Our last full week- Here is what’s available!

Open Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 26 to 29- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pick-Your-Own- 20% discount for 20 pounds or more: Empire/N.Spy/Russet/Golden & Red Delicious

THE BIG SQUEEZE! LAST CIDER PRESSING, this Friday, October 28. (Jugs will be filled slightly less for freezing purposes.)

At the stand- Macoun, Empire, Spartan, N. Spy, Spencer, Black Oxford, Sun Crisp, Snow Sweet, Baldwin, Russett, limited amounts of other specialty apples- Spartlett & Bosc Pears

NOVEMBER:  Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 5,6 & 12,13, 9 a.m-5 p.m.

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Good News! Check out our press release.

 

A high density trellis planting has increased the number of varieties available at Hope Orchards.

Hope Orchards to Offer Nine New Varieties of Apples This Year
Hope, Maine, USA  Thursday, October 6,  2016
Four years ago, Brien Davis, Orchardist, began an expansion of Hope Orchard’s apple varieties. Starting in 2012, he planted 600 trees each year for three years, for a total of 1800 trees. The trees were planted three to four feet apart, and were trellised with horizontal wires and drip irrigation. This new technique for planting orchards started in France, and was perfected in North America by Terrance Robinson of Cornell University. Davis was interested in this technique because it increases production, decreases the number of years necessary for optimal yield, while allowing for irrigation. Providing irrigation was key to producing a good crop during this growing season.

This year, the 2014 planting has produced a 50% yield, or half, of a normal crop. This is two years earlier than the results of conventional plantings. Due to the success of this expansion, Davis is introducing several new apple varieties to his customers for the first time this year. The largest volume of these new apples are Honeycrisp. Customers report that they love this apple for its juicy, sweet, crisp qualities. Other new varieties this season include Snowsweet, Autumn Crisp, William’s Pride, Sweet Sixteen, Zestar!, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Mutsu and Gold Rush.

A weekend event to showcase the arrival of the new varieties is being held at Hope Orchards on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Volume discounts on Pick-Your-Own varieties, samples, variety packs, cheese pairing, linoleum print artwork, scarecrows, and music are all part of the celebration. For a schedule and related details, see hopeorchards.com.

Contact information: Emily Davis, Hope Orchards,  

(207)  5422824       apples@hopeorchards.com   434 Camden Rd, Hope, Maine

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Rose & The Wayfaring Strangers: SUNDAY!

Rose & The Wayfaring Strangers will be playing at Hope Orchards, in beautiful downtown Hope, Me. from 12:noon to 2:00 pm this Sunday Oct. 9th! (weather permitting!) The group features Kim Moran from Lincolnville, Maine, (vocals, mandolin, flute ); Scott Harrison, Lincolnville, Me. (guitar, vocals) Wade Graham,Lincolnville, Me. (Bass); Lise Becu, Martinsville, Maine, (fiddle) and Rosey Gerry, from Lincolnville, (vocals, banjo, guitar, and autoharp). And special guest appearance by Dick Willman on peddle steel. They have performed up and down the midcoast area, and enjoy seeing people sing along and smile throughout their performances! Doesn’t matter if you have rhythm or not, their enthusiasm and mix of music are sure to have you toetapping and singing along.

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Some Reel People: Music This Sunday, October 2

Brien and I used to live in St. Albans, Maine. Our social network was based around a tiny little parent-run school by the name of Wassookeag School- where of both our boys attended for several years.  We continue to stay in touch with many of the friends we made during that time, and on Sunday, several of them are coming to play music at the orchard from noon to 2. Please consider stopping by. Waltz in the parking lot if you care to do so- Do plan to stay awhile and enjoy the company.
Here is what they told us about their group:
Some Reel People is a joyous and informal country dance band from the
Dexter area, playing jigs, reels, waltzes and polkas. The combined
sounds of fiddles, guitars, mandolin, piano, banjo, bass, accordion
and penny whistle always makes plenty of good rhythmic music to enjoy.”
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Cider- Yup, he pressed this morning.

Sooooooo many apples! Brien decided to press today- this is the earliest that I can remember him making cider. Thanks to Jody, Gene, Gwen, Finn, and Sharon, they made it happen. The cider  is nice- light and not too sweet- mostly Ginger Gold and Paula Red in the mix. We should have plenty this weekend.

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Opening Weekend

Hey! We survived, even with the rain today. So glad to see so many friends and acquaintances, all as excited as we are to have fresh apples to pick and eat. We are  pleased to report that there are some Ginger Gold  left for this coming week.  Shhh, there are rumors of Honey Crisp at the stand too! There is vinegar in the barn ready to be bottled, so we hope to have that available too.

We have a great crew this year. We started on the right foot by meeting on Saturday morning for coffee and blueberry (what? not apple???) muffins. Then we managed to take the dreaded group photo. We did alright, don’t you think??

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YES, we open this Friday!

We will be here Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 16-18,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are feeling a little behind, not quite as prepared as some years, but the apples are coming in a little bit ahead of time, ripe and ready. So here we go….

We will have Pick Your Own Paula Reds and Ginger Golds. Both will be at the stand too, as well as Zestars! The Zestar is a cousin to Honey Crisp, and Brien says it is the best early apple going. I am still not convinced, as I think the Ginger Gold beats all. Come by to compare for yourself.

We have a small crop of Clapp’s Favorites pears, ripe and ready.

Oh, and Pick Your Own raspberries- great for the freezer. Nick Smith of Bull Run Farm fame (Cushing) is delivering a truck load of winter squash, pumpkins, and gourds on Friday morning.

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Apple Brownies- More Recipes Coming Soon!

APPLEBROWNIES

from Heather Davis of CrayfordOrchardsinSkowhegan

  • ½cupmeltedbutterorcoconutoil
  • 1cupsugar
  • 1egg
  • 2mediumor1largeapple,grated,withskin
  • ½cupchoppedwalnuts 1cupflour
  • ¼teaspoonsalt
  • ½teaspoonbakingpowder
  • ½teaspoonbakingsoda
  • 1teaspoonof groundcinnamonorapplespice

Preheatovento350F.Greasea9x9bakingdish. Inalargebowl,beattogetherbutter,sugar,andegguntilfluffy.Foldinapplesandwalnuts. Sifttogethertheremainingingredientsandmixintothewetmixture. Spreadbatterevenlyingreasedbakingdish. Bake35minutesinpreheatedovenoruntiltoothpickcomesoutclean

Print Recipe Card!

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What’s Up, Doc?

PICK YOUR OWN CARROTS????  Yep. The kids had a blast discovering what was under those big green grassy tops! It was a bit of a consolation prize this morning, as we had no more apples to pick, but plenty of big, orange, pungent carrots. With a good blast from the hose, the carrots were rinsed of excess soil. They made beautiful carrot “bouquets” to take home, or an immediate snack of the Bugs Bunny type.  There will be more available next weekend, so come on by. Emily is dreaming up a carrot/apple/ginger bisque…

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New in 2013: Gift Cards!

Screen shot 2013-09-15 at 9.14.34 PMLooking for a autumn gift to give? We have gift certificates available. These can be given in any amount, and we will maintain a credit balance throughout the orchard season so the receiver can use it over for multiple visits over the season. Contact emily@hopeorchards.com.

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