Dear Sun Spots: During Moxie Days in Lisbon Falls, I won a gift certificate from Tastefully Simple. I have called that number twice and left messages, and no one has contacted me. Are they still in business? I hope you will be able to find out. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots spoke with team manager Charlotte Morin whom you called. She says she received a message on a Saturday and Monday from you. She was not home at the time and tried calling you when she returned, however, she had an incorrect number. She called several variations but was unsuccessful. Please call her again. She would be more than happy to assist you.

In the meantime, Morin says she offers home parties and also takes and delivers gourmet food orders. She recommends you try out the thousands of recipes online at www.tastefullysimple.com. She says these are not difficult to prepare and are for people who love or hate to cook. They are typically recipes of two ingredients or less. You can reach her via e-mail at [email protected], or by phone at (207) 783-7166. Other area consultants include: Cheryl Black at (207) 777-5884, e-mail [email protected] or Stacy Avera at (207) 725-1252, e-mail [email protected]

Morin has kindly offered the following recipe to Sun Spots readers which she hopes you and your family will enjoy:

Garlic spicy shredded pork. Ingredients; 2 pounds boneless sirloin pork roast; 2 to 3 tablespoons Tastefully Simple’s Garlic Garlic; 2 to 3 tablespoons Tastefully Simple’s Fiesta party dip, dry; 2 cups beef or chicken stock. Method: Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Cool meat in juices; drain and shred. Use pork for enchilada, taco or burrito filling. Excellent added to chili or to top nachos. Add Tastefully Simple’s Mesquite grilling sauce for BBQ pork sandwiches. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Enjoy Tastefully Simple’s Nana’s apple cake for dessert– simply combine two apples and two eggs to our mix and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for farmers’ markets? What days and times they are open in the Farmington area?

I am also wondering if there is anyone out there who knows how to tat? Would they be willing to teach me?

In addition, I have two sewing machines and was wondering how to learn to fix them? I would like to know how to do the timing, bearings etc.

Might any readers also have a knit slipper pattern? I am interested in the checkerboard pattern that has a slipped stitch so the outside looks like it is rolled.

If anyone can help me with this, please call Becky after 3:30 p.m. at (207) 778-2237. – Becky, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you and your family may be interested in the following farmers’ markets:

Sandy River Farmers’ Market – every Friday during the summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Better Living Center on Front Street and adjacent to Narrow Gauge Cinema’s parking lot in Farmington. Features produce, perennials, homemade soap and crafts.

Norway Farmers’ Market is Thursdays at L.M. Longley’s parking lot from 2 to 6 p.m.

Lewiston’s Farmers’ Market is at Kennedy Park, Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m. until Nov. 1.

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