We had an amazing time at Riley Park this past Saturday working in the garden and celebrating apple season! We are so lucky to live in British Columbia, where there seems to be beautiful apples growing in every direction! The sunny, crisp autumn day started in the morning with our weekly work party, led by Peter. We accomplished several tasks, including working on the compost structure, assembling our new wooden entrance signs, weeding, and measuring beds for irrigation plans. We also welcomed the UBC LFS students who will be working with us for the semester!
Right after the work party, Norm Dooley presented an apple varietal tasting in addition to teaching us about apples. Norm brought down 8 varieties of apples in bulk from his favourite orchards in Keremous, B.C.
Once the tasting was finished, the apple-themed potluck began! There were several dishes, including two salads, baked apples, homemade pastries, and the contest-winning dish: Felicia's gluten-free apple crisp!
Other activities happening at the garden during the apple festival included decorating paper bags for carrying apples home, as well as pressing apple cider juice using an old apple press! Thanks to Robin for bringing that to the garden. The wasps were definitely pleased as well!
Thank you for everyone who came out and participated! See you next Saturday!