Our Upper Elementary classes enjoyed a visit to Averill Farm on a blustery fall day. The children enjoyed exploring the orchard, picking apples and learning how the farm makes their cider. After the cider demonstration, students enjoyed Averill Farm’s famous cider donuts and hot cider, which helped to warm everyone up. We then went to explore the original farm house to learn of the history of Averill Farm and its inhabitants. The farmstead was purchased in 1746 and was originally run as a dairy farm. Later the family’s interest in apples helped to establish the 260-acre apple/fruit farm run today by the tenth generation of the Averill family. There are currently 100+ varieties of apples along with many products produced from these varieties. The students learned that all parts of the apples are put to use and there is little or no waste. Even the pulp from the cider is given to neighboring farms to feed cattle. The trip was a wonderful success and we look forward to following the work of Averill Farm throughout the year.