We are proud to feature the following local suppliers:
Oakhurst is currently a leader in environmental sustainability in the state of Maine. Through its innovative energy programs and conservation efforts, the company has dramatically reduced its carbon and environmental footprint. Oakhurst is currently investing in solar energy at their Waterville distribution center, making it one of the largest solar installations in the state of Maine. In 2009 they purchased a hybrid delivery truck, which was the first of its kind for the dairy industry. Their delivery fleet use environmentally friendly refrigerants and truck skirts which significantly increase aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Another local company used by Sodexo is Native Maine Produce. In an effort to provide as much local seasonal products as possible, we depend heavily on the fruits and vegetables we receive from our Westbrook supplier. In the winter Native Maine supplies locally grown apples, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, winter squash, turnips and greenhouse tomatoes. Come spring crops of local asparagus, herbs, lettuce, parsnips and rhubarb are available. And when school begins in the fall we can put plenty of locally grown blueberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, chard, corn, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkin, plums, and rutabaga on our menu.
Local companies Native Maine is currently purchasing from:
Allen’s Blueberries Ellsworth, Maine Apple Acres Farm Hiram, Maine Backyard Beauties Madison, Maine Bill Bamford / Maxwell’s Farm Cape Elizabeth, Maine Blue Mango Foods Portland, Maine Browne Trading Company Portland, Maine Carlin Family Farm Windham, Maine Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative Madawaska, Maine, Curran Company Saco, Maine Flaherty Family Farms Scarborough, Maine Gillespie Farms New Gloucester, Maine Grant’s Farm Saco, Maine Green Thumb Farms Fryeburg, Maine Hurricane’s Soup Greene, Maine Idleknot Farm Falmouth, Maine Irving Farm Caribou, Maine It’ll Be Pizza Portland, Maine Jacqmin’s Greenhouse New Gloucester, Maine Jordan’s Farm Cape Elizabeth, Maine Katahdin Specialty Coffee Westbrook, Maine Kate’s Homemade Butter Old Orchard Beach, Maine Maine Lobster Roll Company Portland, Maine Maine Maple Products Madison, Maine Maine Sea Salt Company Brewer, Maine Morse’s Sauerkraut Waldoboro, Maine Olivia’s Garden New Gloucester, Maine Oyster Creek Mushroom Company New Gloucester, Maine Papou’s Kitchen Portland, Maine Pineland Farms New Gloucester, Maine Pleasant Hill Gardens Scarborough, Maine Portland Shellfish Company South Portland, Maine Randall Orchards Standish, Maine R.B. Swan & Son, Inc. Brewer, Maine Silvery Moon Creamery Westbrook, Maine Smiling Hill Farm Westbrook, Maine Teicher Farm & Greenhouse Eustis, Maine
Our prime product supplier is Northcenter, out of Augusta.
They provide us with our locally Maine produced Gifford’s Ice Cream for the dining hall, Poland Spring water for the café and catering, and Wyman’s blueberries for pancakes and baked goods. They also deliver to us products manufactured throughout New England, such as Yoplait Yogurt, Piantedosi Bread, Kens’s salad dressing and Sparrow baking supplies all from Massachusetts.