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.

Late Summer/Early Fall 2021

A Quick Guide to Apples & Squash

These days, we are eating AT LEAST an apple a day, if not more. With so many amazing local varieties, it’s impossible not to enjoy as many as possible while the pickin’s good. And, oh my gosh there are some GOURDgeous squash in our markets right now.  Alright, we admit the puns may be bad… but, the produce is GOOD. Here’s a quick guide to the different apple and squash varieties we are seeing on our market shelves this time of year.

APPLES

  • St. Lawrence: With a distinctive striped skin, this apple is crisp with a lemon tartness to it. While it’s not the best for baking (as it breaks apart when cooked), it’s great for snacking and for making apple sauce.
  • Honeycrisp: Perhaps the most-well known and our best selling apple. These apples are juicy and sweet with earthy undertones.
  • Cortland: One of our top choices for baking into pies, Cortland’s are large and firm with a nice white flesh.
  • McIntosh: A classic. New England’s dominant apple is known for its complex, vinous (wine-like), and satisfying flavor.
  • Cox’s Orange Pippin: Orangey-red in color, this apple is top of the list for one of the Best Apples In. The. World. Ours are from Dow Farm in Standish, Maine. It’s always an exciting day at Rosemont when we get Cox’s Orange Pippins in.

SQUASH

  • Delicata: A sweet squash that’s great for roasting, slicing, and enjoying with its edible skin attached.
  • Starry Night: A newly available squash with beautiful speckled skin, reminiscent of the night sky.
  • Butternut: A popular squash with smooth skin and flesh, and a nice yellow-orange color. Butternut’s are good for all your standard squash needs.
  • Futsu: This squash has a striking, gnarled exterior that ages from a blue-black to a dusty orange as it cures in storage. The skin is edible, and the flesh is a striking orange color. Futsu’s have a fine texture and a nutty, sweet flavor. This squash roasts and grills very well.
  • Honeybear Acorn: Simply a smaller version of your classic acorn squash.
  • Honeyboat Delicata: Take everything great about your standard Delicata squash and make it more orange and sweeter… now you’ve got yourself a Honeyboat.

New Products & Community Collaborations

  • Dear Dairy Strawberry Pound Cake –  A Rosemont Market exclusive flavor, this yummy product showcases the amazing results of community collaboration. Made with local strawberries from Jordan’s Farm and Maxwell’s Farm, pound cake made in Rosemont’s bakery, and yogurt from Winter Hill Farm. $1 for each pint sold will be donated to Farms for Food Equity – a local non-profit with the mission of ending hunger in Maine while creating profitability for Maine farmers.
  • Rwanda Bean Rosemont Community Blend – Another Rosemont exclusive flavor and community collaboration, this light roast blend was chosen by Rosemont’s staff during a blind tasting with our friends at Rwanda Bean. Described as bright and fresh with notes of citrus and chocolate.
  • Mumbai to Maine Simmer Sauces – We are so excited to welcome these gourmet Indian simmer sauces to our market shelves. Rosemont is carrying all three: Caldine, Saag, and Makhani. Handcrafted in small batches, Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand. Visit their blog for inspiration on how to incorporate the sauces into delicious recipes you can create at home.

Rosemont-made Pasta Sauce & Fire-Roasted Salsa

Maine’s harvest season is short, but here at Rosemont Market, we believe locally grown produce should be enjoyed year-round. So, we’re doing our part to extend Maine’s season, one jar at a time. We’d love for you to try our Rosemont label pasta sauce and fire-roasted salsa, each made with Maine-grown tomatoes. Not only is this the best sauce and salsa ever, it also supports our farmers here in Maine and gives you the opportunity to eat local all year long. Stock up at your local market. 

Celebrate What's In Season

At Rosemont, we believe people should eat and celebrate good food, in season, from where they live. Many of our products are made and sourced in small batches and with seasonal ingredients. Therefore, some of these items may come and go from inventory over the coming days and weeks. Check back often for updates on the fresh picks we are most excited to share with you.