The start of Vista of maine

In 2013, the Ricker family, drawn to the rich history and potential of the land, acquired the farm from the Sawyer family estate. Building upon the agricultural heritage of the Hill and Sawyer families, the Rickers embarked on a new chapter in the farm's story. Recognizing the evolving needs of the community, they transitioned the old sheep farm into an apple orchard and grape Vinyards.

In 2014, the Ricker family began planting apple, grapes, peaches, and pears on this historic land, embracing sustainable farming practices and utilizing modern techniques to maximize productivity while preserving the area's natural resources.

In 2015, the dedication to progress was unwavering as they pressed on with their planting endeavors, diligently expanding and refining the high-density trellis system that cradled their burgeoning trees and vines. Simultaneously, they undertook the ambitious task of constructing a state-of-the-art underground trickle irrigation system, a testament to their commitment to efficiency and sustainability.

Also in 2015, a momentous occasion unfolded amidst the rustic charm of the orchard as it played host to its inaugural wedding ceremony. Against the backdrop of blooming apple trees and sweeping vistas, Kendall Ricker, son of owner Harry Ricker, exchanged vows with his beloved bride, Alcia Fent. The orchard provided a picturesque setting for their union, while the reception unfolded in one of the two barns nestled on the property. Surrounded by the warmth and love of family and friends, Kendall and Alcia embarked on their journey together, marking the beginning of a beautiful new chapter amidst the blossoming beauty of the orchard.

In 2016, the fruit of their labor began to bear literal fruit as the young apple trees entered their third leaf, proudly displaying the promise of their first crop. With the arrival of fall, they wasted no time in unveiling their newest venture to the public, setting up a charming tent and inviting visitors to partake in the delightful tradition of Pick Your Own apples. Amidst the orchard's vibrant bounty, patrons were treated to a plethora of high-quality apple varieties ripe for the picking. Complementing this quintessential autumn experience, the orchard also offered freshly pressed apple cider, bursting with the crisp essence of the season, as well as a curated selection of tantalizing hard ciders, providing a perfect accompaniment to the harvest festivities.

Also in 2016, the farm embarked on a remarkable new venture with the establishment of a Wedding Venue, marking the beginning of an exciting chapter in its storied history. The iconic barn, affectionately dubbed the "wedding barn," underwent a transformation, its exterior adorned with graying shingle siding trimmed in crisp white, exuding timeless elegance and charm. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, the wedding barn served as the idyllic setting for couples to exchange vows and celebrate their love.

With its 360-degree vistas, the property boasted numerous enchanting spots for wedding ceremonies, allowing couples to choose the perfect backdrop for their special day. To enhance the wedding experience, a luxurious Bridal suite was thoughtfully added between the wedding barn and the adjacent farmhouse. This tastefully appointed suite, available for separate rental, provided a serene haven for brides and bridal parties to prepare for the festivities, as well as a romantic retreat for the newlywed couple to spend their first night together.

In 2017, fueled by the triumphs of thriving farming and wedding seasons, The Vista of Maine embarked on an ambitious expansion initiative. The second barn on the property underwent a remarkable transformation, shedding its former identity as horse stalls to emerge as a vibrant 3-season hard cider tasting room and bakery. Adorned with rustic charm and infused with the aroma of freshly baked delights, this new addition has become a beloved destination for visitors seeking a taste of the farm's artisanal offerings.

Adjacent to the tasting room, a previously existing pole barn underwent a stunning renovation, emerging as a versatile four-season hard cider tasting and event space. This spacious venue provided a welcoming setting for gatherings of all kinds, from intimate tastings to lively celebrations, against the backdrop of the farm's scenic beauty.

Further enhancing the guest experience, the Hills house connected to the tasting room underwent a thoughtful transformation. Transitioned from employee housing into an enchanting antique vacation rental experience, it offered guests a charming retreat amidst the idyllic surroundings of the farm. With ample space to accommodate potential wedding guests, it has become a coveted destination for those seeking a unique and unforgettable stay.

In 2018, The Vista of Maine continued to flourish, focusing on enhancing its offerings and guest experiences. The farm introduced a series of educational workshops and agritourism events, inviting visitors to learn about sustainable farming practices, cider-making, and the art of fruit cultivation. Additionally, a new line of artisanal products, including jams, preserves, and gourmet food items, was launched, showcasing the farm's commitment to quality and innovation.

In 2019, The Vista of Maine expanded its agritourism offerings, introducing guided tours of the orchards and vineyards. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the farm's lush landscapes, learn about different fruit varieties, and participate in hands-on harvesting experiences. The farm also collaborated with local chefs and artisans to host farm-to-table dining events, highlighting the bounty of Maine's agricultural heritage.

In 2020, amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic, The Vista of Maine adapted and persevered. The farm implemented strict health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of guests and staff, while continuing to provide a welcoming and enriching experience. Virtual tours and online workshops were launched, allowing visitors to connect with the farm from the comfort of their homes.

In 2021, The Vista of Maine unveiled an exciting new addition to its accommodations: rental cabins. These cozy retreats provided a comfortable and convenient lodging option for guests, whether they were visiting for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. The cabins, nestled amidst the orchards and vineyards, offered panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of Maine's countryside.

In 2022, The Vista of Maine continued to expand its offerings, focusing on sustainability and environmental stewardship. The farm implemented eco-friendly practices such as composting, rainwater harvesting, and renewable energy sources, further reducing its carbon footprint and preserving the natural beauty of the land. Additionally, The Vista of Maine partnered with local conservation organizations to protect and restore native habitats, ensuring the long-term health and vitality of the ecosystem.

In 2023, The Vista of Maine introduced a new glamping experience, offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while enjoying the comforts of luxury accommodations. The glamping cabins, situated in secluded spots throughout the farm, provided a unique and memorable way to experience the beauty of Maine's countryside. From stargazing under the clear night sky to waking up to the sounds of birdsong, guests savored every moment of their outdoor adventure.

In 2024, The Vista of Maine continued to innovate and inspire, with plans to further expand its agri

tourism offerings and accommodations. The farm remained committed to providing exceptional experiences for guests, inviting them to discover the beauty, bounty, and heritage of Maine's agricultural landscape. As The Vista of Maine looked towards the future, it remained dedicated to preserving its legacy and sharing the wonders of the land with generations to come.

History of this loaction

During the 1800s, the Hill family's ownership of the land in Greene marked the beginning of a remarkable agricultural legacy. With a vision for sheep farming, they transformed their vast property into a thriving hub for the wool industry. As pioneers in their community, the Hill family's endeavors left an indelible mark on the region's history.

The fertile acres of the Hill family land became the site of the largest sheep farm in the Eastern United States. Through meticulous breeding, careful land management, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, the Hill family raised an impressive herd of sheep that provided the raw materials for the region's textile industry. Their dedication and expertise made their farm a model for sheep farming practices.

Recognizing the need for efficient transportation to ship their herds to markets across the country, the Hill family made a significant contribution to the infrastructure of Greene. In a bold move, they spearheaded the construction of the first railroad in the town, connecting their farm to the wider network of rail lines. This innovation not only facilitated the transportation of their sheep but also opened up new opportunities for economic growth and prosperity in the area.

However, like many families during the Great Depression, the Hill family faced financial hardships. As the weight of economic turmoil intensified, they made the difficult decision to sell their cherished land before the bank could claim it. The Hill family's close relationship with their cousins, the Sawyers, led to the transfer of ownership, ensuring that the land would remain within their extended family.

Under the stewardship of the Sawyer family, the sheep farming tradition on the land continued for several more decades. Their dedication and respect for the land allowed the legacy of the Hill family to endure. Generations of Sawyers carefully tended to the sheep and upheld the high standards established by their predecessors. Their unwavering commitment ensured the farm's ongoing success until the last Sawyer passed away in 2011.

In 2013, the Ricker family, acquired the farm from the Sawyer family estate.

our statements


Driven by a passion for crafting exceptional wines and ciders that showcase the beauty of our region. We invite you to embark on a sensory journey with us, savoring the flavors, embracing the land, and connecting with the community.


At The Vista of Maine, we foster a welcoming and educational atmosphere, where our knowledgeable staff share their passion and expertise with visitors. We invite you to explore the beauty of our land, celebrate life's special moments, and participate in our wine and cider tastings.

Harry Ricker

Harry Ricker


Ricker Family

"The family history goes," explains Harry Ricker, CEO of The Vista of Maine. "that there were two brothers who immigrated from the isle of Jersey in the mid-1700s. One of the brothers was sharp and decided to start Poland Springs. The other one was just a dumb ole apple farmer." Ricker smiles. "Now we're in eight towns and three countries." With nine generations of experience under their belt, the Ricker Family knows a thing or two about apple farming.

Christine Strout


Christine Strout

"At the Vista of Maine, we have something for everyone. Whether you're coming for a tasting or coming to tie the knot." Explains Christine Strout, the manager of The Vista of Maine. Strout has been managing since July 2019.