Okay...so maybe I needed a little prodding to get in gear for the 3rd day of much-needed rain on this Fall Saturday morning, but it turned out there was a whole lot going on here in Cumberland Maine and I soon found myself at Greely Middle School checking out the 2nd Annual Aging in Place forum. This was a well-organized free event that provided valuable resources for the aging population and their families. I was directed to the main room which was set up complete with refreshments and flanked by informational tables from various age-related organizations around the perimeter. In the lobby I spoke with Cumberland Fire Department's Community Support Officer, K.C. Putnam and Deputy Fire Chief (EMS Division), Everiste Bernier, who were extremely informative and generous with their time. Did you know that among so many other things, that the CFD has a Durable Medical Goods Lending Program? Walker, wheelchairs, hospital beds are provided for Cumberland residents. Aging in Place can be reached at 207-245-8033 or email AIP@cumberlandmaine.com.
Then I was off to Orchard Hill Farm, 36 Orchard Road, just up the road beyond Cumberland County Fairgrounds and a hop, skip and a jump from Greely Middle School. I discovered this local gem several years back when coordinating a fundraiser for The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Orchard Hill Farm was kind enough to donate several pecks for our event. Little did I know that we had such a great pick-your-own orchard so close by! Inside was cozy and warm. You can choose from a bevy of goodies and have a hot apple cider or coffee before or after your apple-picking outing. Pick-your-own continues for the next week or so and they have hay rides every weekend! Open 7 days a week, Saturday 8am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards LLC is located at 19 Blanchard Road and, although finished picking for the season, it's stocked up with many varieties of apples, yummy pastries, cookies and pies from Standard Baking Co. and Cumberland Baking Co. and also has some beautiful pumpkins for Halloween. Check out their display!
*Condolences to the Sweetser family in the recent loss of Richard "Dick" Sweetser Sr., 90, who began running the business many years ago with his wife Connie.*
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