As a teacher, I took several field trips to a local apple orchard. The owners invited school groups to come and learn about Johnny Appleseed, gardening, and bees. I have fond memories of those trips and always hoped to take my children. I was sad to find that the orchard much smaller due to the owner's declining health, but he and his wife were as sweet as ever, and just as I hoped, were still making fresh pies and cakes! We had a great time exploring the orchard and gardens and picking our own apples. Tink and I came home excited to make apple butter, muffins, and our very first "from scratch" apple pie.