The GFC Launches a Social Enterprise!?
Fruit for Good aims to put all of those delicious apples in our community to good use, ensure that people without consistent access to cold storage can enjoy healthy, local foods beyond the harvest season, and provide community infrastructure to support other food entrepreneurs in our area..... all through bags of delicious, local, heritage apple chips made available for donation to food insecure families and residents through their local food pantry and through purchase at local, independent businesses.
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We are launching Fruit for Good in partnership with Durango Artisan Foods, who is acting as the generous host of our brand new, super shiny Harvest Saver 2000 (yes, it is as cool and spaceship-like as it sounds)! Once we get the kinks worked out, this industrial-grade dehydrator will be available for rent to burgeoning food businesses as part of DAF's commissary kitchen program.
At present, Fruit for Good is currently in the experimental phase of transforming hundreds of pounds of apples gleaned in the past few weeks into tasty apple chips. Each week, a GFC volunteer or staff member 'swizzles' (our new verb for coring, peeling, and cutting) apples gleaned from local backyards and orchards, dehydrates the 'swizzled' apples for about 3 hours, tests the final product, and packages the apple chips to be sent to food banks!
Eventually our local apple chips will be for sale at stores around town - each bag purchased will result in two bags donated to food banks across Southwest Colorado! Any revenue generated from these sales will be used to fund next summer's gleaning program and keep our food donations flowing! What a great way to support local nonprofits, reduce food waste, and feed community!
If you want to join our Swizzle Team and try your hand at turning apples into delicious, crispy, oh-so-fresh apple chips and helping us to build out this program, email Falon! Samples are, of course, a perk of the job :).
Sort for Storage
Voila! Apple Chips!!