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    Dow Farm in Standish grows old apple varieties once grown there in the 19th century, as well as lots of other heirloom apples found elsewhere in Maine. These Calville Blanc d'hiver apples, which originated in France in the 17th century, have a very distinct shape.

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    Claudia White and her husband, Ken Faulstich, are the owners of Dow Farm where they have planted heritage apple varieties with the help of farm managers Mike Bendzela and Don Essman.

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    Mike Bendzela, who manages the orchards with his partner, is particularly fond of the Newtown Pippin, an American heirloom apple originally grown as a dessert apple. It is now commercially used for cider.

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    Dow Farm in Standish has gone back to the past by growing apple varieties once popular in the 19th century.

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    Newtown Pippin heirloom apples, which were originated in the late 17th or early 18th century and eclipsed by the modern-day Granny Smith apples, grow in abundance at the orchard.

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    Bendzela, who helps manage the orchards with his partner, collects Chenango Strawberry apples.

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    A view of the heirloom orchards at Dow Farm in Standish.

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