Highland Foods Blog

Early October

October 5, 2014

It’s early October here on the coast of Maine. What a wonderful summer it has been with lots of warm sunny days, good winds, and visits from friends and family. The boat is still in the water, with plans to pull it the week after next. Fingers are crossed the weather will hold out for a good sail this Columbus Day weekend. The apple orchards are bearing fruit, perfect for pies and crisps. The local turkey farm has a new flock to raise for the upcoming holiday season.

Our friends at The Blue Heron in Cadiz Kentucky had another Maple Pepper® party, sampling the seasonings on pop-corn! (Check out the photo we just posted.) Speaking of which, we have a customer I Love Popcorn out of Reno Nevada. They have been using Maple Pepper® w/Habanero on their popcorn and their customers are loving it! Now that the corn on the cob season is winding down, it’s always good to keep a good thing going, so from “cob” to “pop!”

The holiday season will be here before we know it. It’s never too early to start the holiday shopping season.

Thank you and have a wonderful fall.

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Guinness® Beef Stew

August 5, 2014

A FACEBOOK friend posted this delicious recipe the other day. We look forward to trying it. Sounds certain to keep one warm and content as the weather turns this upcoming fall. As much as we love these warm summer days, we also look forward to cool days of fall and frosty days of winter. Happy summer! (http://pondbrook.blogspot.com/ “Guinness® Beef Stew”)

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A Maple Pepper® Wedding Favor!

July 31, 2014

Just the other day we heard from a soon to be bride that she’d like to treat her guests to a Maple Pepper® wedding favor. What a great idea Erynn.

“I have been enjoying Maple Pepper since I was a kid growing up in western MA where it can be bought in a few of the country stores. I have ever since used it in my own kitchen, and spread the word to everyone I know about its delicious versatility every chance I get. Now, I am getting married to a wonderful man in Sept. of this year (59 days from now!) and would love to incorporate Maple Pepper as our wedding favor for our 80 guests…..We can think of no better gift for them to take away from our Vermont-based nuptials!”

Highland Foods offers special packaging options for events such as Erynn’s. Contact us today to discuss your custom packaging ideas, whether it be for a wedding, birthday, graduation or some other celebratory event. A gift of Maple Pepper® brand seasoning, the gift that keeps on giving with every shake!

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A Great Thank You Gift and Summertime Favorite

July 15, 2014

Highland Foods hopes that you are enjoying your summer. It has been a very hot and muggy one here in Maine. Thank goodness the ocean is nearby, and the winds and seas have been favorable for some fabulous days of sailing.

For many of us, summertime means travel to visit family and friends, whether it’s on the shore, in the mountains, or around the neighborhood block. What better way to say thank you for someone’s hospitality than a jar of Maple Pepper® brand seasoning? It’s a gift that lasts and will keep them thinking of you with every use.

Here is what Jamie Gibbins of Stafford, Virginia had to say to us recently. “Thanks. Alison! We just spent the weekend with some friends that recently moved away, this is a thank-you gift for their hospitality. They LOVE Maple Pepper :-)”

Enjoy Maple Pepper® on your favorite summer foods. Keep a jar by the grill for meats, poultry and fish, and on the dining room and picnic table for summertime treats like potato salad and fresh corn on the cob. Add some sparkle to your vegetable garden bounty including fresh tomatoes, carrots, or greens. We’ve been enjoying Maple Pepper® in our kale salads this summer, using our crop of red Russian kale. And clambakes aren’t complete without clam and lobster butter seasoned with Maple Pepper®.

May you all have a safe and relaxing summer.

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Spring is Here!

June 4, 2014

Well, spring has finally arrived here on the coast of Maine. The garden is in, lilacs are on their tail end of blooming, and we have had our first sail of the year. At the moment, as I look out our office window, it is raining. Great for the garden. Here in New England we love how the weather comes and goes, changing by the minute, expectedly and then not so. Yesterday it was warm and sunny, in some places we had a frost last week, and today the rain. What a mix! Just last weekend they predicted rain but the sun ruled over that.

We pulled the grill out a few weeks ago and have been enjoying salmon steaks and burgers seasoned with Maple Pepper®. Just last eve we had a salmon steak, first rubbed with olive oil and then topped with a small coat of mayonnaise followed by the pepper. The end result was delightful. As for the burgers, we like to mix in an egg, some chopped onion and Maple Pepper® for a little twist on the regular burger. Just like the weather, we love the mix of ways you can enjoy Maple Pepper®. Some are predictable, like the burger, some not so, like the watermelon burger recipe we shared with you a couple of years ago. Who’d have thought?!

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New England Food Show

March 13, 2014

Highland Foods is headed down to Boston to attend the New England Food Show March 16 - 18, 2014. We look forward to meeting some new faces and expanding our distribution through contacts with wholesalers and distributors. The show is in a building adjacent to the Boston Seafood Show being held at the same time. We hope to “catch” some new accounts at that show as well!

Here on the coast of Maine we have had yet another winter storm, this one spreading freezing rain and drifting snow, and mounds of snow in the mountains. We love winter in Maine.

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Highland Foods, LLC Opens New Accounts!

February 7, 2014

We are pleased to announce that we have opened some new accounts: Parker’s Maple Barn Restaurant in Mason, NH and Wendel’s Poultry Farm in East Concord, NY.

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Winter Update

January 26, 2014

It has been a wild winter here on the coast of Maine. We’ve had blizzards, rain storms, freezing cold temperatures, and spring like days. The holiday season kept us more than busy and we have barely had time to wind down from that as we prepare for the New England Food Show and Seafood Show in Boston March 16 - 18, 2014. We are excited about the show and expanding our markets, speaking of which, thank you to those who recommended stores for us to contact in your area. We have a number of followups to do!

Be sure to check out our FACEBOOK page for recipes and comments from our customers. We are excited to share that one of our customers recently published a book called The Sugarmaker’s Companion. Author Michael Farrell is a sugarmaker and director of the Uihlein Forest at Cornell University. Michael includes both text and a photo of Maple Pepper® in his book.

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Think Snow!

December 14, 2013

Here on the coast of Maine we are hunkering down for our first big snow of the season. The weatherman predicts 6-14 inches. You’ve gotta love it. After all, it is winter and in winter it snows. We take the weather come what may - rain, snow, warm, cold. There is a saying here in New England, though I am sure this holds true for other places: if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute and it’ll change. Variety - the spice of life.

We send warm wishes to you all this holiday season, whether you are spending the season with family and friends, on the ski slopes or a Caribbean cruise, or snug at home. Thank you for another wonderful year. We look forward to hearing from you this season and in the new year.

All the best to you, The Highland Foods Crew - Stewart, Mark, Sue and Alison

p.s. Don’t forget to check our FACEBOOK page. We are up to 453 friends and counting. Try out some of our recipes, see photos from the year, and read posts from us and comments from friends.

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Our Customers Say it Best!

November 4, 2013

We always love to hear from our customers. You say it best. Here are a few recent quotes:

“Grilled fish of any variety always tastes better with Maple Pepper with Habenero! It has just the right heat and the maple taste compliments the fish to perfection!!”

“When friends ask what makes our food so delicious, we tell them Maple Pepper… Then we have to hide the jar or it ends up going home with them! It’s a great stocking stuffer - if we are willing to part with a jar or two.”

“This seasoning makes any dish extra special in flavor, I use it for most of my dinner cooking and would highly recommend it!”

“Sweet corn is wonderful in the summer. Maple pepper makes it so much better. We won’t eat sweet corn without it.”

“My husband and I really fell in love with how the Maple Pepper w/Garlic flavors any food we use it on. It’s especially good on eggs!”

“I love the original Maple Pepper. I originally found it years ago in a New Hampshire White Mountains store. Every year I couldn’t wait to get some more when we visited NH again. Then all of a sudden I had a hard time [trying] to find it. I did eventually track it down. Everyone I have ever given it to for a gift has just loved it. It’s really a very special spice.”

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Maple Pepper® with Habanero is HOTTER Than Ever!

September 27, 2013

This quote just in from Bickford’s Family Restaurant in Massachusetts:

> Hi Alison - could you please send another 4 lbs of the habanero maple pepper? Customers at our Burlington location love the wings rubbed with this seasoning!

Maple Pepper® with Habanero is on a roll. We love it! With the fall weather coming on, it is time to start thinking of stews, chilis and chowders. Our seasonings are a great addition to your favorites, whether it is beef, vegetarian, clam or fish. And we are always thinking of new Maple Pepper® concoctions. Here is one for you: Your favorite hot chocolate recipe spiked with a few dashes of Maple Pepper® with Habanero. Now that is hot!

Happy fall everyone.

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Maple Pepper® with Habanero is HOT!!!

September 20, 2013

We have recently received two glowing emails about our Maple Pepper® with Habanero and want to share them with you.

> Dear Alison,

My wife recently brought home a 3 oz container of your Maple Pepper With Habanero, oh my God that is to die for. I’ve gone though about two ounces of it already! I put it on everything, eggs, potatoes, chicken, pork and salad, just to name a few. Just wanted to tell you how very much I enjoy your product. Thank you.

> OMG the habanero pepper is absolutely fantastic. I can’t stop using it! Bought it in Ellsworth and now will look for it sold around my home. Wish me luck! >

And there you have it!

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The Waning Days of Summer

September 16, 2013

Wow! What a summer it has been here on the coast of Maine. We’ve been sailing and fishing, vacationing in Canada,traveling to food shows, meeting some of our wholesale customers, and a lot more. Summer is winding down. You can feel it in the air, especially today. It is chilly; sweater weather for sure.

We hope you are viewing our FACEBOOK page now and then. We have been making regular entries and posting photos so if you have not done so, why not take a look? We heard from one satisfied customer just last eve. Torrey Janssen, a new customer, wrote us to say: “OMG the habanero pepper is absolutely fantastic. I can’t stop using it! Bought it in Ellsworth and now will look for it sold around my home. Wish me luck!”

It is never too early to start thinking about shopping for the upcoming holidays. Spread the good cheer of Maple Pepper® Brand Seasoning this holiday season by sharing it with family and friends. As always, thank you for reading. Stay in touch.

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Summer Fancy Food Show Follow Up

July 3, 2013

We had a grand time on June 30 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. There were many exhibits featuring specialty food and drinks from around the world. We sampled everything from Scottish whiskey to Italian cheeses, and California beers to Maine chocolates. The whole experience was delightful and we plan to go back again next year, perhaps with our own booth!

We wish you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July. Be sure to check our FACEBOOK page for recipe ideas and more. Also, as we look to expand out product line, it is always fun to get ideas from our customers. If you have an idea for a new Maple Pepper® flavor, by all means send it along by posting to our FACEBOOK page or sending us an email.

Thank you as always!

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Highland Foods is off to the New York City Fancy Food Show

June 28, 2013

We have an exciting few days ahead of us as we travel to New York City to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show. You can check out the show at (http://www.specialtyfood.com/fancy-food-show/ “Summer Fancy Food Show”). There will be an incredible 180,000 products represented by 2400 exhibitors from around the world.

We love Maine summers and expect many of you do as well, venturing this way to enjoy the shore, forests, rivers and lakes. It is always fun to meet our customers so if you know you will be in our neck of the woods and want to drop by, please let us know ahead of time.

There are plenty of summer cookouts and lobster bakes ahead of us. Maple Pepper® is the ultimate summer seasoning whether you are cooking up steak, fish or poultry. Fresh vegetables roasted over a grill with some olive oil and Maple Pepper® is a must and don’t forget corn on the cob. Butter and Maple Pepper® on your ear is a taste sensation you just can’t beat.

Have a happy and safe summer everyone and stay in touch!

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Spring is Here!

April 6, 2013

Spring is always a welcome season here in New England. There remain a few scattered patches of snow in the fields but things are slowly warming up. The red winged black birds and buzzards are back while we await the osprey and peepers. The garden is ready for an early planting of hardy greens. It is time to think about getting the boats ready for summer, and the lawn furniture on the back terrace. We made a dent in the woodpile this winter but with the warmer temperatures, there is still plenty stacked for next year.

We had some true blue snow storms this past winter. We especially loved the big blizzard in February. Great weather for hot chocolate and Maple Pepper® popcorn! We attended the New England Products Trade Show in March. We saw old friends and made some new ones. Trade show attendees sampled Maple Pepper® on fresh fruit; mixed in a cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt dip for cucumbers; and in olive oil for dipping French bread.

We have some changes in store for this year. Stay tuned for our new website. Be sure to check our FACEBOOK page for new recipes. Happy spring!

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Tis the Season

December 30, 2012

Tis the season for good cheer, food, merriment and times with friends and family. We had a sugar dusting of snow here on Christmas Day but since then, two snow storms. It has been perfect for cross country and downhill skiing. Shoveling the drive and walkways is a welcome chore as we work off those extra holiday calories. We know many of you are enjoying your holidays with jars of Maple Pepper® under your tree, in your stocking, and on the dinner table.

As we close out the year and ring in the new, we would like to thank all of you, our loyal customers. It is always a pleasure to do business with you. We know our Maple Pepper® has traveled far and wide this year, from close to home to California, to Germany, Scotland, Austria and Canada.

We look forward to introducing you to a new look and product line in the coming months. Be sure to check back now and then for updates, as well as our FACEBOOK page for new recipes and photos.

Happy Holidays!

Alison, Stewart, Mark, Sue and Maddy

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They love us in California!

November 27, 2012

> Your Seasonings are such a hit, especially at all the special events that we have been doing for the holidays.Do you have any other products* that you sell? If so could you send me the information on them. We have a Health Food Store interested in your products as well as a “Pig Farmer” who has a large customer base following a “Paleo Diet”..

Katrina Morgan, Three Leaves and a Tree, Valley Center, CA

*The New Year is nearly upon us and with that, Highland Foods looks forward to introducing at least three new products to our Maple Pepper® Brand Seasoning line. Stay tuned!

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Is it that time of year already?

November 10, 2012

No one could say it better than our customers. Just today we received a product inquiry from Anik:

> Thank you! I bought some of your product for every family member’s stocking last year in North Conway…now this year they’re all asking for more, and I needed to find somewhere closer.

Thanks for such a great product! :)

Anik >

It is hard to believe we are approaching that time of year again. The holidays can be an overwhelmingly joyous time, overwhelmingly because of all the to dos we have this time of year.

  • winterize the house
  • put the summer gardens to bed
  • top off the woodpile
  • pull out the winter woolies
  • plan meals and think about purchasing those gifts!

Food and gifts! So much and so many. What better way to take the edge off some of that holiday stress you may already be feeling than to stock up early on Maple Pepper®. It tastes great on many of your holiday foods - the traditional and then the traditional with a Maple Pepper® twist, like that marvelously delicious and award winning Maple Pepper® Eggnog recipe a customer shared with us last year.

So plan ahead like Anik and get your Maple Pepper® today. Make your holiday shopping “Pure and Simple” with Maple Pepper®. The products ship easily, are non-perishable and just the right size for the stocking. Remember we have our handy gift boxes too, sized for three jars of your favorite flavors. ...

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Fall is in bloom in our neck of the woods.

October 21, 2012

Most of this summer’s leaves have changed to reds, yellows, and oranges, once gracing the trees and now the ground. Only the oak leaves hang on in their earthy browns. The air is crisp as the days grow shorter and the temperatures fall. We’ve had some good rowing and sailing days of late but even those are winding down.

Maine is the way life should be in the fall with pumpkin and oyster festivals, mountain hikes and cider pressing. The wood is stacked and the fields are brown, awaiting the first flakes of winter. Farm stands abound with winter squash - pumpkins, old hubbard, acorn, butternut, buttercup. Winter squash and Maple Pepper® go so well together, whether your recipe calls for soup, baking, broiling or mashing. One of our favorite recipes is acorn squash, baked with a dollop of butter and a hearty shake of Maple Pepper®. And when it comes time to carve your Jack-o’-Lantern, be sure to save the seeds. You can make a tasty treat if you spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet with a touch of olive oil and Maple Pepper®. Bake till crispy. Better than popcorn so some of our customers say.

A bit of Halloween trivia: The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns” (the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack) originated in Ireland, where haunting faces, illuminated by candles, were carved on large turnips and potatoes. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America where the canvas ...

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