|Posted on September 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
This past week we went on our 3rd annual field trip with our local Un/Homeschool Club to Avalon Orchards, an organic apple farm in Ontario, Canada.
There is so much to learn on a trip to an apple orchard.
We had a wagon ride that led to a forest walk and ended with a delicious cup of apple cider back at the shop. Hope felt so confident in her independence she took off to the front of the group walk, leaving Freeschoolin' Daddy and I far behind, beaming with satisfaction. It was lovely to see her blossom.
We visited with old and new friends and picked some delicious organic apples. We were offered 3 varieties to choose from, Priscilla, Freedom and Nova Mac.
None of us favoured the Priscilla, Daddy and I loved the Nova Mac and Hope and I loved the Freedom.
Shiny Organic Nova Mac Apple.
We packed a lunch, but Freeschoolin' Daddy accidentally locked the keys in our truck so we also had to wait for our roadside assistance service before we could enjoy that. (It's OK Dad, we love you no matter what! ) Luckily, we packed Hope's lunch and snack in the back pack Daddy usually carries on our field trips so she was all set.
As fortune would have it, Avalon Orchards felt so badly for our long wait time that they offered us all the free apples we could pick and eat and complimentary bottles of organic apple cider; we felt so cared for!
To pass the time we played in the wagon, picked and ate apples, discovered the sunflower garden and the bees living there and roleplayed of course. There are definitely worse places to be stranded for 2 hours.
Since then we've been eating lots of apples and making them into things like Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Pie and we have plans for making apple cake, apple sauce to can and apple crumble; a favorite here.
Organic Apple Crumble Pie made with Organic Whole Wheat Crust.
What did we learn?
Cognitive Behavioral Skills
Compassion for Others
...so much more!
We truly are #NeverNotLearning when we just live life to the fullest and happiest.
How are you and your family #Freeschoolin' these days?
Wendy - Freeschoolin' Mommy