Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Apple Picking

This past weekend we decided to go apple picking as a family. We're lucky to be close to a wonderful organic apple farm called 'Avalon' in Barrie. As a naturopath I think it's really important to teach your kids where food comes from and connect to how it grows and what it looks like when it's fresh. My kids loved the experience. They were just so happy to run up and down the aisles and pick their own apples right off the tree. The smell was glorious and the apples were still warm from the sunshine. I felt deeply happy being there and felt a sense of peace watching my children running and playing and getting along! It's amazing what happens when they are in an open space and the normal rules don't apply - it's like their behavioural issues just disappeared, which makes me realize that it's often just the boundaries that we create for them because of the spaces we live in. I think kids really need to be outdoors more, connecting with nature and learning about their environment.
It was a perfect day, and we've been enjoying our apples ever since. I highly recommend this experience for a family outing.
We'll definitely go back for the next varieties around Thanksgiving!

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Vitality for Life Health Center

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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