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When Kelly and Scott Brodeur started their Vintage Maine Kitchen potato chip business in Freeport a few years ago, the couple wanted to replicate the chips they remembered from childhood

Vintage Maine Kitchen chips.
Vintage Maine Kitchen chips.Handout (Custom credit)

When Kelly and Scott Brodeur started their Vintage Maine Kitchen potato chip business in Freeport a few years ago, the couple wanted to replicate the chips they remembered from childhood. Specifically, the super-fresh kind that comes out of the fryer and is quickly scooped into buckets for customers to enjoy. Kelly grew up in Lowell, Scott in Dracut, and both fondly remember Methuen’s Royal Feast potato chips. Vintage Maine Kitchen chips are produced in small batches the old-fashioned way; they’re thinly sliced (but not too thin), have a delightful crispness, and truly taste like potato. The company makes five flavors: Cookout, seasoned with smoked Maine sea salt; Thankful, inspired by Thanksgiving flavors, such as rosemary, sage, ginger, marjoram, and thyme; Plain Maine (no salt); Ordinary (lightly salted); and Maine Maple, with a gentle mix of maple sugar and sea salt. From the beginning, Kelly, who has a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales in Providence, chose to source ingredients from Maine family farms and producers. Potatoes come from Bell Farms in Auburn, salts from Maine Sea Salt in Marshfield, spices from Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants in Dresden Mills, and maple sugar from Kinney’s Sugarhouse in Knox. Only the sunflower oil for frying comes from elsewhere in the United States and is a non-GMO product. The chips are gluten-free, contain no preservatives, and aren’t greasy or over-salted. (They come in 1.25-ounce and 5-ounce bags, priced at about $2 and $5, respectively.) The flavorings are subtle. “We’re going for a well-seasoned, balanced potato, not flavors that knock you over,” says Kelly. “And we’re making them the way small family chippers made them.”

Available in Hannaford and other grocery stores in southern Maine; Common Crow Natural Market, 200 Eastern Ave., Gloucester, 978-283-1665; and online at www.vintagemainekitchen.com

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LISA ZWIRN

Vintage Maine Kitchen chips.
Vintage Maine Kitchen chips.Handout (Custom credit)

Lisa Zwirn can be reached at lisa@lisazwirn.com