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Behind the Scenes : Black Dinah Chocolatiers Shoot

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Last summer photographer Jason Fulford and I spent a sweet weekend in Maine, one of my favorite places, working on the chocolate story featured in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living.  My time was spent on two islands; Stonington, home to a Stonington Farmer's market every Friday, and Isle Au Haut, home to Black Dinah Chocolatiers. Both islands are fishing and lobstering communities in Penobscot Bay.

After taking a 45 minute ferry ride, hiking hours through the trails of the Acadia National Park, and arriving at the base of the Black Dinah mountain, imagine coming upon a  wooden sign painted with the words “Black Dinah Chocolatiers-the cafe" which leads you to a trail, then to a home, and finally to some of the most incredible chocolate and coffee in the world. black dinah sign

The Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Steve and Kate, create beautiful chocolates completely by hand. The local ingredients, produced by friends and neighbors, both inspire and flavor their creations.

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Farmers Collection featuring local ingredients traded at the Stonington farmers market

Check out some behind the scenes pictures I took during my visit.  Also be sure to pick up the February issue of Martha Stewart Living to read more about the Black Dinah Chocolatiers.

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Stonington's harbor

1 Stonington's harbor

Map of Isle au Haut and Stonington

2 Map of Isle au Haut and Stonington

Kate and photographer Jason talk while Steve sets up for the Stonington Farmer's market in Maine

3 Kate and photographer Jason talk while Steve sets up for the Stonington Farmer's market in Maine

Jason and Kate

4 Jason and Kate

Setting up farm stand

5 Setting up farm stand

Stonington farmer's market, Fridays 12-3

6 Stonington farmer's market, Fridays 12-3

Black Dinah Chocolatiers farm stand.

7 Black Dinah Chocolatiers farm stand.

Hackmatack Farm sign from late August

8 Hackmatack Farm sign from late August

Hackmatack Farm stand

9 Hackmatack Farm stand

Sweet Peas

10 Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

11 Sweet Peas

Onions

12 Onions

Wild blueberries-everything goes so fast

13 Wild blueberries-everything goes so fast

Sunset Acres Farm and Dairy stand

14 Sunset Acres Farm and Dairy stand

Fresh cheeses

15 Fresh cheeses

It's best to arrive early, because merchandise sells out quickly.

16 It's best to arrive early, because merchandise sells out quickly.

Comments (2)

  • Gorgeous chocolate! I lived in Maine for 2 years, so Maine has a very special place in my heart. I'd love to visit the cafe next time when I'm back in Maine. Isn't the Acadia National Park so beautiful?? Arn't Mainers so nice?? I love your photos of farmers market! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit in Maine.

  • The sign is very primitive but I love it. I like the photo with the chocolate, berries and edible designs. The chocolate looks delicious. It looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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