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Apple Picking
It's almost fall in New England; time to enjoy apple picking! Let's be kids again as we have fun choosing (and tasting) a variety of apples, visiting the petting zoo, cruising on a hayride and chomping on cider donuts. You probably know about Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), but do you know Thomas Dugan? Well, apples date back to pre-colonists years. Native Americans occasionally ate wild apples, but they were very tart and often worm-ridden. Later, Europeans brought seedlings of other species to make the first orchards in North America, but these did not adapt easily to New England soil. Well, a farmer who was formerly enslaved, Thomas Dugan (http://www.robbinshouse.org/learn/), helped grow the apple orchards! Between 1750 and 1800, he developed a technique for grafting the trees, meaning he grew two types together into one plant. He grew a resilient species more suited for eating, essentially creating the orchard industry. We'll meet at Honey Pot Hill Orchards, (http://www.honeypothill.com/) a family-owned orchard that support local agriculture and use sustainable growing practices. We'll pick apples/pears together and enjoy a hayride (optional). CASH ONLY Medium Bag (about 10 lbs): $18 Large Bag (about 20 lbs) $28 (see pictures in the Facebook Group - I filled a medium bag with about 20 apples and pears) Hayride: $2 After the group activities, you can navigate the mazes, feed the pigs, goats and ducks, pick your own blueberries or pumpkins, or shop at the farm store! The Assabet Wildlife Refuge is a 10 minute drive. It's easy to navigate with flat, dirt trails around pretty wetlands teeming with birds and amphibians. If you are staying for more fun, or exploring before the event, I recommend bringing a lunch. Please make sure you review a copy of the Outdoor Afro trip waiver so that we can start this activity on time http://www.outdoorafro.com/outdoor-afro-trip-waiver_2017002_waiver/ What to Bring: - cash for picking apples, hayride - a liter of water per person - athletic sneakers or sport sandals, like Keens (they will get dirty) - sun protection - long sleeve layer and a light to medium jacket - insect repellent - snacks (trail mix, Cliff or Kind bars, jerky, dried fruits) - grandma and grandpa! :-)

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd · Stow

Respond by: 9/29/2018
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