to have this type of business here," said Frank Isganitis, Rockland City Councilor. "It's just a walk from home."
Denz said as a farmer she has been looking at something like this for 15 years.
"I wanted to reach out to all of you," said Denz, who wanted to become part of a community. "This space makes it possible."
A variety of fresh products will be available all year, not just a couple days a week like the farmers markets Denz used to attend.
She said during the construction that people would just stop in off the street and say "go, go, go."
"This is a very welcoming neighborhood," Denz said.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.