So, we knew we most likely wouldn't be able to pick any apples ourselves due to the rain, but Sarah said we were welcome to come on and they would be there, so we could still buy apples at least.
Caroline and Cecilia colored Johnny Appleseed pictures. Caroline also got a diagram of the parts of an apple tree and of the cycle of how apple trees come from seeds and eventually produce fruit which contains more seeds. They talked about how the blossoms fall off the trees and leave the beginnings of apples in their place.
They got to do an apple craft - making an apple magnet. Chris's mom is helping Cecilia put hers together. An interesting side note... Chris's mom and Sarah were talking about the Nashville area and discovered they knew some of the same people - and then they figured out that Sarah was the daughter of Chris's fifth grade teacher - what a funny coincidence!
Both girls got to take home a souvenir bag which contained an apple farm coloring book, some stickers, and an "apple sipper." They are obsessed with the sippers... they have been drinking out of them whenever they have a chance!
Cecilia samples the fresh, homemade apple cider (it is kept in the fridge behind her until it is purchased).
Here the girls are being shown by Sarah's husband, Tom, how the old apple cider press works. They use this one to let people press their own cider... or you can buy it already pressed.
This one is hand-powered... turning the crank makes a wheel turn inside, and it has sharp prongs sticking out which grind up the apples. then they fall through into a bucket that has open slats in it...
... and the cider flows into the tray at the bottom. The larger chunks of apple stay behind in the bucket (which they also line with a mesh bag to strain the cider even more), while the cider flows out through the notch in the tray and into a bucket which you would place on the floor below the tray.
To the right, you can see the larger, electric cider press. They use this one to make large batches of cider to bottle and sell.
Here is a view of one of the trees on our way out... the rain was coming down too much for us to go wandering among the trees, unfortunately. Maybe one year in the future we'll get to actually pick some apples ourselves!