The Maine State Pomological Society will hold the 20th annual Maine Apple Sunday on September 8, 2019 with participating orchards around the state. Maine Apple Sunday starts the peak of the apple harvest when summer apples are still available but the main crop is ready for its first pick. Apple orchards from Wells to Caribou will celebrate by offering special activities and free samples of apple products.

Cortland Apple


Great multi-purpose apple. Good apple picking dates would be: late September to mid-October.

Honeycrisp Apple


Originated in Minnesota in 1961. Very crisp and juicy. Picking dates: mid-September to early October.

Jersey Mac Apple

Jersey Mac

Originated in New Jersey from a cross between July Red and an unnamed apple selection. Ripens in mid-August

Empire Apple


From a cross of McIntosh and Delicious. Mildly tart-sweet. Excellent for snacks and cooking. Ripens in October.

Gala Apple


From New Zealand from a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red. Ripens in mid-September.

Jonagold Apple


From a cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious in 1943. Great for eating fresh. Ripens in mid-October.

Fortune Apple


Bred from Schoharie Spy and Empire in New York. Great for eating and in pies. Ripens in mid-October.


Actually found as a chance seedling in Virginia. Great for eating fresh. Ripens in late August.


Slightly tart and a very aromatic apple. Picking dates: mid-September to mid-October.


Highly regarded in the northeast for flavor. Excellent for snacks. Picking dates: early to late October.

Northernspy Apple

Northern Spy

Originated in NY around 1800 of unknown parentage. Tart flavor and great fresh or in pies. Ripens in late October.

Paulared Apple


Originated as a chance seedling in Michigan. Tart flavor, good for eating fresh. Ripens in late August.

Astrachan Apple


Originated in Europe and possibly Sweden. Great for eating fresh and in pies. Ripens in August.

Baldwin Apple


Originated in Massachusetts around 1750 and was once a leading variety in New England. Ripens in mid-October.

Black Oxford Apple

Black Oxford

Originated in Oxford County, Maine around 1790. Balanced flavor and firm flesh. Ripens in late October.

Blue Pearmain Apple

Blue Pearmain

Originated in the United States around 200 years ago. A wonderful a mild flavor and coarse texture.

Brock Apple


Originated in 1934 from a cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious, at the University of Maine. Ripens mid-October.

Chenango Strawberry Apple

Chenango Strawberry

Dates back to the 1850’s. Named for the shape of its fruit. Very aromatic and ripens in September.

Duchess of Oldenburg Apple

Duchess of Oldenburg

Originally from Russia, now grown in Maine for its winter hardiness. Tart flavor, great in pies. Ripens in late August.

Gravenstein Apple


Grown in Europe since the 1600’s. Parentage is unknown. Tart flavor. Great in pies. Ripens in early September.

Lady Apple

Lady Apple

Originating in France hundreds of years ago. Was once popular during the holidays in the Northeast. Delicate flavor.

Mutsu Apple


Originated in Japan from a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. Flavorful, thus popular for eating fresh.

Nodhead Apple


Thought to originate in New Hampshire in the 1850’s. Sweet flavor. Good for eating and in cider. Ripens in October.

Spencer Apple


From British Columbia as a cross between McIntosh and Delicious. Good for eating fresh. Ripens in mid-October.

Snow Apple

Snow Apple

Old variety with unknown origin. Believed to be one of the parents of McIntosh. Ripens in early October.

Winter Banana Apple

Winter Banana

Originated in Indiana around 1870. Mild flavor, great for eating fresh. Ripens in late September.

Wolf River Apple

Wolf River

Originated near the Wolf River in Wisconsin in the 1800’s. Good for eating fresh and in pies. Ripens in September.