Wednesday, 22 September 2010

APPLES!!!!

Today we went to a community organic garden for the first time.
The first thing that we saw after parking was a pony so we knew that it was going to be a great day :o)
As soon as we arrived we got stuck in by grabbing some wheelbarrows and heading off to the orchard.
walking around we found a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, it was wonderful!
The apples were to be juiced, and needed to be nice and soft, so we were only to pick the ones that had fallen off the trees.






We collected 2 full wheelbarrows of apples in the end
oh and 1 earthworm :o)
The next job was to wash the apples

The kids then all sat around and chopped the apples to go into the juicer.
and every body took turns to crunch up the apples.
apple juice!
after being crushed and squished, the remaining bits of apples went on the compost heap.
Here is the squishing in progress.

After 2 and a half hours of working with apples, we were rewarded with a wonderful fresh soup and an apple and blackcurrant crumble with custard. It was so yummy, I think that food always tastes best eaten outside after some hard work :o)
After the food, an enormous bottle of apple juice was brought out. It was squeezed and sterilised last week. It tasted so delicious, lots of flavour with a bit of a tang to it.
After lunch we did a spot of weeding. I know that I look awfully serious in this picture but I was having a great time, honest :o)
There were plenty of tools for everyone.
The girls were digging for worms as much as they were for weeds.
Proving that I work too and not just take pictures :o)
The girls worm collection

And as a reward for our hard work we were allowed to take home a bag of organically grown produce!
We also got a bag full of apples but it had been turned into an apple and blackberry crumble before I could take any pictures :o)

5 comments:

Pip said...

what a fantastic place to go! working hard and then enjoying the fruits of your labour!!
we have a pick your own place but nothing like this!!!

Sunday Kofffon Taylor said...

That looks like great fun…I am inspired, thins weekend apple picking at the cider mill, it is!

Kelly said...

Definitely a fantastic place to go and to be able to contribute, fantastic! What a rewarding day. Just the sort of thing we would love to do.

Tan Family said...

What a beautiful post! Looks like a special day, full of apples and Fall fun!

Linda said...

What an exquisite day, wonderful!
xo
Linda