Madison picking an apple
Zach testing an apple
Elyse striking a pose while picking an apple
Gavin was enthralled with a baby pigmy goat
Today we found a great apple orchard where we could pick our own apples. It was a wonderful day. It was about 80 degrees outside today (unusually warm). I think the kids really enjoyed choosing apples to pick!
Gavin seemed to love the freedom of being able to run and locate apples. It was such a pleasure to see the fun that the kids were having!
After apple picking, we made 14 pints of applesauce and 7 quarts of apple pie filling. We are also freezing cut apples and will of course have a bunch on hand simply for eating. The applesauce was incredible. There really isn't anything quite as good as harvesting food and preserving it immediately.
We had our own little apple assemply line. Gavin carried apples and threw them into the sink, Elyse and Zach washed apples and peeled, Madison cored, and I sliced and canned. Very cool! I think it is very good for the kids to see where food comes from. They interact with the food by picking the apples, peeling the fruit, cooking it down, and canning it. In the end they have apple sauce. The children seem to really appreciate food more now that they understand the harvesting and cooking of food (applesauce does not naturally occur in a jar).
This is one of the final days of a family of four children. Soon there will be five....