Maple Springs Farm

About Maple Springs Farm

We use environmentally sensitive farming practices to grow beautiful and healthful specialty fruits, vegetables and flowers for Pick Your Own, our  farm stand and the Portland Farmers’ Market.


Maple Springs Farm was established in 1998 on property that was for many years the farm of the Chute family. Maple Springs Farm is owned and operated by Mark Heidmann, who planted his first vegetable garden more than 50 years ago and for twelve years grew apples, pears, vegetables and raspberries in his small commercial orchard in Connecticut.

The first several years here were spent in building the first greenhouse, gradually expanding the plantings over about six acres, building the foundation for healthy soil, and establishing the initial plantings of crops such as perennial flowers, raspberries and apples. Maple Springs Farm opened for retail business in 2002.

Farming Practices

As the owner of Maple Springs Farm I believe in growing produce of the highest possible quality. To grow healthy crops we need healthy soil. Therefore soil-building is the foundation for everything else.

The health of the soil is improved by regularly applying manure, spreading rock powders and other natural minerals, and practicing crop rotations that include plants grown specifically for weed control and additional humus. All crop varieties are carefully selected for disease and insect resistance, as well as for beauty and/or flavor.

The best of traditional farming practices are joined with new research-based insights. As the soil improves it needs less fertilizer each year. Because these methods reinforce each other, crops can usually be grown without additional chemical inputs. These practices constitute my understanding of environmentally sensitive farming for the 21st century.

Heirloom and Modern

Maple Springs Farm uses three main criteria for choosing our vegetable and fruit crops: beauty, flavor and diversity. Therefore, we carefully select varieties from many sources.

Some heirlooms have flavors, shapes or other strengths that are not found in hybrid varieties. So I grow many different heirloom vegetables as well as antique apple varieties that I grafted from old orchards, and I save my own seeds for some flowers and vegetables.

But some modern varieties yield better, are more disease resistant, or have unique flavors. So I also grow new disease-resistant apples, new raspberry varieties, and new flowers and vegetables of special merit.

Contact Maple Springs Farm

Mark Heidmann
808 Maple Ridge Rd
Harrison, Maine  04040


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