Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Whispering Orchards

A trip to the apple orchard feels less like a "field trip" and more like real life. We've been frequenting Whispering Orchards long before we officially started homeschooling. I love being able to have experiences like this with my whole family. Typical "school" field trips are generally short and heavily scheduled. The children all have to stay together as a group, very few parents are present, and everyone is herded back onto a bus so as to make it back to school before lunchtime. With these little family field trips, we can stay all day (or not), write our own schedule (and change it if we need to), and we can simply enjoy the time together as a family.


We were able to pick our own apples. Many orchards offer this option during the height of the harvest season. The best part about this is that it usually costs less to pick your own! Here the children are posing with their freshly picked half-peck of apples. We chose large MacIntosh and Honey Crisp apples. Yummy!

Many apple orchards also keep bees to pollinate the trees. For us, this means delicious, raw local honey. The flavor and texture of honey that hasn't been boiled to death just cannot be duplicated! We bring our own mason jar so we  can buy the honey at bulk rates. This makes our apple orchard an inexpensive source of fabulous honey! Raw, local honey has also been known to reduce symptoms for those who suffer from hay fever and seasonal allergies. It certainly works wonders for me!
Whispering Orchards keeps part of their hive visible behind a glass case. This allowed us to take a good look at the bees, busy at their work.

Behind the orchard there is a corn field with a corn maze cut into it. Here are some pictures of our little ones--looking littler than ever--as they navigate their way through corn stalks that are taller than they are!






Then, we took some time to feed and pet the sheep and the goats. Whispering Orchards keeps these animals, as well as llamas, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, peacocks, and a cow.




We also had a chance to meet some smaller, cuddlier creatures.








Even Micah joined in the fun!!



This puppy just ate up all the attention he received from my little animal lovers!







Before we said good-bye, we spent some time in the pumpkin patch. Some of these beauties were as big as the kids!!


Isn't he handsome?

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