A for sale sign hangs outside Vegetable Corner, at the intersection of Harpswell Neck Road and Mountain Road. The now-vacant building and an adjacent home have been listed on the market for just under $1.1 million. (J. Craig Anderson photo)
The former site of the Vegetable Corner, a beloved Harpswell business that closed in September after decades of operation, has been listed on the market for just under $1.1 million.
The property, at 509 Harpswell Neck Road, was listed Wednesday for $1,095,000 by broker Kristen Hintze, of RE/MAX Riverside in Topsham. Its former owners, Violet and Raymond Tetreault, died less than a week apart on Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, respectively, just a few months after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
“We are selling the property with a heavy heart, but we will take the many memories that came from here,” said Mary Evitts, one of the late couple’s seven children, in a heartfelt letter to the community. “We look forward to seeing what will come next on the special corner that brought so much to this special town I will forever call home.”
The Vegetable Corner got its start about 35 years ago when Violet Tetreault, with daughters Mary and Hannah, sold corn on the cob and strawberries under umbrellas on their front lawn. It was son Peter who gave the market its name.
For many years, it had been a regular stop for residents and visitors who bought not only produce and Ray Tetreault’s prime cuts of meat, but also chicken, fish, scallops, Scottish salmon and grocery items. It was the epitome of a family business, with the Tetreaults’ children and grandchildren often helping out.
According to the real estate listing, the property includes the Tetreaults’ former home and adjacent business on a corner lot just shy of one acre at the intersection of Mountain and Harpswell Neck roads.
“Vegetable Corner has operated in this prime business hot spot for decades and is known by locals and visitors for its charm, homemade and home-smoked sausages and meats, locally sourced produce, and fresh-baked pies, cookies and bread from decades-old family recipes,” the listing says.
The Tetreaults purchased the site in 1985, according to Harpswell property records. The roughly 1,840-square-foot, cape-style home was built in 1962. The adjacent market, converted from a former garage, is 1,820 square feet and was completed in 1995. The property’s total valuation for tax purposes is $424,700.
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