This is harvest time for many kinds of produce. The area where we live is not particularly great for growing crops – it is very rocky and the soil is thin. However, not too far away lies the Annapolis Valley which is good land for agriculture.
We took a trip up to Noggins Farm which has a large apple u-pick. Apples are one of the main crops in Nova Scotia. They also have a large corn maze, a pumpkin patch and various other kinds of fruit and vegetables for sale.
We picked several different types of apples so that we could compare them (as well as a couple leaves to add to our journal). We drew our favourite apple and cut it open crosswise to see where the seeds grow, and drew that too.
Then we made some yummy Apple Cake:
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 3 cups diced, peeled apple (about 3 large apples)
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture. It will be somewhat stiff. Stir in the apples well. Put into a greased 8″ square pan. Bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes.
Visit a farm that grows food or a Farmer’s Market in your area. Bring something that is grown locally home and explore it. Sketch it in your journal. Find out how it grows – on a tree, a vine, a bush, under the ground? (if you can see how it grows at a farm, that is even better), Does it come in different shapes, colours or sizes? Does it have seeds in it? What does it taste like? What kinds of things is it used for? Note all these things in your journal, including the date and location.