Anyone traveling up Rt. 302 from Portland, Maine to the Lakes Region has to pass through the small town of Raymond.
You can not miss a large red building on the right-hand side of the road with a sign out front reading Good Life Market. Make sure to stop and go inside. When you walk in the door you will by pleasantly surprised with what you find. It is a small, family run business that has specialty deli sandwiches, prepared meals, locally sourced cheeses, and the best selection of beer and wine in the area.
At noon time you can expect to find lines of customers ordering sandwiches and box lunches to take with them for a day at the lake. They might be staying and eating at a couple of tables on the front porch or under the trees at a picnic table.
The market is also a great place to grab a hostess gift or to stock up on a few gourmet items if you have a weekly rental at a cabin on one of the many lakes in the area.
When ever we are driving by the market on our way back from Portland, my husband always asks “do you want to stop and get a pie”. I enjoy cooking at our cottage but try not to turn the oven on very often in the summer. The pies are freshly baked at the market and I often can’t resist and answer with a resounding “yes”. All of the pies excellent but I do have a favorite.
Who doesn’t love cherry pie. The market makes a Cherry Vanilla Pie that takes me back to my youth when I would order a cherry vanilla Coke at a local drug store soda fountain. The mouth-watering pie is a beauty…flaky pastry with bubbled cherry juice showing through, topped with crunchy sliced almonds for texture. The cherry interior is just the right combination of sweet, tart and a touch of vanilla. The pie is outstanding.
If you are in the area I suggest that you stop by the market and take a look inside. It will be hard to leave the store without some goodies. If you buy a pie just make sure you leave one for me.