I grew up in Lewiston-Auburn and I loved this time of year! One of my favorite reasons were the family trips to go apple picking. We actually bought the apples at the store at the orchards, but enjoyed the free samples of apple cider, donuts, etc.
Monmouth has always had the tradition of growing apples and since 1989 has been home to AppleFest every September. I know for my family, it's not officially fall until we stroll downtown during AppleFest. The daylong celebration is this Saturday, Sept. 27.
I really don’t do much with apples. I eat them. And when someone else makes it I eat apple pie (mmm, pie). I know Granny Smith and Red Delicious. That is the extents of my apple know how. In Martha Stewart magazine there's an interesting story about pomologist John Bunker from Super Chilly Farm in Palermo where they have more than 200 heirloom varieties.