Nothing welcomes in Autumn more than the falling of the leaves and apple harvesting! For two Wednesdays after school we have gathered the children from Cora’s & Titus’s school, along with a neighbour of ours whom organises local foraging walks, to pick apples and press them into juice.
Ryan even learned how to build an apple press using a car jack! He has worked with his friend to further perfect this press into efficiency!
The first week we harvested we cored and cut the apples, placed them in a plastic bucket, and then used a rolling pin to crush them!
This week we borrowed another neighbour’s mangler, which does just what it says in the name!
Then Ryan takes the crushed apples and places them in the press in order to squeeze the juice out. This may be his favourite part, but mine and the children’s is picking the apples!
The children all climb the trees and then pass the apples down to those standing on the ground. We cannot spend all our time harvesting because we need to form our “factory” (as Titus & Cora call it) assembly line for coring, slicing, and mashing the apples for pressing. Fortunately, the children do enjoy participating in those activities as well! And I love harvesting apples and bringing them home to make apple sauce, apple crisp, apple cake, and more!