Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Apples and Bees Galore!

We had a great time at the 3 Bees Farm in Griswold!  After a hayrack ride through the orchard and a walk (or run) through the corn maze, we learned much about apples and bees and how they relate to each other.  Did you know that each bump on the bottom of a red delicious apple represents one bee that pollinated that apple?  The apples trees need bees to carry the pollen from flower to flower and the bees need the nectar to make honey and build their honeycomb.  We learned that the best way to know if an apple is ripe is to just take a big bite and see if it tastes right.  In the picture above, Steve is showing us how they shine the apples up and then sort them by size.  The smaller ones go into cider and the larger ones get sold for eating, baking, applesauce, carmel apples and many other things.  Just thinking about it makes me hungry!  What kind of apple will I eat today?  

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