Apple graveyard

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After my husband cut the wood and dragged off the small branches from his apple tree butchering….

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We were left with a veritable apple graveyard.

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I filled buckets and totes and gave a large box to our friend but there were still hundreds on the ground.

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I love to bake and will occasionally dehydrate but I’m not a canner. Which means we had too many apples. I tried to gift them to our neighbors but they all have trees loaded with fruit this year as well.

Enter our town’s Facebook page.

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I was immediately flooded with messages and let 3 women come over and harvest the bounty. They all filled big buckets but there was still more on the ground.

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Perfect! The porcine owner showed up with her kids, buckets, totes, bags and a wagon. She totally cleared out the area and I thought how nice… their pet piggy will be happily munching on sweet treats. I asked her to send me a picture of the cutie and sadly realized that little piggy won’t be happy for long.

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*gulp*

I thanked her, but declined the offer. Come on, if you name him? You shouldn’t eat him.

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39 thoughts on “Apple graveyard”

  1. Do you have a food bank near you? Maybe not for the fallen apples, but maybe some volunteers would love to pick the ones in the tree if you have too many.
    IF you were in Western Canada I would say call up the local apple winery. They pick up and use fallen apples. Maybe you have one around you?
    And then there are horse owners. Our thoroughbreds love apples, core and all. Some even love Granny Smiths, but not all.

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    1. I checked with the food bank and they can’t take them. I’m currently searching for a company with a press who could make us some cider. If not, I found a wildlife rehab/shelter that might.

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    2. By the way, whether any animal has a name or not, I could not murder it and use it for food. Yes, I eat meat, but no one dies intentionally from my own actions, not even mosquitoes. If I had my way, meat would only be taken from a corpse after a natural death. Fruits, nuts, and seeds, those are the only things we should be eating before a living being’s death.

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      1. A food bank that refuses good healthy food? Seems a bit of a paradox to me. I can see refusing fallen fruit (if it is not picked up immediately after it falls), but fruit right off the tree? Poor people need healthy food too!
        A wildlife shelter is a wonderful idea. I am sure their guests will love them. We have two small saskatoon bushes in our back yard (nowhere as big as your back yard) and the birds get all those berries, right off the branches. Some years we might get a bowl or two for dessert, but usually not.

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      2. Apparently it’s a health issue. Our fruit is organic, but I’m not able to guarantee the quality so by law they can’t accept them. But I’m loving the wildlife shelter idea.

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      1. My grandfather had a pig, my oldest half uncle bought him to make bacon and other pork products as well. But my granddad grew to love Hector and he didn’t let my half uncle touch Hector. That pig lived a long, beautiful life until he died of old age. My granddad buried him in his garden.

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