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
The Fibers tent
The blacksmith The woodworker
Here were some vendors who caught our eye:
This artisan makes everything out of granite and twigs
Hobbit Holes for work or play. Adorable.
Ceramics by Rebecca May Verrill
Turtle Rock Farm makes preserves and pickles from certified organic fruit and vegetables.
It might sound odd but the teas taste good, and we know seaweed is good for us.
I loved these rugs. http://www.huttonstudios.com/
I love the whimsical designs of Maple Lane Pottery.
All-natural products made from moose tirds – really?
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.