A combined beef shop and bakery will open in Gorham Village


Brendon Wormell opens the Wormell Farms Market on Saturday May 21 at 29 School St. in Gorham. The store window mirrors Courage House across the street. Robert Lowell / American Journal

A natural beef producer and a baker team up to open a farmers market, Wormell Farms, in the village of Gorham.

Windham’s Brendon Wormell and Raymond’s Taylor Whitcomb prepare to open the store on Saturday May 21 at 29 School St., in the Spire 29 on the Square complex.

Taylor Whitcomb of Raymond prepares the Gorham store for the opening on May 21. Robert Lowell / American Journal

Wormell Farms produces naturally raised beef without antibiotics or growth hormones. Whitcomb’s Village Baking Company will offer its own baked goods and other sweet specialties. They will also sell other local products and Maine-made items.

Whitcomb, who said his dream was to open a bakery, describes the business as an indoor farmer’s market.

“The concept is amazing,” she said.

She will sell a full line of baked goods, including whoopie pies, cookies, cakes and special order items for parties and other occasions.

“The list is endless,” she said.

Wormell will offer steaks, ground beef and pre-made burger patties.

Coffee will also be served and the shop will have indoor and outdoor seating.

Ethan Johnson, president of Gorham Business Exchange, said Wednesday the community was thrilled.

“It’s a great location for the business,” he said. “Being able to buy produce and produce from local farms and small businesses will be a fantastic addition to our community.”

Wormell said the site, near the University of Southern Maine campus, was a perfect fit.

“The foot traffic is pretty incredible,” he said.

The fifth generation in the cattle business, Wormell graduated in 2010 from Westbrook High School. He started his beef business in 2018 on his grandfather’s farm in Cumberland. His wife, Bri Wormell, owns the Gorham Hair & Co. salon.

Whitcomb graduated in 2011 from Gorham High School, where she played field hockey with Bri Wormell. Her bakery background includes studies in Italy. In addition to previously working at a bakery in the Old Port in Portland, she also worked at Gorham House of Pizza.

The store will be open from Wednesday to Sunday but the schedules are not yet defined. Two employees will be hired to work at the counter and handle sales.

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