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Eckert’s Farm

What to do during the month of Oct-Nov? Why not visit Eckert’s Farm? You can go on a hayride, go apple picking, even make your own s’more! Just make sure you don’t leave your house without a scarf, gloves, hat, and a good jacket.

Here is the website: http://www.eckerts.com/

I was amazed and at the same time scared.

Fontbonne International students making S'mores for the first time!

Group picture!

Enjoying the hayride!

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Kristen

Apple Picking

by Kristen on October 23, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Happy Monday, Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? It was too short, I know. Weekends always fly by.

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy some of the fall activities available near St. Louis. I went apple and pumpkin picking on Sunday at Eckert’s Farm in Millstadt, Illinois. It’s a little bit of a drive from St. Louis, but I promise it’s worth it.

If you’ve never been to Eckert’s, you should know that they have three farms in Illinois. Each farm includes berry and apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree fields (I had never been to one of their farms before, but I did my research before going). You can pick your own seasonal produce and pay by the pound. The Millstadt farm also has a petting zoo and rides; it’s geared more towards families with small children.

I do not have small children, but still had a lot of fun. My boyfriend and I picked apples and pumpkins, fed deer and camels, and browsed the country store. I had to restrain myself from buying five different flavors of jam and fruit spreads . . . but I did buy a bag of kettle corn. Which is almost gone now (oops).

Have you ever fed a camel?

It’s scary business.  They have huge lips that wiggle across your hand while they pick up carrots.  I do not recommend it if you have ticklish palms.

My palms are not squeamish, but my brain is. I was overly concerned about camel saliva. Thank goodness I carry hand sanitizer!

We also managed to find a pair of good-looking pumpkins! They are still intact, but I am planning some intricate carving for mine. That should be coming up soon. If you haven’t had the chance to do fall things like picking out a pumpkin, you still have time!  It’s a lot of fun, believe me.

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This semester, sooooo many great events and activities have been planned for students. A ton of volunteer opportunities, as well as student activities have been organized to encourage more student involvement, and it is totally working.

I attended World Food Day at John Burroughs High School, with Fontbonne In Service and Hunility, or FISH earlier in October and it was an awesome experience. Basically, the team you are with has a table with stations of different components to add to the food bag as it goes from person to person, an assembly line.  We made enough food packages to feed 3,000 children from a community in Tanzania in about 45 minutes. Here is more info. http://www.stlwfd2012.com/home/about/

The Hunger Banquet was quite the surprise. This event was held by the Community Nutrition course, to help raise money for the Niger Hunger Relief Effort. The ticket was $10, and 100% of that went directly to the Relief Effort, which is a great feat. As for the banquet, I had no ideal what to expect. I was given a green ticket as I entered the doors, which meant I was “middle class,” so I got to sit in chairs. People with yellow tickets represented the lower class and sat on the floor, while people with red tickets were upper class and had the privilege of sitting at a very fancy dinner table. The upper class got a ton of food, real silverware, table cloths, and different drink options with waiters. The middle class got a scoop of rice and a scoop of kidney beans to eat with plastic forks and a tiny cup of water, while the lower class only got one scoop of rice, and no silverware; they ate with their hands. We heard informative presentations, watched videos and heard a lot of scary statistics.  It was a really cool experience.

Yesterday, we went to Soulard Market! The event was organized by Marielle Counts and the Environmental Club and I had never been so it was a really cool experience. I loved it. I wish I had a real life kitchen so I could totally utilize the market more but rooms in Medaille do not come fully stocked with a kitchen. Too bad. There were tons of vendors with fresh fruits, veggies, breads, pastries, jewelry, clothing, soaps,, everything you could think of! No peanut butter though, which I was super excited to buy freshly ground PB. But it is ok because I went to Eckerts Farm for apple picking the next day and I found some there!

Tonight, in honor of October, FAB, Fontbonne Activities Board is showing The Exorcist at 6 and then providing free tickets and transportation to The Darkness, a haunted house. I am not a fan of haunted houses, so I am passing on this one, but it should be a blast for everyone attending!

Also, because of the Cardinals games, they have all been streaming somewhere on campus! So convenient and a great way to share a common interest or the St. Louis spirit with fellow students!

I am so impressed with the events to get students involved and to allow for some fun this semester! Keep up the good work!

-Kelia

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