Maine Heirloom Apple Guide

For the last six years Portland Food Map and The Righteous Russet (instagram) have held an annual Heirloom Apple Tasting. We were so looking forward to the opportunity to share our passion for heirloom apples with you again in 2020 in person, but, for obvious reasons, that will not be possible. In its temporary place we’d like to offer up this Maine Heirloom Apple Guide.


Every year, as the McIntosh and Cortland with which many of us are intimately familiar ripen in orchards across Maine, there are dozens of apple varieties nearby ready to be consumed that have been all but forgotten.

Among these neglected varieties are apples perfect for baking and saucing; apples with punches of sugar that put Honeycrisp to shame; apples that can be stored and then eaten in the dark of winter; and apples of such beauty that it may be tempting to keep them on the counter indefinitely as a reminder of the fall’s bounty.

The purpose of this guide is to help you find these apples. The orchards that grow them across Maine have invested tremendous time and energy saving them from obscurity so that, even in a year of such tumult, you can partake in the pleasure and escape they offer.

Some of these orchards permit pick-your-own. Others do not. All of them offer a chance to drive through Maine when it is at its most brilliant. Please take advantage; visit orchards multiple times to enjoy what all these orchards have to provide across the fall. You will not regret it.

Bailey’s Orchard, Whitefield, Maine (map)
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Late August: Sops of Wine, Sweet Bough
Early September: Chenango Strawberry, Maiden Blush, Paula Red, Prima, Fameuse (Snow)
Middle September: Red Gravenstein, Saint Lawrence
Early October: Liberty, Spartan, Tolman Sweet
Middle October: Pound Sweet, Red Spy, Rhode Island Greening, Sheepsnose (Black Gilliflower), Stark
Late October: Baldwin, Black Oxford, King David, Northern Spy, Opalescent, Starkey, a Winter Banana, Yellow Bellflower

Doles Orchard, Limington, Maine (map)
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Late August: Sansa
Early September: Paula Red
Middle September: Mollie’s Delicious
Late September: Florina (Querina)
Early October: Crimson Topaz, Freedom, Liberty
Middle October: Westfield Seek-no-Further
Late October: Baldwin, Grimes Golden, Northern Spy

Elwell Organic Orchard, Monroe, Maine (map)
207-525-3130

Early September: Almata, Burgundy, Priam, Prima, Somerset of Maine, Trailman Crab, Zestar
Middle September: Ellison Orange, Mollie’s Delicious, Sweet Sixteen
Late September: Deane, Hawkeye Delicious, Wealthy
Early October: Crimson Topaz, Fortune, Frostbite
Middle October: Crimson Crisp, Sheepsnose (Black Gilliflower), Knobbed Russet, Northwest Greening, Roxbury Russet
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Elstar, Grimes Golden, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Nova Spy, Yellow Gilliflower, Zabergau Reinette

Hope Orchard, Hope, Maine (map)
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Early September: Hyslop CrabZestar
Middle September: Autumn Crisp
Early October: Sundance
Middle October: Crimson Crisp, Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, Suncrisp, Tolman Sweet
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Oxford

Kelly Orchards, Acton, Maine (map)
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Late August: Ginger Gold, Sunrise
Early September: Paula Red
Late September: Holstein
Early October: Bramley’s Seedling
Middle October: Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Cox Orange Pippin, Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Delicious
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Elstar, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Lady

Maine-ly Apples, Dixmont, Maine (map)
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Late August: Ginger Gold
Early September: Fameuse (Snow),  Paula Red, Prima, Sansa, William’s Pride, Zestar
Middle September: Cameo, Foxwhelp, Smokehouse, Sweet Sixteen
Late September: Shizuka, Valstar, Wealthy
Early October: Liberty, Melrose, Snowsweet, Spartan, Spencer
Middle October: Cox Orange Pippin, Crimson Crisp, Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, Harry Master’s Jersey, Orleans Reinette, Roxbury Russet, Suncrisp
Late October: Arkansas Black, Gray Pearmain, Idared, Jonagold, Northern Spy

McDougal’s Orchard, Springvale, Maine (map)
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Late August: Dandee Red,  Ginger Gold, Pristine,  Vista Bella, Zestar
Early September: Blondee, Chestnut Crab, Hyslop CrabPaula Red
Middle September: Jonathan
Late September: Jonagold
Early October: Bramley’s Seedling, Fortune, Margil, Spencer, Tolman Sweet
Middle October: Blue Pearmain, Brock, Cox Orange Pippin, Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Delicious, Hudson’s Golden Gem
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Baldwin, Black Oxford, Evercrisp, Goldrush, Gray Pearmain, Lady, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Winesap

Pietree Orchard, Sweden, Maine (map)
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Late August: Dudley Winter, Ginger Gold, Paula Red, Vista Bella, William’s Pride
Early September: Priam
Middle September: Priscilla, Red Gravenstein
Late September: Antonovka Kamenichka, Wolf River
Early October: Bramley’s Seedling, Cox Orange Pippin, Hewes Crab (Virginia Crab), Keepsake, Liberty, Pinova, Snowsweet
Middle October: Brock, Crimson Crisp, Dayton, Esopus Spitzenburg, Freyburg, Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Nodhead, Red Spy, Rome, Wagener, Westfield Seek-no-Further
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Baldwin, Goldrush, Northern Spy, Nova Spy, Simirenko Reinette, Winesap

Pleasant Pond Orchard, Richmond, Maine (map)
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Late August: Red Astrachan, Yellow Transparent, Zestar
Early September: Chestnut Crab, Duchess of Oldenburg, Prima
Middle September: Jonathan, Mollie’s Delicious, Pixie Crunch
Late September: Hawkeye Delicious, Wolf River
Early October: Crimson Topaz, Enterprise, Haralson, Liberty, Melrose, Ozark Gold, Spencer, Sundance, Tolman Sweet
Middle October: Brock, Cox Orange Pippin, Crimson Crisp, Golden Delicious, Northwest Greening, Pumpkin Sweet, Rome
Late October: Arkansas Black, Belle de Boskoop, Black Oxford, Black Twig,  Idared, MN 1734, Newtown Pippin, Nova Spy, Opalescent, Spigold, Stayman Winesap, Winesap

Robinson’s Orchard, Enfield, Maine (map)
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Early September: Chestnut Crab, Duchess of Oldenburg, Duchess of York (Duchess’s Favourite), Hyslop Crab
Middle September: Sweet Sixteen
Late September: Hawkeye Delicious
Early October: Fortune, Tolman Sweet
Middle October: Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, Rome, Roxbury Russet
Late October: Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Oxford, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Spigold, Winesap, Yellow Bellflower

Rollins Orchard, Garland, Maine (map)
207-924-3504

Late August: Autumn Sweet
Early September: Maiden Blush
Middle September: Saint Lawrence
Late September: Ben Davis, Royal Sweet, Wolf River
Early October: Hewes Crab (Virginia Crab), Tolman Sweet
Middle October: Golden Russet, Nodhead, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russet, Stark
Late October: Baldwin, Fallawater, King David, Northern Spy, Pound Sweet

Sullivan’s Orchard, Charleston, Maine (map)
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Late August: William’s Pride
Early September: Duchess of Oldenburg
Late September: King of Tompkins County, Wealthy, Wolf River
Middle October: Blue Pearmain, Brock, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Cox Orange Pippin
Late October: Opalescent, Winesap

Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards, Cumberland, Maine (map)
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Late August: Red Astrachan, Yellow Transparent, Vista Bella, William’s Pride
Early September: Cameo, Duchess of Oldenburg, Fameuse (Snow), Melba, Paula Red
Middle September: Priscilla, Red Gravenstein
Late September: Ben Davis, King of Tompkins County, Rolfe, Wealthy
Early October: Liberty, Spartan, Spencer
Middle October: Blue Pearmain, Nodhead, Pound Sweet, Red Spy, Rhode Island Greening
Late October: Baldwin, Giant Winesap Northern Spy

The Apple Farm, Fairfield, Maine (map)
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Early September: Prima
Middle September: Saint Lawrence
Early October: Spartan, Spencer
Middle October: Blue Pearmain, Golden Delicious, Pound Sweet, Nodhead
Late October: Gray Pearmain, Northern Spy, Winter Banana

Notes About This Guide
Ripening varies every season and between orchards in Maine. As a result, the time periods indicated will not always be strictly accurate. In addition, many of these varieties can be a bit temperamental and may not produce a crop every season. If you’re seeking out a specific apple variety, it’s advisable to call ahead.