Maine: “The Pine Tree State”

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State Bird: Chickadee

State Tree: White Pine

State Gemstone: Tourmaline

State Flower: Pine Cone

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Rosie and Opal Enjoying Life!

Hope Elephants: We were delighted to learn and read about a wonderful animal rescue organization located in Hope, Maine called Hope Elephants. The mission of the organization is to provide care and lifetime homes for injured and aging elephants, as well as providing educational programs to inspire animal conservation efforts …

One of several elephant sanctuaries in the United States, Hope Elephants is often asked if elephants can tolerate the Maine coastal climate. Interestingly, elephants thrive in very diverse climate conditions in the wild, so living in Maine doesn’t pose a problem!

Pictured are two current residents of the sanctuary, Rosie and Opal, both of whom need special medical care and retired here after performing for the public for four decades. Hope Elephants has successfully adapted and applied innovative treatments for both and have drastically improved their quality of life …

You can learn more about these social, magnificent creatures along with the organization’s ongoing educational efforts at their website linked above. Further, you can shop for some really cool logo gear at their online store as well as donate if you’re so inclined …

We are proud to feature this unique elephant rescue organization here at State Gifts USA!

Beast Feast Maine Lobster Hot Sauce

Lobster & Seafood Hot Sauce

Beast Feast Maine: This innovative small company in Bridgton, Maine originated with a wild game feast which led to the development of products to enhance the flavor of wild game and other meats …

Since their founding in 2007, the company has developed dozens of sauces, marinades, rubs, condiments, and more – anything that complements your food, Beast Feast Maine does it!

One of their distinctly Maine products caught our eye – it’s their new Lobster/Seafood Hot Sauce, made specifically to pair with lobster but equally good with any other fish (or just about anything!). It’s made with real Maine seaweed, lemon, spices, peppers, and butter. Very unique and one of a kind!

They also make specialty sauces and syrups, like their Habanero Infused Maple Syrup – a real breakfast time eye opener! Further, they’ve created an all natural Classic Ketchup, made with Maine well water, blue agave, and local apple cider vinegar. This and all their other signature products are available at their online store …

Visit their site and get yourself a gift of something really unique from Maine!

Maine Honey - Sparky's ApiariesSparky’s Apiaries: This family run honey and maple syrup business is based in the small town of Hope, located in Maine’s mid coastal area …

Owner David Smith started Sparky’s Apiaries in 1980 and now tends to over 250 hives. The honey producing season, much like the maple syrup season in Maine is very short – just a matter of several weeks. Bees pollinate Maine’s wildflowers and the end result is a pure natural honey direct from The Pine Tree State …

Honey, much like wine, offers a different taste depending where it’s from. The two are similar in a way, because the natural elements of a particular geographic area directly impact the flavor profile. If you enjoy honey, we definitely recommend trying as many as you can made in different parts of the country …

You can buy Maine honey, maple syrup, beeswax candles, skin care products and more directly from Sparky’s Apiaries. There’s a link on their site directing you to their Etsy store …

Cranberry Island Kitchen

Maine Made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Cranberry Island Kitchen: Billed as “Simple Pleasures From The Coast of Maine”, Cranberry Island Kitchen of Freeport creates a variety of Maine specialty baked goods and specialty foods, including the famous Whoopie Pie …

Pictured is their version of a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. Basically, a Whoopie Pie is two baked treats surrounding a creamy filling. In this case, it’s pumpkin cake with Maine maple cream cheese filling, made with maple syrup and maple sugar. Several different varieties are offered – they’re shipped cold and can be easily frozen and re-thawed.

Cranberry Island Kitchen also creates another uniquely Maine treat – their Island Buttermilk Cakes. Native to Maine’s Little Cranberry Island, these moist, rich cakes are made either with locally grown blueberries or raspberries – a real taste of The Pine Tree State! Ideal for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

All sorts of other goodies, including gift boxes, are available at their website – oh and be sure to check out the Lucky Lobster Shortbread Cookies!

Maine MagazineMaine Magazine: This publication makes an ideal gift for anyone who loves Maine. The state’s leading lifestyle publication, Maine Magazine is a full color magazine with features on travel, the food scene, the arts, and much more …

Maine Magazine also keeps tabs on Maine’s movers and shakers, the music scene, and an updated series of guides on home trends, restaurants, and more. Subscriptions are very reasonable and your gift recipient will think of you fondly each time a new issue arrives …

Get a give a subscription to Maine Magazine and stay in the know about events in The Pine Tree State!

Mother's Mountain PantryMother’s Mountain Pantry: This family owned specialty foods company is based in Falmouth and they’ve been around since the early 1980′s. Over the last 30+ years, they’ve expanded their product line from a single specialty mustard to dressings, marinades, jams, hot sauces, honeys, and more …

Well known as a food gift company, the Mother’s Mountain website is chock full of gift boxes filled with their Made in Maine products. Ideal as a thank you gift, Mother’s Mountain packages their gifts in sturdy handsome mini crates and has several specialty themes available …

We are particularly fond of one of their products, Fire Eater Hot Pepper Sauce, pictured. It’s a mustard based sauce containing peppers, spices, and rum. We don’t know if it’s the rum that does the trick, but this stuff is delicious mixed with chilled shrimp!

Of course, you can use it on other foods as well, like chicken or pork or any other types of seafood. Check out all their many interesting products at the Mother’s Mountain Pantry website. A really nice Maine Made gift for someone on your list!

1912 Cafe Freeport ME1912 Cafe: Normally here at StateGiftsUSA.com we like to promote smaller independent businesses. Rarely do we feature a large corporation, but the 1912 Cafe inside the flagship L.L. Bean store in Freeport is an exception …

When people visit Maine, they almost always stop in Freeport and almost always stop in at L.L. Bean. It’s a great store, and the 1912 Cafe is located right inside, so it’s an ideal spot to relax for a bit over coffee and a bite to eat.

Some of the cafe’s signature items have become famous on their own, like their many salad dressings and their pickles. The product line is called Pure and Simple and includes cocoa mix, tea sets, and the aforementioned dressings and pickles …

You can buy any of these items online at the 1912 Cafe website, or have them shipped as a Maine themed gift. Click on “Online Products” on their website and you’ll see the full selection of souvenirs and food items …

Eggemoggin Salt Works

Eggemoggin Salt Works Natural Sea Salt

Eggemoggin Salt Works: We truly enjoy products created from the terroir (or in this case the surrounding water) of all the 50 states. Products reflecting the unique aspects of a certain geographical area broaden our knowledge, taste buds, and overall perspective about what makes each state special …

Near the town of Sedgwick in Maine’s Downeast region, there’s a narrow channel of water named Eggemoggin Reach. A “reach” is essentially a narrow slice of water, like a strait, and it’s here where you’ll find the Eggemoggin Salt Works and their signature product, appropriately named Reach Salt …

In the Eggemoggin Reach, there’s a great deal of swift current and water exchange during high tide and low tide. It’s an ideally clean location to source sea water and hence, sea salt. The conditions here help create a sea salt taste unique to this part of Maine and like no other you may have tried …

Reach Salt is comprised of fine salt crystals which will dissolve into powder form when rubbed between your fingers. It’s perfect for cooking and seasoning since it blends in quickly and easily with whatever you’re preparing. Try a few sprinkles on fresh seafood – you won’t need to season with anything else!

You can order Reach Salt at the Eggemoggin Salt Works website in reusable Mason jars or in gift containers. A special true-to-Maine gift for someone on your list!

Kennebunkport Sauce Co.Kennebunkport Sauce Company: Barbecue sauce made in Maine? Well yes, when it’s made with fresh wild Maine blueberries!

It’s always a great taste experience when you try a product made with a state’s fresh fruit. Such is the case with the Kennebunkport Sauce Company and their line of barbecue and hot sauces made with Maine fruit.

Starting with the barbecue sauces, the company makes a blueberry chipotle varsion, and two with blueberry and apple (a mild and a hot). They also make a Wild Maine Blueberry Hot Sauce and a Wild Maine Blueberry Cocktail Sauce!

Maine of course is noted for their blueberry and apple crops, particularly blueberries. Blueberries do very well in the cool Main coastal climate and are prevalent in many of the state’s edible products.

You can have any of the Kennebunkport Sauce Company’s products shipped directly to you or as a gift. Take a look at their website for all the details …

Sea Bags

Sea Bags: Made From Recycled Sails

Sea Bags: This forward thinking company recycles boat sails and turns them into stylish, functional tote bags in a variety of sizes. Called Sea Bags, they’re handsome examples of the recycling process …

Based in Portland, Sea Bags offers a program whereby you can exchange sails for one of their bags. They are constantly sourcing sails and crafting them into bags that are functional conversation pieces …

Their bags are as small as lunch bags and as large as utility bags. You can buy duffel bags, wine bags, baby bags, courier bags, and even bucket bags that can tote all your necessities to a party!

Shown is the Red Claw Tote, made from recycled sail material and hand spliced rope as handles. It comes in medium and large sizes and can be spot cleaned or even machine washed!

Take a look at all the cool styles available at their website …

Hancock Lobster Company

Fresh Maine Lobster – Hancock Lobster Co.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster: Looking for a Maine lobster feast? Well, look no further than the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company, one of the state’s leading producers of specialty lobster and seafood items for the mail order marketplace …

Hancock Gourmet Lobster is based near Cundy’s Harbor, the state’s oldest commercial lobstering village. While lobster tails (shipped frozen and ready to heat and serve) are a big part of their business, the company creates a tempting variety of specialty lobster dishes, ranging from lobster cakes to casseroles to the famous Lobster Newburg …

If you’re having a party or want to give a special gift, Hancock offers a few ready made feasts, like the Maine Lobsterman’s Catch. This ready to bake banquet includes four lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, scallops, corn, and baby potatoes … it’s just like dining on the coast of Maine! There’s also a Maine Clambake which features fresh clams along with lobster, shrimp, and potatoes.

Any of these feasts can be shipped and are carefully packed for maximum flavor and freshness. All entrees and feasts are easy to prepare … just heat and serve!

A gift from the Hancock Lobster Company is sure to be appreciated! Check their website for more details …

Stonewall KitchenStonewall Kitchen: Stonewall Kitchen of York, ME is a well known purveyor of specialty foods, kitchen accessories, tableware, and other home and garden products …

Their specialty food line ranges from condiments to dessert toppings to salsa and sauces and everything in between. We like their Down East Tartar Sauce (pictured), as well as their Bleu Cheese Herb Mustard …

Stonewall Kitchen is also well known for their prepared foods which are idea for Maine themed gifts. Notably, they offer a pack of cranberry and walnut tarts and lobster rolls, among other selections.

For one stop shopping, pick up the Downeast Feast, featuring two sweet lobster tails, mussels, shrimp, scallops, corn, and herb lemon butter sauce. Just heat in the oven or on the grill and you’ve got an authentic Maine clam bake! It’s a great gift from the Pine Tree State!

Check the Stonewall Kitchen website for their specialty food options and all the details …

Maine Trivia and Fun Facts

1). As you might expect, Maine is the nation’s lobster harvesting leader …

2). Maine has almost 3,500 miles of coastline. That’s more than Florida and trails only Florida and Louisiana for the most in the country …

3). Maine’s state animal is the moose …

4). Maine has two unique distinctions – it is the only state with one syllable and it is the only state bordering just one other state …

5). Portland is Maine’s largest city. The population of Portland is approximately 67,000 …

6). Eastport is the eastern most city in the United States …

7). Maine’s average summer temperature is a pleasant 70 degrees …

8). Maine has 3,166 off shore islands. Of these, only 1,200 are an acre or more in size …

Guzman's SalsaGuzman’s Gourmet Salsa: Back in 1998, Scarborough, ME resident Roy Guzman found his mom’s peach salsa recipe. With the help of his wife, he recreated and perfected the recipe and shared it with friends and family. A few months later, the salsa became a local hit and a business was born …

Now, Guzman’s Salsa can be found in Maine specialty grocers and fortunately for the rest of us who can’t get to the Pine Tree State, online at their website. The peach salsa is one of their signature products, but they also make mustard, rubs, pepper jams, and hot sauces …

Try their cranberry salsa, made with local fruit and a touch of brown sugar. Great during happy hour with some chips, a few friends, and a cold one!

Captain Mowatt's Angry PicklekCaptain Mowatt’s: Family owned and based in Portland, this Maine company turns out a wide range of hot sauces, condiments, seasonings, rubs, and barbecue sauces …

We are big fans of the Angry Pickle Relish … it’s a spicy but not overwhelming cucumber relish that finds itself on hot dogs or in a tartar sauce in our kitchen. There’s also an Angry Tomato and Dirty Mustard in Captain Mowatt’s product line if you like a little kick to your ketchup and mustard …

Captain Mowatt’s also makes twelve different varieties of hot sauce, from sort hot to hot. Some have a bit of fruit in the ingredients to balance out the flavor of the peppers, a feature we really like in hot sauces. On their website, each hot sauce is described in detail along with a heat scale from one to ten so you know what you’re getting in to!

Some great gifts from Maine here, so be sure to click over to their site!

MustardRaye’s Mustard: Since 1900, Raye’s has been making stone ground mustard in small batches in beautiful Eastport. The company is run by the 4th generation of the Raye family and was originally founded to complement Maine’s sardine fishing business …

Raye’s makes several styles of mustard. We like their Sweet and Spicy variety, which pairs well with just about anything. The Raye’s Mustard website suggests brushing a little on a sausage or piece of fish before grilling, which frankly we’d never heard of. We tried it and highly recommend it!

Raye’s flavors include a spicy horseradish blend, a brown ginger flavored mustard, a traditional yellow, and a Dijon style Old World Gourmet. They also have a mustard specifically designed for hot dog lovers called “Top Dog”.

There are over 20 flavors available … check out their website and get your mustard fix!

Maine Sea Glass Necklace

Sea Glass Necklace

The Captain’s Wife – Maine Sea Glass: Kerry Daly from Scarborough Maine really is a sea captain’s wife. One of her favorite past times is combing the southern Maine beaches for naturally tumbled sea glass. She collects the sea glass and turns it into beautiful and functional jewelry, like the necklace shown …

Maine sea glass jewelry is a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates the beauty of the state. See the many different pieces of Kerry’s creations at her Etsy shop at The Captain’s Wife Maine Sea Glass Jewelry

Bellingham Bell Company: Located in Hiram, Bellingham Bell operates a foundry creating custom crafted brass bells. These bells are most commonly seen on sailing vessels, but are also used for decorative purposes and other uses …

Bellingham Bell creates bells in a variety of sizes and finishes, including polished bronze, gold plated, and stainless steel. You can order from their standard stock online or arrange for a custom designed bell. The company originated in 1981 and is known as one of the premier U.S. bell foundries …

ArtDesignsByJulie.net

Slate Roof Tile Art From Maine

Art Designs By Julie: These beautiful hand painted welcome signs are painted on actual slate roof tiles salvaged from Maine homes from the 19th century!

Artist Julie Jipson of Greene, Me paints colorful designs and triple seals the tile so they can be displayed in any season’s weather …

Choose from patriotic scenes, holiday designs, welcome signs, ocean scenery, sports logos, pet portraits, or a scenic Maine setting design …

Check out all of Julie’s designs at Art Designs By Julie and bring an authentic piece of Maine decor into your home …

Bar Harbor Jams: Maine is known as the blueberry state due to the proliferation of blueberry patches that thrive in the state’s cool, damp climate. As such, you’ll see many Maine products created with this bountiful harvest, like jams, BarHarborJam.comjellies, syrups, and more …

Bar Harbor Jam is one of the best online sources for Maine blueberry products. We are big fans of their Blueberry Syrup, which is not only good on pancakes and waffles but in a martini too!

Bar Harbor Jams can ship just about anything blueberry, from salsa to to sauces to wild blueberry pie …

Browne Trading Seafood Company: Browne Trading Market is a purveyor of fresh fish, fine caviar, and smoked seafood with a retail market located on Commercial Street in beautiful Portland, Maine. For those not living close to the Pine Tree State, Browne Trading offers overnight delivery of fresh Maine seafood anywhere in the country …

You can order native Peekytoe crab meat, Diver scallops, fresh Maine lobster, crab claws, Razor clams, smoked salmon, exquisite caviar, and many more delicacies. Whatever you order today was in the water just hours before!

Ployes.com

Ployes Mixture

Ployes: So what exactly are ployes? First of all, the word ployes rhymes with toys, and they are French Acadian pancakes made with buckwheat flour and wheat flour. They’ve also been described as a flatbread and often eaten like a crepe, i.e. stuffed with fruit, vegetables, meat, or ice cream …

Ployes are a Maine tradition, and the Bouchard Family Farm in the northern part of the state carries on the tradition by creating and selling a packaged mix to make ployes. They’re very easy to make … just add water to the mix, stir, and let it sit for five minutes. Then, spread the mixture on an electric griddle or a non stick pan and cook until lightly brown, just like a pancake. Enjoy them for breakfast (they’re fat free!) with Maine blueberry syrup or for dessert with vanilla ice cream!

Also, ployes are vegan friendly … there are no eggs, milk sugars, or oils in the mixture …

BlueberryBliss.com

Blueberry Bliss Maine Dessert Topping

Blueberry Bliss: Getting back to the Maine blueberry theme for just a moment, there are three products from Jonesboro’s Blueberry Bliss you’re likely to enjoy …

The first is Blueberry Bliss Dessert Topping (pictured). Simply spoon this good stuff right over your dessert (or breakfast for that matter!). Excellent on waffles or ice cream!

The second is their Blueberry Vinegar. It’s mix of wine vinegar and wild blueberries, and it’s excellent on a plate of mixed greens or basted on to chicken breast …

Finally, try the Blueberry Gingerbread Mix. It’s easy to make and it’s a wonderful dessert. Just add molasses, water, cooking oil, and eggs …

You can order all of these Blueberry Bliss products online at their website, linked above …

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Seafood Chowder

Hatties Lobster Stew and Chowder: Maine is well known for its ultra fresh seafood, which often turns up in hearty, delicious soups and chowders that help warm the chilly Maine climate …

Some of the best you’ll find can be ordered from Hattie’s Chowder House, which makes four different varieties you can have shipped to your home or as a gift.

There’s a seafood chowder, haddock chowder, lobster stew, and of course a clam chowder …

If you’re ever in Maine, stop by Hattie’s Chowder House for lunch or dinner. They’re located in Hallowell and are open seven days a week …

SeaVeg.com

“Kelp Krunch” Energy Bar – Vegan/Organic

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables: We think this company makes some really interesting products that are well worth trying …

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables of Franklin, ME specialize in seaweed based products, which are organic and packaged in bulk for cooking, or as energy bars and chips …

All of the products, like kelp and seaweed, are harvested naturally off the coast of Maine. We had no idea there are so many different varieties of seaweed! It imparts a naturally slightly salty taste, basically eliminating the need for extra seasonings. The products are really easy to use … just cut off small portions and add to salads, soups, stews, and stir-fries …

One sea vegetable, Dulse, is soft and chewy and can be eaten right out of the bag as a salty tasting snack … it can also be fried and added atop any type of warm sandwich.

If nothing else, explore the website and learn about these interesting vegetables of the sea. You’ll be surprised at all the varied uses and how healthy these sea veggies are for your diet …

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Dog Treats From Maine

Brownie’s Barkery: If you’ve got four legged friends, get them a special treat from Maine!

Brownie’s Barkery makes all kinds of fun dog treats, but they’re best known for “Woofie Pies”, pictured. They’re made with peanut butter and carob dog cookies combined with a filling of wild Maine blueberry yogurt … now I can’t imagine any pooch not going crazy for these!

Also check out the lobster shaped peanut butter cookie … your dog will sniff them out before you get the package open!

You can treat your dog friend with any of Brownie’s treats by shopping at their online store …

Maine Needhams – Potato Candy: Potatoes are another agriculturally significant crop in Maine. The state has produced a significant crop of spuds for generations, and Maine kitchens have turned out some interesting potato recipes. None are more unique than “Needhams”, though.

Needhams are a candy made using Maine potatoes. It might sound a bit odd, but they’re really good! The ingredients are Maine potatoes blended with coconut, confectionery sugar, vanilla, and butter. A soft center is created, and then they’re hand formed and dipped in chocolate …

Needhams are hard to find outside of Maine, but you can order them by the pound from Sue’s Needhams, who will ship anywhere in the U.S. Be careful though … these candies are delicious! They make a great gift for someone who has a soft spot for Maine …

Whoopie Pie

Maine’s Favorite Dessert: Whoopie Pie

Whoopie Pie: One of Maine’s favorite desserts is the iconic Whoopie Pie. It’s two layers of chocolate cake with sweet vanilla filling, and kept frozen until it is served …

Whoopie Pies come in a variety of sizes and fillings. You can order a large 12″ pie as shown, or smaller single serving pies. You can also get vanilla cake Whoopie Pies and different flavored fillings …

Labadies Bakery in Maine is where you can order Whoopie Pies to be shipped anywhere in the country. They’ve been around since 1925 and are the undisputed Whoopie experts!

More Maine Products Are On The Way … In The Meantime, Tell Us About Your Favorites! Add Your Comment Below …

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