Since 1812 the Sweetser family has grown a wide variety of popular and heirloom apple varieties. Today, three generations of the Sweetser family help run the orchard business. See the chart of our 39 apple varieties here. We are in the process of updating the chart to include the new varieties that we have planted. We now grow 50 varieties of apples on the Sweetser Orchard.
Our last day of the season was Sunday, December 15, 2013. We received several inches of fresh snow to mark the end of a great apple season. Our thanks to everyone who supported local agriculture this year. We celebrated 201 years of the homestead here in Cumberland Center, Maine. We’ll begin picking summer apples in July – see you then.
Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards LLC
19 Blanchard Road
Cumberland, Maine 04021
Telephone: (207) 829 3074
Our annual opening day corresponds with the United Maine Craftsman Fair held at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, just two miles beyond the Apple Barrel on Blanchard Road. Early season apples typically include Paula Red, one of our most popular early season eating apples.
There is snow on the ground and the market is full of apples and cider. We also have small and large evergreen Wreaths.
Apple harvest is in full swing. We are picking fresh apples every day of the week.
Today the crew was very busy picking Macoun, Honeycrisp, JonnaFree, Rolfe, Liberty, and Mcintosh. Tomorrow we will pick more Macoun, McIntosh, Rhode Island Greening, Snow Apple, and a few early Golden Delicious.
The selection in the market continues to expand every day that we harvest. We now grow 50 varieties of apples on the 200 year old homestead.
September 8th is Maine apple day but we think September should be Maine apple Month!We are in full picking season and open Seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. Right now in the market we have 10 varieties the McIntosh, Cortland,Red Gravenstein, Paula Red, Whealthy, Priscilla,
June 14, 2013, Sweetser’s Apple Orchard, Cumberland Center, Maine. On the left are Liberty apples. A few too many on the tree. On the right, the oldest tree in the orchard, Wolf River, also has a few too many apples. Clearly, all 5 apples are growing and the goal is to thin down to one remaining apple per cluster.
May 2013 is a busy month in the orchard. We’ve planted new Honeycrisp trees, mowed the orchard, cleaned up the tree pruning and are now ready to plant the garden. The apple blossoms were beautiful and now the little green apples are emerging. With temperatures predicted to reach 80 degrees this weekend, the growing season will be underway.
Our trees are in full bloom.
A beautiful week of apple blossoms at Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards. The apples are already beginning to form on the early varieties. Looks like a big crop this year.
- May 2013 Apple Blossoms on the McIntosh trees
We have local pumpkins for just $.59/lb
Local Maine pumpkins are here along with several great varieties of gourds and squash. We have over 10 heirloom varieties of apple in the market now and our delicious Sweetser’s apple cider is moving fast. This Autumn come wander our rows of pumpkins with your family and find the one that’s right for you…Or the one that’s right for each one of you! We have some heavy whoppers, kid-sized pumpkins and everything in between. Remember that wonderful smooth taste of home-made pumpkin pie? There’s nothing like it! Come on over today to pick one out, get a bag of apples and a gallon of cider and celebrate the season!
We have opened the Apple Barrel doors for another season and already have delicious local apples ready for you. We’re open 10am-5:30pm seven days a week, rain or shine! Full service afternoons and weekends. Express service apples and vegetables each morning, Monday – Friday. Come by to try a Paula Red, one of our first apples of the season. This year we planted lots of new varieties but apples trees take about five years to mature produce fruit, so this year we’ll have 40 varieties of apple but soon we’ll have over 50!