“Free is a very good price and not letting food go to waste is vitally important. These days, most cities have organizations that harvest fruit from trees on city property or neglected residential lots. If you city does not offer such a program, you can just check our your neighborhood to see if there are any unattended fruit trees. Those old trees may not always offer the best quality fruit, but they are, nonetheless, producing. If the neighborhood fruit trees appear unattended, check with the property owner to see if he or she minds you gleaning from them. And remember to employ the gleaner's ethic, which means, don't pick the tree bare. Leave some for others.”
This weekend, we were able to pick more than 10 pounds of luscious and sweet raspberries and blueberries! The blueberries we picked from a local organic farm nearby for $3/lb. And the raspberries were free! Total cost = $8.00. Can't beat that! And while we did enjoy some of them fresh, I primarily froze them for future use in cakes, muffins, scones, waffles, smoothies, or oatmeal! Mmmmm!
Sure – it takes a little bit of work to preserve the harvest for the winter. But man, oh man, is it worth it! Fresh, local fruit picked at the peak of freshness. And sometimes – for free!
Now all I need is a big, fat, giant bowl of freshly whipped cream. To smother my berries in and lap up like a thirsty dog. Oh man, do I love me some freshly whipped sweet cream.
It's probably best if no photos are taken of that berry eating event. I must set my blogging boundaries somewhere.