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.
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.
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.