Saturday April 19th 2014

Maine Apple Guide: Pick-your-own orchards, recipes & apple etiquette

By: Shannon Bryan

It’s apple season in Maine. Maybe you’ve noticed. Whether you buy your apples pre-picked from the market or prefer to get all hands-on with the fruit and pick it yourself, we’ve got the apple guide to suit you. From pick-you-own orchards to apple recipes and even a few videos on apple-picking etiquette and apple storage, consider your apple needs fulfilled.

Apple-picking etiquette

Do you know how to behave at the orchard? You might
be surprised at the things you didn’t know (twisting the
apple is important)

Proper apple storage

Don’t let those apples go bad before their time! If you plan
on picking a peck or more, be sure to store them the way
they like best.


Apple Recipes

Sure, you could stick with the classics: Apple pie, apple crisp, apple fritters. But this year, why not get creative? Heck, pick enough apples and you could make one of everything. Here are a few apple recipes we think are worth trying:


More apple love

Meredith Goad of the Portland Press Herald has a guide to Maine’s apple varieties, Maine apple festivals and more.

From tree or market, time is ripe for Maine apples


Maine Apple Orchards


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Douglas Hill Orchard
42 Orchard Road, Sebago
787-2745
Open dawn to dusk daily beginning in early Sept.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Five Fields Farm
720 South Bridgton Road, South Bridgton
647-2425
Pick your own McIntosh apples along with six other varieties.

Hansel’s Orchards
44 Sweetser Road, North Yarmouth
829-6136
Opening Sept. 8: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Pick your own McIntosh, Cortland, Jonagold and Macoun apples.

Meadow Brook Farm
727 Webbs Mills Road (Route 85), Raymond
627-7009
Call for hours.
Pick your own apples or buy fresh-picked, along with cider and baked goods.

Orchard Hill Farm
9 Orchard Road, Cumberland
829-3581
Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call for POY times.
Pick your own apples and purchase cider and other apple products, fresh vegetables, pumpkins, jams, jellies and more. Hayrides on weekends.

Randall Orchards
Randall Road, Standish
642-3500
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through mid-November.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Thompson’s Orchard
276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester
926-4738
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24.
Pick your own apples and purchase fresh cider, homemade baked goods, pumpkins, squash, jams, jellies and more.

Brackett’s Orchards
224 Sokokis Ave., Limington
730-9169
Open for picking 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through October.
Pick your own apples and purchase cider, jam and doughnuts and more. Hayrides most weekends through October.

Giles Family Farm
Brock Road, off Routes 202 & 4, Lyman
324-2944
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Pick your own apples.

Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick
793-4749
Pick your own apples, high-bush blueberries and raspberries – check website for what’s picking that day. Apples and raspberries should be available through October. Also purchase freshly pressed cider, donuts, kettle corn, caramel apples and more.

McDougal Orchards
201 Hanson’s Ridge Road, Springvale
324-5054
Pick your own apples and raspberries – check website for apple varieties. Enjoy hayrides on weekends, pet farm animals and purchase pumpkins and sweet cider.

Pine View Orchards
17 Sunset Lane, Berwick
698-5891
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Wednesday) through October.
Pick your own apples on semi-dwarf trees. Nine varieties.

Raven Hill Orchard
255 Ossipee Hill Road, East Waterboro
1-877-213-1672
MOFGA-certified organic apples pre-picked or pick your own. Also a coffeehouse and bakery.

Snell Family Farm
1000 River Road, Buxton
929-5318
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Pick your own apples or purchase from the farm stand.

Spiller Farm
1123 Branch Road, Wells
985-2575
Pick your own apples from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and Sunday; call for weekday availability. Hayrides and farm tours on weekends.

Ricker Hill Orchard
Route 117, Turner
225-5552
Pick your own apples and pumpkins through Oct. 18 and enjoy the corn maze, petting zoo, disc golf and more. Activities continue to Nov. 1.

Wallingford’s Fruit House
1240 Perkins Ridge, Auburn
225-3455
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Pick your own apples and enjoy wagon rides, fresh donuts, pies and dumplings.

Rocky Ridge Orchard & Bakery
Route 201, Bowdoin
666-5786
Open daily; call for hours.
Pick Macs and Cortlands and buy maple syrup, local crafts, soaps and honey.

Doles Orchard
187 Doles Ridge Road, Limington
793-4409
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
PYO apples and raspberries and buy other products from the farm store.

Lakeside Orchards
318 Readfield Road, Manchester
622-2479
Open Mon. through Fri. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick your own apples through Columbus Day. Wagon rides provide transportation to the orchard.

Boothby’s Orchard
366 Boothby Road, Livermore
754-3500
Farm stand open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wagon rides to pick-your-own orchard.

Pietree Orchard
803 Waterford Road, Sweden
647-9419
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Pick your own organic and conventional apples, as well as pumpkins.

Apple Acres Farm
363 Durgintown Road, South Hiram
625-4777
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
PYO or visit the gift store for pre-picked apples.

Kelly Orchards
1881 Route 109 and 82 Sanborn Road, Acton
636-1601
Pick your own apples and pumpkins or buy pre-picked at the farm stand.

Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards
19 Blanchard Road, Cumberland
829-3074
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The orchard grows 39 varieties of apples for PYO, or buy them at the farm market. Check the website for what’s available.