Farmington, Maine

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

We lived nestled in the Western Maine mountain valley for four idyllic years. When I look back at our time in Farmington, my memories are blissfully nostalgic, as though we paused our life to live in a dream. Warm summer days watching Maude joyously leap through wildflowers, laughing at Seamus wildly break through the icy river on winter afternoons, and a beer shared with Jediah mid-hike through the Flint Woods while the sun sets over Carbassett Valley– these memories will always make my heart so full.

Our little family spend our days under the tall dark trees of the winding Sandy River and our evenings together in a small kitchen cooking what the season’s harvest had reaped. In the quiet hours, we read ferociously, enhancing our knowledge and building our ability to analyze the world around us. We learned so much from the community of people that are intrinsic to this region and, equally, from the beauty of the steady river, quiet forest, rolling farmlands, and astonishing mountains that surrounded us.

Since We Eat. Happy. stemmed from my personal journey to learn cooking techniques, food nutrition, and the joy of a meal shared with loved ones, Farmington forever plays an important role in what the site has become today. In preparing for the newest edition of, I found so many beautiful photographs from this time that I knew immediately I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

{Photographs: Jediah Scott or Becky Grzesik; 2009-2013}


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