Tour Details: Your visit will include a guided tour of our packing house facilities including our storage area and retail area for all fruits and vegetables. We will discuss important facts about apples and their production, local vs non-local, varieties of apples used for cooking different apple dishes, sugar content of sweet and tart apples, peppers and hotness scale, types of corn and uses. Your group can also walk up the hill into the orchard to see how the apples, vegetables and flowers grow as a self-guided tour. Please remember that it can be very loud when the packing line machinery is operating.
Cost: $5.00 per person (No charge for teachers, teacher aides, parents & bus drivers) Minimum of $50 per group.
This includes the tour of the packing house, self-guided tour of orchard, apple, small pumpkin, and corn maze. We also are providing you with the option to add on a small cup of apple cider slushie and/or bag of caramel corn for $1 each. Please let us know a week before your tour if your group will be adding the slushies or caramel popcorn. As always students/parents/teachers are allowed to purchase these items separately at the orchard.
Length of Visit: 90-120 minutes
Groups: Your school will be asked to split into 3-6 groups which will rotate throughout the time frame. (Corn maze, orchard self-guided walking tour, packing house tour and educational talk, local vs non-local, sugar content refractometer measuring, apples and uses when cooking)
Scheduling Requirements: It is best to schedule via facebook message to Fuhrmann Orchards or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us what time your group will be arriving and necessary departing times and provide us with a contact person, email and phone number as well as the number of students participating. We would like it if you arrived no earlier than 10am.
Weather Information: Usually tour groups are expected regardless of weather and we do our best to make this as fun as possible. All students should wear clothes and shoes able to get dirty, and a coat for when it gets colder in Sept/Oct. Please do not cancel your tour before you have talked with us.
Here are two websites with great learning activities and information on apples.
Ohio Apples https://www.ohioapples.com/Ohio_Apples_Orchards_Teacher_Resources.htm
Ag in the Classroom www.agclassroom.org/
Thanks for helping us teach children about the world of agriculture!