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Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Pickin'

 For the month of September we were studying all about apples during school time. We did lots of fun experiments and crafts. Not to mention all the books we read about apples, seeds, fruit, leaves, trees, etc. So for our Friday Fun day I found out that a local orchard allows you pick your own apples and I was all over that. Did I mention we live in Apple Country and have been buying apples from a local orchard just right down the road for weeks now? There is absolutely nothing like fresh picked fruit!! We've made and consumed a large batch of homemade applesauce (that would be 6 tupperware containers full!) So we needed more apples so we could make some more delectable applesauce. LOL! The weather had been chilly here for a couple of days and so I figured Friday would be about the same. HA! Nope. It was hot, hot, hot and poor little Nolan was sweating buckets. :)
The kids LOVED it and we filled 3 large bags full. The apples are cooking on the stove ready to be made into sauce. What a great way for the kids to learn!

Hands-on learning is the BEST!

 Just look at the size of those apples!! Seriously folks most of the red apples (Red Delicious) we picked were that size. The Green Delicious were much smaller and not as juicy so we only picked a few of those.

The final count. I believe this was 1 1/2 bushels of apples. 


Shonni said...

What a fun memory to pick apples as a family! They look wonderful.

Beth E. said...

I love homemade applesauce! My parents have an apple tree in their yard. They call them June apples, because...well, because the apples are ready to pick in June! lol

They are tart apples. Mother cooks them, peelings and all. Then, she puts the cooked apples into a Foley food processor. It strains the apples and separates the peelings from the apples. The result is super-smooth applesauce. Yummo!

I'm so glad your family had such a fun day. Those Red Delicious apples do, indeed, look delicious!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Looks fun!!!