When you live in Maine, you live well. Life here is solid and simple, and the pace is slower than most places. Sometimes there are moments when I feel this sense of wellness very palpably, and the most recent moment happened at Live Well Farm. For Grey's Anatomy fans, this is significant: Patrick Dempsey's mother owned Live Well Farm not long ago.
The new owners have transformed the property, which is just a quarter of a mile from our home in Harpswell, into an event venue with sleeping accommodations for about a dozen people. Both the barn and the house can seat many for a meal and celebration. My favorite feature in the barn is a piece of driftwood lovingly reclaimed from Popham Beach and transformed into a twinkly chandelier.
My kids, my new puppy, and I went to the farm for the Harpswell Fire and Rescue Full Moon Barn Dance a few weeks ago, and that live well feeling was palpable. The evening air was clear and cool as dogs and puppies leapt joyfully and got into a fair amount of mischief concerning potato chips and hot dogs; fiddles played as the moon rose; friends and neighbors sipped icy beer and plastic cups of red wine and caught up on the local gossip; kids ran through fields and tried their hands at badminton.
Patty and Scott Ruppert have done an amazing job with Live Well Farm, and we wish them well as they grow their new business.