(Editor’s Note: Okay, so our mom got married this weekend, and it was a wonderful kaleidoscope of friends, and family, and ribbon streamers on salvaged sticks, and costumes, and throwing watermelon in the air, and lots and lots of joy.
Suffice to say, this Dispatch is a week late, but posted nonetheless, with more to follow.
Hope you all are having as much fun as we did …
White peaches, red ribbed dandelion, bulk basil, cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes, shallots, ailsa craig onions, watermelons, cantaloupes, carrots, beets, turnips, seasonal salad mix from Fishbowl Farm, hot peppers, fennel, the list goes on!
Although you might think this is me, I will confess, it is my better dressed and more proficient multi-tasking colleague Maria Reynolds in the photo above. (She is also the owner of the radio-quality phone voice you are so accustomed to hearing in your weekly phone calls).
We like to make simple things a little more exciting here at Crown O’Maine by routinely attempting the near-impossible, logisticizing for hundreds of Maine food producers and consumers, working late into the night several days per week, and having a slew of phonetically harmonized names for our staff people (Leah, Maria, Marada, Katrina…you get the idea).
On the flip side, there are some things we don’t like to see get overly complicated – getting local food to local consumers, having healthy food for school kids, producing food in a food-safe manner, and sourcing food items for special events, diets, and menus.
We do a TON of specialized sourcing for our customers. It’s a challenge, and it’s fun, often leading us to discover new vendors and products we bring mainline for a broader customer base. However, we do one distribution a year that works the other way – it gets the raw data of where to source local, organic foods, into the hands of our customers statewide.
You guessed it. MOFGA’s OG Maine Directory is here in our warehouse (about 50 bundles of 25 copies apiece) awaiting distribution to all points of interest statewide. We are even happy to bring the goodness to our Massachusetts and New Hampshire customers.
When you compile your orders this week, please tack on a bundle or two or three of these FREE directories. There is no cost to you for the delivery, and your customers, friends, and buying club members can use them to deepen their knowledge of farms in their own areas and beyond!
Thanks for everything you do to support Maine Farms,
Marada, Leah, Katrina, Maria, Louise, Eric , Sarah, and Mike