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.
The 4th and 5th Generation of Sweetser’s
We’re open for the 2014 season and have picked 6 apple varieties already! We will continue to have more varieties throughout the season, and we will have 10 new varieties to try this year! Check back throughout the fall for all our apple varieties and the many breads, pastries, and of course, our extremely delicious CIDER that changes week to week! We will also continue to have vegetables, including incredible corn and later in the season, pumpkins, squash and gourds! We will be shipping apples again this year, staring when the McIntosh are ready.
Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards LLC
19 Blanchard Road
Cumberland, Maine 04021
Telephone: (207) 829 3074
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!
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!