Today we managed to carve some time out to go on a field trip with our homeschool group. We went apple picking and learned all about McIntosh apples. It was a beautiful day, in fact we couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Some Fun Facts
- original tree discovered by John McIntosh in Dundela, Ontario in 1811
- every McIntosh tree in the world descended from the original one
- the Cortland and Loba are just two of may other varieties that come from the McIntosh
- the original McIntosh tree was damaged by fire, but continued to produce apples for another 90 years
- it is the most widely grown apple grown in Canada and the North-Eastern US
We decided to pick from the section of the orchard sprayed with organic compounds only. The apples have more of a grey haze on them as a result, but it washes off easily.
Afterwards the kids enjoyed apple ribbons (like fruit roll ups, but made from apple sauce and a bit of maple syrup) and apple chips. We also learned about bees in the interactive exhibit they had in the gift shop.