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The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #108 ~ April 30, 2006
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Are You a Localvore?

Recipe of the Week:
Roasted Herb Pork Tenderloin

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Calendar Pick of the Week
Kennebunk, ME May Day Festival

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Notes from my Back Porch....

Are You a Localvore?

There's the carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore...but are you a localvore?
This is a new word that defines people who strive to eat locally from their
foodshed (100-150 mile radius from their homes).  Hey, what's old is new
again...this is the way humans have always eaten, that is, before trucks and
big agribusiness.  Like I said in an article I wrote last year, why buy an apple
from Chile when there's an orchard down the street? (See story
From Farm to
Frying Pan).  While I won't give up my coffee and my chocolate (heaven
forbid!) I do look for food (meat, eggs, milk, vegetables and fruit when in
season) that is grown/raised by local farmers.  

This week we feature NH resident Lou Anne McLeod who writes about her
experience as a localvore -- for a week in August, and then again in January.  
Read her story here...

I will also be taking up the localvore challenge with friends and neighbors in
our hometown of Keene, NH this summer as part of
Hannah Grimes
Localvore Project
, which will culminate in a pot luck "locally grown/made"
supper on September 10, 2006.  I'll keep you posted on how we do this
summer and I'm sure many recipes will come out of this adventure!

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Recipes of the Week
by Charlie Burke

Roasted Herb Encrusted Pork Tenderloin

"Pork tenderloin, versatile and easily prepared, is suitable for family meals or
for entertaining. Because it is very lean it must not be overcooked, but served
with just a trace of pink remaining, the meat is tender and moist."
Read on...

For the complete list of our recipes, visit our food archives.
MML Brand
Calendar Pick of the Week

8th Annual Kennebunk Downtown May Day Festival
May 6, 2006
Kennebunk, ME   

(207) 985-9078  (phone)

May Day’s family-friendly activities run throughout the day and include:
May pole dancing, May basket making, live bands and demonstrations,
strolling entertainment, karaoke, food vendors, a pancake breakfast, an art
show, opening of the Farmers’ Market, a book and bake sale and Faerie
Garden planting at Kennebunk Free Library, Fleurs & Tours at The Brick
Store Museum, a teddy bear clinic, and a 2 p.m. Main Street parade.  
8 am - 6 pm  Activities are fun for everyone and free for kids! Vendors have
items for sale.

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England woods!  

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Thrifty Tips of the Week
For the frugal New Englander in you...

Store Return Policies

Before purchasing something from a store, make sure you know and
understand their return policies, and how they apply to what you
are buying. Most stores have restocking fees for opened items
and some items like software cannot be returned if opened. Also,
some stores only accept returns of certain types of items, like
electronics, for anywhere from 7 to 30 days after purchase.

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Don't Buy Items Under Stress

Don't buy items when you are stressed out or anxious. Always be
prepared to leave a store or a car lot if you don't feel
comfortable with your purchase. Most items can be returned, no
questions asked, within the first month of purchase if they are
unopened. So if you get home and have buyer's remorse because
you feel like you paid too much or got pressured into buying
something you didn't want, go ahead at take the item back
immediately. Any reputable store will allow you to return the

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Additional Warranties at Checkout

At checkout at electronic stores, the clerk will always offer
you an additional warranty.  The script usually sounds a little
like this: "Would like addition buyers protection on this
product for only $20.00". Only buy products that have good
warranties in the first place, and say "No" when a checker
offers you an impulse warranty on electronics. If you are afraid
that the product will not last past the manufacturers warranty,
it's probably not worth buying. Also, your credit card may offer
extended warranties on purchased items already.

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Say "No" to Rent-To-Own

Avoid Rent-To-Own stores like the plague. They offer horrible
financing which will result in your having to pay at least
double for any products you buy. You are much better served by
getting a loan from a credit union, using a low interest credit
card, or better yet, depositing money into savings account every
month so you can buy the product outright.

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Cellphone Shopping

You can make shopping around a lot quicker if you have
cellphone. Before you go shopping, write down the numbers of
other stores that carry the products you are interesting in
purchasing. That way you can call around to get competing price
quotes and not have to drive to every store. Even if you don't
have a cellphone, some stores have courtesy phones you can use.

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Note the Shipping Charge When Bidding On Online Auctions

You can find good deals at online auctions but one trick that
some sellers play is they offer a low bid price for the product,
but have a really high shipping price. Never bid on an item
until you have calculated the cost of your bid and the shipping

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Buyer Protection For Online Auction Purchases

PayPal and other programs provide buyer protection for online
auctions. This can help resolve disputes if a product isn't
delivered as promised. The problem with this protection is that
it doesn't necessarily cover the full price of your bid.
Purchases are currently protected for up $1,000, that means if
you get burned buying a $2,000 computer, PayPal will only cover
half of it.

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