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Gift of Fruit - 2011

This will be a shorter page, just to show you the abundance of fruit I was invited to pick on the Saturday of Labour Day weekend.

Lynn's loaded crabapple tree Lynn, a Board member at Western Tract Mission, Inc., issued an invitation to come pick the excess apples, crabapples and plums in his garden. Everyone else seem to think they were too busy to accept.

I felt I was too, but I was raised NOT to waste fruit or harvest of any kind. So I decided to go see what he had. (I did this once before two years ago).

Lynn's crabapples and also some of the neighbour's The trees were laden down with fruit and the ground underneath was full of dropped apples, crabapples and plums! They were very ripe and ready to pick!

In fact, the birds had already been pecking into the larger crabapples.

Here's the big apples I picked.I picked one ice cream pail full of the large apples, but they were harder to reach. The lower ones had already fallen to the ground and were bruised and going mushy.

So I turned to the crabapples next. He has two sizes. The larger kind that we are most used to seeing as crabapples. These were bursting with flavour and I could see that the birds had pecked holes in some of them.

And then a smaller, harder crabapple that was very red. These had to be pulled off the stems. But the branches were weighted down with loads of them!

There were also two kinds of plums. The smaller ones were like the kind my parents had in their garden.

Then Lynn came home between meetings and pointed out another plum tree closer to the fence that had the loveliest big red/mauve plums. That's when I realized that my three pails were not enough. I went to the car and scrounged up some plastic bags to pick full!

two kinds of plums and 2 jars of spiced crabapplesI remembered to go back after I'd carried my fruit to the car, to take the above photos, and I was busy at home all afternoon cleaning and putting up the fruit but when I was done I remembered to wash my hands, and take up the camera again.

Here you see the two jars of spiced/pickled crabapples I made. One of each kind. And the plums I saved for eating raw. I've given away some of them to older friends at church and they were delighted with the delicious plums!

middle shelf in freezer full of plums for later use.

I pureed some of the plums for fruit smoothies later, and simply washed and froze another 8 tubs of the smaller plums to use in various cooking recipes. Here you see most of the middle shelf there in my freezer.

It's amazing how you can put away fruit that you pick in just an hour or so. If you have fruit offered to you for the picking, go for it! Such fruit is a great gift!

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My 2011 Garden - May & June Photos
My 2011 July Garden Tour
2011 - End of Garden Tour
A Gift of Fruit
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