(Originally published 9/25/2016 on my old blog, Outdated By Design.)
The last time I went to the Maine Common Ground fair
was about 20 years ago! We were on the road at 6:30 a.m. for the close to two hour ride.
An old-timey gas station in a cute little town (I think Albion).
Lots of environmental activism at the fair. Please enlarge this to read about Poland Spring and Nestle. There’s some stuff going on about which few people outside of Maine are aware.
Live letterpress postcard printing demonstration.
Good crusty bread (that I can’t eat, bummer.)
This artisan makes peace signs from the wood and metal of wine barrels.
It wasn’t just pretty in this booth–it smelled heavenly.
Some pro-hemp anti-Hillary dude.
I tried to explain to him/her that the paint probably contains lead but he/she kept on licking it.
Anyone could milk the goat. I passed.
A really big fork at the Ravioli truck.
Just one section of fair food. There were many.
Organic lamb kabobs! Yay! $12 for each kabob, boooo.
Native American doll making interactive demonstration.
Maine maple syrup, mmmm.
Adorable bonsai trees.
I wanted to bring home so many of the creative and beautiful things I saw today like the big rock planter in front.
Carrot educational display.
This is hot Indian pudding sweetened with maple syrup and topped with whipped cream. My vintage Maine cookbooks are packed with recipes for it. I’ll have to try one this winter and post it here. It’s also naturally gluten-free since it’s made with cornmeal.
This was my favorite part of the fair where we got the perfect souvenir:
A tintype portrait of me and Wayne!