We’re fortunate to work with entrepreneurs across the state who inspire us everyday through their passion and persistence in growing their businesses and bringing their products and services to customers in Maine and beyond.  We’re proud to be a part of their journey and are excited to share their stories!  

Meet Krista Gagne, Maine Homestead, Lyman Maine

Krista Gagne, Owner, Maine Homestead at her first farmers market in 2011

Krista made her first pickles for her grandparents in 2011 with extra cucumbers from their garden. After realizing they could never eat the 100 jars of pickles they produced themselves, Krista decided to try her hand at farmers markets and craft shows.  Based on her success, Krista launched Maine Homestead the following year and has expanded her product line of pickles, jams, jellies and relishes and sells to over 300 retail and specialty stores throughout the US and also sells direct to consumer.  Maine Homestead also owns and runs a small local specialty food and gift market (Maine Homestead Market) focused on supporting local producers on the same property as their production facility in Lyman, Maine.  

In addition to cooking and bringing good, local foods to the community by supporting other Maine producers, Krista loves dogs and the outdoors.

If you haven’t tried Maine Homestead’s small batch pickled vegetables, relishes or jams yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!   The Maine Homestead Market on 1773 Alfred Road in Lyman is also a treat and a real treasure for homemade, local Maine foods, beverages and gifts.

Krista is currently in MCE’s Cultivator Program and is working on scaling up her business, which means more of her delicious foods for more of us!  Learn more about Maine Homestead here

Stay tuned for more stories to come!