Buying Groceries for Your Stay at Diamond Cove

Even though Portland has great restaurants, part of the charm of spending your summer in Diamond Cove is being able to prepare your own meals for friends and family.

Shopping for basics is easy at the Diamond Cove General Store, but when you need more, Portland has some fabulous supermarkets, delis and farmer markets.

Whole Foods
The Whole Foods store in Portland calls itself Maine’s only Certified Organic Grocer, with the largest selection of natural and organic products in the state. Whole Foods also offers island deliveries Monday through Friday. You can call the store at 207-774-7711 to place your order. Ask to speak to a member of the provisions team for details and schedules.

Trader Joe’s
Portland also has a Trader Joe’s, the original Californian based importer, who took the 1950’s and 60’s cultural fad of Tiki chic to new heights. TJ’s now prides itself on providing fresh and imported foods of value and quality from coast to coast in the U.S. You can call the local store at 207-699-3799.

When you’re in Portland, you’re also in the home of one of New England’s largest supermarket chains, Hannaford. The company was founded in 1883 by Arthur Hannaford, who sold fruits and vegetables from a produce cart on the docks of Portland. The company now has stores through New England and New York State and is one of the largest supermarket chains in the country. They also offer easy delivery to the island on Tuesday.

Rosemont Market
Rosemont is a neighborhood market that offers gourmet products, local meats and cheeses, fine wine and beer, freshly baked breads and produce. Rosemont offers island delivery year-round to the islands. Check out the Rosemont site for locations to their area stores, one of which is directly across the street from Casco Bay Lines.

Micucci Grocery
For over 60 years, the Micucci family has been offering the finest imported Italian foods. At Micucci Grocery you will find a quality wine selection, a full deli, pasta, cheeses and premium imported foods. Micucci’s is in walking distance from Casco Bay Lines. For more information, check out the Micucci website.

Portland Farmer’s Market
The origins of the Portland Farmers’ Market reach back to 1768, and it continues the tradition of providing local grown and produced fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and poultry. The market is open year round on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check the website for the location and hours.

Getting your groceries shipped to the island

Each store accommodates island shoppers in different ways.  So call ahead to ask if there are special days/processes for island shopping and delivery. Normally, you can ask the clerks to place your groceries into cardboard boxes so they can be delivered to the island via the Casco Bay Ferry. Once you get your groceries to the ferry, check in at the freight counter. Tuesdays are Island Market Days. Hannaford will box and bring your groceries to CBL (for $2.00 per “banana box”) and CBL will get them to Diamond Cove at no extra charge. Whole Foods will do this on most days provided that the order is completed before noon on that day.