The Common Ground Fair Maine

A Maine annual event

A few weekends ago we went with some friends to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  This is a Maine institution, produced annually by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).  It is a celebration of rural, organic living and alternative lifestyles.  There are classes, lectures, equipment vendors, demonstrations, organic food and homemade craft vendors and an enormous farmers market. There are extremely talented craftpeople, working-the-land folks and vendors.

Wool naturally dyed and spun into yarns                                          Spinning

Being a textile person, I loved all the textile vendors and demonstrations.  There were gorgeous skeins of hand-dyed wool, spinners, goats and sheep being sheared and magnificent angora rabbits.

Demonstration of goats being herded by border collies – amazing!

There were many school groups because there is so much to learn.  This is not a country fair with cotton candy and rides.  This is a back-to-nature, all-about-the-land fair and everyone loves it.  Our friends fell in love with a custom chicken coop and we very nearly had to take it home with us, tied to the roof of the car.

Maine-made organic spices

Maine Ceramics colorful water jugs

Maine ceramics

The Fibers tent

Common Ground Fair Tradesmen

The blacksmith                                                       The woodworker

Here were some vendors who caught our eye:






This artisan makes everything out of granite and twigs


Hobbit holes at the Fair



Hobbit Holes for work or play.  Adorable.







Common Ground Ceramics



Ceramics by Rebecca May Verrill




Organic scape Relish

Turtle Rock Farm makes preserves and pickles from certified organic fruit and vegetables.

Laceypots Common Ground Fair

Laceypots ceramics

Seaweed tea Common Ground Fair

It might sound odd but the teas taste good, and we know seaweed is good for us.

Handwoven rugs and pottery

I loved these rugs.

Common Fround Fair garlic grater

I love the whimsical designs of Maple Lane Pottery.

Moose turd earrings

All-natural products made from moose tirds – really?

Custom Coffins at the Common Ground Fair

The guy who makes custom coffins – he had our friend measured up in no time.

Note – Many vendors are not really fully on the internet.  They have a website but do not sell on it, so you will have to call them.  Very old-fashioned.