Highland Foods Blog

It's Been a While!

October 16, 2016

Hello and happy fall to you all. Summer was lovely here in Maine though a tad dry. Fall is quite colorful in spite of the drought. There are still a few hearty sailors out on the high seas. More room in the coves and harbors with summer cottages closed up for the winter.

We just spent a bit of time checking out answers to our website survey. Note that we are in the process of making a new website which will make your shopping experience that much easier. We know it has had its glitches.

We want to share some of our customer comments. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. If you have any Maple Pepper® photos of you using the products, feel free to send along for us to post. Thanks!

And now, a word from our customers:

  • 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.
  • We first discovered Maple Pepper while on vacation in Vermont many years ago & fell in love with it - we’ve been buying it ever since - love at first sprinkle!
  • How DON’T I use it? ;-) My favorite way to use it is to put it on top of the sour cream in my baked potatoes. I ...

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Feeling Like a Maple Pepper® Addict - Fan Letter

May 16, 2016

We’d like to share an email Lisa sent us yesterday. Have something to say about Maple Pepper®? Send it along in an email or letter and we’ll post your comments as well.

“Dear Alison, I bought some of your Maple Pepper w/Rosemary when I worked a show for Zen Bear Honey Tea.

O M Goodness. I put it on EVERYTHING!!! I have told everyone who will listen how much I love it. I am almost out and was freaking out today and then looked you up on the web and found that you are carried at 2 places in Freeport. Thank goodness!!! Whew.

Anyway, this is just a note of appreciation. I’m a Maple Pepper super fan!!”

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Move over Brown Sugar....

May 5, 2016

Jill Fitch, one of our regular customers, posted the following on FACEBOOK recently:

I’ve been using your product (Maple Pepper®) for several years now and tell everyone I can about it. Especially good on steamed carrots, baked acorn squash, and sweet potato. Stopped using brown sugar so saving calories.

Thank you Jill. Don’t forget to check in on our FB page for photos, recipe ideas and more. We love to hear from our customers as well.

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New Look; New Flavor - Maple Pepper® w/Rosemary

April 19, 2016

We have a lot to be excited about this spring. We attended the Northern New England Products Trade Show in March as we told you in our previous blog post. It was a proud moment for Highland Foods. We introduced our new labels and a new product! Our new labels are looking sharp with an overdue makeover. A familiar look with a new flare. And then there is our newest product, Maple Pepper® w/Rosemary. The product is so new, we have yet to add it to our web store. And our wholesale customers are just now getting their orders and stocking their store shelves. Our newest flavor was at the suggestion of Olive and Co. out of Oklahoma City. The store sells a gourmet line of olive oils and was looking for a new flavor to season oils for dipping crusty loaves of French bread and the like. We crafted a recipe for them, and now it is available for you. Great things can happen thanks to our customers. Have a flavor idea? Send it along. We just might give it a try.

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Northern New England Products Trade Show

April 19, 2016

We were at the Northern New England Products Trade Show in March. This is always a fun event, meeting existing customers and opening accounts with new ones. The show was a great success!

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Happy Eggs!

April 19, 2016

Our friend Jane Holmes of Windham Maine sent us a grateful email. In Jane’s own words, “At last, my eggs will be so happy!” Why? Jane just replenished her supply of Maple Pepper® w/Garlic. We are happy to know that not only our customers appreciate our products, but their eggs do as well.

Why not start your morning off with an egg, or two, seasoned with your favorite flavor of Maple Pepper®, whether it be our Original, w/Garlic, w/Habanero, or our newest flavor, w/Rosemary? From fresh off the farm eggs, to warm from the oven roast chicken, our seasonings are sure to please your palate.

Happy spring.

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Wet and Wild!

March 11, 2016

This is the winter that never was. Yes, we love snow. And no, we hardly had a flake of it this year. Instead, early budding of leaves and popping up of crocus and daffodils. Makes us wonder what is in store for this spring? Beach days? Early onset of black flies? We’ll have to wait and see. A few things we are sure of, however. It’s time to get the sailboat and dinghy out of winter storage to prime them for this upcoming sailing season. Also, time to begin sifting through the veggie seeds for the radishes and spinach to plant. The ground never really froze this year so the garden soil is ready to be tilled.

Most importantly, we are excited to introduce a new product - Maple Pepper® w/Rosemary. With the new product, it was a good time to update our labels as well. Maple Pepper® has a new look which we’ll unveil to the public next weekend at the New England Products Trade Show in Portland Maine. We are also in the midst of redoing our website so stay tuned for that. Oh, and we had to resize our gift box for four products so the box has a new look too.

In closing, we have yet another customer recipe to share with you. This one just in from Andy of Waldoboro Maine: “I just made a Philly cheese steak using Maple Pepper® for the first time. It was really excellent as a seasoning. Normally, I ...

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"My Favorite New Recipe for Maple Pepper®"

January 19, 2016

We received this email just today and had to share it with you. Perfect for the cold winter weather that is upon us. Start the day off right with HOT oatmeal, and HOT coffee.

“Hi Alison,

I originally purchased your Maple Pepper with Habanero at Polly’s Pancake Parlor and my husband and I have been enjoying it for quite a few years now. Although I love it sprinkled on my steel cut oats each morning we recently discovered that a few sprinkles in our coffee grounds along with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon before brewing gets our morning started off with a delicious kick!

Thanks for a great product!” Sincerely, Terrie D.

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Welcome in the New Year!

January 15, 2016

A belated happy holidays to you all. We hope you had a restful holiday, spending time with family and friends and sharing the gifts of the season, including bountiful meals of holiday food and cheer.

The holidays here on the coast of Maine are always a treat. Life slows down after a busy summer season. The thermometer dips, the sea breezes nip, and boats are hauled from the harbors. Christmas lights and green boughs grace the streets and houses. It is lovely. We are patiently waiting for snow this year.

Thank you to you, our customers. We had a successful 2015 and are looking forward to 2016. Some changes have been brewing on the Highland Foods’ front. We are excited to be introducing a new product, new labels, and new gift boxes. Stay tuned!

We want to close out this message with a couple of quotes from some of our customers. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

”Your Fire on the Mountain shaker made food on two deployments better and actually edible. I still keep a jar with me at work. WELL DONE!!” Dave Rosenlund from Vermont

”I wanted to say I’m such a HUGE fan of your Maple Pepper® with habanero ever since I was fortunate enough to get to try some. May I please get…….your truly spectacular pepper? I’ll be the best walking advertisement ever in Indy, and I will definitely pay it forward! Thank you in advance, an enthusiast!” Erich ...

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Wedding Bells!

October 16, 2015

It seems this November is wedding bell season. Two happy couples will be treating their family and friends to Maple Pepper® wedding favors. What a lovely thing, sharing their love of Maple Pepper® on their wedding day. Whether it is an upcoming wedding or other big event, make it a memorable one for both you and your guests with the gift of Maple Pepper®.

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Time Flies

October 11, 2015

Time flies so fast. It seems just the other day we were sailing Penobscot Bay. Today, it’s a cool, fall New England day with woodsmoke swirling from the chimneys and fiery red maples setting the skies ablaze. Won’t be long before the frost is on the pumpkin - literally - and the rake becomes our weekend exercise tool of choice. We posted a new photo on our photo roll so check it out. Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner.

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Recipes, FACEBOOK, and Bulk

August 28, 2015

Be sure to visit our FACEBOOK page for photos of some incredibly tasty and simple recipes. If you find yourself running out of Maple Pepper® all too frequently, remember you may order the product in bulk, packaged in bags or handy pour and shake bottles.

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Smooth Sailing and Hot Grilling

August 28, 2015

Summer in Maine has been a delight. We’ve cruised through under full sail, with plenty of fun times and great food along the way. We’ve been to Pinette, PEI and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. We went aboard the Mary Day out of Camden, Maine and sailed around the islands of Penobscot Bay.

Summer is a time for rest and relaxation, visiting with family and friends, and grilling: burgers, fresh garden vegetables, steaks, shish kabob, shrimp and corn on the cob. One of our favorite summer grills is fresh mackerel, from sea to hook to grill in the matter of just an hour or two. Can’t get much fresher than that. After filleting, we season the fish with a bit of lemon and lots of Maple Pepper®. A few minutes on each side and you have an incredibly tasty meal. We love to accompany the fish with a few ears of corn on the cob, rolled in butter and coated with Maple Pepper®. Fresh fish and corn, a real summertime treat!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer. It’s only August 28th so there are plenty of summer days ahead. Be well, enjoy family and friends, and keep that jar of Maple Pepper® handy. Maple Pepper®, pure and simple, the way summer, life and food should be!

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Spring Time is Grill Time!

May 3, 2015

Welcome to spring here on the Maine coast! The last of the snow finally melted a couple of weeks ago. It was a long cold snowy winter. With that kind of weather, spring is more welcome than ever. The red winged blackbirds and woodcocks have been back for a while now, the osprey more recently and best of all, the peepers. The sugaring season was an OK one we hear; the deep snow made the gathering a bit more of a chore than usual.

We’ve pulled out our grill and broken it in to this year’s spring. Our first on the menu - Maple Pepper® and Coffee Steak Marinade. What a surprise treat. Here is our recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think. You can see a photo of a steak grilled with the marinade on our FACEBOOK page. Happy Spring!

Makes enough marinade for 2-3 large steaks.

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup olive oil, 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar, 1/8 Cup fresh coffee grounds (We like to use dark roast, but your favorite joe will do!), 3 Tablespoons of Maple Pepper® (any flavor!)


Combine all ingredients into a measuring cup and mix until completely blended. Place steaks in a bowl or container and pour 3/4 of marinade (you’ll use the rest later!) onto steaks and let sit for 30 - 60 minutes. Fire up the grill or set your oven to broil and cook the steaks for 4-5 minutes, then pour on the ...

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Yummmm! Maple Pepper® Popcorn

February 27, 2015

Well, for the moment, it is NOT snowing here on the Maine coast. It is pretty amazing how much snow we have had this winter. Though some may complain (and how far will that get you as you really can’t do a thing about the weather), we personally LOVE it. Winter sports are one of our favorite past times, plus the views in the back field are lovely with the white on the ground and weighing down the tree bows. We just feel for the deer and other wildlife foraging for food.

Now, onto popcorn. On these cold winter eves while watching your favorite movie, or reading a book by the fire, Maple Pepper® popcorn can make for great comfort food. Periodically, we like to go back in time through our emails and check customer correspondence. We’d like to share this one:

August 15, 2011 Alison, My girlfriend and I love your Maple Pepper. Being a born and raised Vermont boy that now lives away from home, it brings back a touch of maple to many dishes. However, it should be brought to your attention that our two main uses (which we feel are most important) are not listed on the jar as serving suggestions. These two uses are home fries and more importantly, popcorn! Ohhhh, the popcorn! I advise that to increase your profits by one-hundred-million percent, you market the popcorn. Mmmmmmm… popcorn. I, in turn, will ask of no profit sharing other than the peace ...

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A Good Ol' New England Blizzard!

January 27, 2015

It is about time we had some real winter weather here on the coast. As I sit at my desk looking out the office window, the snow is coming down hard and fast and you can hear the whine of the wind as it makes its way through the cracks in the doors and windows. With all of the blowing, it is hard to tell just how much snow we have had so far but a safe estimate is at least a foot. It is a lovely white fluff, perfect for skiing. They say there have been gale force, actually hurricane force winds out at sea. We can only imagine what that must be like.

We appreciate hearing from you time and again, thanking us for our products, service and personal touch. Thank you to our loyal customers. You make all the difference. Now and then, over the years, some of you have stopped in when in the area. It is always a pleasure to meet you as well.

On this chilly winter afternoon, we’d like to share a few recipe ideas with you. How about roasting root vegetables, and brussel sprouts, with Maple Pepper® w/Garlic and olive oil? We’ve tried Maple Pepper® beet and carrot chips too. They make a healthy crunchy salty chip. We cut the beets and carrots to about 1/16 of an inch thick, brush them on both sides with olive oil and Maple Pepper®, and roast them on a cookie sheet in a ...

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to you all. As the year winds down today, here are a few more quotes from our customers.

“I love to tell you how WONDERFUL Maple Pepper with Garlic is - on just about anything!!”

“I got hooked on maple paper two years ago when I visited Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, NH….. I literally threw a fit when I ran out. I since have stocked up and got my best friend hooked as well…… I took the trip to NH with my now fiancé (yay!). We are in the process of planning our wedding and we want maple pepper as a favor for our guests.”

“There is nothing on the market like Maple Pepper. It’s a product that is delicious, and a company, I can tell, that has “personality” and a sense of values.”

In closing, Highland Foods has had several customers order Maple Pepper® as wedding favors for their guests this year. Getting married in 2015? First, congratulations. Second, please contact us via email or phone if you’d like to include Maple Pepper® as a part of your big event.

Thank you all!

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Happy New Year!

December 29, 2014

Our customers say it best. For example, we recently received an email order from a customer in Lafayette, CA. This is what she had to say: Life as we know it in our spice world is empty without the maple pepper.

Send us a Maple Pepper® quote and we’ll post it on our website to share with others. Oh, and if you have not yet done so, please take a look at our FACEBOOK page. Like it? Let us know!

Happy Holidays to you all and we look forward to supplying you with your Maple Pepper® needs in 2015! Maple Pepper®, pure and simple.

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Winter in November

November 2, 2014

Wow! It is wild out there. We are having our first winter storm of the season today and it is a doozy. A lot of heavy wet snow has caught many of us off guard. Trees still bearing their leaves are bowing heavy with the weight of the snow. The snow tires are still in the garage with the shovels getting their first workout. We haven’t even started our fall raking!

We love these kind of surprises here on the coast. The variety and unpredictability of our weather always keeps you guessing.

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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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