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Posted: September 11, 2014

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

Written by: Shannon Bryan - editor -

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 on some classics? These recipes are easy dishes you’ve likely made and eaten a hundred times – except now we’re telling you to put some apple into it. They’re even better when they’ve been applified.

Put some apple in it! 5 easy recipes that are so much better with an apple


Maine Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards

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Douglas Hill Orchard
42 Orchard Road, Sebago | Get directions
207-787-2745 |
Open dawn to dusk daily beginning in early Sept.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins. Apple products, maple syrup, honey, corn stalks, gourds.

Five Fields Farm
720 South Bridgton Road, South Bridgton | Get directions
207-647-2425 |
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick your own McIntosh, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Lady Apples.

Hansel’s Orchards
44 Sweetser Road, North Yarmouth | Get directions
207-829-6136 |
Open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Pick your own McIntosh, Cortland and Macoun apples.

Meadow Brook Farm
727 Webbs Mills Road (Route 85), Raymond | Get directions
207-627-7009 |
Call for hours.
Pick your own apples or buy fresh-picked, along with cider and baked goods.

Randall Orchards
1 Randall Road, Standish | Get directions
207-642-3500 |
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, plus peaches and squash.

Thompson’s Orchard
276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester | Get directions
207-926-4738 |
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Labor Day to the end of the year.
Pick your own apples and purchase fresh cider, homemade baked goods, pumpkins, squash, jams, jellies and more.

Brackett’s Orchards
224 Sokokis Ave., Limington | Get directions
207-730-9169 |
Open for picking 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from early September through October.
Pick your own apples and purchase cider, jam, pumpkins, donuts and more. New apple train, “The Apple Express.”

Gile’s Family Farm
139 Waterboro Road, Alfred | Get directions
207-324-2944 |
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Pick your own apples.

Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick | Get directions
207-793-4749 |
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m daily.
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 | Get directions
207-324-5054 |
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Pick your own apples and raspberries (no raspberry picking on Wednesdays). 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 | Get directions
207-698-5891 |
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Wednesday) through October.
Pick your own apples on semi-dwarf trees. Nine varieties (McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Empire, Yellow Delicious, Mutsu and Shizuka. Also peaches.

Snell Family Farm
1000 River Road, Buxton | Get directions
207-929-5318 |
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Pick your own apples.

Spiller Farm
85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells
207-985-2575 |
Pick your own apples from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat. and Sunday; call for weekday availability or check the website. Hayrides and farm tours on weekends.

Ricker Hill Orchard
Route 117, Turner | Get directions
207-225-5552 |
Pick your own apples (check the website for what’s picking now) and pumpkins through October and enjoy the corn maze, petting zoo, disc golf and more. Activities continue to Nov. 1.

Wallingford’s Fruit House
1240 Perkins Ridge, Auburn | Get directions
207-225-3455 |
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 | Get directions
207-666-5786 |
Open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in September and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October.
Pick Macs and Cortlands and buy maple syrup, local crafts, soaps and honey.

Doles Orchard
187 Doles Ridge Road, Limington | Get directions
207-793-4409 |
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Pick your own apples and raspberries and buy other products from the farm store.

Lakeside Orchards
318 Readfield Road, Manchester | Get directions
207-622-2479 |
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 | Get directions
207-754-3500 |
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. Daily wine tastings.

Pietree Orchard
803 Waterford Road, Sweden | Get directions
207-647-9419 |
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Picking hours may vary, so call ahead. Pick your own organic and conventional apples, as well as pumpkins.

Apple Acres Farm
363 Durgintown Road, South Hiram | Get directions
207-625-4777 |
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
PYO or visit the gift store for pre-picked apples. Cider, wine, meats, cheeses. Playground.

Kelly Orchards
1881 Route 109 and 82 Sanborn Road, Acton | Get directions
207-636-1601 |
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins or buy pre-picked at the farm stand.

Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards
19 Blanchard Road, Cumberland | Get directions
207-829-3074 |
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The orchard grows 50 varieties of apples for PYO, or buy them at the farm market. Check the website for what’s available.

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