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HARVEST TIME: A GUIDE TO FALL CELEBRATIONS IN MAINE • Bangor Daily News Special Advertising Section • September 7, 2018 S TAT E O F M A I N E D E PA RT M E N T O F A G R I C U LT U R E , C O N S E RVAT I O N & F O R E S T RY

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A Message from Commissioner Walter E. Whitcomb

A Message from Governor Paul R. LePage

Fall Flavors, Fall Colors

Harvest season in Maine is an opportunity to give thanks and reflect on the important contributions made by farmers and producers to our economy, health and way of life. Maine’s 8,200 farm operations provide wholesome foods, thousands of jobs and over $740 million in farm receipts, not including direct sales at farms or farmers markets. This is an exciting time for Maine-made products and Maine agriculture. Maine agricultural enterprises large and small continue to grow and expand. This growth is reflected in the increasing number of Maine farms, despite a national decline. My administration, through the efforts of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and other state agencies, is working hard to help Maine’s reach its full potential. This publication highlights several harvest season events that you can attend with your family and friends. These include the Eastern States Exposition (Sept. 14-30), Maine Cheese Festival (Sept. 9), Open Creamery Day (October 7), Maine Apple Sunday (Sept. 9) and Open Winery Day (Sept. 15). These and similar events held throughout the year, demonstrate the vitality of Maine entrepreneurs. The success of Maine farms, as well as the hard work that produces impressive results, can be seen when you visit agricultural operations throughout Maine and talk with the men and women responsible for putting local, quality, sustainable food on your table. Please join me in celebrating the efforts of the men and women who produce superior products for us every day. Sincerely,

We hope you find useful this official welcome to the Maine harvest season. You should highlight these celebration dates in your phone and on the calendar. Fall is still Maine Agricultural Fair season. September and early October is a great time to visit one of many fairgrounds. September 9th Maine Apple Sunday occurs in apple orchards throughout Maine. September 9th Maine Cheese Festival is taking place at the ocean side Wolf’s Neck Farm, Freeport; featuring many artisanal cheesemakers. September 14-30th Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), West Springfield, MA. Celebrating Maine products at the State of Maine Building. September 15th “Big E” Maine Day ceremony. September 15th Maine Open Winery Day offers tours and tastings. October 7th Maine Open Creamery Day provides cheese enthusiasts a sampling experience at each creamery. The noted celebration events focus on some of Maine’s best seasonal products. An apple picking day gives every family member the personal satisfaction of choosing their own fruit. Maine orchards feature numerous apple varieties including heirloom apples famous from the sailing ship days when Maine apples, packed in barrels, were sent across the Atlantic. Other apple selections are crisp new varieties recently developed to be more flavorful and easy to hand pick. Maine’s artisanal cheese is nationally recognized as especially well crafted. Maine cheesemakers take intense pride in the quality of their products insisting on the highest standards. Maine wines match very well with the fall atmosphere: brilliant colors, enjoyable landscapes. Testing the unique fruit flavors in the settings where the wine is aged adds identity to the ingredients.

Paul R. LePage Governor

Join the fall celebration of Maine farms. Your family will enjoy meeting the farm families that craft delicious Maine products. Safe journeys.

Walter E. Whitcomb Commissioner PHONE: (207) 287-3531 (Voice)

888-577-6690 (TTY) www.maine.gov

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Balfour Farm LLC 461 Webb Road, Pittsfield, Maine 04967 207-213-3159 ä balfourfarm@gmail.com balfourfarmdairy.com Activities and hours: Tour with farmer at 11am, 1pm, 3pm. Cheese sampling, Animals: cows, calves, chickens, pigs, piglets. 11am - 4pm Turning Page Farm 842 N Guilford Rd., Monson, Maine 04464 207-997-3424 ä Joy@TurningPageFarm.com www.TurningPageFarm.com Activities and hours: Tours, samples. 10am - 3pm Winter Hill Farm 35 Hill Farm Road, Freeport, Maine 04032 207-869-5122 ä winterhillfarmer@gmail.com www.winterhillfarm.com Activities and hours: Tour the farm and cheese making facilities, meet the animals, taste our cheeses, music and some kids activities. 11am - 3pm

Tide Mill Creamery 103 Tide Mill Rd., Edmunds, Maine 04628 207-271-6654 tidemillcreamery@gmail.com tidemillcreamery.com Activities and hours: Come get a tour of Tide Mill Creamery, meet the goats, and try our organic cheese and other value-added products. 11am - 3pm Appleton Creamery 780 Gurneytown Road, Appleton, Maine 04862 appletoncreamery@gmail.com www.appletoncreamery.com Activities and hours: Open Creamery Day is our annual Goatapalooza with all things goat: goat cheese, goats milk soaps, goat meat, plus additional vendors of bread and food, and live music. 11am - 4pm State of Maine Cheese Co. 461 Commercial St., Rockport, Maine 04856 207-236-8895 cmorrill@cheese-me.com www.cheese-me.com

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Pumpkin Vine Family Farm 217 Hewett Rd, Somerville, Maine 04348 207-549-3096 info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com www.pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com Activities and hours: Come learn about our goat dairy, from pasture management to cheese-making. Tours include goat kids and working goats in their new solar-powered pasture-palace. See our milking parlor and cheese room, and our new aging room. Sample our products: kefir and yogurt, chevre, and new this year, several aged cheeses, including feta, gouda, and asiago. Special activities for children! 11am - 4pm Lakin’s Gorges Cheese at East Forty Farm 2361 Friendship Rd, Waldoboro Maine 04572 207-230-4318 gorgescheese@gmail.com www.lakinsgorgescheese.com Activities and hours: Lakin’s Gorges Cheese makes fresh and aged cow’s milk cheese. Take a peek in the

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Continued from Page 3 creamery. Bring a picnic and eat under the grape arbor. Cheese plates will be available for purchase. Meet the cows and pigs, and take a walk down to the Medomak River. Also try our farm raised meats and prepared foods in the farm store. 10am - 3pm Copper Tail Farm 293 Genthner Rd., Waldoboro, Maine 04572 541-729-5769 ä christelle@coppertailfarm.com www.coppertailfarm.com Activities and hours: Tours, samples, animals! 10am - 3pm Barred Owl Creamery - Hamilton Farm 6 South Fowles Lane, Whitefield, Maine 207-549-5497 ä hamiltonfarm03@yahoo.com hamiltonfarm.wordpress.com Activities and hours: Tours of farm and creamery, samples of our organic sheep and goat cheese, meet the animals! 10am - 3pm

Fuzzy Udder Creamery 35 Townhouse Rd., Whitefield, Maine 04353 207-549-3817 ä fuzzyudder@gmail.com www.fuzzyudder.com Activities and hours: Meet the sheep and goats, tour the farm and creamery, taste our cheeses! 10am - 3pm From the Country Farm 23 Austin Rd., Leeds Maine 04263 207-212-9911 fromthecountryfarm@gmail.com www.fromthecountryfarm.com Activities and hours: Come to the country and meet our herd of hard working dairy goats that help us make some of our amazing creamy cheeses and soap. We’ll have samples to try and demonstrations throughout the day. Check out our facebook page for the most up to date info. 10am - 3pm Abraham’s Creamery 1000 Elm St, Newport, Maine 04953 207-368-2165 ä abrahams.gfc@gmail.com Facebook: @AbrahamsGFC

Activities and hours: We are welcoming all to come join in on the fun! Food, vendors, and tours. 10am - 3pm


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Boothby’s Orchard and Farm Androscoggin 366 Boothby Road, Livermore 754-3500 boothbysorchard@gmail.com mainehoneycrisp.com Activities: Walk through the vineyards, sample the grapes, visit the winery, ask questions and enjoy a wine tasting. Take the wagon ride down to the pondside orchard, pick some favorite apples, bring a picnic, take in the farm and stay awhile. It’s our favorite time of year! Snack items for purchase

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Winery Day 2018 Ricker’s Hard Cider and Winery at Wallingford’s Fruit House Androscoggin 1240 Perkins Ridge Road, Auburn 784-7958 rickershardcider@gmail.com wallingfordsorchard.com Activities: Our farm will be in the middle of harvest and will have PYO Apples available with wagon rides in the orchard. We have Farm Stand and a kid play area with a petting area and corn maze (admission required). Our Outdoor Tasting Room will have tastings available. Farm Stand with Baked Goods

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery Knox 347 Carroll Road, Union 785-3024 info@sweetgrasswinery.com sweetgrasswinery.com Activities: Keith Bodine, Owner, Winemaker, and Distiller, with an MS in Food Science from UCDavis in Winemaking, will be conducting an ongoing demonstration on Wine Sensory Analysis. There will be tours and tastings available all day. Maine Made Cheeses

Catherine Hill Winery Washington 661 Blackswoods Road Cherryfield 546-3426 info@catherinehillwinery.com catherinehillwinery.com Activities: Featuring a variety of local food offerings, and special release barrel tastings! Snack items for purchase

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Continued from Page 5 Anthony Lee’s Winery Penobscot 377 Dover Road, Dexter 924-2209 libster44@aol.com anthonyleeswinery.com Activities: Live music —- to be anouced Maine Made Cheeses

Tree Spirits Kennebec 152 Fairfield Street, Oakland 465-3007 bruce@treespiritsofmaine.com treespiritsofmaine.com Activities: Tree Spirits will be hosting local food producers Stone Fox Farm Ice Cream, Kennebec Cheesery, Christopher Hastings Chocolates, and The Maine Crisp Company this year for Open Winery Day, September 15 from 11 til 5:50. Join us for live music, tasty snacks, and awardwinning, locally sourced wines. Food Truck

Two Hogs Winery Kennebec 186 Mudget Hill Road, Vassalboro 660-5594 ann@twohogswinery.com twohogswinery.com Activities: It’s that time again for the annual Open Winery Day event on Saturday, September 15 from 11 to 5. Come and enjoy great wines, tasty snacks, and one heck of a good time!! Looking forward to greeting all familiar faces and new ones! Snack items free

Prospect Hill Winery & Vineyard York 318 Orrills Hills Road, Lebanon 651-9335 info@prospecthillwines.com prospecthillwines.com Activities: We will be pairing 6 different wines with 3 different foods, along with vineyard tours, equipment displays and winemaking information. Food and Wine pairings

Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery Knox 175 Barrett Hill Road, Union 785-2828 info@savageoakes.com savageoakes.com Activities: Throughout the day we will offer wine tasting and tours of the winery and vineyard where you can see and sample grapes

ripening on the vine. Join in our cookout where you can purchase our gourmet farm raised burgers and other treats, as well as local beers and mixed drinks. Meals available for purchase

Breakwater Vineyards Knox 35 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head 594-1721 jeanne@breakwatervineyards.com breakwatervineyards.com Activities: For Open Winery Day we offer tours of our winery and wine and food pairings. It is a great time of year to walk through the vineyards, visit with our resident dairy goats and chickens and enjoy the coast of Maine. Our front porch and back patio await!! Food and Wine pairings

Portersfield Cider Cumberland 255 Elmwood Road, Pownal 233-5534 stillmangreen@yahoo.com portersfieldcider.com Activities: Portersfield Cider, a farm-based conservation center devoted to preserving and evaluating rare fruits, will offer pairings of local foods with small batch hard ciders from wild seedling and heirloom apple trees, plus fresh cider pressing and farm tours. The event will run from 2-5:30, details and directions at portersfieldcider.com. Food and Wine, Maine Made Cheeses, Light Fare

Bar Harbor Cellars 854 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor 288-3907 barharborcellars.com Cellardoor Winery: The Vineyard 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville 763-4478 mainewine.com Dragonfly Farm & Winery 1069 Mullen Road, Stetson 296-2226 mainewinegrower.com Maine Mead Works 51 Washington Ave, Portland 773-6323 mainemeadworks.com Sow’s Ear Winery 303 Coastal Road, Brooksville 326-4649 tomscrumpy@gmail.com


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Maine Cheese Festival Participants: Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm 207-699-3170 info@silverymooncheese.com silverymooncheese.com All of our cheeses are handcrafted in small batches at Smiling Hill Farm, a family owned dairy farm since 1720. The milk forour cheeses comes from different Maine and New Hampshire dairy cow farms, including Smiling Hill Farm. We have received several awards from the American Cheese Society (ACS). Hahn’s End debrahahn@yahoo.com Hahn’s End produces aged cheese using all natural cow’s milk from Bisson’s Farm. Our selection includes hard, semi hard, soft and blue cheese all aged to perfection on the beautiful Maine coast. North Branch Farm 845-709-2223 northbranchcreamery@gmail.com northbranchcreamery.org Our farmstead creamery is seasonal; we milk our cows and make raw milk cheese from May to November. This traditional pattern of dairying means that we only make cheese when our cows rotationally graze through our fields. Our cheese is aged in a cave that we dug into a hillside that sits that above the Marsh Stream. At the festival, we will have Stovepipe; our farmstead tomme style cheese, and Chestnut; a 2-year aged gouda style cheese. Sunset Acres Farm 207-326-4741 safarm1988@gmail.com Sunsetacresfarm.com Sunset Acres Farm produces a wide variety of fresh and ripened award-winning farmstead goat cheeses which will be available for tasting and purchasing at this year’s cheese festival. Fieldstone Farm & Creamery 207-228-5521 Fieldstonefarmcreamery@gmail.com Organic Cow’s Milk Cheddar Cheese Spring Day Creamery springdaycreamery@ me.com www.springdaycreamery.com Spring Day Creamery has been producing small batches of ripened, aged, and washed rind cow’s milk cheeses since 2008 and has received national and regional awards for Spring Day Blues, La Vie en Rose, Evangeline and Déjà Blue. These cheeses will be available the Maine Cheese Festival and can also be found in specialty stores, co-ops, and restaurants in southern and midcoast Maine.

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Maine Cheese Festival participants continued from Page 7 Josh Pond 207-259-3334 elana@joshpond.com Joshpond.com Josh Pond is a family-operated farm located in beautiful Whiting, Maine. We specialize in certified organic wild blueberries, apples and aged cheeses. For this year’s Maine Cheese Festival, we will be bringing a variety of our farmstead aged goat cheeses (styles include Tomme, Blue, Jack, and more), as well as our organic apples, frozen blueberries, and our wild blueberry jam. Stone Fox Farm Creamery 207-323-2850 infor@stonefoxfarmcreamery.com www.stonefoxfarmcreamery.com We will be selling / scooping our homemade, super premium ice cream. We use local milk and cream in our production facility as well as other locally sourced ingredients. We’ll also have root beer floats made with Maine Root root beer and other beverages. Crooked Face Creamery 207-858-5096 orders@crookedfacecreamery.com www.crookedfacecreamery.com We’ll be featuring our Applewood Smoked Ricotta, and our other varieties of whole Jersey milk Ricotta with fresh herbs, as well as aged natural rind cheeses from both sheeps and cows milk - specifically a smoked Gouda style cheese. We’ll also have wares - linens, cheeseboards, sweatshirts, hats and other Crooked Face Creamery gear! Balfour Farm LLC 207-213-3159 balfourfarm@gmail.com balfourfarmdairy.com Farmstead organic Raw milk cheeses, yogurts, fresh cheeses, feta, smoked cheeses Turning Page Farm 207-997-3424 Joy@TurningPageFarm.com www.TurningPageFarm.com Our value add goat milk products include; Chèvre, Feta, aged cheese small wheels, salad dressings and veggie dips, and soaps. Winter Hill Farm 207-869-5122 winterhillfarmer@gmail.com www.winterhillfarm.com Winter Hill Farm is a diversified, family run dairy farm

in Freeport, Maine milking rare breed Randall cows alongside Jerseys, and making award winning cheese. Fromage Frais, Feta, Tide Line, Frost Gully, Terzetto, Everett’s Tome, Collinsbrook, and Bradbury Mountain Blue. We will also have our whey fed, woods raised Berkshire pork and flowers from our farm. Tide Mill Creamery 207-271-6654 tidemillcreamery@gmail.com tidemillcreamery.com We are a certified organic goat dairy and creamery located on a nine-generation family farm on the Downeast coast of Maine. We produce an array of organic goat and cow milk cheeses, yogurts, kefir, chocolate truffles, whey-fed pork charcuterie, and other bounty from our farm (all of which we will be bringing to the Maine Cheese Festival). Appleton Creamery appletoncreamery@gmail.com www.appletoncreamery.com Appleton Creamery handcrafts milk from their herd of dairy goats into award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses. We also make fresh and aged cow cheeses from milk from local dairies. State of Maine Cheese Co. 207-236-8895 cmorrill@cheese-me.com www.cheese-me.com Pumpkin Vine Family Farm 207-549-3096 info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com www.pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com We are a goat dairy and farm education center in Midcoast Maine. Situated on an historic six-generation family farm, we are committed to preserving the traditions of the past, building community, and educating future generations for sustainability. Our lightly-cultured, fresh chevre is available in a wide variety of flavors. Our feta is aged in brine for 60 days. We also have gouda and asiago, two aged cheeses that complement the full flavor of goat milk. Come taste our terroir! Lakin’s Gorges Cheese at East Forty Farm 207-230-4318 gorgescheese@gmail.com www.lakinsgorgescheese.com Lakin’s Gorges Cheese produces fresh and aged cow’s milk cheeses, at East Forty Farm Waldoboro. From decadent, soft ripened Prix de Diane to funky and floral Grandiflora, there’s a cheese to appeal to all tastes. And make sure to ask about ricotta recipes. We will also be selling cutting boards made from sustainably harvested trees.

Copper Tail Farm 541-729-5769 christelle@coppertailfarm.com www.coppertailfarm.com Copper Tail Farm is an Animal Welfare Approved goat dairy that specializes in all things goat: cheese, yogurt, kefir, cajeta (caramel sauce), fudge, and soap. Our goats eat organic grain, and any added ingredients in our products are organic and/or local. Barred Owl Creamery - Hamilton Farm 207-549-5497 hamiltonfarm03@yahoo.com hamiltonfarm.wordpress.com We are an organic award-winning sheep and goat farmstead creamery. We specialize in flavored chevre, feta and blue cheese. We also will have organic soap and organic wool products available at our booth this year; stop by and see us! Fuzzy Udder Creamery 207-549-3817 fuzzyudder@gmail.com www.fuzzyudder.com Fuzzy Udder milks a herd of 50 sheep and goats in the windy pastures of the Sheepscot Valley in Whitefield Maine. We make a wide variety of fresh, soft-ripened, and aged cheeses made from sheep, goat, and cow’s milk. We buy in organic jersey cow’s milk from a local dairy. We dam raise our kids and lambs and rotationally graze our herd throughout the summer. We also sell goat, lamb, mutton, fiber products and tanned sheep and goat hides. Our herd is raised with lots of love and we are committed to using ecological and socially conscious practices. From the Country Farm 207-212-9911 fromthecountryfarm@gmail.com www.fromthecountryfarm.com We’ll be at the Maine Cheese Festival in 2018 loaded with fresh cheese in a variety of favorites like Lavender & Honey and Sun Dried Tomato Basil. We’ll also have our soap gift sets and lots of new scents as well. Be sure to stop by our booth!


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t’s apple season! The Maine State Pomological Society invites you to its 16th annual celebration of all things apple on Maine Apple Sunday, September 9, 2018. Don’t miss this chance to get outside and go to your local orchard for the very best early season fruit and a first glimpse of varieties yet to come. Special events and culinary treats are planned at many participating orchards statewide. Taste some cider, take a wagon ride, or eat some apple treats and connect with nature in all its autumnal splendor. This season will be one of the best ever, stretching from mid-August through October. You and your family will have plenty of chances to pick fresh, local apples and have fun doing it! Ellen McAdam of McDougal Orchards notes that “Fall is the best time of year by far, when we welcome the public to our farm and showcase the best produce in the State: Maine apples, fresh from the tree! Maine Apple Sunday kicks our season into high gear. We love it!”

The Apple Farm Steven & Marilyn Meyerhans 104 Back Rd., Fairfield, ME 04937 (207) 453-7656 We will be having apple picking, fresh veggies, wagon rides, fresh donuts, Gifford’s ice cream. Open 9 to 5 daily August 15 to November. North Star Orchards 97 Orchard Road, Madison, ME 04950 207-696-5109 www.northstarorchards.me www.facebook.com/NorthStarOrchards Contact: Jennifer Dimock A family farm for family fun! Pick-yourown apples or buy them freshly-picked, enjoy spectacular views of the western Maine mountains from our picnic area, and ride our wagon on autumn weekends. Visit our restored 1800’s farmhouse store and shop for fresh apples, our own preserves, and a unique variety of Maine specialty foods and gifts. Join us on September 9th for Maine Apple Sunday and sample ice cream with our own apple pie topping. Open daily September-December, weekends year-round. Hours: Every Day, 10-5 Bailey’s Orchard Rodney and Kay Bailey 255 North Hunts Meadow Road Whitefield ME 04353 207-549-7680

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Facebook: Bailey’s Orchard Bailey’s Orchard has been run by the Bailey family for over 60 years. At the orchard we grow over 50 varieties of apples. We also grow and sell pears, plums, crabapples, pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, marigolds, honey and fudge. Pick your own apples starts Labor Day weekend. We press our own cider without additives and preservatives. Come celebrate Apple Sunday with us. We will have free apple square samples (while they last) and apple prize drawings. Open 9am-6pm daily Spiller Farm 85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells, Maine 04090 207-985-2575 Our first cider of the season — Free Farm Tour Hay rides 1-2 and 3pm — We have a bull, cows and calves --- 2 goats — geese to be seen. Our U PICK APPLES and RASPBERRIES are ready and U PICK VEGGIES will be plentiful. Diana will have cut flowers and U PICK flowers. We have a small covered bridge picnic/play area. You may bring your own picnic supplies or purchase them at Spillers’ Farm Store Please check www.spillerfarm.com for more current info. We are open 10 am-5 pm.

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Go to www.maineapples.org to find out what’s happening at your favorite orchard. Then, get outside and sample some fabulous fruit on Maine Apple Sunday, September 9th.

About the Maine State Pomological Society The Maine State Pomological Society was incorporated by an Act of the Maine Legislature in March of 1873 for the promotion of fruit culture. Since that time, the Society has become the primary advocate for tree fruit production in the State, working closely with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service and connecting grower members with in-state, regional, and country-wide research and marketing opportunities. The Maine State Pomological Society is the oldest continually running agricultural organization in the state.


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Continued from Page 9 McElwain’s Strawberry Farm 711 Sweden Street, Caribou, Maine 04736 Contact Information: Frank McElwain 693 Sweden Street, Caribou, Maine 04736 207-498-8276 fmcelwai@maine.rr.com www.mcelwainstrawberryfarm.com Facebook – McElwain’s Strawberry Farm Activities: Maine Apple Sunday activities include hay rides through our apple orchard to the u-pick pumpkin field, apple tasting, a kid’s straw bale climbing pyramid/slide, cornhole toss games and Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach. Our farm stand will feature over 40 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds along with corn stalks and straw bales to complete fall decorating needs. Apples, sweet corn, carrots, and cucumbers will also be available. Maine Apple Sunday Hours: 11 – 4

Vista of Maine Vineyard & Cidery by Ricker Hill 158 N Hills Ridge, Greene, ME 04236 207-754-2527 www.vistaofmaine.weebly.com Activities: Enjoy spectacular view at Ricker Hill’s newest tasting room, located in our 1833 barn, on Hills Ridge in Greene. Sample our wines, award winning hard ciders, and sweet ciders too. U-pick apples and farm store. We’ve been growing apples in Maine for nine generations! FREE can of our lightly carbonated sweet cider with purchase of $10 or more on Maine Apple Sunday. Only 6 miles from Turnpike exit 86. Hours: 9am-6pm Wallingfords Fruits House 1240 Perkins Ridge Road, Auburn, ME 207-784-7958 www.wallingfordsorchard.com

Activities: Hard cider/ wine tastings, Upick apples, corn maze, donuts made fresh and baked good. Running a special on carbonate sweet cider. Hours: 8am-6pm RICKER Hill Orchards 295 Buckfield Rd., Turner, ME 04282 207-225-5552 www.rickerhill.com Activities: Hard cider/ wine tastings, Live music and food truck. Upick apples, farm activities, (6 bounce houses, corn maze and more), Donuts made fresh, and baked goods. Running a special on carbonate sweet Cider. Hours: 8am-6pm Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards. LLC Greg Sweetser 19 Blanchard Road, Cumberland, ME 04021


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207-829-6599 www.maineapple.com Activities: Apple crisp sampling, heirloom apples on display and farm stand will be open. Sweetser homestead established in 1812. Hours: 9am – 6pm Hansel’s Orchard Margie & Turner Hansel 44 Sweetser Rd., North Yarmouth, ME 04097 www.hanselsorchard.com Activities: Hansel’s Orchard is a family run Pick Your Own orchard located down a dirt road, Sweetser Rd, in the center of North Yarmouth. This quiet orchard has apple trees that stories and songs are written about because they are large and wide. These are trees that the entire family can sit under and have a picnic. For Maine Apple Sunday, we will have a raffle for a peck of apples and offer free samples of our favorite apple recipes. Hours: 10am – 5pm Romac/Lakeview Orchard LLC David Cote & Wil Cote 1149 H Road., Acton, ME 04001 207-608-3800 Activities: Romac offers a wide variety of apples, hay rides, and walking trails, along with one of the most scenic views in Southern Maine. Walk or ride to the top, Picnic and make your apple picking a true experience. Hours: 9am-5pm Treworgy Family Orchards 3876 Union St., Levant, ME 04456 207-884-8354 www.treworgyorchards.com Activities: There’s always lots to do and see at Treworgy Family Orchards. Come fill a bag with one of our great varieties of apples: Cortland, MacIntosh, Macoun, Liberty, Gala, Honeycrisp. We will have free hay rides running all day. Our corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, café and gift shop will be open. Enjoy a ride in a horse drawn wagon as you tour the farm while you learn about its history and how it all works. McDougal Orchards Ellen & Jack McAdam 201 Hanson Ridge Rd., Springvale, ME 04083 207-324-5054 www.mcdougalorchards.com Activities: McDougal Orchards is a seventh-generation family farm celebrating 46 years in the u-pick business. On Maine Apple Sunday, September 9th, we’ll kick off the season by raffling off some fabulous fruit related items. Please join us! Hours: 9am – 5pm

Libby & Son U-picks Aaron Libby 86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick, ME 04048 207-793-4749 www.libbysonupicks.com Activities: Pick You Own Fruit: Apples, blueberries, raspberries & peaches, apple cider, blueberry & pumpkin donuts, blueberry smoothies, kettle corn, caramel apples, live entertainment, picnic areas, restroom facilities, shuttle rides and hot food. Free Apple Pie Smoothies samples while supplies last. A family owned & operated farm with beautiful mountain views! Over forty acres of fruity family fun! Live music, entertainers & hot food on weekends. Free shuttle rides for all, very handicap & stroller accessible. Enjoy our pavilion (heated) & pergola picnic areas. Hours: 9am-5pm Boothby’s Orchard and Farm 366 Boothby Rd, Livermore, ME 04253 www.mainehoneycrisp.com boothbysorchard@gmail.com 207-754-3500 Maine Apple Sunday will feature free wagon rides, pruning demonstrations, fresh pressed, unpasteurized apple cider, apple and grape wines for tastings, cheese samples and more! Hours: 10-5 Snell Family Farm John & Ramona Snell 1000 River Road, Buxton, ME 04093 207-929-6166 Activities: Snell Family Farm is a diversified third and fourth generation farm. The Snell’s offer vegetables and fall decoration as well as several varieties of apples. The Snell’s particularly welcome families; in fact, picking apples at Snell is for many a fall ritual, with young parents who once came as children now bringing their own youngsters to savor the fall season and see how a genuine farm works. Crunch into an apple, and pick out the perfect pumpkin. The Snell Orchard is open for pick-your-own apples through October. Hours: 9am-5pm Thompson’s Orchard 276 Gloucester Hill Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260 207-926-4738 Facebook: @Thompsons-Orchard Activities: Thompson’s Orchard has been a family owned business since 1906. We have PYO as well as ready picked, we also have our own cider mill, donut shop, and full bakery. We are open from 9am to 6pm daily, August 26th to December 24th. School field trips are welcome, please schedule ahead, with a tractor ride and questions and

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answer as time permits. Enjoy a day at Thompson’s Orchard. Hours: 9am - 6pm Pietree Orchard 803 Waterford Rd., Sweden, ME 04040 207-647-9419 www.pietreeorchards.com Please join us to experience the orchards that grow over 60 apple varieties against the stunning backdrop of the White Mountains. We will be offering apple picking, wagon rides, mini tours, ‘Name that Apple’ game, apple taste testing and our beloved cider donuts, baked goods and brick-oven fired pizza. Please bring your apple picking arms, sense of adventure and appetites. We look forward to welcoming you to Pietree Orchard! Hours: 9am – 4pm Maine-ly Apples John & Elaine Olsen 346 Moosehead Trail, Dixmont, ME 04932 207-234-2043 www.maileyapples.com Activities: Maine-ly Apples is a family farm with 1,700 trees. We have a farm stand selling apples and our own made apple cider. We also have pick your own apples. On Maine Apple Sunday, we will offer hayrides, free samples and pick your own. The Dixmont rescue squad will be offering a barbeque lunch. For more information check Facebook or our website. Hours: 10am – 5pm Mullis Orchards Brent, Patricia, and Brendan Mullis 370 Dexter Road, Corinna, Maine 04928 Retail Stand: 270 Dexter Road, Corinna PYO Location: 128 Shaker Road, Corinna Penobscot County 207-278-3704 Hours: Open Daily 10a.m.-5p.m. Call for PYO Hours MullisOrchards.com


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Mark Your Calendars

for Upcoming Maine Agricultural Events Maine Apple Day Sept 9, Statewide Maine Cheese Festival Sept. 9, Freeport Maine Building Open Sept. 14-30 “Big E”, W. Springfield, Mass. Open Winery Day Sept. 15, Statewide Maine Day Sept. 15, “Big E”, W. Springfield, Mass. Harvest New England Day Sept. 28, “Big E”, W. Springfield, Mass. Open Creamery Day Oct. 11, Statewide 78th Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 14-17, 2019, Augusta 36th Annual Maine Maple Sunday® March 17, 2019 - Statewide 30th Annual Open Farm Day July 21, 2019 - Statewide Find other farm, food and agriculture events year-round at www.getrealmaine.com!

DAIRY, CHEESE & EGGS HONEY MAPLE MEAT & POULTRY

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

PL ANTS

BEDDING PLANTS CUT FLOWERS HERBS

FRUIT

APPLES BLACKBERRIES BLUEBERRIES, HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRIES, WILD CANTALOUPES CRANBERRIES GRAPES PEACHES PEARS PLUMS RASPBERRIES RHUBARB STRAWBERRIES WATERMELON

VEGETABLES

ARUGULA ASPARAGUS BEANS (SNAP, WAX) BEANS (DRY) BEETS BEET GREENS BOK CHOY BROCCOLI BRUSSEL SPROUTS CABBAGE CHINESE CABBAGE CARROTS CAULIFLOWER CELERY CHARD CORN (SWEET) CUCUMBERS EGGPLANT FIDDLEHEADS GARLIC KALE/COLLARDS LEEKS LETTUCE/SPINACH/MIXED GREENS MORELS MUNG BEANS MUSHROOMS (CULTIVATED) ONIONS (BULB) PARSLEY PARSNIP PEAS (SHELL) PEAS (EDIBLE POD) PEPPERS POTATOES PUMPKINS RADISHES RUTABAGA SCALLIONS SHALLOTS SQUASH (SUMMER, ZUCCHINI) SQUASH (WINTER) SWEET POTATOES SWISS CHARD TOMATOES TURNIP

Please note: the bars represent average dates for the state of Maine. Availability of products can vary widely based upon weather, locality, variety esh, wholesome Maine-grown products. Look for the Get Real. Get Maine! logo at your local grocery store, farmer’s market or farm stand.

Key HARVEST SEASON EXTENDED SEASON OR FROM GREENHOUSE AVAILABLE FROM STORAGE


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Savor the Season:

Food Canning Basics

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- One-piece zinc, porcelain-lined caps, and plastic one-piece lids are also no longer recommended. They do not form a proper seal. - Paraffin wax is no longer recommended. - Glass canning jars may be used several times as long as they are free of chips and are cleaned thoroughly. The rim should be inspected carefully for defects. • Process jars in a boiling-water bath or pressure canner according to the instructions for the correct period of time.

Kathy Savoie, MS, RD University of Maine Cooperative Extension Adapted from Complete Guide to Home Canning, USDA bulletin No. 539.

For Safety’s Sake

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Pressure canning is the only canning method recommended for foods that are naturally low in acid, which means the pH of the food is above 4.6, such as meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. Clostridium botulinum is a spore-forming bacteria that can cause a foodborne illness called botulism from eating improperly canned foods. Pressure canners reach a higher temperature than a boiling-water bath.

anning and freezing are great ways to preserve the summer’s harvest and enjoy Maine produce into the winter months, but it is important to follow proper practices to ensure safe food products for you and your family. Canning preserves food primarily by using heat to destroy the bacteria that cause spoilage. Heat processing forces air out of the jar causing a vacuum to occur. When the jar cools, a seal forms. The processing times and temperatures noted in Cooperative Extension and other approved publications have been set using scientific research. For safe, high-quality home-canned food, it’s important that you follow these directions carefully. Altering these directions in any way can result in improperly canned food, which can be dangerous to consume.

Food Canning Basics Fresh foods spoil for a variety of reasons. Microorganisms such as bacteria, molds, and yeasts can cause spoilage. In addition, enzymes naturally found in many foods can cause spoilage. Microorganisms live and multiply quickly on the surfaces of fresh food and inside bruised, damaged food. Proper canning techniques will stop the growth and activity of microorganisms and can prevent spoilage and quality loss. Use these techniques to ensure safe food canning practices: • Carefully select and wash fresh food. DO NOT use produce from diseased plants or those that have been frost killed. Be sure to use clean potable water to wash fresh fruits and vegetables. • Prepare canned foods according to Cooperative Extension publications or fact sheets, reputable canning books or other approved canning authority recommendations. Approved recipe sources include, but are not limited to: So Easy to Preserve, the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, and UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Let’s Preserve canning series. Please visit extensionpubs.umext.maine.edu. Another canning Internet resource is the National Center for Home Food Preservation. • Use recommended jars with dome lids and screwbands. - Two-piece dome lids with metal screw bands are recommended. - Dome lids should be used only once. - Canning jars with wire bails and rubber seals are no longer recommended.

Call 800.287.0274 (in Maine), or 207.581.3188, for information on publications and program offerings from University of Maine Cooperative Extension, or visit extension.umaine.edu. © PAMELA_D_MCADAMS / ADOBE STOCK


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Meet ME at the big E in 2018!

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aine businesses invite the public to “Meet ME at the Big E!” as they showcase their best at the Eastern States Exposition this fall, promoting and selling Maine products to the more than 1.3 million attendees throughout the 17-day exhibition September 14–30, 2018. Maine-crafted food, beverages, and artistry will be on display and for sale at the State of Maine Building located on the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass. Maine is one of the six New England states with a building on the “Avenue of States,” where visitors can shop, learn, and experience featured vendors and their products. The annual event is in its 102nd year. Special event celebrations include Maine Day (Saturday, September 15, 2018), and Harvest New England Day (Friday, September 28, 2018). In addition to the Maine Building on the Avenue of States, fair attendees can view agricultural competitions including 4-H and FFA activities in which Maine youth will compete against peers from across the northeast in academic- and skills-based competitions and animal exhibitions. For more information visit bit.ly/meetMEatthebigE.

2018 Exhibitors include: Alan Claude - Farmingdale, Maine Buoy Sports - South Berwick, Maine Brant & Cochran - Portland, Maine Drift Inn Canteen - Port Clyde, Maine Green Garden Farm - Saint Albans, Maine Hancock Gourmet Lobster - Topsham, Maine Hilltop Spoonworks - Poland, Maine Historic Pittston Farm Ice Cream - Augusta, Maine Wicked Whoopies - Gardiner, Maine Jack and Mary Designs - York, Maine Lori Davis and Lara Max - Ellsworth, Maine Maine Aquaculture - Hallowell, Maine Maine Craft Beer - Portland, Maine Maine Made America’s Best - Augusta, Maine Maine Maple Producers Association - Gorham, Maine Maine Office of Tourism - Augusta, Maine Maine Potato Board - Presque Isle, Maine Nubik Ranch - Sangerville, Maine Old Sea Glass Bottle of Maine - Brunswick, Maine Pizza Pie on the Fly - Portland, Maine Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine - Orono, Maine Winter Whimsies - Scarborough, Maine


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2018 Maine Department of Agriculture Harvest Time  

Join us in celebrating Fall with this guide to Open Winery Day, Open Creamery Day, Oktoberfests, fairs, festivals and more across the state!

2018 Maine Department of Agriculture Harvest Time  

Join us in celebrating Fall with this guide to Open Winery Day, Open Creamery Day, Oktoberfests, fairs, festivals and more across the state!