The area of Northern California where we live was once known for large orchards. Over the years, this has changed but there are still a lot of mature fruit trees around. For various reason I have noticed that many of these are never picked and the fruit goes to waste. This is often free fruit just for the asking.
My wife and others that we know have been approaching the owners of some of these trees and asking if they can pick them. The reception that they have received has with a few exceptions been quite good. In a number of cases, the owners due to age or other infirmities are physically incapable of gathering the fruit. In these cases, we shared the free fruit and it helps them.
Just the other day my wife got a lot of free apples. This is just some of the free fruit that she has found this year. We have preserved some of it and have given some to others to can. The same principal applies to vegetables and nut. There are still a lot of walnut trees around here that are going to the squirrels. In the last few years, we have gotten apples, pears, olives, lemons, oranges, pomegranates and other fruits and vegetables.
By canning, drying or fermenting is possible to preserve this food so that we can store it for a number of years. This is a good time of the year to be on the lookout for free fruit. In the near future the olives will be ripe and I intend to gather some and make olive oil.
Depending on where you live, the crops may be different, but the idea is the same. Gather up all you can for free.