A short post on Gleaning. Gleaning is the process of collecting the end of the harvest that no one else wants. We went to a friends farm this weekend (thank you Bonnie) and they had so many apples still on the trees. It got me thinking about my own neighborhood and how much food goes to waste just rotting on the ground. Bonnie was nice enough to let us pick as many apples as we wanted and my girls got the benefit of the filberts (hazel nuts) that had fallen beneath the tree. Bonnie explained to us that they can never use as many apples as they grow and have asked people in their church to come pick as many as they want. Unfortunately, no one wants to come pick them.
When I got home I started looking around my own neighborhood and was shocked to see how many people have apples rotting away. I am sure that when I ask, they will be more that happy to have my family come pick them, it will cut down on their clean-up.
I am drying the nuts in their shells and will have a family adventure in hulling and roasting them this weekend. I am making and canning apple butter this weekend as well. I will take pictures and post the recipe when I am done.
My friend Fawn and I are making the laundry soap, probably on Saturday and we will let you know how that goes. Should be a rash of good posts next week!!! Enjoy your day and think about the money you can save in your own neighborhood by gleaning and canning. Free is a very good price!