We were rained out of the final day of the Common Ground Country Fair yesterday, but we made it up to Unity, ME on Saturday to share in the fun. At the fair, we met up with Alex Steed, a native Mainer who is on OrganicNation.tv's illustrious board of advisers. Alex showed us around Portland (Local 188 & Rosemont Market) and his hometown of Cornish (Krista's) and did an on-camera interview with Dorothee about the local food scene in and around Portland.
The fair is hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), which claims the title of the nation's oldest state organic organization in the country, and it attracts people from all over the Northeast and beyond. From the minute we stepped foot in Maine late last week, I overheard people in the restaurants and shops of Portland talking about the fair, and partly because of the perfect weather, Saturday turned out to be the biggest day ever, with more than 26,000 people attending.
While walking around the grounds we checked out locally-made clothing and crafts, but the main (Maine?) attraction was definitely the food -- especially the seafood. Dorothee and I dug into some fried haddock, clam chowder, blueberry-rhubarb pie, and we even cracked some fresh lobster at the fair.
The reason you don't see any photos of the food from the fair in the gallery above is because we also met up with Zack Bowen -- one of the best food photogs I know -- and his photos expose me as the amateur that I am. (Check out Zack's food portfolio here.) Zack shot some great photos of both the food and us in action, and we plan to post some of his pictures later in the week.