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.
Here at Rosemont, we believe eating seasonally is one of the best things we can do for both our own health as well as the health of our local food system. That said, our produce buyer calls this time of year “Hungry Season” in Maine, when the supplies in our root cellars have waned and we are not yet seeing the bounty of late spring produce just yet.
What does this mean in our markets? We have said so long to local potatoes until July. Right now you’ll find the first of the season’s peaches from away, with more stone fruit coming in the weeks ahead. We saw a quick glimpse of Maine fiddleheads (a local delicacy!) and expect more soon. We are excited to offer local greens from Two Farmer’s Farm as well as spinach from Hall Brook Farm. Vidalia onions from Georgia are on their way now that the Commission from Georgia has announced they are ready to sell! We are eagerly awaiting garlic scapes and local asparagus, both expected in the next few weeks. Hang tight… spring is in the air and local agriculture will be in full tilt soon.
In Our Markets
Sumner Valley Farm Whole Chicken
Rosemont is committed to supporting family farms here in Maine. Sumner Valley Farm is a true family farm where generations work together to raise dairy cows and free-range pasture raised chickens. The non-GMO chickens are raised only during the summer season and frozen for the colder months.
In his Maine Magazine blog, local food writer Joe Ricchio says: “Once you taste the free-range chickens from Sumner Valley Farm, all of the hard work and long days committed to caring for these animals becomes wonderfully apparent. The birds are leaner, with a pronounced flavor that makes the generic supermarket brands I grew up on taste like cardboard by comparison. Such respect is shown for the lives of these fowl that the family still gives thanks and prays before each slaughter—a practice that should always be taken into consideration before cooking the chicken.”
Dear Dairy Spring Parsnip & Brown Butter Ice Cream
When our friends at Dear Dairy asked us to collaborate on a Rosemont exclusive ice cream flavor we eagerly accepted. In the true spirit of our local market, we couldn’t settle on just one flavor, of course it had to change with the seasons. We are kicking off this joyful collaboration with a flavor that celebrates spring in Maine: Spring Parsnip & Brown Butter. Made with with local dairy and spring parsnips dug from Stonecipher Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine, this ice cream tastes earthy and oh so sweet. Sold exclusively at Rosemont.
Yes, you read that correctly. Hear us out. When considering the production and transportation requirements of wine, boxed wine is actually more environmentally friendly than its glass-bottled counterparts. Less weight and less waste means a lower carbon footprint. As a result, more wineries are turning to boxes, and so are we. We love the look of these cute boxes on our wine shelves, and even more so that the product inside is delicious AND easier on the planet. Head over to our Wine Picks page for the full rundown on what you should be drinking this season… from a box.
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.