Ricker Hill Orchards has been growing apples for over eight generations. We are located in Turner, a small town in the foothills of Maine; about an hour's drive from the coast. On the farm we grow everything from crisp red apples and sourly sweet cranberries to North American Ginseng and the occasional pigmy goat. Our family's true passion in life is apples and we have been growing them since 1803. Maines spring and summer enable us to grow a superb fruit, but it is our fall that makes the real difference. We are blessed with warm days to make the apples grow, cool nights to keep them firm and crisp and the occasional frost to give them spectacular color.
We offer many different types of apples, but it is the McIntosh for which we are known. We currently sell McIntosh up and down the East Coast under various labels, or if you live in or are visiting Maine during harvest season you can stop by one of our many fruit stands. If you are interested in learning more about the McIntosh or any of the other varieties of apples, pears, and peaches we grow, check out our Varieties section. If you are unable to visit one of our fruit stands but would like to try a McIntosh or one of our other varieties check out our gift catalogue. The gift catalogue has a wide variety of products we ship year round; including cider, cranberries, maple syrup and of course the four varieties of apples we ship, including McIntosh.
In running our farm we provide over 1,000 acres of uncultivated wildlife habitat, that is undisturbed and hundreds of acres of wetland. Please take time some weekend and visit one of our stands and experience the natural environment around us.
There are a few additional sections you might be interested in. If you like apples but you love cider then check out our cider section. It tells our families history of cider as well as how we make it. It includes a section on how to make your own cider and much more. If when you think of cranberries you think of Massachusetts, but you don't think of Maine then check out our cranberry section. It will tell you the story behind Maine cranberries in general as well as providing a very tasty recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. Finally and most importantly there is organic and I.P.M. section. This section lets you know how our family deals with growing one of the hardest fruits to grow and how we have made a natural transition over to growing organic apples.
Ricker Hill Orchards was founded in 1803, so we say, because that was the year that a family by the name of Awett built the "big house" on the what is now Ricker Hill. Two generations later one Swett daugther married a Ricker who happend to have grew up on Ricker Hill in Hartford, Maine.
The Ricker family has purchased most of the land surrounding Ricker hill. Along the way their was a boarder dispute over some land on the hill. The families settled the dispute by placing a bible at the end of a stone wall connecting the properties. The bible is still there today.
Wholesale apples shipped around the world, primarly Baldwins,Ben Davis, Johnathans, Northern Spy, and other, With a bad winter during the 1930's destroying alot of trees and the slowing of oversea markets led to the propogation of the Mcintosh.
Apples are stored year round in controlled atmosphere rooms,installed in the late 1950 and early 1960's.
15 acres of cranberries that are 2 different varieities that tend t
In the early 2000's our Farm stand was opened with activities, a bakery, upick apples, and more. We also grow many acres of high bush blueberries, pumpkins, and grapes.
In 2014 hard cider and winery was added