History & Staff

Pietree Orchard is here to grow great local food and stronger local community. The McSherry family established the orchard about seventy-five years ago. The King family purchased the orchard in 2007, to keep this land a working orchard and farm.

A Slice of History, A Tasty Present

Pietree Orchard is here to grow great local food and stronger local community. The McSherry family established the orchard about seventy-five years ago. The King family purchased the orchard in 2007, to keep this land a working orchard and farm.

Today, we grow apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, European and Asian pears, and a large selection of vegetables. Our Farmstand is open daily in season, with the freshest fruits and vegetables, cider donuts, pies, pastries, savories, and, during apple season, fresh-pressed cider. Our sixty-seven acre maple sugarbush provides maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream and maple sugar. We also feature our own very special brick-oven pizza.

A Pick-Your-Own visit to Pietree Orchard provides a fresh-air outing for the whole family on one of the most beautiful sites in western Maine, with gob-stopping views of the White Mountains. Like a really fine apple, the experience offers the rich cidery taste of a long proudly cultivated lineage, the crisp never-fresher bite of fruit right off the tree, and a feast for the heart, soul, and eye.


Tabitha King

Owner and Proprietor

Tabitha King is the Proprietor of Pietree Orchard. Her vision for great local food and healthy local community guides all of us working at Pietree. One of eight children, she was born and raised in Maine. Her mother's garden helped feed the family all year round. Her father's family owned and operated Spruce's General Store in Milford for three generations. 

Tabitha is the author of eight novels, a philanthropist, and a social activist. She and her husband, Stephen, also own radio stations in Bangor, Maine. Tabitha currently serves on the board of the Bangor Public Library and is an ardent wild mushroom hunter, quiet water kayaker, and daylily grower.


Dan Cousins

Farm Manager

Inspired in childhood by a forgotten garden that he restored and a college professor’s encouragement to pursue botany professionally, Dan has had the opportunity to grow plants in four states. He has grown plants for research at Cornell University, for beauty at Mahoney’s, and for food here at Pietree. Dan studied Botany at the University of Texas and attended classes at Cornell.

Dan spent more than twenty years as a greenhouse grower and manager. He is currently a State Director for Maine Farm Bureau and a board member at CEBE in Norway. His expertise is helping Pietree grow more small fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and garden vegetables.

When not at Pietree, Dan can be found chasing wild mushrooms and bird watching, as well as hiking, sailing, and cooking delicious local food.

Oh, yes, Dan loves turnips, too!


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Scott Miller

“The Apple Doc,” Our Expert Orchardist

In high school, Scott was inspired by the “back to the land” movement. He pursued a degree in Agriculture, earning his Associate’s Degree in Fruit and Vegetable Crops at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1981. Scott has worked in the apple business ever since. He has managed commercial orchards in Maine for almost two decades. 

He is an active member and past President of the Maine State Pomological Society, currently serving as Treasurer. Current projects include expanding the Pietree heritage apple orchard, training apples into an espalier, and various tests and test fruit varieties in association with the Maine Agricultural Extension Service. Scott lives with his family in Casco. When not at the orchard, you'll find them kayaking Maine's beautiful waters.


Matthew Carter

Associate Farm Manager

Matt came to Pietree in the spring of 2012 with the intent to continue teaching Spanish in the local school system. An avid gardener who also keeps a small flock of chickens, Matt had dreamt of “someday” having his own farm. But taking a summer job at Pietree as a member of the field crew quickly became something that meant so much more than just a job. He realized he had stumbled upon a calling.    
    
As the Associate Farm Manager, Matt oversees special projects and some of the broader aspects of field operation. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) maple syrup production, field preparation, on-farm composting, and sharing the responsibilities of planning and implementing the planting of each season’s crops with the Farm and Field managers.    
    
With an ever curious mind, a love of food, and a desire to grow the local food system, Matt has taken his position to heart and is continually looking for ways to make Pietree a better member of the community at large; as a provider of fresh healthy food; as an local employer; and as a means of providing education to the public about how wonderful and vital farming is to our great state.