CAMDEN — Bob Sewall is a long-time organic apple grower and former president of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. After preparing his fields organically for two years using the Rodale method, he planted 550 trees to create what is now the oldest certified organic orchard in Maine still in operation, according to Camden Public Library, in a news release.
On Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m., at the Camden Public Library, Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, will explain how vinegar is made and speak about the many uses for vinegar from cooking to medicinal benefits.
“Apple cider vinegar has played a prominent role in New England food and beverage recipes as far back as the 1700s,” said Julia Pierce, events coordinator at the Camden Public Library, in the release. “It will be exciting to hear about Bob Sewall’s dynamic organic farming practices and how he is working to promote a regional food tradition.”
Besides farming, consulting, and mentoring young farmers, Sewall speaks to groups around the state about his organic apple cider vinegar, which was voted “Best of Maine” (Down East Magazine) in 2008, the only year they had a vinegar category.
Maine restaurants which use Sewall’s three-year-old, cold-aged vinegar include Fore Street and Vinland in Portland, Primo in Owl’s Head, Nina June in Rockport, and Boynton-McKay in Camden. It is also carried by many stores and co-ops in the Midcoast and in Portland.
There will be aged vinegar to sample and vinegar for sale at the Camden Public Library program.