Native Maine Local Lore

Welcome to Local Lore! Native Maine's New Blog

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Hi Friends of Native Maine Produce!

Welcome to Local Lore, Native Maine’s new blog dedicated to all things local and more; I'm Leslie Runser (that's me over there on the left), one of the Native Maine chefs! I’ve worked for Native Maine for over 6 years in sales and customer service but mostly as the local and specialty foods buyer. In the weeks to come, I’ll highlight the great variety of Maine and New England Foods available and coming into season, complete with delicious recipes. We’ll celebrate our customer’s milestones and the hot, new dishes appearing on area menus. You’ll read profiles of some of our colorful employees and learn more about the inner workings of Native Maine. I’ll feature the special events that Native Maine supports in your community. Curious about what else we stock besides produce? I'll introduce you to the wide and interesting variety of foods that week stock. In addition, you’ll get updates on new additions to our product list.

Curious? Interested? Ready to learn more about Native Maine and our great products? Let’s get started!

As you no doubt know, we’re in the midst of apple season here in Maine. Native Maine proudly sells Mcintosh, Cortland, and Honeycrisp local apples from Apple Acres Farm in Hiram and Ricker Hill Orchard in Turner. Not familiar with Honeycrisps? This apple variety was released commercially in the 1990s; crunchy, sweet, juicy—their individual cells are 2x as big as other apples and hold 2x the amount of sweet juice! A limited supply of trees has meant less Honeycrisp apples available; those that are out there command a higher price than Macs and Cortlands. However, as more trees are planted, more apples are grown and the price is coming down.

Some Apple Fun Facts

  • In 2016, Native Maine sold well over a half million pounds of apples!
  • Innovative technology used by our apple farmers means that the local Mac you eat in March will be as crisp and delicious as the Mac you eat in October!
  • Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

Cook this...Crispy Apple Chips

Apple chips are a crunchy, delicious addition to seasonal salads or a cheese plate, add texture to desserts like apple crisp, and are yummy eaten plain as a snack!  They can be seasoned sweet or savory depending on how you’ll use them.  Cinnamon and sugar is my go to!

6 Local Native Maine Apples: Mac, Cortland, Honeycrisp
If desired, seasoning of choice: sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, curry powder, or any other powder spice that strikes your fancy!

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees
  • Halve and core apples
  • Slice thinly, preferable with a mandolin or ceramic slicer
  • Arrange apples slices on a sheet pans,
  • Bake until apple slices are dried and edges curl up, more or less one hour.
  • Transfer to a wire rack until cooled
  • Don’t worry, the slices will crisp as they cool.

Local You Know

At Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods we're working hard to connect our customers with the freshest, quality produce & specialty products available. We believe in supporting New England's vibrant and diverse food system by providing locally grown & processed food items alongside some of the world’s best specialty foods sourced from around the globe.

As one of New England’s leading produce wholesale distributors with 3000+ quality items in stock, our 2000+ New England customers have access to local, regional & hard to find specialty foods delivered frequently at very competitive prices. We are your neighbors; we are the Local You Know.

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