Maine’s Heirloom Apples

Pierpole Brand Maine Apples can label, ca. 1924
Pierpole Brand Maine Apples can label, ca. 1924

Once upon a time, “Maine Apples” was a branded state food, much as lobster and blueberries are today. But over time, large-scale agricultural operations elsewhere took precedence over what small farmers and their individual orchards could produce here. In the process, considerable diversity in product variety was lost.

Maine orchards and heirloom varieties are making a comeback, however. Learn more about Maine apple history–and enjoy some samples–on Thursday evening with pomologist John Bunker. Visit the MHS program page for details.

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