The Maine Windjammer Association
Maine Windjammer Association Newsletter
January 2015
 / VOLUME 14  / ISSUE 1  
Food, Glorious Food!

credit: Scott Marx
Three squares a day (plus snacks) emerge as if by magic from the Lewis R. French’s compact galley kitchen where each meal is prepared on an antique woodstove.
  credit: Scott Marx
  Early risers often wake up to the smell of fresh baked muffins and coffee. What a way to start the day!

Using local and organic ingredients whenever possible and making sure that everything they use is utterly fresh – as in pulled-out-of-the-ocean-that-day fresh – windjammer captains hire award-winning cooks to create delicious meals that keep their guests coming back for more.

The day starts with the enticing smells of a wood fire and freshly ground coffee. Cupping a warm cup of coffee on deck, soon freshly baked muffins and rolls begin to appear. Then comes a full breakfast featuring omelets, sausage, and maybe smoked salmon and capers or thick French toast stuffed with blueberries and ricotta all topped with rich maple syrup from Maine.

Once the ship is underway, chefs prepare hearty stews and soups, accompanied by crisp salads and warm rolls to be enjoyed above decks while Maine’s spectacular coast slips by.


Many of the schooner owners grow their own herbs and flowers. Here’s a peek at the Stephen Taber’s garden tended by Jane Barnes.

When they’ve anchored in a protected harbor for the night, supper is served family-style on gleaming wooden tables below decks while guests swap stories and enjoy everything from lasagnas and roasts to duck confit and paella, depending on the cruise. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced from the small farms in Maine and many of the captains have their own gardens at home which supply the flowers, herbs and organic vegetables that accompany every meal.

And, of course, every cruise is guaranteed a lobster bake so no one leaves Maine without enjoying at least one crustacean.

For more information about the types of meals you can expect on an MWA windjammer cruise, click here.

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