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Today, on the first fruit picking session of the year, we harvested unbelievably perfect red apples from a tiny tree, along with pears, cooking apples and rhubard.

The weather was sunny, the fruit was ripe and we even got cups of tea! The produce will go to The Destitution Project for destitute asylum seekers and Cornerstone, which provides meals for homeless people. Thanks to everyone involved in the picking and the home owners for sharing their fruit with us!

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Picking over for 2011

We’ve had a great season with tonnes of apples and veg harvested and delivered to appreciative local projects. But now apple season is all but over we’ve called it a day on that side of our work. If you have surplus fruit you can always take it directly to a local hostel or community project – or even offer it to your local school. We’re now being kept busy with orchard maintenance activities at Kenworthy Community Orchard, see that page for more.

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There truly was an abundance of fruit to be picked on Saturday with just 2 gardens containing a total of 8 fruit trees! Mostly apples, some cooker and some eaters although each garden had a pear tree as well. Some new faces joined some regular pickers and despite a slight drenching we had a great day. Thanks to everyone who came along. Join us next week, details will be emailed out on mailing list.

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Yes…figs!!! Last Saturday Abundance Manchester picked two trailers of delicious and juicy eating apples, plus grapes and figs all from Didsbury! These will go to the Boaz Trust which helps destitute asylum seekers (see our Food Growing section), and The Roby (Longsight) which provides freshly cooked food to people with mental wellbeing needs.

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On Saturday 8 of us visited 4 houses in Didsbury & Withington to harvest a mixture of cooking and eating apple trees plus a couple of pears. They included the biggest pear tree in the world, well we don’t know what the record is but this one was definitely a contender. The rain mostly held off until we were safely tucked away enjoying a post-picking coffee & cake.

The fruit was taken to our veg plot, joined by veg kindly dropped off by local allotment sites, plus our own veg from the plot. We left large mixed boxes of fruit & veg for collection by HARP mental health project and The Boaz Trust (who look after destitute refugees), plus we took a bike-trailer full of apples to Cornerstone day centre and a boot-full to the Salvation Army hostel in town. A good weekend overall! Thanks to everyone who participated.

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Abundance Manchester picked lots of big and beautiful cooking apples in Chorlton last Saturday!  It turned out to be a sunny afternoon – perfect for picking.

After which, apples were delivered to Morning Star hostel for the homeless, and Cornerstone Day Centre which also provides home-cooked food to those in need.

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We picked an abundance of early plums from one small tree in West Didsbury today, which are on their way to Cornerstone day centre, the Morning Star hostel, the Salvation Army hostel and others. Minus the few we ate! Lovely.

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Our first fruit picking of the season will be this weekend, it’s plums plums plums! Meet on Saturday (7th Aug) at noon in West Didsbury near Cavendish road.  For the exact address email abeviz@hotmail.co.uk, (leave a phone number if it’s last minute)…  Or you can sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates of where and when the pickings are by emailing; freefood-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. Hope to see you there on saturday!!

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Keen to find fruit across the city, we’ve sampled some very sweet cherries in Moss Side, South Manchester!

A variety of cherry trees in public spaces have been spotted . Whilst smaller than most supermarket-bought fruit, these cherries are delicious to eat and easy to pick as many branches are low-lying.

Why not take a closer look at the trees in your area for these little gems – hopefully the birds have a left a few for us to enjoy!

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Pear picked with homemade fruit picker

This Saturday we picked a great mixture of fruit, by the end of the afternoon we had trailers full of apples, pears and damsons.  Lots of new volunteers came along to help this week and several people had their first ever experience of fruit picking! Good use was made of our homemade fruit picking devices, poles with plastic bottle taped on the end. The apples were huge, the pears plentiful and the damsons sweet- a very satisfying picking session.

The fruit, along with veg from our Abundance allotment, has been donated to HARP mental health project, Safestop hostel for people with mental health needs, The Boaz Trust project for destitute asylum seekers and Cornerstone, providing meals to homeless people.  Tomorrow Abundance volunteers will also be having a cooking session with some of the apples and damsons and we will distribute the produce to The Boaz Trust.

Bag of cooking applesDebs picking a huge apple

Ian picking apples for first time ever!Apples in abundance trailer

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