Great Maine Apple Day 2020

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Great Maine Apple Day 2020

March 1

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples!

Check this page for resources and information on apples, other tree crops and much more!

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Click on the links to the following webinars on YouTube:

Tracking Down Old Apples: Tricks of the Trade with John Bunker, Todd Little-Siebold and Laura Sieger. Join these passionate fruit explorers for a 45 minute presentation about discovering and identifying apples, followed by lots of time for questions. They will discuss recent discoveries of old Maine apple and pear varieties that will be preserved in the Maine Heritage Orchard, and lots more.

Fruit Explorers Forum. Fruit explorers from all over will share their recent discoveries and thoughts on growing adaptable tree crops for our changing climate. We’re excited to have many friends join us with updates, including: Aaron Parker (Southern Maine; growing pawpaws & persimmons); Eliza Greenman (Virginia; mulberries, nut trees); Matt Kaminsky (Western Mass.; wild apples & pears, silvopasture); William Mullan (Brooklyn, N.Y.; city apples); and Jesse Stevens (Western Maine; figs and more). A great way to connect with folks you normally see at Great Maine Apple Day!

Contact [email protected] with questions!

Virtual Fruit and Nut Display

Visit this page to see submitted photos of fruit from all over Maine!

We’re still accepting photos to add to this display! Maybe you have a wonderful old tree growing on your property, or perhaps you stumbled upon an abandoned pear tree recently with the most delicious fruit? We’d love to include photos of other non-tree fruits, too – hardy kiwi, grape, peaches, blueberries …. We highly encourage you to share the variety name if you know it!

Please submit photos by emailing them to [email protected].


  • Variety name
  • Location of the fruit tree
  • Date of harvest or photo
  • Your name to add when we post the photo (optional)
  • A note (if you wish)

Visit the Maine Heritage Orchard website


This tree shows a very old graft union. When you discover an apple tree, the first step is to figure out if it has been grafted or not.

This tree shows a very old graft union. When you discover an apple tree, the first step is to figure out if it has been grafted or not.


Apple ID

John Bunker’s Apple Identification tables are always a hugely popular part of Great Maine Apple Day! Fortunately, he can still help with identification from afar! If you’re interested in having an apple identified, please send an email to [email protected]. This initial email will help John determine if your tree was grafted and therefore if the apple variety can, potentially, be identified. John will respond to your email and tell you about next steps!

Please include this information:

  • Your name
  • The location of the tree
  • A measurement of the circumference of the tree at shoulder level
  • 3-4 photos of your tree
  • One photo standing back from the tree, capturing its complete form
  • Several close-ups of the base of the trunk below the lowest limbs
  • Good lighting is important!

For more information on the apple identification process:

For help understanding whether a tree is a seedling or grafted tree:

John does not charge for this service, although we do ask that you make a donation of any amount to the Maine Heritage Orchard. Please write “Maine Heritage Orchard” in the memo line to ensure the gift is used for orchard expenditures.




Apple ID at Great Maine Apple Day in 2019

Apple ID at Great Maine Apple Day in 2019


Education/ Skill Share

Apple Identification 101 with John Bunker (recorded during the 2020 Common Ground Country Fair livestream)

University of Idaho Heritage Orchard Conference (free monthly zoom series)

Unconventional Stories From An Apple Farmer
(blog by Eliza Greenman #eatuglyapples campaign, HogTree orchard-raised pork)

Grow Organic Apples (Michael Phillips, Holistic Orchard Network)

Skill Cult (blog & tons of YouTube videos) – Steven Edholm challenges standard approaches to fruit tree training, invites us to breed apples and has many helpful and inspiring videos on grafting and a range of homestead topics that he is really good at demonstrating.

Gnarly Pippins (Musings on wild apples, blog, shop, scion catalog)

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (Montezuma County, Colorado)

New England Apples


Peach on MOFGA grounds
Peach on MOFGA grounds

Articles from the Archives

Apple Tree Care by John Bunker (2004/05 MOF&G)

Growing Crabapples by Roberta Bailey (2002 MOF&G)

Maine Peaches by C.J. Walke (2018 MOF&G)

Flash Grazing Pigs for Pest Management by C.J. Walke (Spring 2017 MOF&G)

Too Many Wood Chips? (About the use of ramial wood chips in orchards & beyond.) By Will Bonsall

Building the Microizal Connection by C.J. Walke (summer 2017 MOF&G)

Fall Reminder and Caring for a Young Orchard by CJ Walke (Fall 2016)

What is ‘Fruit Exploring’?

Apple Orchard Activity Calendar for the Northeast (tasks in the orchard listed by month)


Edgewood Nursery in Falmouth, Maine
Edgewood Nursery in Falmouth, Maine

Some Reputable Nurseries

Cummins Nursery (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Edgewood Nursery, Specializing in Unusual Edible Plants

Fedco Trees

Five Star Orchard & Nursery (Brooklin, Maine)

North Branch Farm

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (Montezuma County, Colorado)

Trees of Antiquity

Seed Savers Exchange

The Farm Between, Organic Nursery and Fruit Farm




Local Orchards, etc.

The Apple Farm (Fairfield, Maine)

Sandy River Apples (Mercer, Maine)

Lakeside Orchards (Manchester, Maine)

North Branch Farm (Monroe, Maine)

5 Star Orchard & Nursery (Brooklin, Maine)

Teltane Farm (Monroe, Maine)

Bailey’s Orchard (Whitefield, Maine)

Rowe’s House of Apples (Newport, Maine)

Mainely Apples (Dixmont, Maine)m

Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards (Cumberland, Maine)

Portland Food Map- A Guide to Maine Cider (food/apples/cider blog by Anestes)

Out On A Limb Apples/ Super Chilly Farm
(Unusual/ Rare/ Historic Apple CSA based in Palermo, ME several distribution sites)

Take a virtual tour of MOFGA’s North Orchard using Google Earth – including photos of each variety of fruit tree taken at various times of year, and the fruit it produces!


Wolf River apple. Jacob Mentlik photo.

Wolf River apple. Jacob Mentlik photo.


Visual Media and Botanical Apple Descriptions

Pomme Queen (pop art apple photos/descriptions by William Mullan)

Maine Heritage Orchard @ MOFGA

Gnarly Pippins
(The Wild Apple Foragers Guide and Proceedings from the First Annual Wild & Seedling Pomological Exhibition, Instagram photo collection of wild fruit)

USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection
(searchable database of historical watercolors (mostly tree crops but other fruits too) painted by various artists in the early 1900s commissioned by the USDA)

The Righteous Russet (photos and apple descriptions by Sean Turley)

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network (searchable database)


Winning pie at the 2019 Great Maine Apple Day

Winning pie at the 2019 Great Maine Apple Day


Apple Recipes

Cheryl Wixon’s Kitchen Maine Applesauce Recipe

Cooking in the Common Kitchen


John Bunker’s Apple Pie Recipe (video)

Recipes from Out on a Limb Apple CSA in Palermo




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