In the last week of the Summer holidays while all the youngsters were busy soaking up their last few days of freedom, here at The Learning Hub we were enjoying the fruits of our outdoor labours, when a very a-peeling group of intrepid apple-pickers set out to harvest this season’s batch of fresh, organic and unbelievably tasty apples from our very own orchard. And boy, did they get a fine haul.
By the end of the day, our orchard had rewarded everyone’s efforts with 57 boxes (that’s FOUR HUNDRED KILOGRAMS!) of freshly picked apples; from 10 different varieties of apple, and 239 trees. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
With names like Booskoop, Morrans-Jonagored, Rubinette, Bell-El, Marabella and Discovery, you’d be forgiven for thinking we were breeding pedigree racehorses for Cheltenham. But no – they’re all different types of apple. I learn something new every day!
Each tree in the orchard (that’s all 239 of them) has been adopted or sponsored by a business, an organisation or an individual, and if you’re up at The Hub, have a read of the information board at the entrance to the orchard and see just how many people have contributed to keeping this orchard so fruitful!
So now that we have all this fantastic tasty fruit at our disposal, what do we plan to do with it? Well, once they’ve been properly sorted and labelled, the plan is to distribute them to schools in the local area, and give some as a registration gift to children who are registering for any and all activities at The Learning Hub for the coming year. When it comes to demonstrating our ‘core’ values. The Learning Hub ‘pips’ all others to the post! Many thanks to our intrepid co-op students, who along with Paul and Seán took on the mammoth task of harvesting every piece of fruit. They really are the ‘pick’ of the bunch!
I’ll stop with the puns now before I get any withering stares. You really have to have a thick ‘skin’ in this line of work. Ahem.
Hopefully you’ll get to sample the wares yourself – let us know what you think of them if you do! Take it from me, the quality and taste of a freshly picked apple is second to none. Which reminds me, I must dig out my recipe for apple crumble. Yum….