Great Maine Apple Day Oct. 27
Unity — Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.
The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for non-members.
Workshops and talks will cover apple art, Maine’s rich apple history, cider making and organic tree care.
Renae Moran, from the University of Maine, will speak on tree fruit horticulture, and Glen Koehler, also from UMaine, will discuss major pests.
Award-winning cider maker Claude Jolicoeur, author of "The New Cider Maker’s Handbook," will give two workshops and will sign books. A mechanical engineer by profession and resident of Quebec City, Jolicoeur developed his passion for apples and cider after acquiring land where four rows of old abandoned apple trees grew. He started making cider in 1988 using a "no-compromise" approach, searching for the best possible quality. Since then, his ciders have earned many awards and medals at competitions, including a Best of Show at the prestigious Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.
Jolicoeur will talk on The Basics of Cider Making, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. and will give an overview of "The New Cider Maker's Handbook," from 2 to 3:30 p.m., after which he will sign books.
At 10 a.m. and noon, tour MOFGA’s new Maine Heritage Orchard with apple expert John Bunker. MOFGA is reclaiming an old sand and gravel pit to create a 10-acre heritage orchard to preserve and protect Maine’s traditional apples and pears, at the same time minimizing soil runoff into Unity’s Sandy Stream.
For more information, visit mofga.org.