Roughly 60,000 people from all over are expected to flock to Unity for The Common Ground Fair.
Organizers couldn’t have scripted better weather for opening day of the three day event, as thousands of people flooded the front gates first thing Friday morning. The annual event put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is a three day celebration of the rich rural and agricultural traditions of Maine.
“The food’s great, but I think mostly I come for the arts and crafts,” said Karen Sennett of Albion. “It’s really fun to come and see all the wonderful things people have done and worked hard at. we enjoy it. It’s a great place to come by Christmas gifts.”
Many of the folks we talked to say it’s the food that sets The Common Ground apart from other Maine fairs. Specifically the healthier options that are available.
“We’re serving sautéed veggie wraps and marinated chicken. it’s onions, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash and broccoli. Everything is made organic. it’s fresh. it’s grown right here in Maine,” said Todd Halligan from Three Leaf Foods, a vendor at the fair.
Ning Sawangjaeng, a school teacher who also owns Lemon Grass & Jasmine Thai food, says she serves her gluten free, organic Thai food once a year and that’s at The Common Ground Fair. “It’s Thai food and we use all local vegetables from my local farmers. I used to be a farmer for 8 years. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now,” Sawangjaeng said.
Tom St. John has been coming here for the past 27 years serving up his signature sandwiches.
“We’re serving a mediterranean eggplant sandwich with hummus, an olive paste and eggplant and romaine lettuce. It’s very popular. we’ve been doing it for 27 years,” St. John said.
The fair runs through Sunday. For more information and a complete schedule you can go to http://mofga.org/