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Welcome to the Medomak Camp blog, a place for us to share with you, our campers, all sorts of goodies that you might be interested in.  From food and living off the land , to what Medomak looks like in the off-season and a behind the scenes look at our winter office, check back often for all new posts.

The Moxie Dilemma

June 3, 2013

Some of the most heated discussions that I took part in at Medomak were regarding the peculiar taste of Maine’s official soft drink, Moxie. I was introduced to the soda in my first few days at camp; Dave, our director, was going around documenting the looks on people’s faces when they took their first ever sip of it. Moxie, it seemed, had quite a reputation. What does it taste like? Honestly, that’s something you might have to find out for yourself. Many have tried to describe the flavor, but there’s no way to really understand it without experiencing it. As a strong supporter of the soda, I’ll give you my take. It bears resemblance to a cola or a root beer in the most basic ways. It’s dark and syrupy. The initial taste of it is sweet and earthy, but not fruity. The gentian root, I learned, gives it this unique flavor. Some describe it as medicinal, even, but I disagree. It’s….herbal…or something.

One young camper praised Moxie, saying “it’s like root beer, but 10% better.” This soda review had a slightly different opinion: “The taste of pennies, dirt, and unsweetened envelope glue now dance upon your tongue.”  It’s not uncommon to find people whose thoughts on the drink are similarly polarized. You either love it or hate it, it seems. Opinions aside, Moxie remains relevant to us at Medomak because, as I mentioned, it is our state’s official drink. In fact, its inventor, Dr. Augustin Thompson, was born in Union, Maine, only a short drive away from camp. If you’re coming to Medomak, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try the infamous drink, and I, for one, highly recommend that you do so.


Did you know? First manufactured around 1885, Moxie, or “Moxie Nerve Food,” as it was then called, was one of the first ever bottled soft drinks in America. It was one of the chief competitors of Coca Cola and Pepsi, before its popularity dwindled. It remains regionally popular all over New England.



Source: http://www.drinkmoxie.com/history.php#

Posted by: Rick
Topics: Food

Another great spot…

April 23, 2013

One of the coolest things about being at Medomak is that it puts you in close proximately to a large number of really unique establishments. I’ve already talked about some of my favorite food places in the area, including Moody’s Diner and Morse’s Sauerkraut, but today I wanted to highlight a different kind of business.

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery was founded in 2005 by Keith and Constance Bodine. Located at 347 Carroll Road, in Union, Maine, Sweetgrass encompasses 70 acres of farmland which had been owned since the 1800s by Carroll family before the Bodines acquired it to open the winery. Since then, their many wines, whiskeys and other spirits have received praise in multiple publications. The Back River Gin, arguably their most popular product, was called “Maine’s best gin” by Down East Magazine.  It’s even got its own Facebook page.

If you’re planning on visiting the winery, you’ll have the option to sample 6 different spirits for around three bucks while you’re there. This season, their opening day will be Sunday, May 12th for a “Mother’s Day Maine wine and chocolate extravaganza.” According to their website, they also are open by appointment or “by chance” during the off-season. For contact information, try Sweetgrass’s website. For photos of the farm and updates about special events, you can “like” them on their official Facebook page.

Posted by: Rick
Topics: Activities, Food

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