Monday, September 23, 2013

Fruit Rescue

Is it just me or is fruit rescue all the rage this season?
Not a new concept of course but it just seems that everyone is getting on board.
We thought we hit the jackpot when we drove past this yard.
Fruit Rescue
"Please take a whole crate" the owner begged us and we happily obliged.

I could relate to her desperation.
We have a beautiful plum tree in our backyard.
I'm sure it's at least 60 years old. 
Let's just say it looks like it's seen a thing or two.
In the spring we get this.
plum tree blossoms
Which then produces this {many times over}.
Our tree reaches the end of it's fruit bearing season each year around Labour Day weekend.
And every labour day we are away.
We pick and eat and can and dry and freeze as many plums as possible before then but just can't use them all.
Those close to us know about our plum situation and this year a couple of those folks offered to rescue the last of our plums.
I, of course, told them that I couldn't look at another plum and please take them away before they litter my lawn and start to decompose.
Not pretty let me tell you.
And they did it.
Diana and Carly picked the tree clean and I couldn't have been happier.

Well yesterday they invited us to be a part of their next mission to save the fruit.
We loaded up the kids and headed out to a beautiful farm with 2 very healthy apple trees.
Fruit Rescue
The kids loved it but, to be honest, I think Jeff and I loved it more.
{The farm dreams were definitely fueled.}
Fruit Rescue
Now if you have a bursting fruit tree and don't have fruit enthusiasts for friends there's no need to fret.
There's an organization in Edmonton that can save you from a rotting wasted fruit mess.
Get you out of your "jam" so to speak.
Apparently they have been around since 2009 but this is their first year on my radar.
It's volunteer run, anyone can sign up.
The pickers keep a 1/4, 1/4 goes to the food bank, 1/4 to the tree owner and 1/4 to the organization for processing.
Win, win, win and win.
If you ask me, that's pickin' brilliant.

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