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A Goal Met, Food Research and Cold Comfort

 

I hope your New Year is starting off right!  Keep up with those resolutions!!

 And speaking of resolutions, about 2 years ago Sodexo was awarded the food service contract for our University of Maine school system. Part of the contract was the stipulation for 20% local food purchases by 2020. In order to achieve this, Sodexo created the Maine Course program that established an advisory board consisting of farmers, distributors, and other players in the local food scene. Sodexo stayed focused on that important goal; and, in 2017, not only beat the goal coming in at 23% local foods but did it 2 years early!!! Wow! Talk about commitment and follow through. If only we had the same determination with our resolutions!

Native Mainers were out and about this week! I attended the Pathway to the Plate event at King Middle school in Portland. 7th graders were tasked with figuring out where some of the foods that they eat in their cafeteria come from and how they get onto their plates. I went into the school and spoke to a very enthusiastic group researching carrots, bananas, tomatoes, and apples; so many questions! It was great! This Thursday the same students presented their research and findings in front of students, family, and invited guests. I was so impressed. The presentations were well thought out and informative; the students even did cost benefit analysis to determine if the school were purchasing foods competitively. Wow! Kudos to the students and teachers at King Middle!

Local in Winter: it’s impossible to eat locally as we approach the dead of winter, right? Wrong; we have loads of local options available at Native Maine during the coldest months! Meats, cheeses, dried beans and grains, leafy greens, mushrooms, apples, root veggie abound. And don’t forget all the local food manufacturers in Maine. Winter is a great time to check out Hurricane and Kamasouptra Soups, Blue Mango veggie burgers, Vintage potato chips, or Izzy’s cheesecakes. These are all great products your customers will love made right here in Maine!

And speaking of cold….
Colds are prevalent this time of year. Be sure to wash your hands, rest when you can, and try this yummy ginger-lemon tea to open up your sinuses, soothe your throat, and warm you up inside. Of course, you can always add a shot (or two) of bourbon to really make your troubles go away, but this tea is delicious on its own. We often have a big pot of it brewing on the stove at Native Maine.

For One Serving:

  • 1-inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup water (boiling)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed or Orchid Island
  • To taste, Native Maine brand local honey

How to Make it:

  • Grate or finely mince the ginger. Put into a large cup
  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for 3 minutes
  • Add lemon juice and honey to taste. Breathe deep, taste, enjoy!

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