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A Real Maine Ranch


Where West Meets East

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A Real Maine Ranch


Where West Meets East

 

Our Misson

Our mission is to connect people with their food. We want them to know where it comes from, who is producing it, and the beauty of the land that sustains it. We believe that this helps people make educated food choices and creates a more enjoyable, meaningful, and healthful eating experience. 

 
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Where We Are


Double Z overlooks the the beautiful Androscoggin River Valley. The earliest settlers worked this ground in the 1780s, choosing Upper Street's rolling green hills for their suitability to "first crops."

 

 

 

Where We Are


Double Z overlooks the the beautiful Androscoggin River Valley. The earliest settlers worked this ground in the 1780s, choosing Upper Street's rolling green hills for their suitability to "first crops."

 

 

 

Double Z is proud to be part of the farming community in Turner. Officially established in 2013, Double Z purchased land in 2010 from the Sennett Family who had used the land for dairy, beef, and hay production.

The centerpiece of Double Z is the ZZ Mercantile. In season, it's a great place to pick up your favorite cut of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, visit with our ranch hands, or buy / sell some horse tack. On Friday nights in the summer, we host Fireworks Pizza. Come by and enjoy home-made wood-fired pizza in a beautiful pastoral setting.

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Who We Are


Two generations and growing. You have to start somewhere. 

Who We Are


Two generations and growing. You have to start somewhere. 

Chris Abbruzzese

Owner/Marketing Manager

Chris's 30+ years of expertise in marketing and sales has given Double Z a platform to offer its products, grow sustainably, and bring its message to consumers. His vision has pushed Double Z to grow beyond a farm, becoming a steward to both land and community. Striving to reconnect people with the earth and where their food comes from, Chris established the ZZ Farm Dinner - a place for guests to meet the producers of the locally sourced ingredients. When not coming up with the next big ZZ idea, Chris can often be found on the water, either out for a sail or a ski.

Kate Ault-Abbruzzese

Owner/FlockMaster

Kate is passionate about raising sheep in a low-stress, caring environment. Thanks to her rural upbringing, Kate values working outdoors and in harmony with the seasons. Spring is crazy but joyous as she practices her midwife skills and watches newborn lambs frolic with their moms. Raking hay with her Belgian draft team is the highlight of the summer, while fall brings shorter days and the need to move lambs daily to keep them on fresh grass. Yuma, her border collie, is a big help in this regard, though we are not sure who enjoys working outside more, Yuma or Kate!

Matteo Abbruzzese

Ranch/Cattle Manager

A true cowboy, Teo loves being around horses and cattle. He first studied Animal Science at Cornell University and played for the school's nationally-ranked polo team. In 2010, Teo transferred to Colorado State to focus on ranch management, graduating with a Master's in Agriculture. While out West, Teo cowboyed and trained on a couple big Wyoming spreads. Teo is excited to bring his horse and cattle knowledge to Maine. In his spare time, Teo keeps up his cowboy hobbies: rawhide braiding and leatherwork.