Week 6: Day 2: Braeutigam Orchards

This morning the campers headed off to Belleville, Illinois to visit a family owned farm, Braeutigam Orchards! The 100 acre farm is chock-full with fruits and vegetables, including potatoes, various varieties of squash, berries, apples, peaches, melons, and corn. The campers were given an in-depth tour of the farm on a tractor where they were able to see different farming techniques and ways in which the farm uses natural repellents. Brauetigams is a 7th generation farm, and the hard work on the farm is shown greatly in it’s beautiful up keep and delicious produce!

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Breathtaking views of the pumpkin patch. This picture shows specifically a farming technique known as contour farming.
Breathtaking views of the pumpkin patch. This picture shows specifically a farming technique known as contour farming.

After the tour, the campers were able to pick and eat summer Pristine apples right off the tree. They were tart, crisp, yet still slightly sweet. Perfect for baking! After the apples, the campers headed over to pick blackberries. Large, juicy blackberries waited to be picked from these enthused campers! Each camper came home with a pint of fresh blackberries, 5 Pristine apples, and a tummy full of fresh fruit and homemade apple slushies! It was a great learning experience and fun morning!

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Fresh picked apples and blackberries. Yum!
Fresh picked apples and blackberries. Yum!

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In the afternoon, the campers headed back up to the kitchen to cook Middle Eastern vegetarian fare. The menu included vegetable biryani, chickpea and tamarind fried cauliflower, and an Indian spiced carrot cake. Vegetable biryani is a traditional Indian dish of curried vegetables over a bed of Jasmine rice cooked with Saffron.

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That's one big turkey!
That’s one big turkey!
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