Working Farms and Apple Orchards in Maine
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.
Apple picking in Maine begins full-swing in August and continues through late October. Because different varieties ripen at different times, at the beginning of the season you are likely to find the Lodi which has a greenish-yellow skin, while at the end of the season you are likely to find Northern Spy which has a red skin with streaks of yellow and pale green. When visiting an apple orchard, you can choose to pick your own apples which allows you to roam through the rows of bountiful trees, or you can choose to pick some up from the farm stand. Also available is fresh-pressed apple cider or apple pie, among the numerous tasty dishes which can be made with Maine’s apples.
Stop by an apple orchard and bite into a piece of history today!