Folks interested in learning more about rural living or who just want to eat the delicious food and browse the marketplace of Maine artisans will flock to Unity this weekend for the Common Ground Country Fair.

This is one of my favorite events that, sadly, I've had to miss for the past couple of years. So I'm hoping to head to Unity this weekend for a very unique celebration of Maine's agricultural side. Most county fairs have livestock competitions and 4H displays. But this is a 'country' fair, so it goes much farther than that.

The Common Ground Fair will offer a variety of workshops, like how to deal with invasive plants in your woodlot, how to milk your goat, and sustainable bee-keeping. You can learn how to make goat cheese, how to identify trees in Maine, and how to fell trees on your property so they fall where you want them to. Bring your seeds on Sunday for a seed swap.

Along with all of this information, there will be exhibitions, like a draft horse show, a garden parade, and more! And don't miss the food vendors! It's easily some of the best food you'll find at any fair this year. Unlike the county fairs, the Common Ground Fair doesn't feature dough boys and greasy fries. Instead, the focus is on organic, Maine-based fare. And it's all delicious!

The Common Ground Country Fair will be in Unity on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information and a complete schedule of events, log onto the website for the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association.

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