Are you having trouble finding interesting apples in your local grocery store or farm stand? Now you can plant your favorite heritage varieties in your backyard, community garden, neighborhood green space or local schoolyard and help preserve Maine’s agricultural heritage at the same time. The Maine Heritage Orchard Stewardship Program disperses “back-ups” of all the rare varieties in the Heritage Orchard to “stewards” across the state who want to restore local varieties to their community. Not only will the trees provide tasty fruit for you, your community and future generations, but they will also serve as grafting wood for propagating more trees if something happens to the specimen in the Maine Heritage Orchard.
Become a steward and help put Maine’s heirloom apples back into Maine’s communities! You can join the program and purchase these apple trees through the Fedco Trees catalog. Sixty percent of the purchase price of each tree helps fund the Mane Heritage Orchard. For more information on the stewardship program, see page 19 of the 2015 Fedco Trees catalog or visit http://www.fedcoseeds.com/trees/.
If you haven’t had a chance to hear John speak about apples in person, you might enjoy listening to this radio interview that aired last week on WPKN’s show The Organic Farmstand. John talks about how apples first got to North America, the basic botany of tree fruit, and the historical uses of apples. He even shares a few stories of how he got started on his journey to track down and preserve old varieties.
Here is the link to the interview: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/89417
If the interview whets your appetite to learn more about apples, check out John’s book, Not Far From the Tree, which continues the story. It’s available at: https://outonalimbcsa.wordpress.com/goodies/
If you are tired of being cooped up inside on this rainy week, come on out to Lakeside Orchard in Manchester this Saturday morning, December 13, from 9-12. There will be 16 different varieties of heirloom apples to taste and purchase. John Bunker will be there to talk about the histories of the varieties and to give you some tips about how to to use them and store them. As always Lakeside will have hot cider, freshly made cider donuts and lots of other baked goods and produce to sell. Hope to see you there.
Just in time for the holidays, you can now order books and t-shirts from the Out on a Limb Store using PayPal. No more need to check with us about costs, you can submit your order with just a few clicks. (Of course if you prefer to send us a check, that still works.)
Visit the store at https://outonalimbcsa.wordpress.com/goodies/ to peruse our offerings for the apple lovers on your holiday gift list. Know someone who has swapped their drink of choice from beer to cider? If so, the cider t-shirt designed by John Bunker might be just the perfect gift. An apple enthusiast with a sense of humor is sure to enjoy a shirt with the Out on a Limb logo and quote by Mark Twain. For the historians on your list or those who enjoy a folksy read, order a copy of John’s book Not Far From the Tree. You’ll learn about the history of agriculture in Maine and so much more.
Super Chilly Farm, home of Out on a Limb CSA, is one of the 178 Maine farms and farm-related organizations that were chosen to be featured in the newly-released book entitled Unique Maine Farms. Maine author and photographer, Mary Quinn Doyle, chose Super Chilly Farm to be included in the “Fruit and Flower Farms” section of her 296-page book.
If you want to learn more about what we do here on Super Chilly Farm, information and many photos can be found on the Unique Maine Farms’ website: www.uniquemainefarms.com. Interested in ordering a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift? You can order them directly from Mary by sending a check or money order for $33.19 which covers the price if the book ($28), ME sales tax ($1.54) and shipping ($3.65) to:
515 Garland Road
West Newfield, Maine 04095
Mother Earth News has invited Mary to share the stories of Maine’s unique farms in a blog on their website so the amazing agricultural efforts taking place in Maine will be highlighted on both a national and international level in the future.