Bushels of fun for Maine Apple Sunday

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Arthur Hayford drives a wagon through Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Jovie Salgado, 1, inspects an apple she, her parents and sister from Rumford picked at Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

LIVERMORE — Visitors at Boothby’s Orchard & Farm were welcomed with fresh cider and local cheese in celebration of Maine Apple Sunday.

Rob and Denise Boothby, owners of the seventh-generation orchard at 366 Boothby Road were on hand to greet guests, give tours and answer questions.

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“We have lots of shoppers looking for Macs and Cortlands,” Rob Boothby said. “Everything is coloring nicely. This morning’s frost helps.”

The most popular variety, Honeycrisp, will not be ready for at least a week, he said.

Apple picking at Boothby’s has been a tradition for Gino and Cassie Salgado and their children Amelia, 3, and Jovie, 1, of Rumford.

“We first came here seven years ago and just loved it,” Cassie Salgado said. “We come back every year. It’s busy enough but not crowded. We love the hayrides and cheese.”

The 19th annual Maine Apple Sunday, sponsored by Maine State Pomological Society, was held at participating orchards throughout the state. Pomology is the branch of botany that studies and cultivates fruit.

According to the society, Maine Apple Sunday coincides with the beginning of peak apple harvest, when summer apples are still available but the main crop is ready for its first pick.

“We are anxious to get the season started,” said Rob Boothby, whose farm stand also offers bagged apples, sweet corn, Boothby beef and wine and more. 

 

Arthur Hayford drives a wagon through Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. In back: Lifelong friends Rumford Renee Sherman, left, and Sarah Herr and her son, Jack, 8. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Arthur Hayford drives a wagon through Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Apples ripen in the morning sun at Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

Honey Crisp apples ripen in the morning sun at Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

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