Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Not Far From The Tree

There is an amazing organization here in the city which gleans a large amount of the available fruit, berries, nuts, and sap from trees and bushes in the city–Not Far From The Tree. They are volunteer run except for a handful of key staff and have an awesome concept: volunteers come and pick after homeowners let NFFTT know their trees are ripe, 1/3 of the fruit picked goes to the homeowner, 1/3 is split amongst the volunteers, and 1/3 is given to the food bank.  
I went the other day to pick apples and was shocked!  One tree gave us 113 POUNDS of fruit!  And that wasn't even all of it!  I took home a good 25 pounds of apples since the homeowner didn't want any.  Hoping to make apple butter, perhaps a crumble or two, and maybe some chutney… So fun!  And free except for 2 hours of my time… Incredible the bounty that's available in the city!

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