Maine

2:33pm

Mon October 8, 2012
Around the Nation

In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 6:37 pm

Peter Geiger lines up before the start of the pumpkin race in Damariscotta, Maine.
Patty Wight Maine Public Radio

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them in the annual pumpkin regatta. There are two divisions — paddleboat and powerboat — and thousands gather to see whether it will be sink or swim for the contestants.

Topher Mallory bolts a wooden frame onto the flesh of his 550-pound pumpkin powerboat. The stern is large enough to mount a 10 horsepower engine — double that of most competitors.

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1:04pm

Tue September 25, 2012
The Salt

Meadmakers Bottle Taste Of Maine With Roots In South Africa

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:16 am

A bee gathers pollen from goldenrod, a wildflower that's popular with meadmakers, in Scarborough, Me.
Melissa Beuoy NPR

1:18pm

Wed September 12, 2012
The Salt

Have Lobster, Will Travel — And Race The Clock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:47 pm

An overabundance of lobsters in Maine due to early shedding of shells has driven down prices to record lows. That's good for consumers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

This summer in Maine, I ate more lobster than at any other time I've been there – twice in one day on a couple of occasions. We lobster lovers had the glut of soft-shells, which started in June as the lobsters began to shed earlier and faster than usual, to thank for the more affordable market price of around $4 or less a pound.

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4:51am

Mon August 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Ocean City, Md., Falls Short Of Bikini Record

A Chinese city set the record for the most women to participate in a parade while wearing bikinis. Over the weekend, Ocean City, Md., set out to break the record of 1,085 — but fell far short at 325. Organizers blame the rainy weather for holding down turnout.

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8:41am

Sun August 26, 2012
Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty

Maine's Needhams: A Sweet Treat Of Earthy Potatoes

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

A traditional sweet treat from Maine, needhams are made with coconut, chocolate and real Maine potatoes.
Courtesy of Jones Franzel

If you're from Maine, odds are you've heard of needhams — a traditional sweet with a surprising ingredient.

While Maine is famous for its sweet blueberries and maple syrup, it has another, more earthy, local crop: potatoes.

Jon Courtney, a friend who lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, first stumbled on needhams a few years ago. Now, he's hooked.

"Basically it's coconut and sugar dipped in chocolate," Courtney says. "So if you were to pick one up, you'd be like, 'Oh! This is a homemade Mounds bar.' "

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