DEAR SUN SPOTS: With the strawberry season already upon us, do you know of any place that sells native organic strawberries locally? — J.L. via email

ANSWER: Sun Spots made your letter the first one in the column on a Saturday with the hopes of getting the most responses possible to this query.

There are several websites where you can search for providers of specific produce in Mane, but Sun Spots couldn’t figure out how to narow down the responses. For example, when she entered “organic” and “strawberries” at www.getrealmaine.com, she got a list of dozens of farms that sell organic produce and strawberries, but not necessarily organic strawberries.

This is way too many places to call and verify that they have precisely what you want. Plus, Sun Spots does not want to list one place and leave out others. So, readers, can you help us out? Do you know of local organic strawberries?

Strawberries can be difficult to grow organically. Sun Spots grows hers that way and spends a lot of time weeding!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Advocates for Children is once again looking for knitters and crocheters for its Period of Purple Crying Caps project. 

Caps can be made using any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn, but they must be at least 50 percent purple and free of straps strings or other potential choking and strangling hazards.

For baby boys, please remember to include blues, browns, grays and other “boy friendly” colors in your cap designs.

Your knitted or crocheted caps will be given to baby boys and girls in November and December to help educate parents about the Period of Purple Crying, a normal but frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in their first few weeks or months of life.

Caps need to be received no later than Oct. 1. To make arrangements to deliver your caps, please call or email me. — Dori Galgovitch, Advocates for Children, 783-3990, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to be in your Rolodex as a charity that accepts fabric to make baby quilts. The Androscoggin County Chapter of Newborns in Need was established in April of this year. We accept fabric (cotton or flannel especially), batting, thread, yarn, crochet and knitting needles.

At this time we are in dire need of gently used (or new!) baby girl newborn clothes if anyone would care to donate. I can provide a receipt for tax purposes if needed. Receipts for fabric, yarn or sewing items are also available.

We are also in need of bottles, pacifiers, infant toys and baby toiletry items. I would like to stress that everything donated to this chapter stays in Androscoggin County.

There are lots of babies born in crisis, sick or premature and we are here to help. Also if you know of someone who is pregnant or has a newborn and is in need, please [email protected] or call me at 795-6538.

Thank you for helping the babies of our county. — Denise Pettengill, director

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m in hopes that one of your readers may be able to help me.

I’m looking for someone who would be cutting down a large tree this summer. My daughter is getting married in the fall, and we would like to have a nice round slice of hardwood about three inches thick and 20 inches in diameter to use as a base for her wedding cake.

Then we would also need a smaller piece about two inches thick and seven inches in diameter for a figurine that would go next to it.

I don’t have a problem paying, but don’t know of any other source to find this. — J.C., 783-4608, [email protected]

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