At Doles Orchard we love to share what we do with the community. Below you will see a few of our annual events that you can participate in. We are always looking for more ways to encourage the community to learn more about sustainability and the importance of small local businesses. If you have ideas, or would like us to participate in an event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Concert Series
To celebrate this bountiful time of year, Doles Orchard has been offering free live concerts during the height of apple season for over 10 years now. Always taking place on Sundays from 1-4pm, you will enjoy wonderful music from talented musicians from around Maine and beyond.
While you are here, enjoy free hayrides, the Straw Maze, an abundance of pick-your-own apples and raspberries, and a wide selection of baked goods. Picnic baskets, blankets and chairs are welcome. Bring the family and spend the day with us!
Home Fruit Growers Meeting
In conjunction with Fruit Tree and Plant sale, we hold a meeting to help home gardeners learn the best way to care for their plants, new or old. The meeting is held at 9:00am on the first Saturday in May, and if you have placed an order, it will be available for pick up at that time. The meeting is open to everyone and the cost is only $15 per person.
Be sure to bring a notepad and pencil, there is a lot of info! There will be time for Q&A, so if you have specific questions or concerns, write them down ahead of time so you don’t forget!
Earl has been a successful farmer for over 40 years and will be leading the group around the farm to show you how to plant, prune, fertilize and protect your plants so they will produce the best fruit possible for you and your family. The meetings have varied in length over the years, due to number of participants and their questions, so it is hard to tell for sure when the meeting will end. Best to plan on being here for at least 3-4 hours.
Not sure if becoming a home gardener is right for you? This might be just the informational class you need to decide. Below are a few things to keep in mind.
- The apple trees we sell are disease-resistant varieties. You may not recognize the names, but their quality is superb and they are much less work than your supermarket varieties.
- When compared to vegetables, most fruit grows on a perennial plant which are typically less work, more productive, and much more fun for kids!
- Location, Location, Location! Make sure you have the right location for the type of fruit you want to grow. Sunlight, soil type (mainly for blueberries), elevation, exposure, and grade can all be important things to consider depending on the plant.
For over 15 years now, owner Nancy Bunting has been taking Pre-K through 2nd Grade school groups on a tour around the apple orchard. Other age groups are welcome, but the typical tour is geared towards the younger children. We can work with teachers on incorporating some of their curriculum into the tour for older kids to learn and enjoy.
The typical tour takes a walk through the orchard to pick a few different apples varieties, while learning about types of larger pests and how we protect the apples from them, the best way to pick-your-own, and how we pick for resale. Also included in the tour is a hayride, a trip to the pumpkin patch for a small pumpkin or gourd, and a snack with fresh cider. We do have a minimum number of participants required to schedule a school tour and our schedule fills up quickly. Please call Nancy to book your trip! 207-793-4409