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, February in Maine does not exactly overwhelm us with an abundance of fresh, local veggies. Alas, ’tis the season for warm root vegetable soups and garlicky local pasta dishes with Rosemont-made pasta sauce from last summers bountiful tomato harvest.
In our markets right now you’ll find local squash, local greenhouse-grown greens, Spanish onions from away, as well as citrus from away (Cara Cara’s are here now, with Golden Nuggets expected soon). While we are savoring soul-warming winter meals, we are all eagerly awaiting the first signs of early spring vegetables… come on asparagus season!
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.
In Our Markets
A Small Good Bacon
Us: “Could local bacon could get any better?”
A Small Good: “Watch this.”
Made locally in Rockport, Maine, A Small Good offers dried, cured and processed meat products from primal cuts sourced locally. The farmers they work with raise animals with the highest level of animal welfare, just how we like it. This bacon takes breakfast meat to a whole new level.
The Maple Joan Granola from Sweet Monkey Business in Belfast, Maine is both delicious and nutrient-dense. The granola mix is made with pumpkin seeds, coconut, nuts, and grains. Sweet Monkey Business uses high-quality ingredients always, and sources them locally whenever possible. Be sure to give this new breakfast favorite a try.
The Good Crust whole wheat pizza dough is the wheat counterpart to Rosemont’s own white pizza dough. The Good Crust is a local product hailing from Skowhegan, Maine and is made from 100% Maine Grains flour and sourdough culture. Find both the white and the wheat doughs in our freezer section.
From our Local Restaurants
Portland, Maine has been praised across many a media outlet as one of the top “foodie” destinations in the U.S. We couldn’t agree more. We are more than happy to be an outlet for some of our favorite local restaurants to offer delicious grab and go versions of their most popular menu items for those nights you just can’t bring yourself to make another from-scratch meal.
Ada’s arancini and meatballs are delicious and couldn’t be easier to warm in in one’s home oven. Both come with Ada’s delicious sauce. Just add a salad or some pasta and dinner is done!
Slab Pizza was originally developed by Steven Lanzalotta for Micucci Grocery. Steven left Micucci and developed the restaurant Slab with local restauranteur, Jason Loring. This frozen pizza is a pillowy Sicilian style pie with a sweet tart sauce and a simple cheese and oregano topping. While the ingredients may be simple, the pizza is utterly fabulous.
Cheers for Local Beers
We are excited to welcome Yes Brewing from Westbrook, Maine to our beer cooler, starting with their Parfait BlackRazz – a fruited lactose sour with blackberries and raspberries. Categorized as “slightly sour” by the brewers, we can attest this is a very mild sour, it drinks like a fruity soft drink more than a sour beer.
Sasanoa Brewery on Wesport Island in Maine is the only MOFGA certified brewery in the whole state. The owners, Angie and Kyle, also own Tarbox Farm and use their farm grown ingredients to flavor their beer. We are currently stocking their Big Island Saison, brewed with all local ingredients and a classic French Saison yeast.
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Many of our products are made and sourced 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 updates on the fresh picks we are most excited to share with you.