It is no secret that folks from Maine love apples – and we share that love of the fruits that fed our ancestors and will feed the future!
Sunday, September 8th we’re hosting John Tercyak in concert from 12-3pm. John is a fiddler from mid-coast Maine and will be sharing a unique program with us of Celtic music and Civil War era tunes. For all the history buffs and fans of true folks music, the Civil War era selection will be at 1 pm.
Fine music and fine fruit go together, and create a fine time up here at Pietree.
Pick-Your-Own for apples is open 10am-4pm. We are picking MacIntosh apples – a great favorite for pies, sauce, and fresh eating.
In the farmstand, you’ll find Ginger Gold, Pristine, Dudley Winter, Paula Red and many other early season apples, our own peaches, a nice selection of late summer vegetables (let’s hear the cheers for eggplant, tomatoes, and cucumbers!), jams, cider donuts, and other farm-made treats.
For those of you wondering and waiting:
We anticipate Cortlands in 1-2 weeks. HoneyCrisp ripens after the Cortlands. Cider is 1-2 weeks out. Why the wait? We want our fruit to be as sweet as can be, so we hold off the harvest until they’re truly ready. We do not press cider until we have an abundance of picked utility grade apples ready and in steadier supply, so there isn’t a big gap between our cider pressings.
Frequently Asked Questions in Apple Season:
Can I get drops?
Sorry, no. We don’t sell drops to the public and we do not use them. We do have a few farmers we work with who collect drops for animal fodder, and what isn’t collected nourishes the trees for the next harvest. When we have extra utility grade apples available — which were picked by hand and sorted — then we sell those.
What does conventionally and naturally grown mean?
We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) throughout our orchard. IPM requires scouting and waiting to see disease or pests at certain levels before action is taken. On the conventionally growing side of the road, we utilize pest and disease eradication methods with both OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) and non-OMRI listed products. On the naturally grown side of the road, we utilize OMRI-listed chemicals, including clay, sulfur, and copper. Unlike the conventional side of the road, these products are not usually stabilized, and so must be reapplied more frequently. The naturally grown side of the road is more expensive to maintain, and that is reflected in the apple prices. We are concerned about the health of our soils and water and all our planet, and we use as little product as possible to successfully bring you a delicious and beautiful harvest.
Do you accept WIC?
Yes, we accept WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) fruit and vegetable stand vouchers. At the two farmers markets we attend (Wednesdays in Bethel, Thursdays in Norway), we accept the WIC farmers market vouchers. Unfortunately, we are not approved SNAP vendors.
Can I bring my dog to the orchard?
Unless your canine companion is a service animal, the answer is, sadly, no. We love dogs, but following good agricultural practices, we must exclude our canine friends from the orchard. Please leave your dog at home or camp, since temperatures in a vehicle, even during the fall, can be hazardous for them. Service animals are, of course, always welcome, and a generally recognized exemption.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our farmstand is wheelchair accessible, and has wheelchair accessible restroom facilities. Some of our orchard is accessible, and with the aid of picking poles, you may have an enjoyable pick-your-own experience. Please call ahead to make sure we are picking an area that is accessible. We are continuing to make improvements at Pietree each year to make our orchard more fully wheelchair accessible.
Why are there wash stations scattered everywhere ?
We want our fruits and vegetables to be healthy. We encourage our guests and workers to use the handwash stations whenever necessary, before harvesting, after smoking, after sneezing or coughing, before and after eating, and before and after using the necessary facilities.
Bottom line: we want you to enjoy a healthy harvest and a have a great experience every time you visit Pietree.