Yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I went to a nearby field to glean some apples. We have been scoring free apples from this not so secret spot every fall since we came a crossed it a few years ago.
My neighbor Chino the Handyman even knows about it. But The Girl and I beat him to the tree this year, and we were able to harvest 38 pounds of apples with our rinky dink 6 foot ladder. Chino will have to bring his 10 foot ladder if he wants some. Ha!
When it comes to gleaning, you shouldn’t be to picky. After all, these apples are for making homemade apple sauce, not for selling on a street corner. A few blemishes here are there can simply be cut out and fed to the chickens. The wee bit of extra work it takes to prepare the apples, far outweighs having to purchase applesauce at the grocery store every year.
Here are a few of my favorite gleaning tips –
- Always ask first, even if there is a sign out saying FREE.
- Thank the people profusely for letting you glean the fruits of their labor.
- Try to offer something as a token of your appreciation.
- Don’t be greedy, leave plenty for others.
- If the owners encourage you to PLEASE, TAKE IT ALL, then go ahead and take as much as you know you’ll be able to use.
Am I the only one who does this?
Have you gleaned anything yet this year?
Does your husband think you are a total weirdo for doing this? Mine does. Ha!
~Peace Out Girl Scouts… I’ve got some work to do.
Also read about how we gleaned over 30 pounds of fresh plums.
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin).
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of their flavor, history, and, most important, how to use them in the kitchen. ~ Amazon
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