Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Trip to the Orchard

On day a day when we had no school, my friend and I went fruit picking in an orchard. The owner of the orchard invited my friend and I to pick fruits from their trees. They had red apples, Granny Smith apples, lemons, avocado, oranges, and tangerines.

Apples all over the ground
Most of the trees were dwarf trees so we were able to reach the fruit and pick it right off the tree. Many of the of the apples fell on the floor, and were bitten by squirrels and other animals.  When we were finished picking the apples, we had a bag full of them. The apples were much sweeter than the ones from the store. However, the avocados weren't  ripe enough to eat, but we still still picked them and brought them home to ripen. When they were ready, my dad made guacamole from them. we made some lemonade with the lemons that we picked. The lemonade was  was very sour, but adding some sugar made it taste delicious. As we were walking back to our car carrying all the fruits, we saw tangerine trees. Tangerines are one of my favorite fruits and we get some too. When we started picking them, we realized that we were extremely hungry, so we ate almost all the tangerines that we picked! 
picking apples

Granny Smith Apples

    Look at all that we collected!
    All the trees planted in a row

    Have you ever picked your own fruit or vegetables? 

    Did it taste better than from the store?


    1. @ Sarah,

      What a terrific adventure at the orchard! An orchard is like a garden, only instead of rows of plants there are rows of fruit trees.

      I'm always amazed to see fruit growing on trees! Usually, I see fruit stacked in neat piles at the super market. I don't think about them coming from trees! Funny!

      We have a few fruit trees in our backyard. We have two orange, two limes, three lemon, and a tangerine-like fruit. One of the orange trees is very old and always produces great oranges. Here is a photo of the fruit.

      We've bought most of these trees in the last ten years, but they don't produce much fruit. :-(

      Is this orchard open to the public? Could I go and pick some fruit?

      Did you see any of the animals that were taking bites of fruit?

      Your fruit-loving former teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

      1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

        Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. That's to bad the trees you bought didn't produce much fruit. My dad also planted many trees and none of them have any fruit yet. I hope they will one day.

        We went to a private orchard, and it is not open to the public. My friend's mom is a friend with the owner of the orchard, and it was nice of her to let us in to pick some fruit. I saw many apples with one bite taken in them. They were probably worms or birds taking the bites. I didn't actually see the birds eating the fruit.

        Your former student,

    2. Dear Sarah,
      I must admit that I am quite envious of all the beautiful fruit you were able to pick. You actually had my mouth watering as I read your post. I would have loved to have tried the tangerines. The apples made me want to make a batch of home made apple sauce or a big pan of apple crisp.

      I live on a small island off the north end of Vancouver island in British Columbia, Canada. In my yard I have a couple apple trees (like Mrs. Yollis, mine really don't produce much), a young cherry tree, and a couple blueberry bushes. We also have many different types of wild berries growing near my home including salmon berries, thimble berries, huckleberries, and blackberries. What sorts of berries grow in your area?

      Off to the crisper to find a snack,
      Mrs. Watson
      Sointula, Canada

      1. Dear Mrs. Watson,

        Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. It is too bad your apple trees don't produce much apples.

        We have many trees in our backyard and they also don't produce any. We planted them recently so they are still young and maybe when they grow, they will have fruits.

        There are many farms not too far from us that grow mostly strawberries. We buy some fresh from the farm when we drive by. I have never seen any other types of berries grow in the wild.


    3. Dear Sarah,
      You had a wonderful trip and looks very interesting, I wish I can go and see all the fruit trees and pick my own fruit.
      Did you use a step stool or a ladder to pick apples and other fruit?
      Would like to live and work on the farm?
      Love you,
      Grandma Tanya

      1. Dear Grandma Tanya,

        Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. I did use a step ladder to reach all of the high apples, but they didn't let me go to the top.

        I think I would like to live on the farm because I can eat all of the delicious fruits growing.

        I miss you very much!


        PS. Elsie jumped on Miriam's bed today.

    4. Daniel and Aashi (Mrs. Yollis' second graders)October 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Dear Sarah,

      We really enjoyed reading your tree-mendous post. Ha Ha! We made up that word!

      Daniel has a peach tree in his front yard. The tree has been in my yard for two years. The fruit tasted a little sour, but I like to eat the fruit from my tree.

      Aashi doesn't have any fruit trees in her front yard. She wishes to have an orange tree because oranges taste sweet and that is her favorite fruit.

      What is the difference between a red apple and a Granny Smith apple?

      Which fruit was your favorite to pick?

      Happy picking,
      Aashi and Daniel

      1. Dear Aashi and Daniel,

        Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. I am very surprised that you already know how to type. Are you also doing AlphSmarts?

        I would also wish to have an orange tree in my back yard because they are very sweet and are easy to pick.

        One of my favorite fruits is peaches. They are very juicy and sweet.

        The difference between a red apple and a Granny Smith apple is that the red apple is usually sweet and the Granny Smith apple is usually sour.

        The tangerines were probably my favorite to pick.

        Are you enjoying blogging?


      2. Dear Sarah,

        Yes, we are learning how to type on our AlphaSmarts.

        Thank you for telling me the difference between a Granny Smith apple and a red apple. I do agree that a Granny Smith apple is sour and a red apple is sweet.

        I really enjoy blogging and Mrs. Yollis is one of the best teachers I've ever had.

        Your friend,

    5. Dear Sarah,

      I really enjoyed reading your post, as a matter of fact it made me want to grab a piece of fruit. So when I finish writing you this comment that is what I am going to do.

      When I lived on a farm we had many fruit trees however our orchard wasn't as big as the one you visited.

      I really do believe that hand picked fruit sure does taste better. I remember many times when we wanted fresh fruit we would pick them fresh from the fruit trees and enjoy.

      What was your favourite fruit tree Sarah?

      Happy eating your fresh fruits.

      From AA. :)

      1. Dear AA,

        Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely comment. I appreciate all of the wonderful comments you always leave on my blog. I can't believe you used to live on a farm. What do you miss the most about the farm? Did you have animals on the farm?

        My favorite fruit trees are probably peach trees and tangerine trees.

        What are you favorite fruit trees?



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