Fruits and Fibers Festival gets large crowd
Hope — The fourth annual Fruits and Fibers Festival at Hope Orchards drew a bumper crop of people Sunday, Oct. 13.
The event, which featured fiber producers and artists, music and pick-your-own apples, had estimated attendance of 1,200, said Brien Davis, who owns Hope Orchards with his wife, Emily.
In addition, the festival had twice the number of vendors this year as previously, said Emily. She referred to it as a "mini-Common Ground," after the annual Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners event in Unity.
The day benefits both the orchard and the vendors, as people who come for apple products are exposed to what the fiber artists have to offer, and vice versa.
Brien said this year's apple crop is off by about 20 percent, because the wet spring led to low pollination. He said most apple farms in Maine have experienced a similar drop in production this year. As a result, Monday, Oct. 14, will be the last day the orchard will be open to the public this year, with most of the apples picked out.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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