Homesteading and Livestock

Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.

Add to My MSN

Fun at the Fair

10/15/2013 9:55:00 AM

Tags: Mother Earth News Fair, Claire E., Virginia

Claire at the fairWaves of rain billowed over my parents, me, and the other Fairgoers as we waited for the shuttle. Umbrellas bobbed through the parking lot; the rain pattered on the thin layer of water that had already collected on the ground.

It was the second day of the 2013 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, and despite the fact that I suspected we’d need an ark to get back to our campsite, I was excited for what I might learn today because of what I’d learned yesterday. It doesn’t matter how much you know already, there is always something to learn at the Mother Earth News Fair.

I’d discovered this one day previously, on the first day of the Fair. Marveling at the number of people in attendance, my parents and I had wandered between vendors’ tents. I’d learned the difference between a yurt and a dome house, and found two new varieties of garlic and an interesting chicken coop plan. But if the vendors were informative, they were nothing to the organized classes.

My favorite class of the entire weekend was the first one I attended, being about wild foods. Informative and detailed, it gave me tidbits that I’d never even dreamed of—for example, that hosta shoots can be roasted like asparagus. At the end of the class, we were allowed to sample wild edibles that the teacher had prepared, and they were excellent—I loved the wild-leek pesto, speckled green against its cracker, spicy and complex. Though I was too tired to pay much attention to my next class and had to leave partway through, I remember that it was about biochar and well-done.

And so despite the downpour the next day, I had high expectations.

As the shuttle bumped us down the hill behind the main building, we saw that the deluge had caused many of the outside vendors to simply pack up and go home. Those who remained had lifted their electrical cords out of the water on the ground, coiling them snakelike on chairs, tables, whatever they had.

There were few classes that day that I had any particular interest in attending, so we spent most of that day in the Fair bookstore. Most all the books went on my Christmas list immediately, but we only ended up buying two. After leaving the bookstore and investigating a few of the indoor vendors, we went to a class on pickling, and then we were off to the camper again through sheets of rain.

Since we had to drive home on the third day of the Fair, we didn’t get to spend as much time there as we’d have liked, but we went home excited for everything we’ve learned. Now if only I can wheedle my parents into attending again next year …

If you haven’t yet attended a Mother Earth News Fair, I would highly recommend the experience. This is the Fair website.



Related Content

Broad Section of America Attends the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

I noticed, as I walked the FAIR yesterday, a broad section of America.

Where Is That Cloning Machine?

We need a cloning machine workshop on top of all the plethora of other workshops organized at the MO...

Gardening With Children Workshop

Jason Akers, The Self-Sufficient Gardener, taught kids of all ages the basics of gardening on Saturd...

The New Earthineer

From the outset, Earthineer was built to support and promote sustainability and homesteading as a li...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

Garlicguy
1/3/2014 10:11:30 PM
Hi Claire. I met you at the Fair at the Garlic booth. I read some of your blogs and I like the way you write what you experience, some failures with your successes. Let me know if you would like to try growing some garlic in your area next year. Garlic is planted in the fall for best results. Keep up the good work.







Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.