Mainers care about where their food comes from. We are known for supporting local farmers and the businesses that sell our farmers’ produce and goods. Today we speak with Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, and Tina Wilcoxson, who sells Six River Farm’s organic vegetables at Royal River Natural Foods, the store she owns in Freeport.
Tina Wilcoxson grew up in a northern Maine farming community in a farm family. All of her relatives on her father’s side were potato farmers, which was typical in the County. After graduating from the University of Maine, she bounced around a bit and ended up in New Mexico. She received a degree of massage therapy from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in 1993 and has been immersed in the field of natural healing and living ever since. She began working at Royal River Natural Foods 20 years ago, working in all of the departments through the years on her way to becoming general manager. She became the owner three years ago. She lives in Cumberland Center with her husband, Todd, and her cat, Butter.
Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin are the owners of Six River Farm, a diverse organic vegetable farm located on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham. They lease 13 acres and own seven acres of tillable land. They grow a wide range of produce and offer it seasonally at local farmers markets, as well as to several restaurants and natural food stores in the area, including Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport.