There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Apple Orchard


In September my work partner set up a “study visit” (similar to a seminar, but in the field instead of in a conference room)  to a near by orchard and refrigeration unit.  The orchard grew 4 different kinds of fruit; cherries, sour cherries, plums and apples.  We visited the area with the apples since the cherries are now out of season.  The orchard was very larg and reminded me of something I would see Eastern Washington, not Moldova.  And the apples were delicious, I wish my purse would have been larger, so I could have taken more home with me 😉

The refrigeration unit was also pretty impressive.  I saw a room full of last years apples that will be used to make juice and also a room full of plums that had recently been picked.  I am also still pretty shocked and impressed whenever I see commercial farming.  It is not something that a lot of Moldovans seem to do, they grow for their family at their plot, but most times they don’t have enough money or land to make what they do profitable.



O zi buna!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

2 thoughts on “Apple Orchard

  1. we had a great time at some apple orchards this year too 🙂 Couldn’t remember the name of the one I went to with you and Shayla though, do you remember? We went to Bellewood, and Stoneyridge. Hope you’re still having a good time and getting ready for your month long Thanksgiving fest. Wish the hosts a happy birthday from your stateside friend!

    • I think we went to Stoneyridge, got pumpkins and went to the silly corn maze, and then we also went to Bellewood to get some of their delicious cider and apple chips. I am so ready for some Thanksgiving food, my friends are even killing the turkey the day before, so it will be fresh 😉 Where are you 3 celebrating Thanksgiving?

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