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Despite the miserable weather on Saturday, apple picking went ahead as usual.  We started at a house in Whalley Range, where the children were very keen to get involved.  They put their fishing net to good use to catch apples in.  Next we revisited Southern Cemetery.  Over the previous week the strong winds had blown most of the apples off the 15+ trees and thousands (literally!) covered the ground.  We loaded up as many as we could before we froze.  They will be turned into juice and apples crumbles and then given to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees, and The Mustard Tree, which provides hot meals to homeless people.

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A group of dedicated volunteers spent  Wednesday cooking, crumbling and juicing. Several jars of chutney (ingredients generously donated by Unicorn!), crumbles and bottles of juice were made. The produce was taken to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees.  Apparently the apple crumbles were a particular hit!


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On Saturday 18th October, several Abundance volunteers collected apples from three apples trees at a house in Chorlton. Home made fruit picking devices, using poles with plastic bottles taped on the end, proved very useful. Next we picked delicious red apples from Southern Cemetry, where there is upwards of 15 apple trees.  Using a blanket, volunteers caught falling apples.  On Wednesday some of the apples will be transformed into juice, chutney and apple pies, which will then be taken to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees.  The rest of the apples were given to Crossacres Age Concern Day Centre in Wythenshawe, which provides support and services to older people, and Cornerstone in Moss Side and Emmanuel Church in Didsbury, which both provide hot meals to homeless people.

 

Over the weekend there were also three Abundance Manchester stalls, complete with photos, info about the project and free apples.  These were held at Chorlton Plant Swap Event, Parrs Wood Rurual Education Centre Apple Day, and Hulme Garden Centre Apple Day.  A photo exhibition about the project has also be put up at Hulme Garden Centre, where it can be seen and will be added to over the next few weeks.

 

                                                                    

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Yesterday evening a group of Abundance volunteers got together for an evening of crumble making using apples we had collected.  We also make some jars of stewed apple and bottles of apple juice from an unusual type of red apple which was red all the way through and made amazing sweet red juice.  The crumbles, stewed apple and juice have just been delivered to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees, where they were very well received!  The crumbles will also be used by The Mustard Tree, which provides meals to homeless people.  We will be having regular communal cooking sessions, next week it’s going to be apple chutney!

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On Saturday we started off the day by picking several boxes of  apples from a huge cooking apple tree in Whalley Range.  Next we went to a house in Burnage where there was an amazing tree with an incredible amount of apples (maybe not a million but it seemed that way!), more than any of us had ever seen on one tree.  Many of the apples were small but unexpectedly juicy and sweet.  We collected about 7 boxes and bags but could easily have got 10 times that amount so we may be returning!  

The apples this week will go to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees, and The Mustard Tree, which provides food for homeless people.

On Saturday there was also an Abundance Manchester stall at the Roots and Fruits Show, which was part of the Chorlton Fringe Food and Drinks Festival.  There were photos and leaflets about the project, as well as a basket of free apples, which was left empty!


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On Saturday we collected 9 boxes of very tasty eating apples from a house in Gatley. Some were delivered straight to Cornerstone, which provides homeless people with daily hot meals.  The remaining apples were given out at the launch event of Emerge Fareshare, which collects surplus food from businesses which would otherwise go to landfill and redistributes it to homeless and vulnerable groups across Greater Manchester.  

 

 

 

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