Celebrate the bounty
An apple pie-eating contest, cider-pressing and corn chowder, Irish stew with lamb and biscuits are among the culinary highlights of the Curran Homestead’s Family Friendly Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Fields Pond Road in Orrington. Festival-goers also can jar pickles, sauerkraut or Korean kimchi.
Other activities include tractor-pulled hay rides, bluegrass music by Freshly Cut Grass, pumpkin painting, pin a tail on a donkey and more. The Curran Homestead is located at 372 Fields Pond Road. Admission costs $12 per adult. Children under 18 go free. For more info, visit www.curranhomestead.org.
Take your pick!
Round and yellowish green with crimson splashed on its sunny side, the Collins apple originated in 1850 on the Wyman B. Collins Farm in Cherryfield. The Collins is just one of Maine’s storied apples that Fedco and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are trying to track down.
Heirloom apples are just one of the features at MOFGA’s Great Maine Apple Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Harvesting fall nuts and seeds and cider pressings and tastings are among the other events. Admission costs $4 per adult. Children go free. For more info, visit www.mofga.org.
Newly harvested root vegetables, salad greens, custom coffee drinks and locally made beer are in the mix at Blue Hill’s Winter Market kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Mainescape Garden Shop. The market takes place during the Peninsula Harvest Festival, also at 48 South St. A scarecrow contest, live music, crafts and children’s activities are other events. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.bluehillheritagetrust.org.