A fruit tree produces a lot of fruit. You can make only so much applesauce. You can only leave so many shopping bags of pears on your neighbor's stoops before they start retaliating with zucchini. Which is why the Community Fruit Tree Harvest is such a boon.
One year I lugged bags of fruit to the local food bank. The past two years I have had pickers come to strip my trees and distribute the harvest. This year they came trailed by a Seattle P-I photographer and writer.
Gilbert Arias and I talked shop most of the time. He knew my friend Cheryl Hatch, an amazing photojournalist, who, until two years ago, worked out of the local AP office. "When Cheryl was around it made me work harder," Gil said. "She was always on top of whatever was going on."
The story is on the Seattle P-I website and also, I believe, in the Monday paper edition. The plums are almost ripe. Anyone want some before the crew comes back?