One of the things that I love most about our carriage house in the country (my Anne Shirley-esqe way of describing our rented-one-bedroom-flat-on-top-of-a-garage) is the orange tree planted next to our front porch. In the spring it provides us with beautiful white blossoms and their distinctively sweet, citrusy fragrance. In the winter it provides us with oranges so juicy they have ruined supermarket oranges for Pete and I forever.
So why are these oranges rotting on the ground?
I haven’t been quick enough this year to pick the oranges - last year when money was tighter, we barely had a single one wasted! Today I picked about 30 oranges - Pete and I will eat about half of that this week, and the other half will be given away. I plan on picking some of the really ripe ones every day, and giving them away to coworkers, neighbors, and our "Take it Or Leave It" box at church. I may drop some off at the food bank at Shadow Mountain Community Church, near where Pete and I work.
If you have a fruit tree, harvest the fruit this week before it spoils and use it instead of buying fruit at the grocery store. Whatever is left, give it away! I'm sure that a friend or coworker who is struggling financially, or a homeless shelter or food bank, would be thrilled to receive it!
What are your green or frugal tips?