In 1995, Terry Dorman bought a long-abandoned apple orchard next to his property in Quechee. He'd grown up on a farm in Massachusetts with an old orchard, and spent his childhood around the old trees. This was an opportunity, and in the years since he took on Whitman Brook Orchard, he's carefully brought it back to life. And not just any life. He's created an heirloom-apple showcase, with over 100 varieties spread over the hillside.
Whitman Brook doesn't open for picking until September 8, but this Sunday from 2-4 pm you can get a tour of its early-ripening varieties. Dorman will lead visitors around apples you're unlikely to encounter elsewhere: Yellow Transparents (originally from Russia but brought to this country in the 1800s); Duchess (formally the Duchess of Oldenburg, and ditto); and Centennials, an eating crabapple developed in the late 1950s by the University of Minnesota. He'll talk history and uses as well.
The tour is sponsored by E.C. Brown's Nursery, and tickets ($20) are available through the Friends of the Morrill Homestead.