The apples, pears and plums provided a plentiful bounty this year, and the LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project reaped the benefits.
The project links people with extra fruit to people with a willingness to harvest it.
“This year was an amazing year for apples,” said Stephan Morales, a project co-ordinator. “We picked so much fruit that we overwhelmed local food banks.”
About 190 volunteers harvested nearly 16,000 kilograms of fruit, the second best year on record.
Once picked, fruit is split four ways: one quarter to the owner of the fruit tree, one quarter to the picker, one quarter to food banks and other groups in need, and the remainder is used to make specialty food products.
For more information, go to www.lifecyclesproject.ca.