One of Sustain Wayne’s main goals is to promote the town of Wayne as a safe, lively, and prosperous community to live, work, and visit. One way we aim to do this is by visiting local businesses and doing a weekly “Wayne Spotlight.”
This week we visited Jon and Gina Lamarche, the owners of Old Firehouse Farm at 519 Main St. in Wayne. At Old Firehouse Farm, you are invited to sit on the sunny porch of the historic Bellefonda House while enjoying Maine roasted coffee, tea, and gourmet homemade baked goods like blueberry-lemon 6 grain and oat scones, a toasted almond dark chocolate bar, sea-salted rosemary shortbread, or a raspberry-almond cream cheese danish. These delicious treats are self-served Thursdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s a perfect place to stop while you are shopping at the Wayne Farmer’s Market!
Not only is Old Firehouse Farm a unique café, but it is also a shop for Jon’s pottery work. Jon sources his clay from Wayne just down the street from their home. Although he has been throwing clay on the wheel since high school, he has learned a lot since moving to Wayne by apprenticing with Molly of Wayne Village Pottery. This spirit of collaboration is alive and well among artisans in Wayne, and can be seen in the shop which also sells goat milk soap from Birtwell Farm and dairy products from Wholesome Holmstead. You will often see Jon working on the wheel during open hours, and can also check out his online Etsy store.
Old Firehouse Farm which looks out over the Mill Pond, was once known as Bellefonda Manor and Bellefonda Cottages during the 1950s and ’60s. It offered rooms, breakfast, and cottages to those visiting Wayne during the summer months, as well as a private beach and boat rentals on Lake Pocasset. It is exciting to see the porch at this historic house once again opened for the public to enjoy! Wayne’s old fire station used to sit on Main St. just to the right of the home. It remains on the property, but now sits in the backyard by the garden, hence the name Old Firehouse Farm.
In the future, Jon and Gina hope to offer a variety of art and cooking workshops on the porch and in the backyard. Their goal is to promote the lifestyle of homesteading, which is a way of becoming more self-sufficient through agriculture, husbandry, and craft. They are also interested in becoming a local meeting place for group bike rides and runs in the Wayne area. The porch would be a great spot to grab a bite to eat before or after a workout, to fill up your water bottle, or take a breather.
Next time you’re driving through Wayne, at the Farmer’s Market, entertaining friends and family, or looking for a meet up spot for a group bike ride, stop by Old Firehouse Farm for a scone and some fresh brewed ice coffee! You’ll feel so relaxed, you’ll forget you’re not on your own front porch!