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Great Maine Apple Day

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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!


  • 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
  • Preparing your Fruit Trees for Winter, with Seth Yentes, North Branch Farm
  • Stumble Upon Fruit (and Nut) Exploring: Tools, Tips and Tales, with Jack Kertesz of MOFGA
  • Tree Crops: Beyond the Apple, with Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery
  • Nuts in Maine, with Jessie Stevens of Sy’s Trees


  • Cider tastings
  • Apple variety tastings
  • Apple Pie and Dessert Contest*


  • 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


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.


Fall is here, and that means we’re craving fresh-baked treats made with Maine apples! Get into the spirit of fall baking by participating in our apple dessert contest. We welcome entries of apple pies, apple crisps, apple cookies, apple donuts ….. anything goes! Entries will be judged on the basis of three criteria: taste, appearance and originality. 50% of ingredients (by volume or weight) must be APPLES!

We’ll have a separate category for kids under age 12! Practice your baking skills and have fun in the kitchen. Kids entries will be judged on taste and appearance.

Please arrive with your dessert before 1 p.m. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed at 3 p.m. Email events@mofga.org with any questions.

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


October 13
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


University of Maine Cooperative Extension


Common Ground Education Center
Unity, ME United States + Google Map