Rushville Republican

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November 8, 2013

Apple picking time

From Adam and Eve to Isaac Newton, apples seem to to have played a part in our daily lives for a very long time. Along with fall colors and pumpkins comes the abundance of apples. So, it was the perfect time for Mrs. Carly Moore’s Kindergarten Class from Milroy Elementary School to enjoy a trip to Tuttle’s Orchard in Greenfield for apple picking fun.

With more than 80 years experience and 120 acres producing flowers, fruit, and vegetable crops, students didn’t just learn about apples and pumpkins, they also saw one of Central Indiana’s most respected horticulture farms in action.

For more than 35 years, Tuttle’s Orchard has provided educational field trips that students and teachers love. Their tour included lessons about apples, pollination, and seasons. The children also spent time in the orchard picking a bag of apples, enjoyed a hayride around the farm and had fun in the Kid’s Play Area.

Some of the key concepts they learned included:

• How do apples grow?

• Why are bees important to an apple orchard?

• How to pick apples off the tree.

• How seasons affect the apples

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the health benefits of eating all those apples picked in the orchard. Low in calories and high in fiber, apples ripen at a time when building up your immune system is paramount. So the old adage holds true, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.

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