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Mother Earth News Fair

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Frederick, MD


With more than 150 Workshops, there is no shortage informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

Speaker Spotlight

Victoria Miller New Society Publishers

Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home

Hobby distilling has become more and more popular in the past few years. However, there is still a lot of confusion about the legalities around the distillation of liquor. The author of the new book Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home explains the facts around legal distilling, plus provides an overview of how to make high-quality distilled spirits on a small scale. In addition, she is working with a Washington state legislator to change the laws for hobby distillers. An informative, fun workshop for anyone interested in distilling liquor.

Speaker Bio

Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband, David, on their off-grid farm in the Olympic Mountain foothills near Sequim, Washington. She writes and blogs about homesteading and self-reliance, as well as speaking at events around the country. She is also the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

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Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

Pastured Poultry Profit$

Take a virtual tour of Polyface Farm’s pastured poultry production and discover the pathway to creating a full-time salary from a small acreage. With 80 percent of Americans saying they dislike their jobs, this presentation offers an opportunity for those who want to jump ship and start a new vocation. While this presentation is certainly applicable to small, backyard operations, it has special application to those who are currently running (or are dreaming of starting) full-time farms.

Speaker Bio

Joel Salatin’s family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, producing salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork and forage-based rabbits. The farm services 6,000 families and 50 restaurants. Featured prominently in countless media, documentaries and books, the farm offers many educational opportunities for people wanting to learn these pasture-based systems. He has written 10 books about food and farming, both how-to guides and broad cultural works.

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Gianaclis Caldwell Pholia Farm Creamery

Hands-On: Simple, Quick, Delicious Cheeses Anyone Can Make: Paneer and ricotta

Some of the easiest cheeses to make are also the most versatile and delicious! Learn how you can make these classics with only one stop at the grocery store! In an hour, Gianaclis Caldwell helps you make ricotta and paneer.

Speaker Bio

Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of four books on cheesemaking and small dairying, including the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Along with her husband, she milks goats and makes cheese at Pholia Farm Creamery in the south of Oregon.

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Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more!

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Get great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, tractors, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more.

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Plus! Fiber Fest & Uncapped!

Fiber Fest:

We are excited to announce that the Mother Earth News FAIR and Fiber Fest are teaming up in 2018 to feature all your favorite local yarn dyers and spinners, plus some extra crafty goodness!

Fiber Fest is a wholesome, fun event for the entire family and at the same time showcases the beauty of a little known industry in the Frederick area. With educational displays of animals and fiber products, the attendees can develop their interest and skills, as well as purchase supplies and other products.

Take part in classes and demonstrations held both Saturday and Sunday. Herding dog demonstration and fleece sale will be held on Saturday. We’ll have a large kids area with pony rides, hands-on crafts, face painting and more. All FAIR passes include access to Fiber Fest. Please check back for more information.


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 samples is required to obtain a wristband indicating they are of drinking age. Within the tent, craft beverages from local breweries, distilleries and wineries will be available for purchase using special tokens. In addition to craft drinks, related classes and demonstrations will also be scheduled throughout the day. Please check back for more information.


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Frederick Fairgrounds
797 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21705


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.

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Residence Inn Frederick
5230 Westview Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 301-360-0010

Courtyard Frederick
5225 Westview Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 301-631-9030

Fairfield Inn & Suites
5220 Westview Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 301-631-2000

Super 8 Frederick
20 Monocacy Blvd
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: 301-228-0672

Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone: 301-271-7574

Econo Lodge
6021 Francis Scott Key Dr
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: 301-698-0555

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
5579 Spectrum Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 301-695-2881

Days Inn Frederick
5646 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: 301-228-0784

Gambrill State Park
8602 Gambrill Park Rd
Frederick, MD 21702
Phone: 301-271-7574