Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Fair News – Winter 1998-1999

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Thanks for the Permanent Site!
Thanks To All Fair Volunteers
Pedal to Fair & Valet Bike Parking Smashing Success
Unjamming the Traffic
Contest Winners at the 1998 Common Ground Country Fair
Donations to the Common Kitchen
Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket and Poster Outlets

Thanks for the Permanent Site!

I would like to thank all of the people who made the historic 1998 Common Ground Fair such a success. Ever since I joined the Board of MOFGA eight years ago, this project has been in the making. The Board and I wish to thank each and every one of you. The list of personal sacrifices seems endless. In dollars and/or time, you’ve all given what you could. I am humbled by your generosity. The success is extraordinary.

Many of us have been growing and farming organically for over 20 years. The faith in and support for our work are appreciated tremendously. The public has a new understanding of the importance of organic farming and of what it offers to our culture and our environment. Birthing this Permanent Site is a big part of our collective affirmation.

These facilities will demonstrate what our farms, the living laboratories, are accomplishing. The seed companies, compost producers, bread bakers, etc., understand the potential of the organic movement. So how does MOFGA best utilize the Permanent Site as an opportunity to benefit the growth of the whole organic community? Now that the baby is born, who will look after it and make sure it is raised and nurtured properly? The MOFGA Board encourages your continued participation in this process. September 25, 1998, was a landmark, but only a beginning. We still have a long way to go.

We thank this incredible community for creating such a momentous beginning.

– Bob Sewall, MOFGA President


Thanks To All Fair Volunteers

Our first Fair in Unity was a great success, and the credit goes to the thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the winter, spring, summer and fall to make it happen. Some of you had incredibly demanding assignments that kept you away from the festivities for the duration of the Fair. Some of you had to keep smiling when weary travelers took out their traffic frustrations on you. Some of you removed rocks from pathways for hours in the blazing sun. Some of you sorted through mounds of Fair garbage for the ultimate benefit of the Earth and MOFGA’s future gardens. Some of you stayed up all night helping people get safely from point A to point B in the dark. And many others took on seemingly thankless tasks to ensure that this year’s grand opening would be the absolute best it could be. We salute all of you and look forward to seeing you next year under more refined circumstances!

If you would like to get even more involved in the Common Ground Country Fair, contact the main office and inquire about joining the Planning Team. The Planning Team meets several times a year to discuss ideas for the many areas of the Fair.

– Heather Spalding


Maine Bike History Made! Pedal to Fair & Valet Bike Parking Smashing Success

Reprinted from Maine Cyclist, Fall 1998 with permission from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The first Valet Bike Parking in Maine was at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair with a turnout of bicyclists that far exceeded expectations. Four hundred bicyclists collectively pedaled 7,000 miles to the Fair.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) worked with MOFGA to set up a bicycle parking area for fairgoers and promoted the “Pedal to the Fair” program.

“In previous years, we might have had a couple dozen folks who pedaled to the Fair,” said Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director of the BCM, “but they never had any place to park their bike other than locking it to a fence near the fairgrounds.”

Valet Bike Parking is much what it sounds like – ride up on your bike, a volunteer checks you in and parks your bike where it is guarded until you return with your ticket for pick up. Valet Bike Parking has started becoming more common at events nationwide. In Denver, bicyclists can drive their bikes to the Broncos games and park their bikes care-free. Many sporting events and fairs in western states now regularly provide valet bike parking. In most European countries, valet bike parking is very common, not only at events but at train stations where there may be over 5,000 bicycles parked.

“We are just amazed at the great success of our Pedal to the Fair program,” said Miller.

In addition to offering the parking, the BCM made maps highlighting both road and off-road routes, publicized the program, and built seven new bicycle racks.

“We figured with this being the first year of bike parking that the 60 to 70 spaces we had would be sufficient,” explained Chuck Lakin, a Waterville resident and BCM member who designed and built the racks. “On Saturday, we were full by 10 a.m.”

“By 1:30 pm, we had over 150 bicycles and were parking them in the bushes and trees bordering our parking site,” added Miller. “At this point volunteers started expanding the fencing to double the size of the parking site. By 5 pm Saturday night, we had moved 250 and were leaning bikes against each other. We even had a kick-stand section and filled our expanded site.”

Unity College provided parking for folks to pedal to the Fair and set up a camping area for cyclists.

“The valet parking was very con­ve­nient, and the valets were a great bunch of people,” said Maureen Graves Anderson, a five-month preg­nant mother from Waterboro who camped at Unity College and pedaled from there with her family. “We also took advantage of the opportunity to get our daughter’s helmet fitted properly.”

Upon checking in, bicyclists reported how far they had ridden their bicycles and received a congratulatory gift, such as a “One Less Car” pin, a “Share the Road” bumper sticker, or a water bottle. Bicyclists also received $1.00 off admission to the Fair.

“I enjoyed my return trip because I zipped by the largest number of stationary cars I have seen on the road,” commented Sally Jacobs of Orono.

One cyclist who rode 10 miles to the Fair counted 619 cars that she passed as she rode by the traffic on the paved shoulder.

“By far a majority of the cyclists drove a car to the Unity area, parked it in one of our Park and Pedal parking areas or just hopped on the bikes as soon as they hit the traffic,” explained Miller.

Several cyclists bicycled all the way down from Orono (approximately 55 miles each way), and one couple rode all the way from Nova Scotia (and subsequently got married in Unity on Tuesday after the Fair).

“We had hundreds more people who drove cars to the Fair this year telling us they will park and pedal next year now that they know we provide this service,” Miller added.

To that end MOFGA and BCM are already discussing ways to expand and improve the bike parking.

Due to the great success of this first Valet Bike Parking, the BCM is interested in providing bike parking at other events around Maine. For more information, contact Jeff at the BCM office – 288-3028.


Unjamming the Traffic

MOFGA invested a lot of money into a traffic strategy that clearly didn’t work as well as we had expected. Some of the problems were “first year jitters” – people had questions they needed answered, and the parking volunteers were the first people they saw. Others are more structural: Route 139 from Fairfield to Unity was stretched to its limit when nearly everyone coming from both the south and north used it as the main exit point from I-95.

We’ve identified a number of places where improvements can be made for next year, and we’re looking for more ideas. We will, for example, improve signage; designate parking areas for handicapped persons and senior citizens better; have a shuttle from the south parking lot from the opening moments; and widen the access lanes into our parking lots to help move cars off the road more quickly. We’ve met with the Sheriff’s office over ways to improve traffic flow. The Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad is hoping to run shuttle trains from Brooks and Belfast, in addition to Unity, next year. The Maine Bicycle Coalition attracted a lot of interest, and we expect more bike options for next year.

We’re looking at ways to redirect traffic from the south and the north so that it doesn’t all flow through Fairfield. As we identify solutions we’ll relay them to you, and to the general public, in hopes of making next year a little easier, and more enjoyable, for all. Your suggestions are welcome, and needed. We’ve received some good creative letters, and we pay close attention to them all. We’ll be back in this space in the months ahead telling you about what solutions are in place for 1999.

– Russell Libby


Contest Winners at the 1998 Common Ground Country Fair

Social and Political Action Booths

Most Attractive Booth - Northern Lights Church
Most Educational Booth - Diversity Leadership Institute
Special Friend - Spiritual Assembly of the Ba’hais of Augusta

Food Vendors
Most Attractive Booth - Shivanarth Farm
Most Educational Booth - Shiitake Farm
Special Friends - Aucoin’s Concessions

5-K Foot Race
Men’s Overall - 1st : Todd Coffin, Bath (15:59); 2nd: Adam Begin, Winslow (17:10)
Women’s Overall - 1st: Dana Leath, Orono (22:30); 2nd: Sara Johnson, Bangor (23:09)
MOFGA Finisher Male - 1st: Bill MacDonald, Topsham (21:38)
MOFGA Finisher Female - 1st: Benji Kinsley, Somerville (36:23)
19 and Under
Men’s - 1st: Jeff Sprague (18:14); 2nd: Luc Roy, Oakland (18:19)
Women’s- 1st: Kelly Newell, Unity (33:14); 2nd: Kalina Johnson, Bangor (29:52)
Aged 20-29
Men’s - 1st: Nathan Lacasse, Madison (22:27); 2nd: none
Women’s - 1st: Catherine Kropp, Castine (23:25); 2nd: Christy Peters, Augusta (27:56)
Aged 30-39
Men’s - 1st: Shaun Keenan, Somerville (17:39); 2nd: Bruce Nicholson, Brunswick (18:05)
Women’s - 1st: none; 2nd: none
Aged 40-49
Men’s - 1st: Tom Menendez, Lewiston (18:14); 2nd: Bob Strout, Unity (19:08)
Women’s - 1st: Ellen Springs, Thomaston (24:01); 2nd: Linda Wood, Augusta (26:14)
Aged 50-59
Men’s - 1st: David Benn, Waterville (22:01); 2nd: Gary Wakeland, Bowerbank (22:15)
Women’s - 1st: Louisa Dunlap, Belfast (24:27); 2nd: Jean Goldfine, Belfast
Aged 60+
Men’s - 1st: Dick Cummings, Augusta (21:25); 2nd: Jeff Evans, Brunswick (23:57)
Women’s - Mardi Brown (81 years young!), Palermo (57:53); 2nd: none

Exhibition Hall

Giant Squash - Michael Smith, Jackson: Dill’s Giant
Vegetable Judges’ Awards
Linden Ridge Farm: Red Raspberries; Butterscotch Melon, Screetie; Galia Melon, Arava Tropical; Watermelon, Melipolsky; Eggplant, Dusky; Hot Pepper, Czech Black; Hot Pepper, Serrano
Sarah Miller, Somerville: Imperator Carrot
Irene Snow White, Atkinson: Muskmelon, Pulsar
Tom Griffin, Mt. Vernon: Watermelon, Sangria
Valerie Jackson, Washington: Cucumber, Express Pickling
Roberta Bunker, Palermo: Hot Pepper, Tears of Fire
Bernie McAlice, Round Pond: Hot Pepper, Super Chili
Photography Judges’ Award
Richard Bamforth, Augusta - “Water Music”
Quilt Judges’ Award
Nancy Hinds, Windsor - Sampler Quilt
Diana Hutchins, Pittston - Family History Crazy Quilt

Art Judges’ Award
Wendy Karush, Hancock- Monoprint
Carrie Schenck Haberstock, Canaan - Received Three Awards
John Campbell, East Holden - Pencil Drawing
William Branch, North Vassalboro - Portrait of Lincoln
Langdon Richards, Whitefield - Oil Painting, South Portland Lighthouse

Homemade Wine Competition

Best of Show - Jonathan Bailey, St. George: Blueberry
Runner-up - Marvin Gub Jordan, New Gloucester: Rice & Raisin
Third - Brad Hunter, Appleton: Rasp­berry Honey Ginger Maple Mead
Fourth - John Field, Hope: Strawberry

Best of Show - Marvin Gub Jordan, New Gloucester: Crabapple Plum
Runner-up - Marvin Gub Jordan, New Gloucester: Rhubarb
Third - Marvin Gub Jordan, New Gloucester: Blackberry
Fourth - John Field, Hope: Plum Mead
Fifth - Bob Richardson, Washington: Strawberry
Sixth - Marvin Gub Jordan, New Gloucester: Plum
Seventh - Thomas Hoey, Brooksville: Grape, Currant, Chokecherry, Cranberry, Blueberry, Apple

Other Ribbons

Joel Belano Stott, Monmouth: Choke­cherry Grape
Jane Bernier, DDS, Lincolnville: Raspberry
John Field, Hope: Strawberry, Plum Mead
Thomas Hoey, Brooksville: Wild Berry, Choke Cherry
Brad Hunter, Appleton: Ginger Maple Raspberry Mead
Marvin “Gub” Jordan, New Gloucester: Blackberry,: Plum, Elderberry
Cider, Ginger Mead, Strawberry Banana, Sparkling Goldenrod
Thomas J. O’Connor III, MD, Rockport: Sparkling Semi-sweet Ginger Mead, Sweet Black Cherry Mead
Bob Richardson, Washington: Strawberry

Paul Armstrong, Palermo: Apple, Elderberry Apple Currant
Jonathan Bailey, St George: Blueberry
Blossoms ’n Thyme, Standish: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Ron Bouffard, Bowdointown: Hard Cider
Chris Bryan, Fairfield: Grape-Beta & Valiant
John Field, Hope: Blueberry, Grape, Blackberry Mead
Marvin “Gub” Jordan, New Gloucester: Blueberry Dandelion, Fruit, Strawberry
Steve Linne, Raymond: Blueberry
Martha Mayberry, Troy: Hard Cider
Gary T. Mills, Augusta: Shiraz, Chianti
Kim Mills, Augusta: Chardonnay
Thomas J. O’Connor III, MD, Rockport: Sweet Still Cider
Thomas Percy, Phippsburg: Cherry


Shawn Babine, Scarborough: Merlot
Jonathan Bailey, St. George: Apple, Apple
Jane Bernier, DDS, Lincolnville: Elderberry
Helen Black, Westbrook: Kiwi Lime Mead
Blossoms ’n Thyme, Standish: Cabernet Sauvignon
John Field, Hope: Rose Grape, Strawberry Rhubarb, Hard Cider, Apple, Rose Grape, White Grape, Apple, Apple Blackberry
Brad Hunter, Appleton: N.E. Dry Still Cider
Marvin “Gub” Jordan, New Gloucester: Blueberry, Hard Cider, Red Grape
Steve Linne, Raymond: Blueberry Cordial
Gary T. Mills, Augusta: Chardonnay
Kim Mills, Augusta: Riesling

Honorable Mentions

Joel Belano Stott, Monmouth: Peach
Joel Belano Stott & Bill Benson, Waldoboro: Grape
Chris Bryan, Fairfield: Grape
John Field, Hope: Blackberry, Sparkling Apple
Brad Hunter, Appleton: Maple Sap, Orange Wildflower Honey Mead
Marvin “Gub” Jordan, New Gloucester: Rose Grape, White Grape, Parsnip, Sumac
Travis Jorgensen, Brunswick: Fruit Juice Wine
Lee Karter, Winslow: Zinfandel
Martha Mayberry, Troy: Sparkling Blueberry Mead
Jeff McLaughlin, South Thomaston: Rhubarb
Bob Richardson, Washington: Ginger, Rhubarb

Homebrew Competition Winners

American Light Lager
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport, Honorable Mention Best of Show: Pre-Prohibition
2nd - Mark Hitchcox, Westbrook: Pre-Prohibition
3rd - George Heal, Lincolnville: Pre-Prohibition
Honorable Mention - George O’Connor, Vassalboro: Pre-Prohibition

European Light Lager
1st - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Bohemian Pils
2nd - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Munich Helles
3rd - Paul Fellman, New Sharon: Bohemian Pils
Honorable Mention - Paul Fellman, New Sharon: Munich Helles

Light Ale
1st - Tom Sapp, Standish: Blonde
2nd - Rob Rodriguez, Cornish: Blonde
3rd - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: American Wheat
Honorable Mention - Randy Metcalf, West Baldwin: Blonde

British Bitter
1st - Bob Rox, Brunswick: ESB
2nd Mark Hitchcox, Westbrook: ESB
3rd - Ron Bouffard, Bowdoinham: Best Bitter
Honorable Mention - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: ESB

Scottish Ale
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Scottish Export
2nd - Bill Giffin, Richmond: Scottish Export
3rd - Robert Monroe, Hope: Scottish Light
Honorable Mention - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Scottish Export

Pale Ale
1st - George O’Connor, Vassalboro: American
2nd - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: British
3rd - Brad Hunter, Appleton: American
Honorable Mention - Greg Sotir, Saco: British

India Pale Ale
1st - Bob Rox, Brunswick: IPA
2nd - Jeremy Pontes, Orono: IPA
3rd - Tim Planer, Yarmouth: IPA
Honorable Mention - George O’Connor, Vassalboro: IPA

1st - Norm Lajoie, Augusta: N. German Alt

German Amber Lager
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Oktoberfest

Brown Ale
1st - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Southern Brown
2nd - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Northern Brown
3rd - John Field, Hope: American Brown
Honorable Mention - Mike Woodard & Chris Blanchard, Bar Harbor: Mild Brown

Strong Ale
1st - Ron Bouffard & Ray Vigue, Bowdoinham, 1st Runner-Up Best of Show: Old
2nd - John Field, Hope: Old Ale
3rd - John McCue, Monmouth: Russian Imperial
Honorable Mention - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Scotch Ale

Barley Wine
1st - John McCue, Monmouth: Barley Wine
2nd - Jack Miserocchi, Andover: Barley Wine
3rd - Ron Bouffard & Jesse Bean, Bowdoinham: Barley Wine
Honorable Mention - Ron Bouffard, Bowdoinham: Barley Wine

European Dark Lager
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport, 2nd Runner-Up Best of Show: Munich Dunkel
2nd - Russell McLaughlin, Gray: Munich Dunkel
3rd - Martin Stokes, Old Town: Munich Dunkel
Honorable Mention - Martin Stokes, Old Town: Continental Dark

1st - Brad Hunter, Appleton: Traditional Bock
2nd - Paul Fellman, New Sharon,: Doppelbock
3rd - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Maibock
Honorable Mention - John Brown, Stillwater: Doppelbock

1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Robust Porter
2nd - John Field, Hope: Robust Porter
3rd - Eric Ewing, Newport: Robust Porter
Honorable Mention - Russell McLaughlin, Gray: Robust Porter

1st - Travis Jorgensen, Brunswick: Oatmeal
2nd - Kris Mueller & Steve Crowe, Orono: Foreign Extra
3rd - Eric Ewing, Newport: Dry
Honorable Mention - John Brown, Stillwater: Dry

Wheat Beer
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Bavarian Weizen
2nd Stan Townsend, West Buxton: Bavarian Weizen
3rd - Mike Arsenault, Peru: Dunkel Weizen
Honorable Mention - Gary Clement, South Portland: Bavarian Weizen

Strong Belgian/French Ale
1st Tom O’Connor, Rockport, Best Of Show,: Triple
2nd Rob Rox, Brunswick: Strong Dark
3rd - Randy Metcalf, West Baldwin: Strong Dark

Other Belgian Ales
1st Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Witbier
2nd - Ron Bouffard, Bowdoinham: Belgian Pale Ale

Specialty Beers - Fruit
1st - James Plourd, South Portland: Raspberry Beer
2nd - Randy Metcalf, West Baldwin: Orange Wheat
3rd - Travis Jorgensen, Brunswick: Strawberry Beer
Honorable Mention - Mark Stewart, Bangor: Strawberry Blonde

Specialty Beers - Other
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Ginger Pale Ale
2nd - Kris Mueller & Jerry Lyons, Orono: Wheat Ginger Spice
3rd - Ron Bouffard & Andy Arondizza, Bowdoinham: Coffee Vienna Lager
Honorable Mention - Travis Jorgensen, Brunswick: Spice Beer

Smoke Flavored Beer
1st - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Smoked Porter

Open Category
1st - Robert Foye, Freeport: Honey Wll-Grain Braggot
2nd - Mark Stewart, Bangor: Maple Porter
3rd - Dave MacMillan, Warren: Amber Brown Ale
Honorable Mention: John Field, Hope: Honey Wheat Beer

Final scores are based on discussion and consensus among judges and are not necessarily an average.
Total 1998 entries, 137.
Highest score - 47.5, Ron Bouffard and Ray Vigue, Bowdoinham: Old Ale.
Best of Show Prize: Beer Stein, Cap and T-Shirt donated by Rocky Bay Brewing Company, Rockland. Winner - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Triple.
Runner-up Best of Show Prize: Brewer’s Clock donated by Purple Foot
Downeast, Waldoboro. Winner - Ron Bouffard & Ray Vigue, Bowdoinham: Old Ale.
Second Runner-up Best of Show Prize: Brewer’s Clock donated by Purple Foot
Downeast, Waldoboro. Winner - Tom O’Connor, Rockport: Munich Dunkel.

Draft Horse Show

Class 1 - Jr. Showmanship
1st - Jeff Ricker (May)
2nd - Ryan Robbins (Hannah)
Class 2 - Gelding Under 1700 lbs
1st - Bob Murphy (Tonka)
2nd - Sonny Richards (Pat)
3rd - Cathy Chase (Prince)
4th - Sonny Richards (Justin)
5th - Pete Stratton (Sonny)
Class 3 - Gelding Over 1700 lbs
1st - Sonny Richards (Mike)
2nd - John Morrison (Bill)
3rd - John Morrison (Bob)
Class 4 - Grand Champion Gelding
1st - Bob Murphy (Tonka); Reserve Champion Gelding Sonny Richards (Mike)
Class 5 - Stallions
1st - Bonni Spicer (Lord Lionette Don)
Class 6 - Grand Champion Stallion
Bonni Spicer (Lord Lionette Don)
Class 7 - Brood Mare with Foal
No Entries
Class 8 - Mares - 2 Years & Under
1st - Ken Robbins (Hannah)
2nd - Pete Stratton (Princess)
3rd - Bruce Alexander (April)
Class 9 - Mares - 3 Years & Over
1st - Pete Stratton (Misty)
2nd - Bruce Alexander (May)
Class 10 - Grand Champion Mare
Pete Stratton (Misty); Reserve Champion Mare - Ken Robbins (Hannah)
Class 11 - Bred, Raised, Owned By Exhibitor
1st - Pete Stratton (Misty)
2nd - Cathy Chase (Prince)
3rd - Pete Stratton (Princess)
Class 11a - Best Footed Horse
Bonni Spicer (Lord Lionette Don)
Class 12 - Best Horse of Show
Grand Champion Gelding - Bob Murphy (Tonka)
Class 13 - Mules
1st - Bob Crichton (Liz)
2nd - Bob Crichton (Lou)
3rd - Pete Rowe (Suzi)
4th - Claire Wallace (Molasses)
5th - Claire Wallace (Brown Sugar)
Class 14 - Donkey
1st - Jan Rowe (Woody)
2nd - Amanda Rooney (Brandy Whine)
3rd - Tanya Roody (Prince)
4th - Claire Wallace (Starlight)
Class 15 - Bareback Riding
1st - Cathy Chase (Misty)
2nd - Bonnie Spicer (Lord Lionette Don)
3rd - Pete Stratton (Sonny)
4th - Ken Robbins (Hannah)
Class 16 - Cart Class - Mules
1st - Claire Wallace
2nd - Pete Rowe
3rd - Jan Rowe
Class 16a - Cart Class - Horse
1st - Sonny Richards (Mike)
2nd - Ken Robbins (Hannah)
Class 17 - Pairs In Harness
1st - Pete Stratton (Sonny & Misty)
2nd - Sonny Richards (Justin & Mike)
3rd - Bob Crichton (Liz & Lou)
4th - John Morrison (Bob & Bill)
5th - Bruce Alexander (April & May)
6th - Cathy Chase (Pat & Prince)
Class 18 - Pair Scooting
1st - Pete Stratton (Sonny & Misty)
2nd - Bob Crichton (Liz & Lou)
3rd - Sonny Richards (Justin & Mike)
4th Cathy Chase (Pat & Prince)
5th Bruce Alexander (April & May)
Class 19 - Single Twitching
1st - Pete Stratton (Sonny)
2nd - Ryan Robbins (Hannah)
3rd - Bob Crichton (Liz)
4th - Bruce Alexander (May)
5th - Ken Robbins (Hannah)
6th - Ben Stratton (Sonny)
Class 20 - Teamster of the Day
Pete Stratton


Donations to the Common Kitchen

The following people, families and farms generously donated food to the Common Kitchen at the Fair. We know that this list represents roughly half the donors, but some of the contributors forgot to write down their names and donations when they stopped by the Kitchen. If we missed your name, please let us know and we’ll print another list in the next issue of The MOF&G. The Common Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to over a thousand Fair volunteers. We depend on the support of the MOFGA farming community to make sure all the Fair volunteers are healthy, happy and well-fed during set-up, the big event, and clean-up. Thanks very much for your delicious food!

Sharon - cooked rice mix
Walter & Terry Terhune - goats milk
Agostino Samson - mesclun
June Jacobs - assorted produce
Heather & Will Sugg - peppers, squashes
Donna & John Bradstreet - green tomatoes
Liz Lauer - tomatoes, cukes
Carol Bryan - assorted produce
Gary Dunn & Diane Schivera - spaghetti squash
Martha & Donald Naber - honey
Beech Hill Farm - assorted produce
Neil Taliento, Chebeague Island Farm - assorted produce
Bill Thayer, Darthia Farm - cabbage, lettuce, potatoes, pesto
Jamie Greager, F & A Farm - garlic and assorted produce
Karla Bock & Bob Basile, Hoof n’ Paw Farm - carrots, peppers, cabbage
Paul & Mollie Birdsall, Horsepower Farm - assorted produce
John Edwards, John Edwards Whole Foods Market - chickpeas
Luce’s Maple Syrup - maple syrup
McCormick’s American Groceries - assorted produce
Donald Beckwith, Meadowood Farm - cilantro, scallions, dill
Zep Volpato, Merryfield Farm - eggplant, peppers, cabbage, carrots
Morning Dew, Bridgton - assorted groceries
Chris & Dave Colson, New Leaf Farm - assorted produce
Richard Swan, RB Swan & Son Inc. - honey
Sagadahoc MOFGA - tomatoes, winter squash, & other assorted veggies
Bob Sewall, Sewall’s Orchard - cider, apples
Greg Larsen, Tuva Old World Bakery - bread
Kip Penney, Unity Co-Op - canola oil
Jill Agnew, Willow Pond Farm - cider, apples
John & Penny Duncan, York Hill Farm - herb goat cheese
Deb Soule, Avena Botanicals - basil, tea


Thanks to the Advance Sale Ticket and Poster Outlets

Many thanks to all of the businesses that sold Advance Tickets to the 1998 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, not 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 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
Fertile Mind Book Shop, Belfast
Good Tern Co-Op, Rockland
Gulf Of Maine Books, Brunswick
Hancock Organic Growers, Blue Hill
Happy Town Farm, Orland
Harbour Books, Yarmouth
Hussey’s General Store, Windsor
John Edwards Whole Foods Market, Ellsworth
KVMC, Augusta
Liberty Graphics, Liberty
Maine Audubon Society Store, Falmouth
Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta
Morning Glory Natural Foods, Brunswick
Morning Glory Natural Foods, Bath
Mr. Paperback, Augusta
Mr. Paperback, Dover-Foxcroft
Mr. Paperback, Waterville
Natural Grocer, Gorham
New Morning Natural Foods, Biddeford
New Morning Natural Foods, Kennebunk
Rising Tide Co-Op, Damariscotta
Royal River Natural Foods, Yarmouth
Scribner’s Hardware, Rangeley
Silo Seven Bookstore, Bangor
Skillin’s Greenhouse, Brunswick
Skillin’s Greenhouse, Falmouth
Spruce Bush Farm, Jefferson
Sunshine Grainery, Kennebunk
The Bookworm, Gorham
The Feed Store, Rockland
The Green Store, Belfast
The Village Center, Vinalhaven
The Well Tempered Kitchen, Waldoboro
The Whole Grocer, Portland
Thomaston Books & Prints, Thomaston
Tom’s Of Maine, Kennebunk
Unity Co-Op, Unity
Unity College, Unity
Patchwork Organic Gardens, Brunswick


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