We started the day with breakfast at St. Peter's and then piled into the van that Augusto drove to the farm. We had an opening circle where we each shared our favorite way of eating apples (pie, with sugar and cinnamon, with peanut butter) and discussed how to respectfully treat the plants, animals, and people we would encounter that day.
After entering the farm, we hopped on a hayride to arrive at the fruit trees full of honeycrisp, fuji, and macintosh apples, and we even found a few peaches. In addition to picking delicious apples to snack on, we made it a challenge to find the biggest apple, ugliest apple, and most beautiful apple on the farm. We ended up with two bags of apples to bring home to our families.
Other highlights of the day included going through the corn maze blindfolded (or rather, with sweatshirts on our faces) and petting chickens, goats, and llamas. To our surprise, the biggest hit was panning for crystals in the silt river. Jonathan and Augusto promised the students they could make necklaces with their new treasures on an upcoming afternoon at the Teen Center.
We ended our day at the farm with apple cider donuts, apple fritters, and PB&J. We also took a short trail walk at a nearby reservoir to get time in the forest and tire the teens out before heading back. Our closing circle included our favorite memory, choosing the "best" apples, and dividing our spoils to take home.
We're planning more trips with the St. Peter's community this fall, winter, and spring - looking forward to having many of you join us!
With best wishes,
Julia and Matt