UNITY — Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association celebrated Great Maine Apple Day today.
Great Maine Apple Day included eating, tasting, sampling apples, and education. The Orchard Coordinator of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Laura Sieger said this day has been celebrated for over a decade.
She said the event holds some of the rarest apples known to Maine and surrounding states.
“So we have here today is Black Oxford which is a variety that originated in Maine in 1890 and its an excellent apple and it’s a deep dark purple,” said Sieger.
She said the Black Oxford is a winter storage apple but is at its best during December and January. Folks pressed apples, roasted chestnuts, and shared their love of farming.
“The farm we found happened kind of by happenstance it was in foreclosure…we found about seven years ago and we were kind of homeless, and looking for a place to live. A woman who knew that we would use the farm said do you want to live on a 26-acre organic apple orchard with an old farmhouse,” said Ali Quincannnon, owner of Eden Acres Family Farm.
Quincannon has an apple cider business along with selling vinegar and her organic apples with her husband Bryan Quincannon. Quincannon said she credits Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association with getting her to where she is with advice.
“MOFGA supported us through the grant writing process and we were able to import the machinery that we use for our vinegar. We make really great cider and from the cider, you can make the vinegar,” said Quincannon.