While Leah was here in Vassalboro contemplating her potential role as a frog-killer and making the magic of moving food happen, my three kids and I were in Grand Isle on our family’s farm. Not killing frogs.
Instead I was able to put a few days in working with Chris Hallweaver, general manager for our new vegetable processing center opening Oct 1st. Peeled and cut potatoes, carrots, beets, blanched and frozen broccoli and organic french fries…the processing center is designed around the idea that if we expect high quality fresh market vegetables for Crown O’Maine distribution, then there ought to be a market and use for the second quality products. Not an earth shattering idea – one that has been brewing for 10-15 years, but one that is finally coming into reality. Watch for more on our ‘Northern Girl’ venture, think about how your restaurant, school, or farm, could benefit from a slightly different spin on the crops we already have in abundance.
For this coming week, I truly hope you take advantage of cases of roma tomatoes, bags of ailsa craig onions, beautiful heads of cauliflower, and one last round of slender and delicious yellow and green string beans.
I’m hoping for huge orders to close out this abundant month!