From the people who love good food, our Fresh Picks is a sampling of the many items we are excited to share with our community right now.
Ah, a new year is upon us. Finally. Additionally, we are now beyond the winter solstice, which means we are seeing just a touch more light each day. Hallelujah! That said, we still have a ways to go before spring… For now, long, dark nights and cold, grey days remain consistent around these parts.
So, what does one eat during a cold, Maine winter? For starters, plenty of vitamin C! Winter citrus season is officially here, and with it we are welcoming in a bright array of citrus to our markets. Right now we are seeing stem and leaf satsumas, cara-cara oranges, grapefruits, and blood oranges.
Of course, here in Maine we are no strangers to this season. So, we adapt and grow in greenhouses, like the one pictured here: Olivia’s Garden at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. This means local greens including kale, herbs, and lettuces, are still available during the winter season in our markets.
If you are planning to hibernate until spring, we don’t blame you, but we do suggest you stock up on local root veggies. We have local onions, squash, and potatoes in our markets. Store in your root cellar or a cool, dark place for optimal shelf life (let’s be honest, that should be easy to find right now).
Something to Look Forward To
Rosemont has always been committed to working with local farms. The past year has been exceptionally challenging for many of our farm partners. Since the pandemic, fewer farmers have felt comfortable participating in local farmer’s markets (a huge revenue stream for them) due to safety concerns of public exposure to COVID-19. While this is an unfortunate circumstance for all involved, Rosemont has leaned in even more to our relationships with our local farms and has helped many adjust over to a primary wholesale model. As a result, we expect even more local produce products in 2021 as our farm partners will be able to more accurately project what they can provide to our markets. We can’t wait to see the amazing supply of local produce coming our way this spring, summer, and fall, and hope for everyone’s sake that farmer’s markets will be back in full swing next summer.
From Our Kitchen
We have long partnered with our friends at Harbor Fish Market to make fresh, local seafood available to our customers beyond their location on the Portland waterfront. We are now taking our close relationship with Harbor Fish Market one step further and incorporating their fresh seafood products in to our recipes. You may already have come to know and love our fish cakes that came out over the summer. Well now there is rumor around the Mothership of a soul-warming lobster pot pie in the works for this winter. Stay tuned!
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Many of our products are made in small batches with seasonal ingredients. Therefore, some of these items may come and go from inventory over the coming days and weeks. Please try again on your next order if an item you have requested is not available at the time your order is packed. Check back often for weekly updates on the fresh picks we are most excited to share with you.