Earthkeeping – Orchard Gardens

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“Orchard Gardens Cooks” – cookbook by our gardeners

CookbookOrchard Gardens has published a cookbook!  Thanks to Sharon and Nicole, dedicated gardeners, we have assembled a complete set of recipes from our garden clan.  We have tried to incorporate recipes which include vegetables from the garden.  Kale, beets, squash, and even quince have found a place in our cookbook.  I can’t wait to try the “Basil and Onion Mashed Potato” recipe by Jan.

The books are $10 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Backpack Meals for Kids program here in Bellevue.  Backpack Meals provides a bag of food to kids who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends.  You can look at their website, Backpack Meals for Kids, to get more information.  Backpack Meals was started by one of our gardeners who wanted take action to help kids in Bellevue.  The $10 from the sale of one book will fill a backpack for one student! A student who will surely appreciate it.

You can purchase the book online at Create Space.


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Apple Picking Success!

We had a wonderful apple picking and cider making event on Sept 27th.  At 10:30 a.m. approximately 50 Girl Scouts along with leaders and parents gathered for a special Girl Scout event.  The girls enjoyed learning about the orchard, picking apples and seeing how cider was made.  For one troop, this was their first outing together as Girl Scouts.  For other girls, it was the first time they had climbed a ladder or picked an apple.

Our event opened to the public at noon, as many members of the public joined us for some old fashioned fun.  The weather cooperated, and it was a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the orchard.  We sold herbs and vegetables from the p-patch, pickles, and Jamie sold her yummy pastries.  Much of the money collected went to the hungry.

Some interesting statistics:

$350 collected from sale of garden and pastry goodies for backpack meals
6 boxes of food collected for backpack meals
100 lbs collected for hopelink
150- 200 people attended including nearly 50 Girl Scouts

 

Apple picking - fun for the whole family

Apple picking – fun for the whole family

Wonderful pastries for sale

Wonderful pastries for sale

The apple press which turned out gallons of great ciderThe apple press which turned out gallons of great cider

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Cider Making Event

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On October 5, 2013 the skies opened up blue and warm and the community gathered for an apple event. Girl Scouts picked apples, washed apples, cut apples, pressed apples and enjoyed the cider in a variety of jugs they had brought. Other community members brought kids, friends and family and about 100 folks got into the mix of picking, washing, cutting, pressing and heating the apple cider. All in all, about 1000 pounds of apples were washed, cut, pressed and pasteurized.

We figure there may have been 50-60 gallons of cider made for the 100 folks who came out. Many, many happy faces throughout the day to enjoy the delicious taste of fresh apple cider! A few P-Patchers from Orchard Gardens had brought home made goods to sell as a fundraiser for the work of an Eagle Scout-to-be to expand our growing capacity on the Holy Cross campus.

Thanks to the City of Bellevue for the beautiful banner and flyers and to Charlie’s product for augmenting what our orchard could produce to make sure there were plenty of apples for all. Thanks to the community for bringing about 80 lbs. of nonperishable food for Hopelink food bank and contributing about $60 to the Food Backpack Program for hungry kids.

Be sure to block out the first Saturday of October 2014 when we do it all again!

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Apple Picking

Apple Picking


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Holy Cross Featured in Bellevue Reporter Article

Check out this new article on Holy Cross Church – featuring Linda, Rahmet and Jan Starr!

A great write-up on our efforts and some nice pictures of the p-patch.

A great write-up on our efforts and some nice pictures of the p-patch.


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Apple Picking Oct 6th

Newport High Apple Pickers

Rick showing us how to prepare the apples for cider making

Cider Press

Picking apples

On Oct. 6, Girl Scouts and Community Members gathered at the Holy Cross Orchard to make apple cider!
From picking apples, to washing apples, to cutting apples, to pressing apples, it was a sticky, delicious day.

Thanks to all the volunteers and City Fruit who loaned us their cider press, everyone went home with some fresh apple cider!

The cider was made of several heirloom varieties of apples that are in the orchard: Winesap, Esopus Spitzenburg, Yellow Banana and Duchess of Oldenburg.

Contact Janet jkftahiti@comcast.net if you would like your name put on our email list to be notified of future orchard events!


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Volunteers Needed for Fruit Picking This Fall

 

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Fruit Picking at Holy Cross’ Orchard Every Other Saturday Beginning Aug. 25 from 10AM-Noon

Over the next 10 weeks, we will intensively be picking fruit from the apple, pear and plum trees.  Most of this fruit will be taken to Bellevue’s HopeLink to help provide fresh healthy food for hungry people. But all pickers are welcome to take a bag of fruit for their own friends and family too! And if you can only come once or stay for an hour, we will still appreciate the help bringing the fruit in!

Please meet at the Holy Cross Picnic Shelter adjacent to the Orchard (behind the church) by 10AM on Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 or Nov. 3 or 1PM on Oct. 6. There will be coffee waiting for you.  Bring a sack lunch if you want to picnic when we’re done at noon. On Oct. 6, we will be making apple cider as well, so bring a jar.  On that day, we meet from 1 to 3PM.

Bring gloves, boxes, bags and a ladder if you have one.  We have a few ladders to use as well.

Address is 4315 129th Pl. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 – corner of Newport Way and Factoria Blvd. in South Bellevue

Please RSVP to Janet at jkftahiti@comcast.net – or call 425-401-9337


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Fruit Picking at the Holy Cross Orchard

 

Fruit Picking at Holy Cross’ Orchard Every Other Saturday Beginning Aug. 25 from 10AM-Noon

Over the next 10 weeks, we will intensively be picking fruit from the apple, pear and plum trees.  Most of this fruit will be taken to Bellevue’s HopeLink to help provide fresh healthy food for hungry people. But all pickers are welcome to take a bag of fruit for their own friends and family too! And if you can only come once or stay for an hour, we will still appreciate the help bringing the fruit in!

Please meet at the Holy Cross Picnic Shelter adjacent to the Orchard (behind the church) by 10AM on Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 or Nov. 3 or 1PM on Oct. 6. There will be coffee waiting for you.  Bring a sack lunch if you want to picnic when we’re done at noon. On Oct. 6, we will be making apple cider as well, so bring a jar.  On that day, we meet from 1 to 3PM.

Bring gloves, boxes, bags and a ladder if you have one.  We have a few ladders to use as well.

Address is 4315 129th Pl. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 – corner of Newport Way and Factoria Blvd. in South Bellevue

Please RSVP to Janet at jkftahiti@comcast.net – or call 425-401-9337