One of the many apple trees being gleaned this year.

This morning I noticed a slight touch of coolness to the air, a hint of summer beginning to fade into autumn. Glean requests for apples and pears are nearly drowning our volunteers in wonderful fruit while plum and grape requests are beginning to pick up. It’s time for harvest season!

Early apple varieties, such as Gravenstein, have been one of the most requested items lately. One glean netted over 500 pounds for Food For Lane County and the trees were still heavy with fruit when the gleaners had to stop. More and more apple requests are coming in so look for tasty apple recipes and ways to preserve apples in the coming weeks. (And if you’d like to volunteer for a glean hop over to the Membership section to find out how.)

Blueberries are ending with only one glean scheduled this week. It has been a fantastic blueberry season! We were able to connect with many farmers and private citizens who shared their bounty with the community. This season has been one of the best with over 300 pounds of blueberries gleaned for Food for Lane County. A huge thank you to our wonderful blueberry growers!