Sunday, September 18th is the 22nd annual Maine Apple Sunday, and with our recent mornings feeling more like fall, it is the perfect time to check out the apple orchards in Maine. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will be having events from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity. There will be a perennial plant swap; guided tours of the Maine Heritage Orchard; workshops on growing apples; making great hard cider; and more. There will also be cider pressing, apple art activities, and apples and cider for sale. An apple identification expert will also be available to help identify the apples you might have on an old tree on your property. If you would like your apples identified, bring 6-8 of them in a paper bag, and on the outside of the bag write your name and phone number, or name and email for contact info, and the town where your apples were grown. Admission to this event is free, but donations are welcome.
If you would like to celebrate Maine Apple Sunday with some apples, here are some orchards you should consider checking out. Some of the orchards will also be celebrating and offering fun activities.
Libby and Son U-pick at 86 Sawyer Mountain Road in Limerick has been in the top ten of USA Today's readers' choice for best apple orchards because they have over forty acres of family fun. They will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. They will have live music and more.
Pietree Orchard, 803 Waterford Road in Sweden, is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and they offer over 50 varieties of apples to pick.
Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchard, located at 19 Blanchard Road in Cumberland Center, will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sweetser's grows more than 50 varieties of apples. They will have cider samples and apple crisp for apple Sunday.
Maine-ly Apples, 346 Moosehead Trail (Route 7) in Dixmont, is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m They will have live music, cider samples, coloring pages for the kids, free kid's books, a scavenger hunt, a raffle basket drawing, and more. Maine-ly Apples grows 48 different varieties of apples.
Mullis Orchard offers pick-your-own at 128 Shaker Street, Corinna is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The apple stand is located at 270 Dexter Road, Corinna, and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Treworgy Family Orchard at 3876 Union Street in Levant will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Treworgy has a corn maze that you will want to check out after you get your apples. They have a five-acre apple orchard that offers six kinds of apples. They will have farm activities and hayrides on Sunday.
North Star Orchards at 97 Orchard Road in Madison is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
McElwain's is located at 711 Sweden Street in Caribou, and from 12 to 4 p.m. they will be offering tractor-drawn wagon rides to the orchard to pick your own apples. They will have two storybook trails through the woods and a playground with Cinderella's coach and an authentic tractor to "drive" along with a climbing mountain and cornhole games.