“The History of Apples in Maine” with John Bunker

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, at 10:41 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.
John Bunker with a display of Maine apples.
John Bunker with a display of Maine apples.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine

For more information: Brenda Harrington; (207) 338-3884 x10;

On Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30pm in the Belfast Free Library, apple expert John Bunker will lead an interactive presentation about the history of apple farming in Maine, from its colonial beginnings to the present. In addition to describing historic harvesting methods, Bunker will discuss the many unique varieties of apples found all over Maine, with a special emphasis on cultivars only found in Waldo County. Attendees who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification.

John Bunker has been farming in Maine for the past 40 years. Describing himself as a “fruit explorer,” Bunker tracks down rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine. In 1984 he started Fedco Trees and has also served as President of the Board at MOFGA, where he continues to serve as a Board member. He is the author of “Not Far From the Tree”, a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo, Maine, and a graduate of Colby College.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street in downtown Belfast. For additional information about this event, call the Library at (207) 338-3884 x10.