Pick Seasonal Fruit (Part 2- Apple Picking) -Tick!

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.

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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

 

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13 thoughts on “Pick Seasonal Fruit (Part 2- Apple Picking) -Tick!

  1. daisythebus says:

    Very nice! I often think that kids appreciate – and remember – simple pleasures like this better than managed activities or articifical experiences. And you have made me wonder if there are any such “Community orchards” here in my native Luxembourg. Thanks!

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  2. chocolateandwineandillbefine says:

    Oh wow, what amazing photos you take! It looks like you had so much fun! I was shocked at how brilliant an activity apple picking was. What is a community orchard though? I love the sound of that! We have done apple printing, lots of baking but mostly lots of crumbles! #CountryKids

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    • theseasonalchild says:

      A community orchard is a free orchard grown by and for the use of the community. Members of the community volunteer to help keep the orchard running smoothly and anyone can go and enjoy the fruit for free…absolutely fantastic!

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  3. Coombe Mill says:

    What a wonderful find, a community orchard! Our orchard has failed us this year and I only realised when I went to see how many apples were there to plan some apple baking and crafts for activity hour here. I will have to wait and see your apple crafts now! the orchard here looks really mature and well maintained, ours is struggling from neglect over the summer and too many brambles! Enjoy your lovely orchard.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids .

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  4. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) says:

    I love the idea of a community orchard and your children looked like they were having so much fun apple picking – although mushy ones off the floor are very yucky! We’ve been apple picking in Grandma’s “orchard” today – looking forward to lots of lovely apple crumble as a result ๐Ÿ™‚ #CountryKids

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