Vendors and Applications

Information for vendors and exhibitors at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

Each year, almost 60,000 visitors travel to the Common Ground Country Fair to exchange knowledge, eat, and shop with our 650-plus vendors and exhibitors. 

Our Vendor Commitment

We value and prioritize businesses, farms and organizations with Maine roots, organic practices, and local sourcing. Whether you have been a vendor for many years at our traditional Common Ground Country Fair or think you’d be a great addition to our Fair, we recommend you read the full Fair Guidelines and your specific area guidelines in the directory below before applying.

The Common Ground Country Fair will be in person at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine on September 23, 24 and 25, 2022. MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living features 1000-plus exhibitors and speakers, and emphasizes vibrant communities, sustainable living and local economies, while highlighting organic agriculture. 

2022 Improvements

  • More spacious layout on the fairgrounds — reorganizing and allowing more space in busy areas — be sure to check the map for the location of your favorite area.
  • Electronic ticketing — less time waiting in line, more time enjoying the Fair.
  • Additional handwashing stations and restroom options for comfort and health.

COVID-19 Update

  • We encourage everyone to do a self health assessment before attending. If you are sick, please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • The more spacious layout will allow the possibility for people to socially distance if they choose.
  • Attendees are welcome to wear a mask if they choose.
  • We ask fairgoers to consider wearing a mask when enjoying the Exhibition Hall, one of the few enclosed spaces at the Fair, which is often crowded.
  • We will follow the state, federal and CDC mandates and guidelines.
  • We are not limiting attendance or doing daily attendance caps.

We are not instituting any fair-wide COVID-19 mandates. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor for the 2023 Fair? Please check the Apply section below to see if the application for the area you’re interested in applying to is open. If it has not opened yet, or if the deadline has passed, click below to be notified when applications are available so you don’t miss out!


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Suppliers of products for farms and gardens or family farms selling agricultural products made with at least 70% materials from their farm.

2023 Agricultural Products area guidelines

2023 Agricultural Products application – deadline March 10th, 2023

Space for organizations that provide resources or technical support to farmers and producers.

2023 Agricultural Demonstrations area guidelines

2023 Agricultural Demonstrations application – available February 13th, 2023

Maine artisans and craftspeople typically producing unique pieces of art, original in design and concept. For small goods businesses, please see Maine Marketplace.

2023 Crafts area guidelines

2023 Crafts Application – closed

Space for organizations and individuals to exhibit and demonstrate practical, small-scale, do-it-yourself sustainable life skills.

2022 DIY #HomeHacks Area Guidelines

2023 DIY #HomeHacks application – available March 27th, 2023

Maine businesses and suppliers in the sustainable building and energy trades.

2023 Energy & Shelter area guidelines

2023 Energy & Shelter application – deadline March 10th, 2023

Maine-based organizations focus on environmental, wildlife and marine concerns.

2022 Environmental Concerns area guidelines

2023 Environmental Concerns application – available March 1st, 2023

Vendors with goods and equipment appropriate to the home gardener and small-scale farmer.

2023 Farm & Homestead area guidelines

2023 Farm & Homestead application- available February 13th, 2023

Farms selling produce, flowers and farm products. Must be certified organic or able to sign an organic affidavit for the first year.

2023 Farmers’ Market area guidelines

2023 Farmers’ Market application – deadline February 24th, 2023

Vendors who cater to small fiber producers and fiber users.

2023 Fiber Marketplace area guidelines

2023 Fiber Marketplace applicationdeadline March 10th, 2023

Food vendors serve ready to serve food to fairgoers using organic ingredients.

2023 Food Area guidelines

2023 Food Area Application – closed

Organizations provide information on health issues, topics and insights for a healthy lifestyle.

2022 Health & Healing guidelines

2023 Health & Healing application – available March 6th, 2023

2022 Livestock Area Guidelines

2023 Livestock application – available March 6th, 2023

Logging and forestry groups educating on sustainable forestry practices appropriate for Maine.

2022 Low Impact Forestry Guidelines

2023 Low Impact Forestry application- available March 27th, 2023

Vendors exhibiting their animals and selling products at least 75% from their farm and 100% from Maine. Animals displayed as part of educational exhibits include llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and rabbits.

2023 Maine Fiber Farms area guidelines

2023 Maine Fiber Farms applicationdeadline March 10th, 2023

Sales of handcrafted traditional Native American baskets and products by Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot artisans, plus demonstrations, presentations and music.

2022 Maine Indian Basketmakers area guidelines

A vibrant marketplace of small Maine enterprises and cottage industries working and creating locally. For craftspeople creating unique, individual pieces, see the Crafts area.

2023 Maine Marketplace area guidelines

2023 Maine Marketplace Application – deadline extended to February 8th, 2023

Publishers, newspapers, broadcasters, writers, film makers and new media enterprises.

2022 Maine Media area guidelines

2023 Maine Media application – available March 20th, 2023

Each year, MOFGA hosts a poster design contest to find a design that captures the essence of the Common Ground Country Fair. Learn more here.
 
 
 

Local organizations provide information on issues of sustainable communities, peace and justice, social equality, civil and human rights and environmental politics.

2022 Social & Political Action Guidelines

2023 Social & Political Action Application – available March 27th, 2023

Presenter Orientation

2023 Speaker and Presenter application – available February 6th, 2023

Farm-to-school programs, school gardens, camps and schools or nonprofit organizations that promote healthy and active lifestyles display their materials and offer hands-on demonstrations throughout the weekend.

2022 Young Maine area guidelines

2023 Young Maine application – available March 1st, 2023

Friday and Sunday pop-up markets for youth ages 11-21 to sell products and services that meet the guidelines of other areas.

2023 YEZ/YETZ area guidelines

2023 YEZ/YETZ  application – available February 15th, 2023

Vendor Resources

2023 General Fair Guidelines

MOFGA Food Policy

Food Ingredient Form

Food Affidavit

Wild Harvest Affidavit

Processing Affidavit

2023 Food Carryover Form

For food area vendors

Propane Checklist

For food area vendors

2023 Bioware Resource Packet

MOFGA requires all food vendors to use compostable dinnerware. We are currently reviewing our Bioware Resource List and will be making changes for the 2023 Fair.

2022 Liability Insurance Information & Example COI

Deadline July 1

Sweetener Substitution Basics

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

Basics of Selling Food in YEZ

Scrapie Information

2022 Young Maine Scholarship Form

2023 Agricultural Demonstration Scholarship Form

2022 Low Impact Forestry Scholarship Form

Controlled Substance Policy

Camping Policy

Letter of Agreement