History of apples to be discussed at Oct. 13 meeting
South Thomaston — John P. Bunker of Palermo will present a program about the history Maine’s apples Oct. 13 at 7 p.m..in the society’s meeting room just behind the South Thomaston Library at the corner of Route 73 and Dublin Road. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m., with the program to follow. The public is cordially invited to attend the program.
Bunker grew up in Massachusetts and California, moving to Maine in 1968. He has lived in Palermo for 44 years, operating the “Super Chilly Farm” with his partner -- growing vegetables, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, small fruits and tree fruits.
His passion is tracking down heirloom fruit varieties, particularly those in Maine. The Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA was established by Bunker and currently is home to 300 historic apples and pears. He speaks and teaches in the New England area throughout the year and in 2007 published his book, “Not Far From the Tree: a Brief History of the Apples and Orchards of Palermo, Maine”