We recently had our Fall Picnic (socially-distanced, of course) at Ripe Radish Farms in Hastings, Minnesota.
Our women’s program and seniors program joined together for a big family Chai & Chat. There was apple and berry picking, games, good food, and of course, lots of good fun! It’s been a long time in the Virtual World. Some masked-up merriment was just what was needed.
Things got off to a slow start under gray skies and wind as everyone arrived. But when the morning is chilly, there’s nothing like chai and samosas to warm the body. Thankfully, the sun quickly came through and brought blue skies for the rest of the day.
While the adults relaxed with tea under the pines, the kids went on a tour of the farm to learn about the plants and get acquainted with the local chickens. The kids’ tour wound through the expansive fields and orchards where they got to try the local produce, from different kinds of berries to kale to sweet lemongrass.
As the kids came back to the group, our elders were brought into the greenhouses to try the berries, which was a new experience for many. Suzanne from Ripe Radish Farm led the group through the various types of raspberries and blueberries they could pick from. Once everyone had a small basket of their pickings, it was time to stroll through the orchard to try the apples and pick some bags to bring home.
We regrouped late in the afternoon for lunch, dancing, games, and a pinata for the kids. It was a perfect late-summer day with members of our community coming together in person for the first time in a long time.
We at Sewa-AIFW are extremely grateful for days such as these. As we move into the fall and winter, we will continue to pay close attention to CDC guidelines and updates. We strive to do our part to keep our community engaged in safe manners.