Summer in the Kootenays is often a time of abundance – if you know where to look. This year the cherry harvest around Castlegar has been amazing, as long as there aren’t any worms in the ones you are picking. Here’s a pie Robyn and Eden made with some of our local fruit.

Cherry and Raspberry Freeform Pie

I am amazed at how quickly the fruit comes onto the cherry trees, and just how laden with fruit they are. Next up will be the apricots, then the peaches, apples, plums, of course there will be huckleberries, blackberries, and rhubarb as well. The amount of fruit in a good year is astounding.


Tonight Robyn just returned from a “Harvest Rescue” down the road – more cherries. This is a group of people who pick fruit for people, and use the principle of thirds, a third to the land owner, if they want it, a third to the food bank, and a third for yourself. A document that seeks to detail some of the benefits, issues and challenges of urban fruit picking has been released out of Sheffield in the UK. This is called the Abundance Handbook, which can be viewed online as a pdf or printed as a booklet. This is an excellent effort from a  group of dedicated locals who harvest local fruit in the region, and discuss issues such as mapping, pollution, storage and preservation of fruits.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.