previous arrow
next arrow


Saturday, June 1: 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Meet our speakers

This is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought after experts in the world of sustainability. Come ready with your questions and look forward to learning something new – directly from the source!


The Frederick News-Post’s UnCapped quarterly magazine and podcast celebrates craft brewing, wine-making and the emerging craft distilling industry, with a special focus on mid-Maryland and adjacent regions. Now the Mother Earth News FAIR and the News-Post are teaming up to bring UnCapped to life!

Access to the UnCapped tent and the programming within is included with all FAIR passes. Anyone interested in purchasing beverages or bottles is required to present valid identification that they are 21 or older. Those with an out-of-state driver’s license must present a second form of identification. In addition to craft drinks, related classes and demonstrations will also be scheduled throughout the day. Please check back for more information.


Explore Ways to save money and live efficiently

Mother Earth News has been helping folks live simpler, more meaningful lives since the magazine was launched – nearly 50 years ago. No matter your personal interests you know you can count on Mother’s quality workshops for field-tested, country-honed guidance that will set you free – and put money in your pocket!

Is Rainwater Safe to Harvest and Drink?
with Rob Avis

In this presentation, Rob Avis talks about this dichotomy, and he summarize the best practices for rainwater harvesting system design derived from a large body of independent research.

Ask a Gardener
with Shawna Coronado

Ask Shawna questions on organic growing, anti-inflammatory diet, and wellness lifestyle issues.

The Art and Mastery of Meal Planning and Prep
with Leah Webb

Leah provides participants with an overview of the techniques that have enabled her to spend a minimal amount of time in the kitchen while serving her family a nearly 100 percent made-from-scratch diet.

Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead
with Deborah Niemann

Did you know that goats can provide you with milk, meat, and fertilizer? Deborah Niemann talks about what it takes to make your own soap and a variety of cheeses, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and meat.

Growing Elderberry for Health and Profit
with Terry Durham

Learn about the past, present, and future of elderberry.

Common Legal Issues on the Homestead
with The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund provides insight into the various issues you may find on the homestead, farm, in cottage kitchens, and more!

Take Your Skills to the Next Level WITH HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Our new hands-on and extended workshops are quickly becoming one of our most popular attractions! For an additional fee, you can register to take part in these limited engagements aimed at fostering practical, money-saving skillsets. The best way to learn is by doing, and our nationally renowned experts will show you how. Topics run the gamut. Create your own sourdough starter, learn how to hand-stitch leather, explore mushroom cultivation, and more!

Learn More Get your passes

Finally There’s a Better Way to Find Homesteading Products

The Mother Earth News Fair provides you a rare opportunity: a living and breathing marketplace where you can interact with exhibitors, authors, and innovators whose passion for what they do is matched only by their authority in the industry. Our exhibitors are ready and willing to demo and discuss a vast array of products that will help you live better. Now you can shop the latest sustainable products, compare prices, witness demos, and take advantage of exclusive deals and incentives – all in one place.

View the maryland Exhibitor and sponsor List

WANT TO exhibit AT the Mother Earth News Fair?

Reach new customers interested in a sustainable lifestyle — apply to exhibit.


Find Your Way

Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.

View the Maryland FAIR Map



Buy Now


until the maryland fair!



June 1-2, 2019

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Frederick Fairgrounds
797 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21705


Get Directions Using Google Maps



From Baltimore:

Take I-70 West to East Patrick Street, exit #56. Follow directly to the fairgrounds on right just past Monroe avenue.

From Washington:

Take I-270 North to exit #32, I-70 East to exit #56. Make a right at the end of the exit and follow straight, fairgrounds will be on your right just past Monroe Ave.

From Hagerstown:

Take I-70 East to exit #56. Make a right at the end of the exit and follow straight, fairgrounds will be on your right just past Monroe Ave.

From Gettysburg:

Take Route 15 South to Frederick, use Baltimore I-70 East to exit #56. Make a right at the end of the exit and follow straight, fairgrounds will be on your right just past Monroe Avenue.

From Harpers Ferry:

Take Route 340 North onto I-70 East to exit #56. Make a right at the end of the exit and follow straight, fairgrounds will be on your right just past Monroe Ave.

Places to Stay

Mother Earth News Fair has partnered with Stay22 to provide you with all available accommodations (hotels, Airbnbs, hostels, etc.) at the lowest price online. This pricing is equal or better than what you’ll find on any discount travel or hotel website. Book directly from the map below!

maryland fair book signing schedule


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Rob Avis, Andrea Chesman, Deborah Niemann, Ira Wallace

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Kimberlee Bastien, Gary Collins, Janice Cox, Jon Steinman

3:0-3:30 p.m.        Dan Chiras, Frank Hyman, Stephanie Tourles

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Shawna Coronado, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Jake Levin, Jill Nussinow

6:00-6:30 p.m.        Tradd Cotter, Chris Smith


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Pam Dawling, Stephanie Tourles

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Rob Avis, Andrea Chesman, Gary Collins, Leah Webb

1:30-2:00 p.m.        Ira Wallace

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Gary Collins, Janet Garman, Deborah Niemann, Chris Smith

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Tradd Cotter, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Jill Nussinow


Join the Mother Earth News Fair community

Lost your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.
We do not share your personal details with anyone.