As the old Italian proverb goes – “Sometimes it is better to give your apple away than to eat it yourself.”
This maxim is one shared by Amanda and Rod Wallace, fervent local orchardists, who last week generously donated to BRHS several boxes of delicious apples grown at their Eagle Point orchard.
“The Orchard” contains a stunning array of trees and fruit, most of which were planted by Rod back in the late 90s.
In addition to apple, peach and pear varieties commonly grown in this area, there are a number of more unusual species, including an indigenous plumb known as the Davidson Plumb, plus figs and quinces.
Blessed with the greenest and green thumbs and a remarkable work ethic, for Amanda and Rod the orchard is a great passion in their lives.
“It keeps us fit, it keeps us healthy,” said Rod. “We’re out here all the time. We absolutely love it.”
It’s been an especially busy growing season for the Wallace’s this year, with good early rain resulting in bumper crops.
The apples donated to BRHS were the Galaxy variety, sweet, crisp and absolutely delicious.
Many thanks to Amanda and Rod for the kind donation – the apples were heartily enjoyed by everyone at BRHS.