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Working Farms / Apple Orchards

Newt Grindle and Nutting Bumpus. Though they may sound like characters from a German folk tale, they are in fact heritage Maine apple varieties. For over 400 years apples have been an integral part of Maine’s heritage. Over the generations, many different varieties of apples have been introduced into the state, but there are a handful of old varieties that have remained over time. Often these old varieties are forgotten, the trees aging in abandoned fields or people’s backyards. But recently there has been a push in the state to preserve these old varieties. There are orchards around the state that grow these old varieties for people to pick throughout the late summer and fall. Stop by one of them and bite into a piece of history.

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