The Maine Harvest Festival is this weekend November 14th and 15th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. We have a booth there with 12 varieties of apples and our cider. New this year is our Butter and Cottage cheese. Stop by and see us Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4pm. For more information visit Www.maineharvestfestival.com
We have picked some beautiful Wolf River apples this year. These are our second most requested apple and are highly prized for pies by cooks far and wide for two reasons. First is that their impressive size means peeling only a couple of apples to make a pie. Second is that they are a fairly dry apple making them less likely to overflow the pie plate and make a mess in the oven, even without any thickeners. Another advantage is that they cook much quicker than an extremely hard apple like a Granny Smith, thus avoiding burning the delicate crust.
As with most of our apples this year the Wolf Rivers have beautiful color.
If you have been waiting for the Macs to be really ripe for picking your own then this is the lastweekend for you to come. The Macs have a beautiful reddish purple color to them now. You can pick your own on weekends during our regular hours of 9am to 6pm on Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday
You can also try to get lost in our corn maze. Admission to the corn maze is $5 adults and $4 under 12, or a group rate of $20 for all the occupants of one vehicle.. The corn maze is open from Noon to 6pmboth Saturday and Sunday. With the frequent rains this week the corn maze could be a bit muddy in spots, so proper footwear is recommended.
We now have plenty of McIntosh on the shelves, quite hard and green as many folks like them. For the Cortland fans we have a few of the RedCort type of cortlands ready this weekend. The true Cortlands will be ready soon. We have some St Lawrence right now which my Aunt Carol claims make the best pies.
If you are looking for something to do our much anticipated corn maze will be open on the weekends from noon to 6pm, now through Halloween. Come in the next few weeks and pick your own apples as well. The last two weekends in September are the best for picking your own McIntosh.
Weather you are ready or not, it is already September, and that means apple season is here once again. Our shelves are stocked with Paula Reds and Jersey Macs. The regular Hard Green Macs will be along in just a few weeks. For those who don’t remember which of these early apples they like: Paula Reds are the most like a McIntosh, Tart and Crunchy with a good flavor. The Jersey macs are sweeter and low in acid. The Jersey macs remind me of a Macoun, and since the Macouns won’t be ready to pick for 6 weeks you might as well get a bag of Jersey Macs to tide you over.
New this year we are going to have a corn maze. We have been hard at work cutting paths in the corn field and trying to make the maze fun and challenging. We expect to open the afternoon of Saturday September 12th, which coincides with Garland Days. If all goes well we expect to press our first batch of Cider that day as well.
There may be a few apples ripe for pick your own that weekend as well, but they will be sweeter and redder the following weekend.