You might not be going to Scarborough Fair this year but in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s FAIR SEASON!
Fairs and Festivals of all kinds and sizes abound in fairgrounds, parks and expo centers. There is a Fair for everyone. When most of us hear the word “Fair” our minds automatically visualize the BIG FAIR: The Carnival Midway packed with Rides and Games, lots of Fried Food and Sweets, Music (sometimes on many stages), a myriad of Entries, Exhibits and Innovations, Blue Ribbons and Prizes. These State and County Fairs were my favorites in summers long ago (I think it’s a good bet I didn’t know there was any other kind). The Fair is still a must for Our Celebration of Summer but we’re exploring some smaller “special theme” venues these days and finding there are many. This year we discovered the best Fair ever…The Mother Earth News Fair
! We visited Mother Earth the first weekend in June at the Event Center in Albany. It was Mother Earth News Magazine
come to life. It took us to our young “hippie” days in a very fun way, a bit like a Renaissance Fair taking us back in time, but back into OUR earlier lifetime.
This Fair is all about getting you on the path to Wiser living. (Who doesn’t want to be on that path?) The themes were Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Livestock Conservancy, Organic Gardening, Modern Homesteading, Real Food and Medicinal Herbs. Each of these themes had it’s own stage with experts imparting wisdom and experience in seminars a little less than an hour in length.
Offerings from more than 200 exhibitors covered everything from electric powered farm vehicles, portable saw mills and a wood fired forge, organic seeds, fertilizers and soil conditioners, food products frozen, packaged, canned and freeze dried and all the tools and information to learn how do it all yourself.
We’re so excited about this Fair we want to list everyone that was there but we’ll just share few of our favorites:
Wood Burning Disaster and Recreation Stoves, Ovens, Solar Cookers, Solar Water Purifiers, Solar LED Lights and other such survival gear.
This wonderful seed company offers organic, heirloom and unusual seeds. They are one of our favorite gardening resources. We were so excited to meet Stephen and Cindy in person and to enjoy Stephen’s seminar on seed planting. We received fantastic info that will help in our future success with starting plants from seed.
Medical Preparedness Resource with the best disaster medical kits we’ve ever seen along with a great selection of first aid supplies to replenish your kit. If that isn’t enough Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy offer Medical Education and Training.
Smart-Splitter(Logosol) is the most amazing log splitter we have ever seen. It is …”safe, ergonomic, efficient, economical, convenient and green.” You definitely need one of these (especially if you’ve been splitting wood since the 60’s). Never swing an ax again.
Diane and Steve raise Alpacas, Diane hand spins the yarn and creates beautiful handmade scarves, hats and more. When we approached their booth Diane was at her wheel spinning. She had beautiful skeins of hand spun, hand died yarn hanging all around her. If you knit, crochet or want to give someone who does a unique present you’ll want to visit
So Tiny Homes
These guys have a Mission, “…to build small, custom spaces for life’s big adventures, while providing a retreat for those who find comfort in a well built home.” We talked to Sean and he is passionate about their Mission. You have to take a look at their work.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
This book purveyor’s offerings were so captivating that we spent almost an hour at this booth engrossed in printed material. “Inner Traditions” offers works representing the spiritual, cultural and mythic traditions of the world, focusing on inner wisdom and the perennial philosophies.
“Bear & Company” offers books to celebrate and heal the earth.
If you have problems like we do with burrowing creatures that are ruining your garden and yard, check this out. We haven’t tried this yet but we have one on the way and are anxiously awaiting it’s arrival. We have tried everything that is safe for our organic garden spaces to discourage these destructive pests. We
practically have Mole Ace on retainer setting traps every week, we apply natural repellent spray constantly, stomp down trails and mounds daily and have no luck keeping these guys away. It’s a war
that we never win. Molecat guarantees results.
Corvallis Hydroponics and Organics
Looking to start a greenhouse or just grow healthy indoor plants? These guys have all the premium equipment you’ll need!
They also have a shop in Portland.
Mother Earth News is hosting 3 more Fairs this season. If you find yourself anywhere near one of these locations you have to go! You can buy Fair passes online for one day or the entire weekend.
We hope you have fun!
About the Author
For 40 years, Beverly has worked in the fine-dining restaurant industry. From Chicago to Salt Lake City to Portland, she has contributed to the success of each city’s most highly acclaimed restaurants. As a result, her knowledge of wine and food is vast, both of which she is passionate about. She currently co-manages one of Portland, Oregon’s most historic and prestigious restaurants. Her position allows her to mingle with some of today’s most exciting winemakers and chefs.
When she isn’t chatting with a wine rep or putting together a food and wine pairing menu, you’ll find Beverly working hard in her beautiful vegetable garden, baking fresh goods and spending time with her three grandsons.