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Orchards
Orchards

Learn English with this orchards English lesson

Date: Jan 01 2014

Themes: Food

Grammar: Imperative Form

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When you can get all of your produce in one place, like at a grocery store, it can be easy to forget where the fruit is actually grown. But have you ever visited an orchard?

In the fall, lots of fruit and vegetables are in season. That means they’re ripe and ready to be picked. If you’re interested in understanding how your food grows, you can visit a local orchard and maybe even pick your own apples. Many farms let people harvest berries, apples, pumpkins, and even trees by themselves. It’s a process known as “u-pick.” The farmers save time. The people picking fruit save money.

Of course, nothing tastes better than a freshly picked apple! If you pick a lot, you can also use fresh fruit for baking, making juices and jams, and freezing for later.

Learn about Marni’s apple-picking adventure in this English lesson.

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Marni

Marni

Amanda

Amanda

Marni:  I had the best day picking barrels of apples out in the orchard.

Amanda:  What you talking about? Do you mean selecting apples to put in your cart?

Marni:  Oh, no, no, no. I’m not talking about going to the grocery store. I’m talking about going to the orchard, seeing the trees where the apples actually grow, and everything’s in season right now, so…

Amanda:  So you did the whole “u-pick” thing?

Marni:  Absolutely. It’s really the best way to get the freshest apples, and you really get this appreciation for how they grow and all the thought and care that was put into them.

Amanda:  There’s no variety in an orchard.

Marni:  That’s not true. Certain apples grow in places, but there are some farms that have different varieties. And who cares? It’s all about what’s in season and grown locally.

Amanda:  What do you do with your apples afterwards?

Marni:  Sometimes I like to make cider. Sometimes I make applesauce. Sometimes I just love a good apple. Come on. Come with me next time. It’s so fun. We’ll climb up the ladder. We’ll pick a bushel of apples.

Amanda:  All right.

 

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Marni tells Amanda about her time picking apples at a local orchard. Amanda is a little confused, though. She thinks Marni is talking about selecting apples from produce bins at the grocery store.

Marni prefers going to the orchard for apples when they are in season. She likes seeing the fruit growing on trees. Plus, she’s sure to get the freshest apples when she picks them herself.

Amanda doesn’t know if there is enough variety at an orchard, but Marni says some farms grow different kinds of apples. Marni also has several recipes, so she can use all the apples she picks. She asks Amanda to join her next time, and Amanda agrees.

Have you ever visited an orchard or a “u-pick” farm? How did you like picking your own fruit? Does fresh fruit taste better?

 

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ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

Actually, to be in the orchards make me feel so much better rather than purchasing fruit from grocery. The point is that it’s not only being as an u-pick customer but also taking away of city difficulties, looking around of suburb besides hanging out in a healthier place, completely quite as well as visiting environment with great landscapes. Yes. I saw. Indeed many days have passed since the days i was in those kinds of farms. Seeing a branch full of fruits is really nice along with tasting a bunch of them is delicious. oooo Yummy. I eally want the summer to come soon. 

09:32 PM Jan 06 2014 |

Lankiks

Denmark

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We have lots of appletrees in Denmark and I have several apple trees in my garden.

03:14 PM Jan 04 2014 |

zhaleh hoor

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes. It’s really enjoyable to pick ur fruits,it gives you good feeling esp if you eat them fresh,it tastes great!!!

08:08 PM Jan 02 2014 |

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clutchmann

clutchmann

Hungary

I have never been to an u-pick farm but we have some fruit trees and my experience is the best thing to pick a fruit from the tree and eat it.

08:03 PM Jan 02 2014 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

They say fresh fruit is much more helthier than that you buy in a store. I agree.

12:18 PM Jan 02 2014 |

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knesux

knesux

Spain

My favourite fruit is mango. I’ve actually never seen a mango orchard. I really would like to go and pick some mangos but I’m afraid there is not such a thing here, in Madrid.

10:31 AM Jan 02 2014 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

I love trees with apples or without them. I just love that great source of energy. They give us food, which is more valuable than gold and silver. Take away agriculture there’ll be no culture left. Unfortunately, in pursuit of wealth, there’re more and more farms being cut down, their lands are sold for the house developingn projects that is a more profitable venture. Where used to be orchards with the beautiful variety of all the other nature riches, we can see now the new neighbourhoods conquering the forest, feild animal habitat, pushing the poor mammals away. Money talk.


To grow a tree is a lot fun and very very rewarding. My next project is to grow a Meyer lemon from a seed. If you put it in a room, their blossoming give such a beautiful fragrance that spreads quite a distance. I’ve grown two beautiufl trees as cherries and apricot that are very generous in their crop. Try it, just one tree to plant to make the planet greener and also to have some fun with it. And the trees are very sociable, you talk to them and they answer you :) they will answer you by their rich crops in bushels of apples, cherries, appricots!!!;)

03:32 PM Jan 01 2014 |

S&W

S&W

China

There are several farms near the city provide”u-pick” service.My city is rich in apple and strawberry.They give you a big basket before you enter the farm.Usually the price is  cheaper than supermarket that the reason why many people like those farms.


Absolutely fresh fruit taste pure and more healthy and nutrious.

12:02 PM Jan 01 2014 |

hattomi

hattomi

Yemen

I did it ones  when I was a child . my family went out on a trip we visited a place where the red grapes grows when it’s in season . I went on the orchard with my brother and we steal some red grapes without telling the farmer . it was I great a adventure for us at that time .
I did not taste any better red grapes than that time .

09:26 AM Jan 01 2014 |

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liuan2013

China

Fresh fruit taste better. 

07:59 AM Jan 01 2014 |

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hatamian

hatamian

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

My favorait fruits are apples and orange and grapes and..oh.Pomegranate


yes pomegranate is very useful for our blood


and It can be able to improve the  blood for moving in our body.



07:19 AM Jan 01 2014 |

ghost.w0506

Germany

it s normal to pick strawberries by your own, but never apples. most ppl don t know, how to manage it.

06:52 AM Jan 01 2014 |

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ghost.w0506

Germany

apples are soo healthy


we have a saying


every day an apple, and you don t need a doctor

06:51 AM Jan 01 2014 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

orange is my favorite fruite 

06:43 AM Jan 01 2014 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

I have been to some orchards,like litchi farm,apple farm,grap farm…


Most of the farms in our town provide “u-pick”service. Recently,as the strawberries are in seaon. Many ppl here go picking berries. After that,they use strawberries for juice,ice cream or jam..


I do like fresh fruit. They are more delicious and healthy. An apple a day, keep the doctor away. :)))

02:49 AM Jan 01 2014 |

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