You can’t get more local than eating fruit straight from the trees and vines in your own community. But how do you know which neighbors freely offer their fruitacious bounty and which ones are crotchety old guys who just want you to get off their lawn?
The Oregonian reports on a unique nonprofit group that helps fruited-out tree owners and hungry fruit-lovers in Portland get together. The Portland Fruit Tree Project registers trees whose owners can’t use all the fruit produced, then sends out invitations to work parties, during which volunteers come and harvest the fruit in exchange for a share of it. A percentage of the harvest also goes to local food banks.
Should you be located south of Portland, LA’s Fallen Fruit maps trees with legal-to-pick overhanging fruit. After all, even the Bible suggests that landowners leave some grain in the field for gleaners.