Apples to a Good Home
Do you have an apple or pear tree(s) in your yard and find it a challenge to eat or process all the fruit? Sometimes a vacation, a new job, grandchild or even surgery will prevent you from the yearly task of gathering all the fruit so it does not attract bees, disease or rotting apples underfoot.
There is a volunteer organization in the Twin Cities called Fruits of the City that will harvest your fruit and donate it to food shelves. In 2012, 100 tree owners, five neighborhood coordinators, and 125 volunteers worked together to get 38,200 pounds of fruit from the trees and into the hands of those who do not otherwise have access to fresh produce. The program also helps to plant new orchards, design edible landscapes and advises on tree care. In this era of sustainability, why waste the fruits of the earth?
A few parameters:
- Only apples and pears, please
(because of perishability)
- They can only donate to food shelves
(because of liability)
- One or two trees?- no problem
- Give them at least two -weeks' notice before fruit is ripe to get on their list
- What's the most popular apple?
Honeycrisp and Zestar
For more information on Fruits of the City,
contact: Jared Walhowe (651) 789-3321 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith's Recommended Edibles
for the Urban Landscape
Just think how wonderful it would be to pick fresh fruit from your own yard. Here is a list of my favorite trees, shrubs and vines. They all produce edible fruit and are hardy and reliable. Look for these named cultivars when you are shopping.
Apples: Haralred, Honeycrisp, Zestar
Blueberries: Northblue, Northcountry
Cherry: Meteor, North Star, Nanking
Plums: Superior Dwarf, American
Apricots: Moongold, Sungold
Grapes: Bluebell, Edelweiss, Swenson Red
Raspberries: Heritage, Autumn Britten, Caroline
Kiwi: Issai Cultivars
Current: Consort, RedlakeCrabapples: Centennial, Chestnut
For more information on the ediable landscape, visit Rosalind Creasy's web site
Thanks for reading. Happy Planting!
President & Founder