The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine is awesome. It's huge - visit two farmers' markets, display gardens, seed companies, green products galore, spinners, the fiber tent, composting 101-501, the poultry barn, sheep dog trials, bunnies, goats, horses, oxen and cows, Maine kids' enterprise tent, children's area and a garden parade twice a day - and fine crafts.
I was in the BIG tent with the likes of Chris Leith of Eggemoggin Textile Studio, Jody Johnstone Pottery, Nisa Designs (Jewelery), and more. After a sweaty set-up on Thursday, the real fun began on Friday at 9am. I only left my 100 square feet twice that day! Basically, I talked, non-stop for three days, good think I used to talk and teach for a living. I LOVE the look on people's faces when I explain the process and they realize that all of the images are made with ONLY the natural pigments in the plant material. Saturday saw 27,000 visitors (I kid you not!!) and the 5th birthday of my lovely assistant. Sunday brought torrential rains, but the crowds were there again, just in full foul weather gear; this is Maine after all.
Huge thanks to M. and M. for the loan of their tables and Chris and Bill Leith for the booth structure.
I'm finally awake again and the van is unloaded and all loans of furniture returned. Tomorrow I'll be finishing up the eco-prints for the year - after we get a frost, the leaves are too tired to print any more. Then it's on to more indigo and felt.