Love Maine Radio #331: Birch Shambaugh and John Weston

Dr. Lisa Belisle talks about the ethos of a neighborhood restaurant and giving back to the community with Birch Shambaugh, owner of Woodford Food & Beverage in Portland, and seventh-generation farmer John Weston, owner of Weston Farm in Fryeburg.


John Weston, Weston’s Farm

John Weston is a seventh-generation farmer that grows 60 acres of fresh vegetables, and two acres are certified organic. His farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. His family operates two farm markets in Fryeburg and Conway, New Hampshire, and they also produce maple syrup and grow 6,000 Christmas trees each year. For the past 20 years, he has coached Nordic skiing at Fryeburg Academy. He is a nationally certified Nordic ski race official and a trustee at the Fryeburg Fair.

Birch Shambaugh, Woodford F&B

Birch Shambaugh and Fayth Preyer are the husband-and-wife team behind Woodford Food and Beverage, a neighborhood bar and restaurant in Portland. The two had dreamed of bringing the vitality of a neighborhood eatery to the former Valle’s Steakhouse in the center of Woodfords Corner. Now open for nearly two years, Woodford Food and Beverage continues to play a role in the dynamic off-peninsula hospitality landscape. As local residents and parents of a pair of young children, they are proud to contribute to that vitality by bringing another quality dining option to the neighborhood they call home.