Four Years of Picking

Sometimes a pick is just a pick, sometimes it’s so much more.  A recent pick brought me back to 2010 when Fruit Share was just taking shape.

Mrs. O is one of the original homeowners that called me to pick her Goodland apples in 2010. She was 80 and couldn’t pick or use all of her gorgeous apples. Given to her by her sons on Mother’s Day years ago, she was eager to see the apples from her special tree go to good use.  Her story inspired part of  my TEDX talk on Sharing Our Surplus

Apple Kuchen (cake) recipe

Apple cake is a wonderful dessert to enjoy in the autumn months. Decorate the top of the cake with apple slices artfully arranged for gorgeous presentation!

fresh apple

Apple Kuchen (cake)
yields 1-9X13 glass dish

3/8 lb butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
granulated sugar to sprinkle on top

5 apples cored, sliced*holding together at the middle
2 Tbsp butter, melted
powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Dried apples and fruit leather recipes

Dried Apples

apples with peel

Plain dried apples, with peel.


- Apples

- Cinnamon and sugar (optional)


Remove the core and slice the apples into any shape you like (rings are popular, but with smaller apples it is easier to simply slice them). Arrange on the dehydrator tray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if desired. Dehydrate for 7 – 10 hours.

Fruit Leather

nutty fruit

Fruit leather with applesauce base, topped with walnut and sunflower seed crumbles.


- 12 Goodland apples (about 15 crab apples or 8 eating apples), cored and quartered

- Any combination of the following:

  • 2 tbsp applesauce or apple cider
  • ½ tsp almond extract