Tag Archives: Produce

Markon Produce

Markon

Does your restaurant have a signature item? A specialty, epicurean ingredient like truffles can turn something as basic as a baked potato into the most popular item on your menu. The Maines Direct Program can assist you with sourcing items from foraged mushrooms to Spanish ham, gourmet cheeses and other hard-to-find items. For fantastic vegetable side dishes like Million Dollar ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Squash

Squash

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has matured seeds and hard shells when harvested in early fall. Typically, winter squash carries excess water which can be released after curing the fruit and storing it at warm temperatures in a well-circulated area for 10 to 14 days. Curing the squash increases the shelf life and concentrates the natural sugars, creating sweeter flavors. ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

The fall months bring out the best in Brussels sprouts, which are a member of the Brassica (cabbage) family. Enduring a few light frosts before being picked will improve the flavor of this cold-weather vegetable, which lends itself well as a side or entrée. Sprouts are ready to harvest when green and firm and are best when stored fresh and ...

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Maines Joins Markon for Annual Chef Summit

Chef Summit

Foodservice chefs across the country stepped out of their kitchens into fields and packing facilities to learn about the produce they use, and collaborate on new ways to integrate produce on menus through Markon Cooperative’s second annual Chef Summit. The Chef Summit, held in Monterey, California, brought together 22 chefs from Markon’s seven foodservice members and foodservice operators, including our ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Apples

Apples

Apples bring a welcome freshness to the colder-weather months when menus are packed with heavier fare, bringing freshness, brightness, and texture (when raw) to fall and winter seasonal dishes. There are 2,500 varieties of apples in the U.S., and New York is only second to Washington state in terms of apple production. The Empire State grows and markets more commercial ...

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Three Seasonal Produce Options for a Unique Flavor

seasonal produce

FINGER LIMES Peak Season: Aug-Dec Also known as the caviar of citrus, finger limes have aromatic smooth, but pebbled, skin. They hold tiny round vesicles that pop in your mouth with a tart zing and bold citrus flavor with herbaceous undertones. Their effect is much like caviar! They are the fruit of a wild Australian plant that has been used ...

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The Choicest Produce From Farm To Fork

Nothing tastes better than farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Harvested at the peak of the season, produce can be the highlight of an entrée or a delightful stand-alone dish. Maines created Produce Express®, a comprehensive program that works directly with farmers to bring fresh, consistent, high-quality produce directly to restaurants and retailers. Produce Express® fruits and vegetables are expertly harvested at ...

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