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Try Common Ground Recipes at Home

September 24, 2020

In her column “Kids in the Kitchen” in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Roberta Bailey writes about past Common Ground Country Fair times with her kids. “When they were young, for a few years we did a Country Kitchen demo together called Kids in the Kitchen. We made bumps on a log and scrambled eggs and tiger candy – sweetened peanut butter balls with dried fruit and coconut, all rolled in carob powder. When they were a bit older, we had a booth in the farmers’ market called the Kids and Moms booth. We shared it with another mom and their two friends. The moms sold fiber art and the kids sold gourds, clothespin dolls, corn necklaces, cutting boards and a score of odd inspirations.” Bailey shares recipes from that time in her column. Enjoy!

Birthday Greetings, Maine!

March 12, 2020

In her State of the State address in January, Gov. Janet Mills noted that after Maine separated from Massachusetts 200 years ago (this March 15), “we, Maine people, learned to be self-reliant and, at the same time, to rely on each other.” She also noted, “We stand here today because of the resilience of Native Americans.” So much history … and much of it lives on in the seeds that continue to grow here – some conserved thanks to Native Americans, some that washed up onto Maine’s shores after shipwrecks, some brought by early settlers even before Maine became a state, some saved by MOFGA members. We love seeing this mix of crops in the Exhibition Hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair – part of a living representation of all that history. Grow on, Maine!

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Got a Whatever? Bring it to the Fair.

August 15, 2019

Whether you’ve grown prize-winning tomatoes, an heirloom apple or a vegetable oddity, all such products are welcome (as are prepared foods and arts and crafts) in the Exhibition Hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair. The odd summer squash shown here would be ideal for the “whatever” table in the hall. See the Fair page of mofga.org for information about entering products – and about the children’s apple pie contest, the natural dessert contest and the seed swap, also in the Exhibition Hall. Fairgoers flock to these exhibits and events all three days of the Fair – September 20, 21 and 22 this year (always the third weekend after Labor Day).

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Buy Local and Organic

November 17, 2017

Who needs Black Friday when we've got Green Everyday in Maine? Please support your local organic producers this holiday season by purchasing their goods at farmers' markets, food co-ops and other local outlets – or by mail order or website. MOFGA-certified organic producers, along with their products and markets, are listed here, where you'll find sources of chaga tea, maple cream, garlic, grains, herbs, seeds and so much more. You can also find local and organic Thanksgiving and December holiday meal ingredients, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, squash, pumpkins, cranberries ... oh my! And check MOFGA's online Country Store for gift items, as well, including sweatshirts and T-shirts with the Common Ground Country Fair designs, select Common Ground Country Fair posters, gift memberships to MOFGA and more. Thanks for supporting MOFGA and local, organic businesses.

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