1 Fedco Trees is devoted to providing the hardiest and healthiest plants available for cold climates. Owner, John Bunker, has spent his life finding near-forgotten apple varieties in Maine. This table had 57 heirloom varieties that once flourished in that state.
2 Fedco Seeds is a great source for cold-hardy selections especially adapted to the demanding Northeast climate. http://www.fedcoseeds.com
3 Each year Fedco observes hundreds of varieties, selecting only the best seeds for inclusion in their catalogs.
4 Fedco also offers a large selection of fall-planted bulbs.
5 There were many wonderful organic animals on display in the barn, like Devon cattle.
6 Aroostock Highland is a very hardy breed of cattle, well-suited to the harsh Maine winters.
7 There were many heritage breed turkeys on display, like this Narragansett Tom.
8 Oxen have been invaluable to farmers for thousands of years. They are quiet and are willing to work long hours, asking for very little in return.
9 At country fairs, oxen pull competitions are very popular events.
10 The yoked teams pull weighed skids through an obstacle course as a demonstration of skill, power, and teamwork. This is a teenager with a team of young oxen.
11 Many organic farmers use horse power, rather than tractors, to get their farm work done. This was a demonstration of plowing a field the old-fashioned way.
12 Betsy made a point of stopping at David Lancaster's booth. David is the artist behind Heirloom Bowls and perhaps you remember seeing him on my TV show. Look carefully at the photo behind him. It was taken at the show! http://www.heirloombowls.com/
13 This is Peter Baldwin of Peter Baldwin Arts. http://www.peterbaldwinarts.com
14 Peter makes apple ladders for fruit picking.
15 This is Wini Noyes of Boxcraft located in Thorndike, Maine, specializing in nest boxes, planters, and window boxes. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Boxcraft also made this very unique bench.
17 An example of one of their occupied owl houses
18 Strawberry Hill Farms produces Maine pure organic maple syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, and maple cream. http://www.puremaple.com
19 It's always interesting watching a blacksmith busy at his trade.
20 There was lots of honey for sale.
21 Johnny's Selected Seeds is a privately held, employee-owned seed producer and merchant headquartered in Winslow, Maine. Their mission is helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information, and services. http://www.johnnyseeds.com
22 The Stanley Museum in Kingfield, Maine commemorates and preserves the heritage of the Stanley family genius.
23 This is a model of the famous Steamer Steamer automobile.
24 And this is a Stanley steamed-powered motorcycle.
25 Restore The North Woods is devoted to restoring land that has been seriously damaged by industrial development. This is Ken Spalding. http://www.restore.org
26 Jym St. Pierre was asking visitors to sign a petition to fight a proposed East-West Highway and Utility Corridor across the state of Maine.
27 The food area offered many interesting choices.
28 These gals provided pleasant entertainment.
29 Eco-kids was a popular family booth. This is a line of art supplies made with non-toxic, natural ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging. http://www.ecokidsusa.com/
30 This is a Hobbit Hole by Wooden Wonders. They build playhouses, garden sheds, and other outdoor structures. http://www.wooden-wonders.com/
31 Mystic Woodworks makes especially beautiful cutting boards. http://www.mysticwoodworks.com
32 There is no midway at this fair and children find other means of entertainment.
33 Maine Cycle Carts makes bicycle trailers and wheelbarrows inspired by old farm machinery and modern engineering. http://mainecyclecarts.com/
34 Roots, Coops, & More offers really great chicken coops. This small, family owned business is striving to become more self sustainable and encourages others to do the same. http://www.rootscoopsandmore.com
35 Dancing Bee Gardens offers raw natural honey and bee products. http://www.dancingbeegardens.com/
36 Shelter Tools offers fine hard-to-find woodworking tools.
37 Scythe Supply's mission is to introduce the rewards of using a scythe for mowing, clearing, and harvesting. http://www.scythesupply.com/
38 The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) was there demonstrating how to harvest and clean vegetable seeds. They had various machines doing just that. http://eorganic.info/group/5751
39 And for those not interested in horse-power...
40 There were tractor attachments on view.