September 22, 2010

Natural Foodie: Common Ground fair has uncommonly good eats

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Among the more than 60 food vendors at this year's Common Ground Country Fair will be, both pictured here, Lemongrass & Jasmine Thai Food, serving stir fries, and Solar Cafe, serving smoothies, vegetable juices, tofu scrambles and quesadillas, all prepared using solar power.

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The fair's two food courts always attract big crowds and lines as people queue up to buy scratch-made food prepared from organic ingredients grown in Maine.

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COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Common Ground Country Fairground, Unity

HOW MUCH: $10; $8 for seniors ages 65 and older; free for MOFGA members and children ages 12 and under

INFO: www.mofga.org

BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE

WHILE COFFEE (as long as it's organic and fair-trade-certified) can be found at the fair, bottled water will not be for sale. Instead, be sure to bring a water bottle, which you can fill at special fountains throughout the fair.

There's no word yet on who the chefs will be, but the event always draws a standing-room-only crowd.

And while the fair's food is known for being both healthy and wholesome, it doesn't mean you need to skip dessert. Sweets to look for include ice cream, gelato and even organic fried dough.

Should you want to sample an original Common Ground Fair treat, be sure to visit one of the two Pie Cones booths. Invented by Frances Walker of Freedom in the early 1990s specifically for the fair, the Pie Cones feature a crispy, cone-like crust filled with pie or cheesecake fillings and topped with real whipped cream. "It's kind of like an ice cream cone, but instead of ice cream we have fruit filling," Walker said.

This year's filling choices include strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, blueberry, pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cheesecake. The crust is made from organic flour, canola oil and cinnamon. The stand also serves an Indian pudding in an edible dish.

"Some people tell me they only go to the fair for the Pie Cones," Walker said. "It's very gratifying to hear. People line up to buy Pie Cones, even when it's raining."

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at: akamila@pressherald.com

 

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