BELFAST — Apple expert John Bunker will offer a talk based on his new book, Apples and the Art of Detection: Tracking Down, Identifying and Preserving Rare Apples, Tuesday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library.
Bunker writes in the introduction to Apples and the Art of Detection: “For forty-five years I’ve been pulling over by the side of the road to marvel at ancient apple trees. I’ve knocked on a thousand strangers’ doors, picked my way through old books and diaries, hung out with old timers, grafted new trees and made lots of pies, sauce and cider. Searching for clues to the identity of the almost forgotten has made me feel a bit like a Sherlock Holmes of apples….Holmes called his vocation the “art of detection”…this book is my take on apples and the art of detection.”
In this presentation Bunker will cover the history of apple farming in Maine, from its colonial beginnings to the present. He will also share how he, as an “apple detective,” has re-discovered many unique varieties of apples all over Maine.
Audience members are encouraged to bring apples for John to identify.
John Bunker has been farming in Maine for 45 years. Describing himself as a “fruit explorer,” Bunker tracks down rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine. In 1984 he started FEDCO Trees and has served as president f the board at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and is the founder of MOFGA’s Maine Heritage Orchard located next to the Common Ground Fairground in Unity.
Bunker is the author of Not Far From the Tree, a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo, and the just published Apples and the Art of Detection, which will be available for sale and signing at the program.
This free presentation is sponsored by the Belfast Free Library. The Library is located at 106 High St. in downtown Belfast. For additional information about this event, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.