Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards: A Family Business since 1812

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.

Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards LLC

19 Blanchard Road
Cumberland, Maine 04021
Telephone: (207) 829 3074
Email: info@maineapple.com

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Springtime at the Orchard, April 2015

Springtime sunset in late April.  The apple trees have been pruned and soon, the leaves will emerge.  Apple blossom time is not far away.


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The 2014 Season is Underway!

Fall has arrived!

We have mums, pumpkins, and of course, our wonderful apple cider made each day using all the apples we have in the market at the time!

We are now open Monday through Sunday from 9-6, and welcome you to stop in and say “Hi” to our friendly staff, learn about all our interesting varieties of apples, and enjoy our apples, cider, baked goods, bread, and more!

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We’re Open for the Season!


Come in tomorrow, August 13th, for the first of the Paula Reds, a great sweet-tart eating apple, and a late-summer staple!

Throughout August, we’ll be open from 10-5 Monday through Thursday and 9-6 Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Opening Day Apples

Market Apples

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Opening day is Thursday, August 7, 2014

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.

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Closing Day Sunday, December 15, 2013

There is snow on the ground and the market is full of apples and cider. We also have small and large evergreen Wreaths.

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Fresh Apples & Cider are available until December 15, 2013. A bountiful harvest this season has allowed the Apple Barrel to operate through mid December.


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October is wonderful in Maine

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.

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September is Maine apple month!

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,

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LibertyAppleJune2013 WolfRiverJune2013June 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.

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May 2013

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.

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