Wednesday, September 21
Established in 1852, Sandy River Apple Orchard has been in the Fenton family since 1852. Frank L. Fenton with his wife Angelia bought the farm from the original settlers whom are buried in the cemetery behind the main house. In 1910 Frank’s son, William Fenton, bought the adjacient farm and began to work both farms. After sitting vacant for 30 years, William’s son Francis W. Fenton retired from the Navy and returned in 1972 to re-establish the farm and orchards. Francis along with his wife Dollie Lea brought the farm back into full production. Today, Francis (95 years young) still runs the orchard with the help of his daughter Carol .
Nestled along the banks of the Sandy River in Mercer, Maine, this quaint orchard produces an astounding 143 different varieties of apples for you to sample, pick-your-own, or buy by the bag. Orchard owner and apple expert, Francis Fenton and daughter Carol, are eager to share everything they know about apple growing, preparing, and cooking. Bring your family to the Sandy River Apple Orchard for a down-home apple-picking excursion, rich with Maine apple history.
Can't believe we're here.... words just don't describe the beauty of the country and the amazing way of life.