Portland Fruit Tree Project

I spent a glorious Saturday with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at an organic pear tree farm in Hood River, Oregon.

PFTP identifies fruit trees in neighborhoods and asks the owners permission to harvest the fruit. The fruit is then distributed to the local food banks and each harvester gets a share.  In conjunction with Farmers Ending Hunger 60 volunteers gathered at the orchard with Mt.Hood and the beautiful valley as our backdrop.

We harvested 19,000 pounds of delicious d’anjou organic pears.  I personally got to take home 77 pounds of pears.

I, of course, lost my keys in the Orchard and luckily remembered to put a bright key ring on them, thanks for the idea Mom 🙂

If you have a fruit tree in the greater Portland area, please get in touch with Portland Fruit Tree Project.  Its a win-win, the fruit is not left rotting in your backyard, your tree gets trimmed and cared for and you can help feed a hungry city.

Cathy

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janet Barton on October 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

    7 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Pears
    Pears can be eaten as is for a sweet snack, but they can also be added to a variety of dishes. Here are a few delicious and healthy ways to enjoy pears:

    Add diced pears to your morning oatmeal.
    Add diced fresh or dried pears to breads or muffins, such as traditional bran muffins.
    Create a goat cheese and pear “sandwich,” using whole-grain crackers for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
    Toss thinly sliced pears into an arugula and frisée salad with a Dijon vinaigrette.
    Serve halved baked pears with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese as a side dish with pork tenderloin.
    Puree or dice pears for sauces to accompany duck breast or game meats
    Poach pears for a sweet dessert; drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate.

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  2. This is great Kathy! I’m getting a tree from “Friends of Trees” this winter and was wondering what to do with a whole crop of fruit each year. I’m thinking of a plum tree or an apple tree. Thanks for this wonderful resource to help me help others!

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