Free Food by Gleaning the Fields

Free food by gleaning orchards

Yesterday my wife went to visit an elderly friend who has a pear orchard.  Because of her age, she is no longer able to maintain it.  The trees were loaded with pears.  She told my wife to pick all she wanted as they were just going to waste and were attracting bears.  My wife said there was so much fresh bear scat that you had to watch where you walked.  The bears have been coming in every night.

In a couple of hours, my wife picked several hundred pounds of pears.  Part of these were for the owner of the orchard, the rest will be canned or dried by members of our family and friends.  None of this free food will go to waste.

The area that we live in was a major fruit-growing region 30 or 40 years ago.  As more people have moved in and the competition from overseas as increased, many of the orchards have been split up or just abandoned.  Some of the orchards are still owned by elderly people who have retired and no longer can maintain their trees.

We have found that when you see trees loaded with fruit and no one is taking care of them, it pays to go talk to the owners.  Many of them are more than willing to let you pick some fruit if you share with them.

Over the last few years, we have gotten apples, pears, olives, lemons, oranges, pomegranates and other fruits.  These have made a significant contribution to our diet and preps at a minimum cost.

Free Food in your area.

Take a good look at the area in which you live, you might be surprised at what is available for free, even if you live in the city.  I know people who lived in the San Francisco Bay area and still found free food.


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One Response to Free Food by Gleaning the Fields

  1. Paul-L says:

    Slighty off-topic:
    The following story is “sad, but true” …

    Several years ago, my wife and I had a huge vegetable surplus in our garden. We were completely overwhelmed and there was no way we could cope with all of it.
    However, we knew three families who were getting govt or charitable food assistance and offered them a “come and get it” picking opportunity. NOT ONE took our offer … one even went so far as to say they’d take the surplus off our hands if we picked it and delivered it to them!
    Needless to say that didn’t happen.
    (Our local food pantries won’t take home-grown food surplus due to possible liability issues.)

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