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MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. Please review our event registration policies. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

Great Maine Apple Day

 

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
12 noon to 4:00 p.m. rain or shine
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Common Ground Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine


$4 general admission
$2 MOFGA members
Children are free!

WORKSHOPS

  • Making Great Cider (and hard cider tasting) with Abbey Verrier and Angus Deighan of Rocky Ground Cider
  • How to Keep Apple Trees Alive & Healthy with Glen Koehler of University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Growing Hazelnuts in Maine with Will Bonsall, homesteader, author and director of the Scatterseed Project
  • Erosion Control in the Maine Heritage Orchard, tour and discussion with Laura Sieger of MOFGA

TASTINGS AND CONTESTS!

  • Cider tastings
  • Apple variety tastings
  • Apple pie and dessert contest

GOING ON ALL DAY!

  • Educational fruit displays
  • Local goods for sale: apple pastries, soup, bread, tea, handmade crafts and more
  • Apple Identification – see note below
  • A variety of vendors including Fedco Trees and Organic Growers Supply, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance and local, organic orchards selling from their fall crop of apples and pears

TIPS FOR GETTING APPLES IDENTIFIED

If you have a favorite apple tree and would love to know what kind it is, this is your chance! Visit us at Great Maine Apple Day for help.

Identifying apples is a collaborative process. Our goal is to ID your apple, but we need your help! The more information you give us, the better the chance that we'll be successful in doing an ID.

  1. Bring 3-6 apples per variety. One apple can be deceiving. Six are not.
  2. Put the apples in labeled paper bags. Apples like paper bags better. They sweat and rot quickly in plastic.
  3. Write your contact information on each bag: your name, location of the apple tree, your snail mail address, phone number and email address. The tree location is particularly important to the ID.
  4. The tree itself also holds clues. Do you have a seedling or a grafted tree? If your apple tree is grafted, we should be able to identify it for you. If your apple tree grew from seed, it is new and unique and has no name until you give it one. If you want/can, bring a few photos of the tree. The photos can be taken any time of year, although winter is best. One or two of the photos should be of the whole tree and at least one should be a closeup of the trunk from about ten feet away.

Sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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