Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Apple Sharing

I'm a little fanatical about apples this time of year - specifically other peoples apples - because our own apple trees are not producing yet and for some reason organic apples are not to be found anywhere in this town unless you pick them straight from the tree.

When I walk down a back alley and notice that apple trees are going unpicked or fruit is piling up on the ground, I feel compelled to go around front to ask if it would be alright if I picked just a few. Usually, I end up going home with more than I know what to do with. But somehow, our family finds a use for them all.

I know my husband does not share my compulsion to ask complete strangers for their apples, but I must admit I am motivated by the little thrill I get when I see our baskets full of that salvaged, perfect fruit - fruit that was otherwise destined for the garbage bin - and the visions of yummy applesauce, jellies and pies soon to follow.









Linked to Barn Hop, Harvest Monday, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Garden Tuesday, Simple Lives Thursday.

12 comments:

Allison at Novice Life said...

I love those jars! Where did you find them?

Shanon Hilton said...

Thanks - a lucky find at a local garage sale! ;)

Teresa said...

This year in Saskatoon a group was formed to share apples (there must be more apple trees per capita in S'toon that anywhere else) and rhubarb with others. It's been a great success and will expand each year to include other fruit.

Teresa said...

To check the seal on jars with rubber rings remove the metal band and hold the jar up by the glass top.

Shanon Hilton said...

Hi Teresa,

That's wonderful news about the fruit sharing in Saskatoon. It would be wonderful if you could find some plum trees too! Thanks for the tip about the jars. I've never tried lifting them from the lid before! --S

Susan said...

Oh how I love apples! Exciting news about those apples...

Great shots too!

Ida said...

Great series of photo's. The apples look yummy. I really enjoyed the shot from the ladder.
Good for you for not being afraid to ask if you can have apples, why waste good fruit.

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natalie pozniak | blog said...

Love the photos of the apples. It makes me want to go out to an apple orchard and pick my own. Have a great week!

Treasures Evermore said...

Great photos...love your jars.

I too don't like when I see fruit going to waste...but I must admit, that going to the front door and asking to pick, is a little out of my comfort....maybe I should just be bold and do it ....afterall, it's free food"-)

Connie

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I would want to ask and collect too! Look at all the goodies you had collected - wonderful for the eye and the body.

Shanon Hilton said...

Hi Connie, I was a bit nervous asking at first, but I've never had a bad reaction from anyone.

I usually wait and watch to make sure they aren't getting picked before asking. So far, everyone has been thrilled to see them go to use since they don't plan on using them and it helps them out by reducing the amount of apples they have to pick up off the ground!

Go for it! --Shanon

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I agree with you. I don't know how anyone could let a perfectly good apple tree go to waste. I'm always out picking up wild apples.