Maine Apple Sunday

Maine Apple Sunday was a lot of fun even though it rained hard for two hours in the middle of the day. We hope you enjoyed the hay rides, Dale Hustus concert, the great BBQ lunch, making cider on the antique press, and, of course, picking apples. Thanks to all for coming out.

We have included some pictures of the day which are making cider on the antique press, Dale Hustus entertaining everyone, and one shot of a group of bikers from NJ who seemed to enjoy themselves here. Thanks for stopping in guys.

photo of people using an antique cider press
photo of people using an antique cider press
photo of man singing
photo of man singing
photo of men with motorcycles

WABI

WABI visited the orchard on August 30th and did a news piece on the beginning of our season.

First customer

Our first customer of the season was Cindy Philbrook of Dixmont.

photo of woman holding apples

Below are some photos of some our products for this season as well as a few photos of our employees hard at work!

photo of garlic
photo of products
photo of products
photo of a boy with maple syrup
photo of two boys in a sign

Early August

The orchard is doing well despite the lack of rain and the apples are growing nice and starting to redden.

We plan on being open for the season on Friday, August 26th.

We are also planning on having peaches when we open. We have had quite a few people calling and reserving boxes of peaches. If you would like to order peaches please call us. We will put you on the list.

photo of apple trees
photo of apple trees
photo of apples on the tree
photo of apples on the tree

July

We took some mid-summer pictures of the orchard and as you can see the apples are developing nicely and are quite abundant. All our varieties are doing very well and we should have a great selection throughout the season both in pick-your-own and in our specialty apples.

One of the photos is of trees planted in 2015 which are thriving. They have grown over a foot so far.

Across sections of the orchard floor are low growing white clover which are in abundance. Our honeybees and the wild bees love it. If you stand quiet you can hear them all buzzing. We won't mow those sections until it is time for apple harvest so they can make lots of honey. See if you can spot the bee in the clover picture.

photo of apple trees
photo of apple trees
photo of apples on the tree
photo of young apple trees
photo of apple trees
photo of apple trees
photo of clover

WABI

Thank you to Caitlin Burchill and WABI TV5 for coming out to the orchard today (May 25) to see our beautiful blooms and bees.

Ellsworth Perkins, our local apiarist was also on hand to talk about the importance of bees for agriculture. Ellsworth brings in eight of his hives every spring to help pollinate our nearly 2,000 trees. He then extracts the "apple blossom" honey and we sell it in our farm stand in the fall. It was a beautiful day!

photo of woman interviewing a man
photo of woman and man talking in front of bee hives
photo of two men being filmed

Bloom

The orchard is now in full bloom in the last week of May, and it is spectacular to walk through. You can smell the blossoms and hear the trees that are just humming with honeybees and bumblebees gathering nectar and pollinating as they go. They like the warm sunny weather and so do we.

The last picture is of our new trees we planted last month. They are off to a good start and growing nicely.

photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of apple blossoms with a honey bee
photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of apple trees in bloom
photo of newly planted apple trees

Planting

We planted 107 new trees in the orchard in the first week of May.

Some are replacements for trees that had some problems or were at the end of their productive years. We also planted a whole new long row of RubyMacs. This is an exciting new development of the McIntosh variety and we are quite sure it will live up to its name.

The last picture is of two planted rows with the tree guards on and soap in every tree to discourage deer browsing.

photo of apple trees in holes about to be planted
photo of apple trees in holes about to be planted
photo of newly planted apple trees
photo of newly planted apple trees

Orchard clean-up

The pruning is all done and now we have to rake the pruned branches out into the rows so we can chop them up.

One of the pictures below shows a row with the prunings raked and the other is the finished product with the prunings mulched up. We have also removed some older trees for replacement with newer varieties. We will show the new plantings as time goes by.

Raked prunings in the middle of row ↓

photo of rows of apple trees with prunings

A row cleaned up ↓

photo of rows of apple trees with prunings cleaned up

Row prepared for new plantings ↓

photo of an apple tree

WABI

The WABI news team of Caitlin Burchill and Brandon Doyen came to the orchard on Friday, February 19th to do a news report about our winter pruning.

It was a beautiful February day and besides getting information about winter pruning and the orchard in general they tried their hand at some pruning themselves. We have included some pictures from the day.

We think they did a great job and hope they enjoyed themselves while they were here.

Casey, Emily, Caitlin and Brandon in a photo op ↓

photo of a 4 people inside the orchard

Emily and Caitlin talking about the orchard ↓

photo of two women talking

Brandon trying his hand at pruning ↓

photo of a man pruning

Pruning

It is pruning time in the orchard. The snow and cold doesn't slow us down.

photo of mainely apples in winter

Casey pruning ↓

photo of a man pruning apple trees

An un-pruned tree with some apples that got missed last fall ↓

photo of an apple tree


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