UNITY — The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is planning a Great Maine Apple Day — a celebration of the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

This annual event is set to take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road.

This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the association asks that attendees register so it can monitor and, if need be, limit attendance.

The event will be outdoors, and masks are required to be worn by all attendees for the safety of all community members, including children who can’t yet be vaccinated.

Featured presentations will include:

• A panel of local cider makers moderated by Khris Hogg of Perennial Cider Bar in Belfast.


• “Favorite Apple Varieties for the Home Orchard” with Seth Yentes of North Branch Farm in Monroe.

• “Preserving Fall Fruit” — a demonstration with Jenn Legnini of Turtle Rock Farm & Cannery in Union.

• “Growing Peaches, Plums, Cherries and More” with Jill and Brian of Winter Cove Farm in Winterport.

• A tour of MOFGA’s orchards (including the Maine Heritage Orchard down the road from MOFGA’s Education Center) with MOFGA’s orchard coordinator, Laura Sieger.

Local producers will sell apples, cider, baked apple treats and more, along with fruit tree seedlings and fall produce. Chestnuts grown on MOFGA’s grounds will be roasted, and attendees can try pressing apples for cider with a crew of experienced volunteers or attend a 15-minute demonstration on baking apple pie crusts. There will be activities for children.

Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers, and free for children.

MOFGA’s online events calendar has the registration link at mofga.org. Registration is required and payment will be collected at the entrance to the event.

This event is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Fedco Trees.

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