Is Bag Balm a specifically New England thing?
Bag Balm was designed for -- and is still used for -- protecting and healing dairy cows' udders from chapping. But it works great on humans, too.
I'd recently run out, and had been looking for the stuff, which I've intermittently found at various drugstores, supermarkets, and occasionally at Costco. But nobody had it in stock. Then I had an insight, and went to the Essex County Agricultural Co-op. Which I drive past whenever I drive Lis to work, anyway. I went in and asked the kid behind the cash register by the door if they might have Bag Balm. He reached behind himself without even looking and handed me a can.
Yep. It's a New England farmers' product. I don't know why I didn't start out looking in the New England farmers' store.
Edited to Add: I guess a followup question would be, "Does the availability of Bag Balm correspond more closely with the availability of farmers, of hippies, or of hipsters?" I'm going to guess that it correlates strongly positively with with farmers, significantly with hippies, some of which would be due to the hippie/farmer "organic/natural/localvore/free-range" overlap, and not at all with hipsters.