Fruit for Good apple chips
Fruit for Good is a social enterprise launched by the GFC in 2020. This mini social enterprise 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.
Each bag purchased will result in bags of chips donated to food assistance entities across Southwest Colorado! Any revenue generated from these sales will be used to fund our Gleaning Program and keep our food donations flowing! What a great way to support local nonprofits, reduce food waste, and feed community!
How it's done...
Sort for Storage
Voila! Apple Chips!!
Donate the Goodies!
Follow Along or Get Involved
Fruit for Good has been launched in partnership with Durango Artisan Foods, who acts 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.
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!
Want to get involved?
Visit our Fruit Tree Harvesting page to learn about opportunities to help glean fresh fruit! Take home what you want, and donate the rest back to the Good Food Collective.