MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair -2018

This last Sunday, we had the chance, once again, to go cruise around the annual Common Ground Fair, in Unity Maine. This was our 6th year attending, and we made a pretty valiant effort to tour the whole place in spite of my very progressed 36+ week pregnancy.

The morning started off chilly and clear, as we dropped the munchkin off at her grandparents around 6:30, and got on the road. We arrived at the parking lot by 9ish and started the hike to the fair ground. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed the relative quiet of the woods, interrupted only by the chattering of other excited fair goers.

Once we reached our destination, we navigated our way thru the farmers market and the many craft sellers set up. We also went to the fair store and got our poster for this year, which we thought quite fitting as it features piggies this year, and this being our first year raising our own pigs.

Like previous years, I stocked up on all sorts of lovely soaps, some spices for our kitchen, and a few small gifts for the little one and our kitties. I also bought a gourd ornament that had been painted to look like a hot pepper and some super yummy raspberry honey.

Next we toured the animal exhibitions and the garden lots- its always a struggle for me to not beg MrGillis for the angora bunnies they have for sale. But we have a long ride back and forth and also we were spending the night in Bangor to go to lots of fun appointments the next day, so this year he was spared for the most part… just a lot of longing sighs and looks from me, I swear.

After that we walked around some more, looking at the spinners area, the farmers market and then heading in the direction of all the yummy smelling festival food. I had a spinach and feta crossient and strawberry shortcake, while MrGillis indulged in a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw and apple cheesecake. We also shared a delicious iced chia tea.

It was a long morning, especially for the huffing and puffing prego lady that I am at this point, but we had a lovely time, as we always do. I’m very glad we decided to go, even if it was one of the shortest times we spent there.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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