Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 27, 2018
Test kitchen, function space available at former Harbor Farm
The commercial kitchen at the Eggemoggin School is available for rent as a test kitchen, gatherings, dinners and other community purposes.
by Tina Oddleifson
The former Harbor Farm store on Little Deer Isle has been transformed into space with multiple functions, including a commercial kitchen that can be rented out for events. Purchased by Hal and Lisa Reynolds in 2016, the couple has renovated the building to include five bedrooms and two baths for up to 10 overnight guests, and a downstairs commercial kitchen with several gathering spaces to be used for functions and events.
Built in the 1850s on Deer Isle, the building was used as the Stinson’s Neck School. It was moved in 1989 to its current location by the McWilliams family, who used it for their Harbor Farm store. “We loved visiting the store and purchasing beautiful tile, gifts and Christmas ornaments made by local artisans. The building was well constructed and we knew it had potential to be a gathering place but at first were not 100 percent sure what that would be,” said owner Lisa Reynolds.
The idea for the space, which is being called The Eggemoggin Schoolhouse, came about after the couple attended a reunion at a test kitchen in Los Angeles. “A test kitchen is a kitchen used for developing new kinds of food, for research and development or for gathering people to have fun. Deer Isle and our surrounding area has so much to offer in the way of delicious seafood, baked goods, local produce and farm products. We are excited to have a space to bring people together to enjoy all these wonderful things,” said Reynolds.
The kitchen space includes a nine burner commercial stove and griddle with a double oven, two large commercial refrigerators, storage for equipment and serving dishes, and a dish-washing station. A large granite countertop can seat nine, and four additional café tables with chairs and a long bench can seat another sixteen people. The space has an additional high top bar area, a large flat screen TV and additional AV equipment. Outside the kitchen is a large gathering room with comfortable seating and an additional dining room space. Reynolds estimates that the space could be used for functions of approximately 75, comfortably.
Edible Island Culinary and Ecological Center will be using the space to conduct cooking classes for the community throughout the year. “The Eggemoggin Schoolhouse is a wonderful venue for Edible Island cooking classes and events. Most of our programs are school-based cooking classes in Deer Isle-Stonington, Brooklin, and Sedgwick, so holding our other activities in a former schoolhouse is a great coincidence. We’re thankful for the Reynolds’ generosity in sharing this special venue,” said Susan Toder, president of the Board for Edible Island.