This year I have discovered the absolute joy that is Community Orchards, and the only thing I don’t like is how there aren’t more of them around!?! What a wonderful idea; an area that a community jointly prunes and cares for and that everyone benefits from. Fantastic! (I sound like such a lefty! haha!)
In all seriousness though, we spent a wonderful afternoon at a community orchard at the weekend, we picked apples of many variety, pears, hazelnuts, Quince and even raspberries.
It was a really lovely place with loads of trees, a pond to encourage pond life, plants to encourage insects and vegetable patches, as well as compost heaps, a sensory garden and well looked after walk ways.
The children had an absolute whale of a time, picking the fruit and tasting it. Duckling was kept on her reigns so I could keep a close eye on what she was putting in her mouth, a wise choice as it turns out because she kept trying to pick mushy, rotten apples off the ground!
I found this an all round fantastic day, which incorporated seasonal fun with food education, exercise, fresh air and a real sense of community pride. This is definitely going to become an Autumn tradition for our family, we really loved it so much!
Now, what to do with a huge bag full of apples!?! I’ll be making an apple crumble, and we’ll be apple printing with some of the holey or scarred apples. As well as munching our way through as many as possible, but any apple related tips would be most welcome!
You can view the rest of our Autumn Bucket List HERE