Doing My Bit

During this time of staying at home—extreme even for a homebody like me—I have been doing a fair amount of ordering online—mostly food to fill in the gaps in my larder. However, there is a twenty-five pound bag of hulled sunflower seeds waiting on the porch. After all, the birds have to eat, too.

Regrettably, most of the packages come from away, as we Mainers would put it.

However, I have been doing my bit to support the local economy.

Item: Absolutely delicious chocolate from a local candy store called Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe. I’ve written about Scrummy’s before, and I am crazy about their handmade chocolates. Their store in Hallowell, a nearby town, is closed, but the owners are still making chocolates in their commercial kitchen. Those chocolates can be ordered online.

Here is what I ordered—Cashew & Toffee Chews and Salted Caramels.

Clif and I are having a little chocolate every day, trying to make the deliciousness last as long as possible. No doubt, we will order more when this batch is gone.

Item: Spring and Summer farm share from our own Farmer Kev.

It’s not all chocolate and bonbons here at our home in the woods. We also eat lots of fruit and veg. This year we will be well supplied by Farmer Kev, whose family we have known for a long time.

I’ve also written about Farmer Kev, who is an absolute wonder. In brief: The gardening bug bit Kevin when he was young—around twelve or thirteen—when he realized he had a passion for growing food. From his parents’ backyard, Kevin expanded to rented fields and finally to his very own farm. All by the time he was in his early thirties.

Here is a picture of a farm share from a past spring.

To say we are looking forward to Farmer Kev’s fresh, organic vegetables is a big, big understatement.  Clif and I are already dreaming about salads, tomatoes, and corn on the cob. Garlic, onion, and green beans.

We will also get a fall and winter share, which will pretty much take us through the year.

Hail chocolate, spring, and fresh vegetables!

Coronavirus News from Maine

From the Bangor Daily News

Making Whoopie

Rock’s Family Diner in Fort Kent has experienced a drop in revenue as people are staying home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“Takeouts have been very slow,” said Peter Pinette, who owns Rock’s along with his wife, Sandra Pelletier Pinette.

Ryan Jandreau, a branch manager at Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Portland, reached out to Sandra Pelletier Pinette — the mother of one of his high school classmates — hoping she would send him some of the baked goods he enjoyed while growing up.

Within a few days, Jandreau received a dozen of Rock’s homemade chocolate whoopie pies…

Jandreau posted a photo of the whoopie pies on his Facebook page, and before they knew it, the Pinettes were receiving requests from all over the country to ship out the popular Maine treats.

For readers unfamiliar with whoopie pies, here is a picture of delectable whoopie pies from the excellent Bluebird Bakery rather than from Rock’s. I have no doubt that Rock’s whoopie pies are delicious, too.

From Maine CDC

Maine’s number of cases of the coronavirus: 827   (Monday’s numbers: 698 )

Deaths in Maine from Covid-19: 29   (Monday’s numbers: 19)

The News from All Over

I feel as though no national news story can compete with whoopie pies, so I’m only going to post the numbers.

The Latest Numbers

Global Cases: 2,167,955

Global Deaths:  146,055


47 thoughts on “Doing My Bit”

    1. It really our pleasure. We live in an area with low population. I am afraid of how it will be for the various businesses when this over. Many will have closed, I am afraid.

  1. With Whoopie Pies, Mainers and Granite staters can live through anything. 🙂 My kind of menu – fresh veggies and chocolate. Your NY daughter is going to wish she had ‘stayed at home’ in Maine.

  2. We’re the same here- trying to support small local businesses. People seem completely obsessed with buying from the big supermarkets, but we generally shop local and have continued to do so.
    I made whoopie pies once, but they were such a fiddle that I never tried again. However, if I could order them, that would be a different matter!

  3. Chocolate is one of the important food groups, right? 😉 My own supply is dwindling and I’ll have to resort to chocolate chips soon. But boy, those chocolate caramels look mighty tempting!
    Have a good weekend. Looks like our will be snowy.

  4. I’m trying to wean myself away from the pile of junk food I fell into about week two, but I’ve never had a whoopie pie, and it seems as though it’s an experience I ought to have. I just might order a dozen, and share them with the maintenance crew here — I don’t dare let more than one or two sit around the house!

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  6. It’s good that you’re supporting businesses that remain open. This crisis is having devastating economic effects.

    We got takeout last night and tonight from nearby restaurants. I was glad to see that there were quite a few people doing the same at these two places.

  7. Hoorah for treats! I’ve not got a very sweet tooth but I’m finding that a square or two of rich dark chocolate can give me a bit of a lift these days. It’s hard to shop local here, there aren’t that many food shops around that aren’t supermarkets although we have an organic shop – where I managed to find flour the other day and a butcher – shame I’m a vegetarian 😉
    I love the paper bag your Scrummy Afters haul came in. I have some fabric with almost the exact same print.

    1. Might be just as well not to have a sweet tooth. 😉 At least it leads me to love fruit, which is good for you. The owners of Scrummy Afters have such a wonderful flair, which shows in everything they do.

  8. Looks delicious. It’s wonderful that the whoopie pies have made money for your local restaurant. I hope the same happens with those yummy chocolates. Farmer Kev is an inspiration.

    1. Oh, this is interesting! The whole “essential” thing boggles my mind. Over here in New Jersey, I was shocked that our liquor stores are essential. But next door, in Pennsylvania, where you can buy beer and wine in grocery stores (I think) – their liquor stores are closed. So what happens? Two hour lines at the New Jersey liquor stores closest to Pennsylvania. People are TRAVELLING to NJ to get their liquor because that’s what people do and the dummies who run things didn’t coordinate their rules. Sheesh.

  9. Most local businesses here have had to close but like you I am trying to support the ones which sell food and so are still open. They have worked really hard to do deliveries to those who cannot get out, pack orders for collection if people ask, open specially for key workers who struggle to shop in normal hours and generally keep us all going. I think gin and chocolate are absolutely essential especially in tough times!

  10. I’m glad I have some chocolate supplies in the house after looking at those whoopie pies and toffee chews or I would be going crazy about now!! Wonderful that you are trying to help your local economy and looking forward to future deliveries! Take care!

  11. It’s important to support local businesses at this time Laurie and it’s lovely you are doing your bit and enjoying some delicious chocolate too 💖 xxx

  12. Such a great post, and brava on what you are doing. People like Farmer Kev and the chocolatier need the support. Every time a package comes to our door from Amazon, it’s bittersweet as we’re supporters of small-town main street and I know some local stores and maybe restaurants will have to close.

  13. Farmer Kev’s story is truly encouraging. I did not know it was possible to establish yourself as a small farmer in this era of industrial agriculture.

    1. Actually, Maine has quite a number of small farmers. Started in the 1970s when those away came to Maine in search of cheap land. They found it and started farming. Their legacy has passed onto younger farmers. A wonderful legacy.

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