Have you seen a lot of fruit spoiling in your neighborhood? Does it make you angry to know that most of the produce that makes it into our stores is from out of state?
If you take the time to look around you can find food growing just about everywhere in Albuquerque. From the golden apricots that are falling now to the purslane growing with the recent rain.
This year I finally decided to do something about it and have put into motion the establishment of a non-profit organization, Terra Harvest
, that will help homeowners put this food to good use.
I mean, how many apricots can one person eat? We estimated that this tree (half harvested in photo) yielded about 700 pounds of apricots on what turned out to be a bad year. Last year was estimated at about 1,000 pounds. In fact, it kept me busy for three farmer's markets and took about 8 hours to harvest.
Now that I'm out of fruit and can still see it spoiling everywhere in the heights, it's slowly driving me crazy. Luckily for my nerves, most everything in my part of the north valley froze so I don't have to see it on a mass scale. Sorry to all those who did lose their fruit this year. It was a stressful Spring for everyone trying to grow.
If anyone else has or knows of a spoiling apricot tree, please contact me immediately. I will come and personally hand pick it and you will know this will go towards a good cause for helping the establishment of this non-profit. I would also love some leads from those of you with too many apples, peaches, and pears.
Just think, once the 501(3)c status gets back I can supply anyone who allows me to harvest a tax deduction receipt for the market value of their food donation. Plus, who wants to deal with picking up the mess. This is just some of what fell while I was picking. I can't imagine what 700 pounds might look like.
Here's what it looked from inside the middle of the tree. This wasn't a bad place to spend my Friday afternoon. Particularly, when it's typically locked to doing work on the computer.
On another note, it would be awesome if people would post their best apple recipes in preparation for the fall harvest. Beyond cider, I'll need to put a large quantity of apples to good use.
Thanks, I appreciate the help.