We’re Not Just About Moose and Lobsters, Ya Know

Moxie AdFrom time to time, the Maine Crime Writers do a group post. This one builds on that children’s game where you’re going on a trip and bringing along X, Y, and Z. So, everyone was asked to answer this question:

I am packing a basket full of goodies from Maine, and I am putting “X” in it.

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Kate Flora: I am putting in Raye’s mustard, Ducktrap smoked trout, and Stonewall Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 11.52.28 AMKitchen pancake mix. http://www.stonewallkitchen.com



Bruce Coffin: A six-pack of Moxie and some venison jerky!

Chris Holm: Gunpowder Rye from New England Distilling and some infusion kits from Vena’s Fizz House.


Maureen Milliken: Claudia Diller Maine scenes calendar and Carrabassett Coffee http://www.carrabassettcoffee.com

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 12.02.30 PMKathy Lynn Emerson: A jar of Pemberton’s Death by Chocolate, a whoopie pie from Wicked Whoopies www.wickedwhoopies.com and a half pint of Maine maple syrup from any local producer

Susan Vaughan: Bixby Chocolate Bars and Rock City Coffee, made in Rockland http://www.bixbyco.com

Lea Wait: Blueberry Jam from Stonewall kitchen! Cranberry Gin from Sweetgrass Farm! Whoopie Pie! And a barley sugar lobster lollypop. (Or gummy lobsters – my grandkids’ favorite!)

Brenda Buchanan: A gift certificate good for a couple of growlers of fine beer from Marshall Wharf Brewing in Belfast along with the never-gets-old collection of essays by E.B. White titled One Man’s Meat. (Food for the soul.) http://www.marshallwharf.com


John Clark: Gift cards from Casablanca Comics and Bullmoose. Two great Maine Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 11.53.14 AMoperations. Rick at Casablanca is the guru of Manga for the Maine Library community and Bullmoose offers great service and the stores are lots of fun to browse.



Barbara Ross: Coastal Maine Popcorn–both savory and sweet– www.coastalmainepopcorn.com

And lest you think we live on nothing but gourmet treats and Maine roasted coffee, Vaughn Hardacker reminds us of some more down to earth Maine eats: How about the most popular lunch in THE COUNTY! Red hotdogs, burnt black, and Humpty Dumpty BBQ potato chips

Dying to get your hands on some of these treats? Well one lucky commenter during the Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 11.56.32 AMmonth of April will be getting a gift basket with Maine treats and Maine reads, including some Loughlin’s Irish Steak Sauce http://loughlinirish.com

So keep those comments coming, folks.

And stay tuned for the fun we’re planning for National Library Week, April 10-16. Last year it was library card socks. This year? Well, we’re not telling until April 10th.



About MCWriTers

Kate Flora is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including her Joe Burgess police procedural series, her Thea Kozak series, two true crimes, a stand-alone suspense and a memoir, as well as many short stories. Her books have been Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Derringer finalists. She’s twice won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction and won the 2015 Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction. She divides her time between Maine and Massachusetts. Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime.
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21 Responses to We’re Not Just About Moose and Lobsters, Ya Know

  1. Monica says:

    Wow! This is really cool. And a great list of specialty items we should be famous for!

  2. Having grown up in the County, ya gotta include a bag of spuds from up there. And some Canadian coins, since the currencies were fluid across the border. You could throw in some treats from that Amish bakery around Mars Hill.

  3. Tamela says:

    I have never had the opportunity to go to Maine, but I would think it would be a wonderful trip. All of these goodies sound great. Some things I have not heard of before, so I will have to explore and see if I can locate them. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Suzan says:

    Red hot dogs, whoopie pie and Moxie. What could be more Maine?

  5. Rhonda Mason says:

    That’s a great list of Maine goodies! Thanks for sharing John Clark!

  6. Gretchen Asam says:

    Another voice from the County–the goodies should be packed in a big potato basket.

  7. Jeanne Benedict says:

    I’m glad Humpty Dumpty BBQ potato chips were finally mentioned – love them!!

  8. Ruth Nixon says:

    Lea Wait’s first Shadows book was the first Maine book I read and I now can’t get enough of the Maine writers. My son offered to send me to Maine for a visit but I declined since a trip alone would be no fun so I keep on reading my beloved Maine authors. The basket of Maine Goodies sounds wonderful.

  9. Charlene Clemons says:

    Everything sounds good, but there should be a gift certificate for a lobster roll at Red’s Eats! Definitely the best around!

  10. Peggy Malley says:

    My personal favorite: those red hot dogs burnt black; and of course, a whoopie pie for dessert!

  11. Amber Foxx says:

    I’m bringing Matt’s Coffee. I think the beans I buy when I’m in Maine are called the Chickadee Blend.
    My sister once sent me some coffee from another Maine roaster called Black Fly Blend. “For the buzz that won’t go away.”

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  13. Bonnie Finn says:

    Glad to see red hotdogs made the list!

  14. Ev Bedard says:

    thanks for thinking of your loyal readers…

  15. Kathy Gonzales says:

    Wow! What an awesome collection of treats ! I love books based in Maine, and some specialty items from there would be a neat prize to win! kathambre@yahoo.com

  16. Linda Lord says:

    Hooray for Whoopie pies and E.B. White. I am sharing this with a friend from TN who will be visiting Maine for the first time this summer. Thank you!

  17. Candy Kennedy says:

    Wow I love all things Maine. Want to try the whoopie pies so oooo much. On our way to PEI we called Maine the state that wouldn’t end.

  18. I really like a lot of Schlotterbeck and Foss products – like MossNess dressing. We’re a great food state!

  19. Barb Rehmeyer says:

    When I send someone something from Maine, I always include a bag of Lil’ Lads herbal popcorn http://www.littlelads.com/popcorn.asp It’s delicious!

  20. Rebecca Dauphinee says:

    Royal Tar coffee from 44 North Coffee and Gosselin’s glazed doughnuts! Makes for a perfect Sunday morning treat. I love all the other suggestions & offerings, too.

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