Apples, Apples and Apples

Thank you for your offer.  The city is overflowing with apples again this year.  We only have the capacity to handle a very small percentage of the local bounty so offer the following information.

CRAB APPLES:  First and foremost we need to tell you that we cannot accept crab apples as one tree alone meets our total needs for the year.  We are sorry as there are so many crab apples in this city.  As I laughingly state - we just need a scientist to find that crab apple juice is the new superfood and we will be in business!!!  

Local apples picked and ready to go to our kitchen.

Local apples picked and ready to go to our kitchen.

APPLES:  
*  Delivery times and dates:  
      We can only accept apples on Monday and Tuesday of each week - unless Monday is a holiday.  The kitchen is open from 9 am until 2 pm on these days.  We cannot accept delivery on Wednesday as we have to process all that has arrived as we have no storage capacity.  

*  Testing for Apple Maggot:
     We have an infestation of apple maggot in the city and we cannot use infected apples for food.  Please cut 10 of your apples in half to see if there are little brown trails through the white flesh of the apple. These are made by the larvae of the apple maggot fly and if you keep looking you can also find the white worm itself.  Although individual homeowners can choose to make applesauce with these apples, we will NOT be accepting them.  If 4 or more of the apples are infected then we cannot accept them.  We will test your apples as they come in and will send them back home with you if they are infected.  

*  Will we pick?
     We have more requests than ability to pick so we have to use a sliding scale.  
1.  If you pick and deliver we will probably take them as long as they do not have apple maggot.  
2.  If you pick and just need us to pick up and they do not have apple maggot, then we will take them.
3.  If you need us to pick AND have a ladder or 2 AND no apple maggot we will do our very best to come. 4.  If we are on our own, then the pick slides to the bottom of the list.  I am sorry.  We are volunteers and can only do so much and the easier the pick the more attractive it is.  

*  |f you pick:
    We cannot accept apples that have been on the ground due to contamination.  Those apples will have to go in the garbage.  
    No garbage bags please as they are full of toxic chemicals.  Please use boxes, grocery store plastic carry bags and reusable cloth bags.

*  We need you to sign a form giving us permission to pick in your yard and this is what we use to follow CFIA guidelines for being able to follow all our fruit to their actual source.  You only need one form per year.  

*  Where to deliver.  
     Please call us and tell us that you plan to drop off apples and we will give you directions.  We need a heads up please.  Do not bring them and leave them outside the hall as we cannot use them without being able to trace their source.  

*  What to do with excess apples?
    We will not be able to pick all the apples offered although we will try our best.  If you are left with apples there are a couple of options.
1.  Check with your neighbours to see if they want them.  
2.  Consider offering them to local group homes, senior residences or even leaving them on the front street with an invitation for people to take them home.  
2.  Pick and put a box out on the front street with a sign.  
3.  List them on Kijiji and see if others want to come and pick.
4.  If you have picked them check with OFRE (Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton) as they often run their apple cider press and you can turn your apples into lovely apple cider.  

Thank you for contacting us.