Garden Spotter Photo
Head out Maine Street in Brunswick, past Bowdoin College, out Pleasant Hill Road, and you suddenly enter a vast stretch of rural farmland. The land flattens out, you see rows of vegetables in various stages of growth, some of them already gone by. There’s a rolling hill and, at the top, a big white barn with a clock and, if it’s Saturday morning, you’ll see a mass of tents and farm trucks across the road. This is the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust’s Farmers Market at Crystal Spring Farm, named “Best Farmers Market” by editors of Yankee Magazine.
It’s Common Ground Fair time, time to get your tie dye and flower crown on. This is the 40th year of the fair, billed by its sponsor, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, as a celebration of rural life.
But it’s way more than that. The three-day event, which starts Friday and is expected to draw thousands to tiny Unity in central Maine, is a place to learn about the latest in organic farming practices, hear what’s new in green legislation, (more…)