I learned to bake bread at the fair! I was the only non-affiliated volunteer with the Maine Grain Alliance the first year they started baking bread for the Common Kitchen. It was an amazing group of experienced home and professional bakers from all walks of life, who were so welcoming to a newbie like me who had never baked a loaf before. No better way to learn than spending three straight days baking 500 loaves a day with the state’s most passionate grain nerds! It was one of my favorite experiences in nearly a decade of volunteering at the fair.