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A Successful Season for Fruits of the City

October 21, 2009

As the days grow ever shorter and cooler, Fruits of the City is wrapping up its first gleaning season! The totals are in, and we are happy to announce that the program has been a great success!

A Macalester student on a September gleaning day

A Macalester student on a gleaning day in September

With the help of over 150 volunteers and 50 tree owners, we gleaned more than 5,000 pounds of apples and pears from 49 urban locations in the metro area. In addition, we harvested 10,000 pounds of apples in collaboration with Second Harvest Heartland, from an orchard in Rush City, MN. In all, we were able to bring a total of over 15,000 pounds of fresh, local fruit to 12 food banks around the Twin Cities! Thanks to our amazing volunteers, tree owners, and an unusually abundant apple crop, we surpassed our own goals and are already looking forward to next year!

It’s been an exciting and abundant fall for apple enthusiasts, though bumper crops across the state have left some tree owners wondering what to do with all that fruit. Fruits of the City has been able to find a home for much of the surplus in the Twin Cities, and is excited to learn that the word is spreading! This article, from today’s Duluth News Tribune, describes an apple gleaning effort in Bayfield, Wisconsin, modeled after Fruits of the City! These folks are taking advantage of the surplus crop in the many orchards around Bayfield, harnessing volunteer power to bring fresh apples to local food shelves. Great work, and keep spreading the word!

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Haralsons and Regents from trees in Oakdale

As the last apples of the season ripen and fall to the ground, Fruits of the City is settling in for the winter, beginning to reorganize and develop its programming in order to ensure an even more successful season next year!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ed Marek permalink
    October 21, 2009 10:34 pm

    Congratulations on an outstanding and innovative program!!

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