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Apple U-Pick Orchards in North-Central Maine in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Penobscot County

  • Harris Orchard - - apples
    Wiswell Road, So. Brewer, ME . Phone: 207-989-3435. Open: Labor Day until done. Click here for a map and directions. . Handicapped Accessible. Bus parking. Pick your own big red Mac .
    Comments from a visitor on October 06, 2012: "We called this orchard the day before to verify that they still had . After being told they did, we showed up to find no in sight, and no one answering the "please ring for service" bell. After walking around the orchard for some time, we managed to pick 20 or 30 . When we finally found someone to talk to, she insisted they did have plenty like they told me, and I just didn't look hard enough. If it is even remotely late in the season, skip this orchard, unless you want to get yelled at for being too stupid to find that aren't there."
  • Maine-ly Apples - apples
    Rte 7, Moosehead Trail, Dixmont, ME . Phone: 207-234-2043. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 10 to October 15, Daily 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . Fax 207-234-2793. . Pick McIntosh and Cortland from semi-dwarf trees. No ladders needed. Easy picking. In our farm stand we have numerous other apple options for purchase including the unique flavor of Smokehouse and the sweet crunch of Honeycrisp. See our list for a complete selection of available varieties. We also still have a large array of pumpkins in all sizes and colors, as well as corn stalks, winter squash, gourds, a freshly stocked supply of pickles, jams and jellies, ice cream, honey, and maple syrup. There is also our delicious sweet cider available that was freshly pressed in both gallon and half gallon siz Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. (UPDATED: October 2, 2018, JBS)
  • Mullis Orchards - apples,
    370 Dexter Road Orchard on nearby Shaker Road, Corinna, ME 04928. Phone: 207-278-3704. Open: PYO in mid - September to early October; Contact us for best times. Directions: Maine Route 7 on the Moosehead Trail. Two miles north of Corinna, on the Dexter Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 207-278-2825. Mid August to mid November.
  • North Chester Orchard - - apples, pumpkins
    North River Road, Chester, ME . Phone: 207-794-3547. Email: [email protected]. Open: weekends in late September and early October. Click here for a map and directions. . Call for details. McIntosh and Cortlands on dwarf trees. Also other apple varieties and farm products. Follow the signs or call. North River Road 2.5 miles N. of the green Chester bridge. U-Pick Only - We provide you with a sturdy apple bag at no charge that you fill with any apple variety that is ready for picking. Mix varieties or pick all of the same. Pick the perfect bag of apples. It's fun and the prices are very reasonable. (UPDATED: October 2, 2018, JBS)
  • Rowe Orchards - Apples
    Route 7, Newport, ME 04953. Phone: 207-368-4777. Email: [email protected]. Open: Every fall weekend from 10am to 5pm. Directions: 2 mile on Route 7 from I-95 . Click here for a map and directions. . Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Enjoy a fall day picking your own fruit from our dwarf trees. Take a tractor ride throughout the orchard to trees that all can reach.
  • Treworgy Family Orchards - apples, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze
    3876 Union Street, Levant, ME 04456. Phone: 207-884-8354. Email: [email protected]. Open: Apples and Pumpkins; September to October. Directions: 10 miles west of Bangor, Rte 222, 2 miles past Levant Village at top of hill. Dwarf apple trees for easy picking, apples can be picked from a wheelchair. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Picnic tables and ice cream dairy bar on premises. Animals for petting. School field trips welcome. Handicapped Accessible. Restrooms available. Bus parking. Spring to fall‚ . Click here for a map and directions. . Fax 207-884-8689. . pet the goats and enjoy your favorite ice cream treat. In the autumn. fill a bag with Cortland or McIntosh apples, pick beautiful pumpkins from our five-acre patch, or get lost in our famous corn maze! Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn wagon as you tour the farm, learn about its history, and about how it all works today. Find out about our sustainable farming practices, and why they're so important. (UPDATED: October 2, 2018, JBS)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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