Today Evan's preschool class took a field trip to the apple orchard.
We toured the orchard where the kids learned about how the farmers take care of the trees and how to pick apples. (There's my boy wearing the plaid shirt in the middle of the picture.) Through some special care, an apple tree can start bearing fruit after one year of being transplanted!
Then we walked over to the building where they make cider. We saw the process where apples were chopped, ground, squeezed and pasteurized. Finally, we saw the last step where the cider was dispensed into gallon jugs. See that pile in the middle of the floor? That is what is left of the apples at the end of the process. These scraps are taken back to the orchard to use as fertilizer.
After that part of the tour, Evan got to pick out an apple to eat.
The kids thought they were delicious!
Next, we hopped on a tractor ride to tour the apple orchards and Christmas tree farm.
After that, we toured the bee house. The orchard brings in many hives a year to help pollenate their trees. The kids were FASCINATED!
After that, the kids got to climb on some tractors, and as you might imagine...
they were a big hit!
Here's Evan and his buddies, Connor and Michael!
Such a fun day...
...topped off with apple cider and apple cider donuts. YUMMMM!
On the way out, Evan and I picked up some of the same treats for his brothers and sister. They were pretty happy kids when we served them apple cider and donuts for an after school snack! :)