TODAY’S THE DAY: AMISH COMMUNITY STORE TO RE-OPEN IN UNITY, MAINE. The original store on Rte 139 was destroyed by fire back in January. The Market will re-open today, though finishing touches are still being made on the fryer in the Bakery.
Last Winter, rubble from the burned building was quickly removed. Within weeks a new building shell had been erected. However, it has taken many additional months to finish the building and re-stock shelves. https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/09/20/news/midcoast/unity-amish-market-reopening/?mc_cid=a123fc96e3&mc_eid=3ffbc641ad
The Unity Amish community is now home to 20-25 households and about 150-200 people. It is located just a mile from the headquarters of MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn). This weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) MOFGA will be holding its annual ‘Common Ground County Fair’ in-person for the first time since 2019, thanks to Covid. The ‘Fair’ continues to be the largest single organic gathering in North America and is well worth making the effort to attend.
The first Amish Community in Maine was established about twenty-five years ago in Aroostook County in the Town of Smyrna, about 35 miles south of our farm. It’s general store is called ‘The Pioneer Place,’ and is owned by Chris Hilty and his son. It has been operating continuously since the early years. Caleb, Megan & Jim