On Friday, October 23rd, we went to Terry's Orchard with a group of volunteers from Bennington College. Orchard Manager, Rob, offered us a taste of a couple different apple varieties before we settled on the Empire apple. He gave us a quick and informative demonstration on how to pick apples and and protect the tree's buds (next year's apple crop). Then, we got to picking. With the help of over 12 volunteers throughout the day, we picked almost 2,000 pounds of apples. These apples were later distributed to local partners, such as HIS Pantry, BROC, the Vermont Veterans Home, Mount Anthony Union Middle School, and several community care homes.
We enjoyed the opportunity to get outside among the trees, and are so thankful to Rob for letting us have the run of two rows of beautiful Empire Apples. We had a very successful first glean and are eager for more opportunities to rescue fresh, local food.
Post by: Eli Calhoun