When Common Ground comes around, you know it must be fall in Maine. An annual event, it is sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, the mission of which is to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.From all over the state tens of thousands come to Unity to experience Common Ground.
Believe me, there is something for everybody be it tents promoting social justice
or informing people about available services in Maine
or offering demonstrations of every kind.
Tired feet? That can be helped by a few moments of reflexology.
Hungry? There is vendor after vendor serving all kinds of food, organic of course!
For me, where there is the hardest time resisting temptation are the tents offering handmade goods ranging from pottery
to homemade edibles
to a variety of wearables.
The fiber tent is one where I like to touch and feel.
Many of the yarns are hand spun and dyed, two things I never got into. The woven pieces I create don’t lend themselves to wool, but seeing all these beautiful yarns made me want to take up knitting! Can’t you just imagine what could be done with such a selection of colors?
Keep in mind that Common Ground is about organic farming so it’s a good time to stock up on produce. I so admire those who’ve dedicated themselves to working the land. Their fresh from the field fruits and vegetables have given me new appreciation for what really good is.
With all the displays and presentations, you’d think that would be enough, but there’s another thing that makes Common Ground such fun and that’s people watching. A whole new definition of styles exists, but, you know, that’s one of the things that makes Maine such a unique place.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind