Sorry folks — looks like the harvest just isn’t enough up there at Apple Mountain this year to make it worthwhile to head up. We’ll still plan to pick something that Saturday however if you wanna get your fruit fix!
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It’s gonna be a busy year…
We need your help!
Hi Gang! We have a bit of a problem on our hands: on account of all the rain we’ve been having this Spring/Summer, we’ve got waaayy too much fruit to pick. Like fruit trees we identified years ago but never picked have fruit on them for the first time. Like even though we’ve already donated 10x as much this year as during our first year, and we donate more and more each year, we still only pick 10% of trees we know about.
So let’s get it! Our picking schedule is up for the next month and a half (on the sidebar on the right), and the tl;dr version is that at this point it’s more common for us to be picking on the weekends than not. We’ll also have hopefully a few mid-week picks scattered in there, and a trip up to an orchard in North Georgia around the 3rd week of August.
Your first chance is this Sunday from 11am-1pm. We’ll be picking some early apples over in Chamblee. Come on out, climb trees, shake some limbs, bask, and live the life.
We’ve got plenty of farm activities as well! We’ll be out there both Saturday morning from 10am-1pm and Monday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a happy hour. Things are plumping up, and we’d love your help getting things in to and out of the ground.
Alright yall, looks like the blackberries are ready for us! We’ll be picking this Saturday from 11am till 1pm ish at Arabia Mountain Park, pending non-rainy weather.
Arabia Mountain is a few exits out 20-E beyond 285, and you may recall it from last year’s Ciderfest or last year’s blackberry picking events: we went picking at Arabia for the first time last year not entirely sure what to expect and the mountain definitely won — there were just endless blackberries and at the end of the day we had to sulk back to our cars in a juice-stained delicious stupor.
Just like last year, we’ll be meeting at the large field just west of Klondike Road, right at the intersection of Klondike Rd and Plunkett Rd. Parking is available at the house located at 3320 Plunkett Road. This address is an approximation — it’s the first house located in the triangle formed by Klondike and Plunkett Rds (visible at http://goo.gl/maps/jZ15).
If you come out picking with us, please make sure to dress appropriately! Last year the field had been recently mowed, and grass-borne critters were at a minimum. This year part of the field has not been mowed, and we’ve already had more rain this year than all of 2012. So long pants and decent shoes are a must. And of course you’ll want an elaborate cardboard costume to shield yourself from the blackberry thorns as well…
Serviceberry tree ripening on East Lake Dr. in Oakhurst
Okay yall, let’s get down to business. We are going to go on several small picks this week — no more than an hour apiece — and then we’ll have 2 normal sized picks this weekend, the first at Freedom Park on Saturday morning, and the second on Sunday at an undisclosed/we-haven’t-figured-it-out-yet location. What else could you possibly be doing this weekend? Come on out!
If you haven’t had serviceberries, they’re not too far from a blueberry and they grow all of the place, thanks to our dear friends at Trees Atlanta.
Our record for most serviceberries donated is about 80 lbs., set in 2011. Help us beat it this year! Sign up for one or many picks in the sidebar on the right.
To all of you that didn’t come out and help plant trees with us on Sunday: it was probably very nice inside your warm homes away from the snow outside. But still, shame on you.
We probably could not have picked a worse day for planting a bunch of trees, but c’est la vie. There were about 9 of us altogether, and we got 15 trees in the ground in 3 different locations in about 2 hours. Not bad! They will soon appear on the food map, but we had 2 persimmons, 2 figs, 3 pears, 6 apples, and 2 plums go in.
We cannot thank our volunteers enough for doing manual labor on the coldest day in a long time, and we owe much gratitude to those of you whose donations made these mini orchards possible in the first place. Thank you all so much!
We may have also recently received a small cache of fruit trees unexpectedly donated to us, so we will hopefully have some more orchard projects in the near future. Stay tuned!