Natural food store opens in Poland


POLAND — Poland native Zakk Maher and his wife, Emmy Andersson, recently opened Square Root Natural Foods to offer healthy foods that are grown or raised within 100 miles of their Route 26 location.

The store at 1399 Maine St. (Route 26) in Poland is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food bought and sold within 100 miles supports the local farm economy, saves on fuel and transportation costs and helps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with growing and buying food. In addition to local fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, Square Root Natural Foods offers a wide variety of dry goods, herbs and spices, frozen foods, vitamin supplements and healthy snacks. The store also has a great selection of gluten-free products for those with sensitivity to wheat.

The couple and their 19-month old daughter will celebrate the opening of their new store with a community open house on March 20. The store will have a formal ribbon-cutting at noon. In addition to live, local folk music, Poland Town Manager Dana Lee, selectmen from the town and other special guests will be there to welcome the Square Roots Natural Foods store to Poland.

Financing for the new business owners came from Community Concepts Finance Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Concepts Inc., and Northeast Bank.