OUR BUYING POLICIES
We aim to keep MDI as beautiful as it was 200 years ago, (as well as maintain a place where people can make a decent living) and with that in mind we purchase as many locally produced goods as we can.
RECYCLING and EFFICIENT ENERGY USE
Rupununi has eradicated the use of Polystyrene Foam, started recycling programs, installed efficient lighting
and cut down on water usage. Rupununi is also proud to become one of the first restaurants in Maine to heat all
of its hot water using roof mounted solar panels.
For seafood, we purchase a majority of our fish and shellfish from Maine fisherman, We also buy a good amount from a New Hampshire company, EcoFish, which sells only sustainably harvested seafood. For instance, you will notice there are no large shrimp, just Maine caught “popcorn” Shrimp.
LOBSTERS are of course all from the gulf of maine.
LOCAL FARMS are a favorite source for mixed greens, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and other produce.
ALL NATURAL/ETHICALLY RAISED CHICKEN, EGGS and BEEF
We use only All Natural/Ethically Raised chicken, eggs and beef. “All Natural” means no steroids or Hormones. We buy from Niman Ranch who are commited to producing the finest tasting meat in the world by adhearing to the highest standards of superior breeding, superior feeding, superior care and superior husbandry. We use only fresh, local, cage-free and certified organic eggs from The Country Hen located in Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
Northeast Family Farms is a group of small family farms in Mass., NH, VT and Maine which provides our eggs and beef. Our delicious American Kobe Beef is from Brigadoon Farm in Peacham, Vermont where the cattle are allowed access to lush pastures and clean fresh water. At no point are they subjected to commercial feedlots, subtheraputic antibiotics or growth promoting hormones.
COFFEE is “Eco-Friendly” from an El Salvador farmer-run estate.
RUPUNUNI THE RESTAURANT
We contribute significantly to several groups working in the Rupununi to “make things better”, including Iwokrama
Rainforest Centre, mixing preservation with sustainable use; and the Rupununi Learners Foundation,
working to strenghten the educational system in the area.
Find out more at:
these organizations that help the Rupununi region in Guyana