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The humble Farmer

Here’s a story from The humble Farmer, Robert Skoglund. For decades, Humble, as he’s known to be called, produced a well-known Maine-based radio show. During this time, Humble also staged shows at the Common Ground Fair. Humble said that he misses seeing his friends at the Fair and shared a memory that is characteristic of

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Nat Peirce

Here’s a memory from Nat Peirce, chief operating officer at GrandyOats: “MOFGA has played an important role in my personal and business life since the beginning.  Even before GrandyOats, MOFGA certified organic a piece of land that I was large-scale gardening with my friend in Sweden, Maine. On that property we eventually helped to save

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Ellen Randall

Here’s a picture from the early 80s of Ellen Randall with her mother in-law, who purchased one of Stephen Zeh’s baskets that day at the Common Ground Country Fair. Randall says, “We are proud to have it in our home.”

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Nancy Galland

Here’s a memory from Nancy Galland: “1994, Windsor, Maine: Our last farmers’ market at the Common Ground Fair was drowned in three straight days of rain. Saturday was a wash-out. Torrents. Deluge. Ten inches of rain. Lakes formed in front of the booths and vendors were forced to abandon their shelters as the water rose.

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Hannah Ineson

Here’s a memory from Hannah Ineson: “Back in the 1980s, my business partner Susan Hamill and I operated the Way of Life Center, a macrobiotic store and center in Waldoboro. For three years we had a booth or two at the Common Ground Country Fair. We also had a breakfast booth for workers, which was

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Diana Prizio

Here’s a memory from Diana Prizio: “The second year of the Fair, in Litchfield, I worked with Allen Powell making and selling tacos. That year, I also met Carol and Eric Hammond and Jack Kertesz. Over the 3 to 4 days that year, Carol and I brainstormed about the need for a kitchen facility that

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Kate Dean

Here’s a memory from Kate Dean: “In 1976, Albie Barden called a group of people together to make natural foods at county fairs around the state of Maine. I was between college years, and ready for a summer job that didn’t involve living at home. We had two teams: Jo and me, and two others,

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Daaby Tingle

Here’s a memory from Daaby Tingle: “My introduction to MOFGA was in 1975 when my family moved from Illinois to Camden and my mother and stepfather, Beedy and Dick Parker, joined MOFGA’s Knox County chapter. The chapter had monthly meetings in Thomaston which consisted of a potluck and, to my 12-year -old self, a mind-numbingly

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Laurie and Jack Davis

Here’s a memory from Laurie and Jack Davis: “We went to the Common Ground Fair back when our twin sons were 6 or 7 years old (1990-91). They loved it. They tried walking on wooden stilts. One of the boys got the hang of it very quickly. His brother, however, just couldn’t figure out how

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Jennifer McKendry

Here’s a memory from Jennifer McKendry of Hallowell, Maine: “I’ve gone to the Fair every year except for two or three. I’ve sloshed through downpours, tramped through mud,  inched along on the Unity roads, and been burned by the sun, but never once have I been deterred by anything less than a funeral. I soak

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