One of many, many oranges.
February 19, 2010

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but Donald and I live in an area that is covered with orange trees and avocado trees.  For miles and miles in every direction, you will come across orange trees and avocado trees of every shape and size.  I think it has something to do with some large fruit plantations that once existed here, but as long as I’ve lived here, the trees have been all that remains from those days.

Our home is nestled into a small grove of orange trees.  There are oranges everywhere here.  Thousands and thousands of oranges.  So many oranges that for over a year we never had to pick up dog crap because the acid in the ground broke it down in about ten seconds flat.  There are more oranges here than we know what to do with.

Naturally, this happened this way because neither of us is particularly fond of oranges.  So I take photographs of them instead.


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  1. By on February 19, 2010

    Have you ever thought about opening up your yard to be picked by outside groups? There are many, many organizations that will bring all of their own equipment (trucks, ladders, people) to pick the trees and the food will then be disbursed to those who need it. It is a great way to both be involved with your community while helping those in need.  You can set up the day and time so people aren’t wandering onto your property willy-nilly.

    You could start with fallen fruit (
    http://www.fallenfruit.org/index.php/media/maps/  ), your local church or homeless shelter, etc. There are so many people in need for fruits and vegetables. You could even try and get your neighborhood into also.

  2. By on February 19, 2010

    Also: Backyard Harvest

    http://www.backyardharvest.org/start_a_chapter.html?phpMyAdmin=24fc674f859208d6080ea2179df72a1b

  3. By Amelia Sprout on February 19, 2010

    I second what Leslie said.  I heard about Fallen Fruit and thought it was a brilliant idea.

  4. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 19, 2010

    Leslie -  Here’s the thing.  I’ve contacted eight or nine groups.  They promise to come out, but none of them ever have.  When the groups didn’t work out, I tried contacting companies like Sunkist.  They promised to come out too, but they didn’t.

    Is that a pretty customary thing?  I’m willing to give it another go, but I’m not interested in waiting for people to show up (all of the groups requested I be at home in the event of an emergency) and then not ever having them come.

    I used to be very active in soup kitchens, and some of my neighbors are, so they come by periodically and pick oranges (and I help) to drop them off with harvest groups or soup kitchens.

  5. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 19, 2010

    Okay, I contacted Fallen Fruit, so fingers crossed!

  6. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 19, 2010

    Alright, if anybody’s curious, Fallen Fruit is not the organization that can really help with my problem, as they just map it out and let people walk onto my property at any time they like to pick it.

    Food Forward is the group they recommended.

  7. By Jenny on February 19, 2010

    If you ever get bored, you can pick some and ship them to me! If not, maybe Charlotte will like oranges and avocados!

  8. By on February 19, 2010

    Well, that’s just crummy that people don’t follow through with coming out and picking your trees. Phooey on them!

    You are great to try and reach out to the community at large and make it a better place, Sarah. :)

  9. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 19, 2010

    Leslie - I’ve never tried Food Forward before, so we’ll see how they work out! =)

  10. By Dandy on February 19, 2010

    Thats it, I’m coming over.

  11. By Michelle on February 19, 2010

    I would be in heaven.  FYI, Finnegan loves avacados so Charlotte might also.  They are a great first finger food too because the texture is easy for little ones to chew.

  12. By Mailis on February 19, 2010

    Random fact:

    I am from a part of Canada that can only grow apples (and even then, the apples are piddly and sour) so when I ventured to Louisiana, I’d entered a whole different world.

    The first time I saw grapefruits on a sidewalk, I assumed someone had dropped their groceries and decided to leave the grapefruits behind.

  13. By beyond on February 19, 2010

    ah, to have fresh orange juice every day! (and still have plenty to give away!) i ‘m jealous. are you sure you guys don’t like fresh pressed oj…? keep us posted when you introduce charlotte to avocados.

  14. By on February 19, 2010

    I’m from “Apple country”; (South Western Ontario, Canada) which is great for the cider (which I love) and baked apple treats but not so great for me otherwise. I’m allergic to EVERY pollen out there which has led to oral allergies which means I can’t eat any local fruit raw. If I didn’t have citrus fruit I’d get scurvy :(

    I would LOVE to have a deluge of fresh and free oranges!

  15. By Lindsey on February 19, 2010

    wanna mail me some?!!!

  16. By Cynthia @ She Puts Her Quiet Hands In Mine on February 19, 2010

    Mailis - Aren’t all the parts of Canada exclusively apple friendly? I live in SW Ontario, and that’s all we grow… Oh, in the summer there’s a farm that grows strawberries and raspberries and green peas… However, I’m quite certain that they transplant all fruit bearing plants from Florida’s fields to our fields in the middle of every night.

    Corrine - Where from SW Ontario are you from? I’m from the Toronto area, 45 minutes east of Toronto, 15 minutes west of Oshawa.

    Also, Sarah… I love that—when I forget to fill in my information before I submit my comment, but hit submit anyway and get the ‘error’ page—my comment is still here when I hit ‘Back’.

  17. By Mailis on February 19, 2010

    LOL Cynthia!! That may be…hmmm…

    I lived on the east coast for awhile, and they could grow plums and pears…grapes, beechnuts and cherries. Heck, they could even grow magnolias! However, the apples (as usual) ruled the roost.

  18. By Cynthia @ She Puts Her Quiet Hands In Mine on February 19, 2010

    Mailis - So where are you now? I just LOVE the east coast, NFLD to be exact. Husband and I want to uproot the family (y’know, once we’re all good and settled) and move to NFLD… Oh man, my heart aches just thinking about my time there.

  19. By Elizabeth on February 19, 2010

    You could host a giveaway and send some off to me ;)

  20. By on February 20, 2010

    Oh yes, a give a way!! lol Maybe not so practical.

    Cynthia- I live in Kitchener, which is about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) south-westernish from Toronto. I’m sure you’ve heard of the University of Waterloo? I live near the university.

  21. By Mailis on February 20, 2010

    I am in small town Mani(snow)ba… :)

    When I was there, I lived in Nova Scotia…nearish to a red beach and a hop and a skip away from a rocky harbour where you could buy freshly caught lobster.

    I fell in love with PI, though. If I am ever a millionaire, you can bet I will buy a cottage there. A cottage, you say? heck out real estate on PEI….eeek.

  22. By Mailis on February 20, 2010

    Wow…I can’t type, can I? LOL…PEI and check. Excuse me.

  23. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 20, 2010

    a)  I have no idea what you people are talking about.  Friggin’ Canadians, man.  (kidding)

    b)  (but I really am a bit lost)

    c)  If I knew that I could get 20+ comments on a picture of an orange, I’d have done this much sooner.

  24. By Cynthia @ She Puts Her Quiet Hands In Mine on February 20, 2010

    Mailis - My husband and I spent a night in Manitoba, Winnipeg to be exact! We stayed at the Capri Motel… Scary place. We also went to Lower Fort Garry and did a video shoot for Balmoral Hall School! I’m so jealous of your snow… Our local forecaster is talking about our ‘big winter storm of the year’ and we’re supposed to get 5 - 10 cm. What the hell!?

    PEI real estate must have gone up like CRAZY. I remember when we were there 5 years ago, you could buy all of PEI if you were a millionaire. Even two or three years ago, we know someone who knows someone who bought like 6 acres of land for $10,000.

    Where in Nova Scotia? I might know it… I’ve been there a few times, mainly stuck to the Peggy’s Cove and Halifax area.

    Corrine - We’re sooo close to each other! I do know where the University of Waterloo is, I had a few friends who went there!

    Sarah - Well, NFLD = Newfoundland and PEI = Prince Edward Island. And we’re just geeking it up like Canadians do, we’re all like that.

  25. By Rebecca M. on February 22, 2010

    I agree with the other commenters, you have a built-in baby food for Charlotte with the avocados.  They are a great early food since they have so much healthy fat and are easy for baby to mash with their gums. 

    Of course, Nicholas didn’t like avocados the first two times I offered them—once at 6 months (his second food, in fact) and again a couple months later.  Each time I tried 3 days in a row but he would have none of it—he could even tell when I mixed it with other foods.  But I tried again in January and now he suddenly loves avocados!  Go figure.


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