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My Family’s First Experience Of Apple Picking With The Allen Family: Noggins Corner Farm

About a week ago, during one of our book reading sessions with my children; the book my children chooose I read to them talked about apple picking.

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So they asked what apple picking is about and I told them it was apple picking, just like the name says 😀. They were curious to know what apple picking entails and how and when it is done, I had no idea. 2 day later, I received a text message from my friend, Jane about asking if we didn’t mind joining her family for an apple picking event and she went on to say it was one of their all-time favourite Fall activities.

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I was delighted because it will be an opportunity for my children to witness Apple Picking real time and even for me and my husband too because it will also be our first experience.

So we set out to Noggins Corner Farm on Saturday.

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We went into the farm on a wagon ride, what a bumpy fun ride. The ride gave us the opportunity to see the farm on a larger and wider view.

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Aside the experience at the farm been fun, it was very educative as we learnt about apple picking, especially seeing different varieties of apples and how they are grown. We picked 4 bags of apples (2 small and medium bags)

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Another high point for me was buying some farm produce at really low prices, especially scotch bonnet (ata rodo) and red peppers (shombo). In Halifax, these peppers are not readily available and when they are, they are quite expensive. So from the farm market, we bought tomatoes, scotch bonnet, red pepper, onions and some bottles of wine.

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There is also a playground at the farm with many fun activities for the kids and even adults. There is a haunted house there too, where we went into, it was fun and scary. We had to inform them to tone down the ‘scariness’ because we had 2 young children with us. Surprisingly Nabeelah who I was concerned may be scared, actually stayed calm all through. Nabeel and I kept chanting ‘please don’t scare us’ as we were advised to say if we wanted it to be toned down more. It was fun and scary, but it was a good experience, they say ‘face your fears’, we did and it wasn’t so bad.

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Another fun thing was the corn maze, where we also toured.

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As always, we had a great time with the awesome Allen family at Noggins Corner farm.

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My kids were particularly thrilled because we actually lived out the book we read as we saw almost everything the book talked about, from apples, to cows, pumpkins, apple picking, farm, peppers, pond, tractors e.t.c.

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About Noggins Corner Farm: A century before Canada became a country, the Bishop family founded what would become one of the oldest farms along the banks of the Cornwallis River in present-day Greenwich, Nova Scotia. John, Timothy and William Bishop began farming a thousand acres of fertile land in 1760, cultivating crops, fruit orchards and dairy cows. Their hard work and dedication to the land built a farming legacy that has spanned generations.

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Current owner Avard Bishop and his wife Sandy took over the farm in 1955. 20 years later, he brought his two eldest sons, Andrew and Stirling into the family business. The family has worked hard to perfect the art of apple growing, which continues to be their main crop. Over the years, production has expanded to include numerous other fruits and crops, a farm market, a dairy unit and modern storage facilities.

The Bishops incorporated Noggins Corner Farm in 1992. The name “Noggins Corner” harks back to the late 1800s when weary travellers bought “noggins” of rum from an old Greenwich farmhouse.

Set in the fertile heart of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Noggins Corner Farm combines farming instincts from a family deeply rooted in the land with the latest agricultural technology.

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Owned and operated by Avard Bishop and his sons Andrew and Stirling, our mixed farm operation includes a variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables, a dairy and a bustling year-round farm market, and family fun corn maze in the fall.

Our land stretches over 175 acres along the dykes of the Cornwallis River, we grow 52 varieties of apples, as well as pears, peaches, plums and raspberries. We cultivate 80 acres of crops including sweet corn, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, peas, and peppers.”

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