Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
2000-2001 Winter Fair News

Fair News Archive \ 2000-2001 Winter Fair News

CR Lawn at the Exhibition Hall
Toward the end of the Fair, CR Lawn toured the Exhibition Hall with interested growers, talking about some of his favorite varieties of fruits and vegetables, and even offering tastes of some exceedingly succulent tomatoes, melons, peaches and more. English photo.

Common Ground Volunteers Are Amazing!
Report from the Common Kitchen
Common Kitchen Thanks
Donors to the 2000 Common Ground Common Kitchen
Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket Outlets
Exhibition Hall Winners
Harry S Truman Manure Toss - Winners Report
Draft Horse Show Results
Oxen Pull
5K Foot Race

Common Ground Volunteers Are Amazing!

Another year in Unity is under our belts. The celebration grows not only in size, but in spirit, joy, diversity, comfort and enthusiasm — thanks to the energy of our volunteers. We had a great year with more than 1500 volunteers on hand to coordinate the many facets of the event.

It’s impossible to convey thanks worthy of all that the Fair volunteers do each year. And it’s a cliche to say that the Fair wouldn’t happen without them. We all know by now that volunteerism is the true essence of the Fair. Congratulations to all for the fine job that you did!

Here are just a few of the notable accomplishments of this year’s esteemed volunteer community:

The Common Kitchen served almost 3,000 meals to hungry volunteers.

CR Lawn’s keynote address on global trends in large-scale agribusiness and grassroots efforts to combat them drew a five minute standing ovation from several hundred people in the Common.

The Power and Water folks saved all of us around high noon on Saturday when we thought we were losing water pressure on the fairgrounds. Within about 10 minutes, the system was operating perfectly again. They did a wonderful job keeping the energy flowing to the many hundreds of exhibitors throughout the Fair. They also pieced together several sound systems, including a P.A., to amplify the many popular talks around the fairgrounds.

Volunteers in the office handled an amazing number of inquiries this year, including a steady stream of fairgoers who needed to make phone calls. We are working hard to ensure that we have an adequate phone system in place for next year’s Fair!

The Recycling and Composting crew recovered 21,595.50 pounds of Fair-generated waste this year. Much of it will be composted for landscaping around the fairgrounds.

On Saturday alone, the antique tractor shuttle drivers transported in excess of 8,000 fairgoers from the South Lot to the fairgrounds.

The Country Store had a record day in sales on Saturday.

MOFGA Booth folks brought the MOFGA membership to an all time high, signing up 298 new members, and renewing 102 memberships.

The Safety, First Aid and Traffic folks did an absolutely wonderful job making sure that fairgoers had a comfortable and carefree visit to the Fair.

More than one-third of all performances on the Fair stages and around the Fairgrounds were done by volunteer entertainers.

Veteran ticket seller Skip Green sold over a thousand tickets in one day.

Donkey and Mule enthusiasts created a new Show on Friday in the Show Ring this year to complement Saturday’s Standardbred Show and Sunday’s Draft Horse Show.

Our webmaster, Eric Rector, posted hourly updates of Fair activities, weather and traffic all weekend. He noted that our website got close to 100,000 hits in the month of September! Wow!

Ideas for the continuing improvement of the Fair and fairgrounds are rolling in. We have had several planning meetings already to address traffic and parking, safety, signs, and food for next year. Many more planning sessions are scheduled for the coming months. We are always looking for new energy from volunteers who want to become more involved in the planning processes. If you are interested in joining the Fair Planning Team, or if you have some suggestions for improving any aspect of the Fair, don’t hesitate to contact me by phone (207-568-4142), email ([email protected]), snail mail (PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988) or better yet, by dropping by the MOFGA headquarters some day.

Congratulations and a heart-felt thank you to all the volunteers. I really enjoy working with each of you!

– Heather Spalding, Fair Director


Report from the Common Kitchen

This was a wonderful year for the Common Kitchen. We had super volunteers, some of whom returned on their own after their four-hour shift, to continue to work and be part of the creativity and camaraderie that blossoms in the intense, high production experience that defines the Kitchen during the Fair.

One of our most successful soups this year was a lamb-squash stew that received many raves. In addition we received kudos for a delectable dessert
an apple-honey cake created by the Corkery sisters, Maria and Cathy, and friend Holly Hurd-Forsygh.

If you’re planning to feed a hungry mob, you may wish to consider this recipe:

Lamb-Squash Stew for 50

10 braised lamb shanks

5 gallons of water

Boil until meat falls off the bone. Reserve liquid.

5 lbs. onions, sautéed until just turning brown

10 lbs. squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces

3 lbs. carrots, sliced in quarters, then cut same as squash

Bunch of fresh rosemary

Place vegetables and rosemary in liquid with meat pieces. Cook under medium heat until squash softens and thickens soup.

Add salt, black pepper, garlic powder and ground ginger to taste.

Let stew set for at least 15 minutes before serving (if possible)!

We are always looking for volunteers with restaurant or cooking experience for the Fair. Please share your expertise with us next year.

Thank you to all the loyal volunteers who return year after year and give us their hard work and friendship.

– Barb MacLennan


Common Kitchen Thanks

MOFGA makes my job easier every year. In 1990, we had one page of certified growers. Now there are five pages. Natural food stores are on the increase, and traditional farmers and the public are starting to see the light. Also, the variety of foods donated is increasing. The Common Kitchen (thanks to the Terhune family) is getting more self sufficient. We get milk from cows and goats on the fairgrounds, and separate it so that we can make our own yogurt and butter, and have lots of rich cream left over.

As coordinators, we are in seventh heaven with the new kitchen after all those years in Windsor. We served more than 2000 meals this year and 390 at Saturday night’s supper. We are maxed out on dishwashing, however, and are hoping to come up with a big dishwasher (Hobart).

So, now to the important part of this message. Everyone this year was more generous than ever. Having more certified growers means that individual growers don’t get hit up for donations so hard. So thanks to all for their generosity. If I missed anybody in the list below, thanks to you too!

For the 2001 Fair, we’d like to get more variety in fruit. Also, we need eggs. If a lot of people gave us just five dozen each, we’d be all set; we need about 75 dozen total. Feel free to contact MOFGA to offer help.

– Bill Whitman


Donors to the 2000 Common Ground Common Kitchen

Red Hill Natural Foods, Rumford
Ampersand, Orono
Jean, Augusta
Thyme Square, Winthrop
Axis Natural Foods, Auburn
Rising Tide Co-op, Damariscotta
Belfast Co-op, Belfast
Royal River Natural Foods, Freeport
Natural Living Center, Brewer
Whole Grocer, Portland
Nature’s Choice, Camden
Main Street Market, Unity
Good Tern, Rockland
Nezinscot Farm, Turner
Morning Dew, Bridgton
The Good Food Store, Bethel
Hampden Natural Food, Hampden
McCormicks Thriftway, Unity
Black Crow Bakery, Litchfield
Borealis Bakeries, Waldoboro
Slate’s Bakery, Hallowell
Tuva, Whitefield
Little Lads Basket Bakery, E. Corinth
Pasta Fixe/Food for All, Brooks
Betsey’s Blueberry Butter, Hartford
Maine Maple Products, Skowhegan
State O’ Maine Cheese, Rockport
Avena Botanicals, Rockport
Oyster Creek Mushrooms, Damariscotta
Bouchard Family Farm, Fort Kent
RB Swans Honey, Brewer
Morgans Mills, Union
Steve Aucoin, Leeds
Grandy Oats Granola, Bridgton
Black Bear Food Guild, UMO
Blessed Maine Herb Farm, Athens
Sewall’s Orchards, Lincolnville
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, Franklin
Fiddler’s Green, Belfast
United Society of Shakers, New Gloucester
Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport
Apple Farm, Skowhegan
Kathy Berube, Freedom
St. George Farm, Wiscasset
Tin Smith, Wells
Levesque’s Organic Farm, Leeds
Happytown Farm, Orland
Hedgehog Hill Farm, Buckfield
Rosey Guest, Bluebird Hill Farm, Jefferson
Woodcock Farm, Bath
Whitehill Farm, Wilton
Half Moon Farm, Freedom
Willow Pond Farm, Sabattus
David and Penny Hilton, New Gloucester
Ricker’s Orchard, Turner
Bob’s Farm, Yarmouth
Farm for the Fat & Aged, Palermo
Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro
Patchwork Farm, Brunswick
Part ’n Parcel Farm, Dixmont
Sand Hill Farm, Somerville
Pleasant Valley Acres, Cumberland Center
Barbara Eggert, Bucksport
King Hill Farm, Penobscot
Poverty Hill Rabbits, Perley Emery
Hidden Valley Farm, Alna
New Leaf Farm, Durham
Peacemeal Farm, Dixmont
Ann & Albert Allen
Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter
Yellow Birch Farm
Hoof ’n Paw Farm, New Sharon
Horsepower Farm, Penobscot
Cathy Reynolds
Martha Gottlieb, Whitefield
Mysty Mountain Farm, Turner
Bob Martin
Beech Hill Farm, Mt. Desert
Terhune Family
Kim Bolshaw
Barbara McClennan
Chuck Snell, Kingfield
Spruce Bush Farm
Liz Lauer
Julie Bell Wilcott
Shore Road Farm
Mess o’ Mussels
Skowhegan Farmer
Stran Farm
Skylandia Organic, Grand Isle
Four Season Farm
School Around Us
Diodem B. Strait
Mothers Mountain Mustard, Falmouth
Sue and Peter Curra, Curravale Farm, Thorndike
Little River Flower Farm, Buxton


Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket Outlets

Many thanks to all of the businesses that sold Advance Tickets to the 2000 Common Ground Country Fair. Selling tickets in advance is a great service to fairgoers who can walk right to the front of the line and spend all of their time at the Fair, rather than waiting to buy tickets. We hope that by selling Advance Tickets you got some new customers who have become regular customers. Ticket sales not only support the Common Ground Country Fair itself, but also contribute to many of MOFGA’s year-round programs, such as organic certification, apprenticeship, technical services and more. Best wishes for a successful business year. We hope to work with you again next year.

Allan’s Natural Foods - Sanford
Alternative Natural Food Markets - Bar Harbor
Apple Valley Books - Winthrop
Austin’s Fine Food & Wines - Auburn
Bath Iron Works - Recreation Association - Wiscasset
Beech Hill Farm - Mt Desert
Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad - Unity
Belfast Co-Op - Belfast
Bicycle Bob’s Bicycle Outlet - Portsmouth, NH
Blue Hill Co-Op - Blue Hill
Bookmarc’s - Bangor
Books Etc. - Portland
Books-n-Things - Bethel
Books-n-Things - Oxford
Creative Resource Center - Portland
Endless Herbs & Natural Foods - Newport
Fare Share Coop Store - Norway
Fertile Mind Book Shop - Belfast
Good Food Store - Bethel
Good Tern Co-Op - Rockland
Gulf of Maine Books - Brunswick
Hampden Natural Foods - Hampden
Hancock County Organic Growers - Blue Hill
Happy Town Farm - Orland
Harbour Books - Yarmouth
Harvest Time Natural Foods - Augusta
Hussey’s General Store - Windsor
John Edwards Whole Foods Market - Ellsworth
Liberty Graphics - Liberty
Liberty Graphics Outlet Store - Belfast
Liberty Graphics Outlet Store - Boothbay Harbor
Lois’ Natural Marketplace - Scarborough
Maine Audubon Society Store - Falmouth
Maine Coast Book Shop - Damariscotta
Maine Made Shop - Augusta
Mainescape - Blue Hill
Morning Dew Natural Foods - Bridgton
Morning Glory Natural Foods - Brunswick
Morning Glory Natural Foods - Bath
Mr. Paperback - Belfast
Mr. Paperback - Caribou
Mr. Paperback - Rockland
Mr. Paperback - Ellsworth
Mr. Paperback - Brewer
Mr. Paperback - Newport
Mr. Paperback - Dover-Foxcroft
Mr. Paperback - Skowhegan
Mr. Paperback - Augusta
Mr. Paperback - Waterville
Natural Grocer - Gorham
Natural Living Center - Brewer
Natural Living Center - Bangor
Nature’s Choice - Camden
Nature’s Pantry - Calais
New Morning Natural Foods - Kennebunk
New Morning Natural Foods - Biddeford
Nezinscot Farm - Turner
Northern Sky Toyz - Portland
Patchwork Organic Gardens - Brunswick
Red Hill Natural Foods - Rumford
Rising Tide Co-Op - Damariscotta
River City Gallery - Bangor
Ron’s Variety - Waterville
Royal River Natural Foods - Freeport
Royal River Natural Foods - Yarmouth
Scribner’s Hardware - Rangeley
Silo Seven Bookstore - Bangor
Skillin’s Greenhouse - Brunswick
Skillin’s Greenhouse - Falmouth
Spice of Life - Skowhegan
Spruce Bush Farm - Jefferson
Sunflours - Kingfield
Sunshine Grainery - Kennebunk
The Berry Basket - Norridgewock
The Bookworm - Gorham
The Feed Store - Rockland
The Green Store - Belfast
The Morris Farm Trust - Wiscasset
The Reading Corner - Rockland
The Village Center - Vinalhaven
The Well Tempered Kitchen - Waldoboro
The Whole Grocer - Portland
Thyme Square - Winthrop
Tom’s of Maine - Kennebunk
Uncas Farms Natural & Organic Food Market - Whitefield
Unity Co-Op - Unity
Unity College - Unity
Wooly Works - Alfred


Exhibition Hall Winners

MOFGA Chapter Award: Waldo County Organic Growers

Farm Exhibit Award: The Farmer’s Wife, Ron & Nancy Agnew of Exeter

Most Educational Exhibit Award: Oyster Creek Mushroom Company, Dan & Candace Heydon of Damariscotta

Children’s Apple Pie Contest: Cassandra Gauvin of Levant (maple sweetened); Emma Moody & Annie Agnew of Corinth (no sweetener)

Biggest Pumpkin: 68# Andrew de Bethune of St. Albans

Biggest Zucchini: 19# Susanne Grosjean of Franklin

Biggest Beet: Anu Dudley of Freedom

Fleece Show Winners

White Fine: 1st - Joe Miller

White Medium: 1st - Val Weiland; 2nd - Rae Reimer; 3rd - Joe Miller

White Coarse: No awards in this category.

White Long: 1st - Val Weiland; 2nd - Elaine Cloutier; 3rd - Joe Miller

White Other: No awards in this category.

Colored Fine: 1st - Joe Miller; 2nd - Lynn Terranova; 3rd - Robin Hansen

Colored Medium: 1st - Val Weiland; 2nd - Pam Child; 3rd - Pam Child; 4th - Lindy Gallup

Colored Coarse: No awards in this category.

Colored Long: 1st - Elaine Cloutier; 2nd - Elaine Cloutier; 3rd - Jane Brackett; 4th - Elain Cloutier

Colored Other: 1st - Lyn Terranova; 2nd - Diana Laing; 3rd - Diana Laing; 4th - Lindy Gallup


Harry S Truman Manure Toss - Winners Report

Event: 4-Foot-Wide “Bed Spread”
1st Place - Dick Hall from Portland - Score 672; 2nd Place - Seth Bosdell from Skowhegan - Score 372; 3rd Place - Tyler Finley from Skowhegan - Score 336

Event: 12 & Under - 25 lb. 10-foot toss
1st - Chloe McCleode from Old Town - 3.4 lbs; 2nd - Erin Haggerty from Orono - 3.2 lbs; 3rd - Mike LaRouche from Clinton - 2.8 lbs

Event: Women’s 25 lb. 15-foot toss
1st - Amanda Hines from Limestone - 7.25 lbs; 2nd - Sally Lincoln from North Fellisbury - 6.75 lbs; 3rd - Kathy Johnson - 5.25 lbs

Event: Men’s 25 lb. 15-foot toss
1st - Bill MacDonald from Winthrop - 13.25 lbs; 2nd - Tom Faber - 10.25 lbs; 3rd - Zack Sawyer - 8.75 lbs

Event: 12 & Under Throw for Distance
1st - Mike LaRouche from Clinton - 31 feet 6 inches; 2nd - Jason Cowles - 15 feet 11 inches; 3rd - Renee Tyler - 14 feet 1 inch

Event: Women’s Throw for Distance
1st - Sarah Fiske - 30 feet 8 inches; 2nd - Sarah Wolcheski - 25 feet 1 inch; 3rd - Michelle Berlan from Randolph - 22 feet 9 inches

Event: Men’s Throw for Distance
1st - Bob Salesi from Penobscot - 54 feet 6 inches; 2nd - Pat Duffy from Andover, MA - 40 feet; 3rd - Rick Hesslein from Brownfield - 36 feet


Draft Horse Show Results

Judge: Jim Bunn from Garland

Exhibitors: Cathy, Ben and Pete Stratton from Augusta
Evelyn Pike from Chichester, NH
Bonni Spicer from Phippsburg
Bob Crichton from Berwick
Don Nickerson from Brooks
David Stevens from South Unity

Class 1 - Jr. Showmanship: No entries.
Class 2 - Gelding under 1700 lbs: 1st - Tony-Stratton; 2nd - Sonny-Stratton
Class 3 - Geldings over 1700 lbs: 1st - Prince-Stratton
Class 4 - Grand Champion Gelding: Prince-Stratton
Reserve Champion Gelding: Sonny-Stratton
Class 5 - Stallions: 1st - Lord Leonett Don-Spicer
Class 6 - Grand Champion Stallion: Lord Leonett Don-Spicer
Class 7 - Brood Mare & Foal: 1st - Lenore and Loretta-Stevens
Class 8 - Mares 2 years & under: No entries.
Class 9 - Mares 3 years & over: 1st - Princess-Stratton; 2nd - Misty-Stratton
Class 10 - Grand Champion Mare: Princess-Stratton
Class 11 - Bred, Raised & Owned By Exhibitor: 1st - Princess-Stratton; 2nd - Misty-Stratton
Class 12 - Best Footed Horse: 1st - Lord Leonett, Don-Spicer; 2nd - Princess-Stratton; 3rd - Misty-Stratton
Class 13 - Best Horse Of Show: Lord Leonett Don-Spicer
Class 14 - Mules: 1st - Crichton 2nd - Jill-Pike 3rd - Jack-Pike
Class 15 - Donkeys: 1st - Shamus-Rowe; 2nd - Twilight-Wallace; 3rd - Woody-Rowe; 4th - Shannon-Rowe; 5th - Prince-Rudy
Class 16 - Bareback Riding: 1st - Sonny-Stratton; 2nd - Prince-Stratton; 3rd - Lord Leonett Don-Spicer; 4th - Misty-Stratton
Class 17 - Cart - Mules: 1st - Crichton; 2nd - Jack & Jill-Pike
Class 18 - Cart: 1st - Misty-Stratton
Class 19 - Pair In Harness: 1st - Sonny & Tony-Stratton; 2nd - Crichton; 3rd - Misty & Prince-Stratton; 4th - Jack & Jill-Pike
Class 20 - Pair Scooting: 1st - Fred & Rick-Nickerson; 2nd - Sonny & Tony-Stratton; 3rd - Crichton; 4th - Jack & Jill-Pike; 5th - Misty & Prince-Stratton
Class 21 - Single Twitching: 1st - Misty-Stratton; 2nd - Sonny-Stratton; 3rd - Jack-Pike; 4th - Tony-Stratton; 5th - Crichton; 6th - Rick-Nickerson
Class 22 - Teamster of the Day: Cathy Stratton


Oxen Pull

Judges of this year’s Oxen Show chose Wes Daniel as the Outstanding Teamster. Wes has been a long-time exhibitor at the Common Ground Country Fair, and has worked hard to promote animal exhibits, contests and shows. Congratulations Wes on a job well done!

5K Foot Race

This year’s 5K Foot Race had 88 finishers beating the raindrops! The showers held off until well after the race was over, and the race had its largest number of participants and entrants in three years. This year we had runners from as far away as Clive, Iowa, and Canton, New York, along with Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This year awards were given to the 1st and 2nd overall male and female runners and the first MOFGA male and female runners, along with 1st and 2nd male and female runners in 7 different age groups.

First overall male winner was Shaun Keenan of Somerville in 17:43 and first female overall finisher was Tamika Davis of Worcester, Mass., in 21:29. The 2nd place overall winners were Andrew Crawford of Burlington, Vt., a mere 2 seconds behind the winner, in 17:45, and Beth Allen of Farmington in 22:23.

The MOFGA winners were Marada Cook of Grande Isle in 24:44 and Bill MacDonald of Winthrop in 21:49.

The various age group winners and 2nd place finishers were as follows:

Male/Female 1st Place 19 & under
Joseph Haman, 17, Fort Kent, 21:26/Christie Mosley, 15, Hampden, 24:55

2nd Place 19 & under
Leo Trudel, 15, St. Francis, 22:08/JJ Trudel, 17, St. Francis, 31:06

1st Place 20-29
Joe Dana, 24, Indian Island, 18:18/Mary Phillips-Sandy, 23, Waterville, 25:18

2nd Place 20-29
Keith Bowles, 21, Waterville, 18:54/Mary O’Malley, 25, Castine, 25:45

1st Place 30-39
Ludo Bruyere, 31, Augusta, 18:01/Jennifer Dickerson, 32, Clive, Iowa, 24:15

2nd Place 30-39
Gary LaFreniere, 39, Belgrade, 18:42/Amy Nason, 34, Gray, 25:02

1st Place 40-49
Tom Menendez, 47, Lewiston, 18:40/Loretta Wilber, 42, Pittsfield 23:49

2nd Place 40-49
Ethan Whittaker,42, Wiscasset, 40:42/Ellen Spring, 47, Thomaston 27:11

1st Place 50-59
Paul Baillagereon, 51, Augusta, 20:23/Eva Warren, 55, Waterville, 28:05

2nd Place 50-59
Arthur Robinson, 50, Augusta, 20:34/Mary Whitney, 53, Newport, 29:47

1st Place 60-69
Bob Gillespie, 62, Benton, 27:41/Jackie Dunbar, 60, Bucksport, 31:14

1st Place 70+
Keith Curtis, 70, Waterville, 24:56