July 14, 2011

Salem Harvest kicks off season with cherries

Royal Ann cherries.

Photo Essay by Nate Rafn

Salem's all-volunteer gleaning group, Salem Harvest, started the 2011 season with a 30-acre cherry harvest. 200 pickers gathered on Wednesday at a picturesque orchard just east of Salem. At the end of the night, 2000 pounds of cherries were picked.

Volunteers donate at least half of all produce to Marion-Polk Food Share, which is then distributed to local food pantries. In 2010, 53,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were picked, while 28,000 pounds were donated.

Visit www.salemharvest.org to get involved.

Pond, with cherry orchards in the distance.

Ripe fruit weighs down this young cherry tree.

Half of all fruit harvested will be donated to the food bank.

Volunteer uses a ladder to reach higher fruit.

Related Links

Fresh berries in the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge

Salem Harvest on Living Culture TV


  1. Thanks, Nate, for spreading the word about Salem Harvest! Hope you can make it out again soon!

  2. Love the pictures. It as nice meeting you also - and thanks for answering some questions!


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