If you want to pick free, fresh fruit to pick around Michiana, you don’t necessarily have to rely on growing it yourself.
An organization called Falling Fruit is crowdsourcing a worldwide map of locations where fruit and vegetables are ripe for the taking and there are thousands of spots in Michiana listed.
In 2013, Transition Goshen initiated a conversation between Falling Fruit and the City of Goshen to list about 5,000 trees that have a use for human consumption on the site, including maple, apple and pear trees. The trees were added in September.
Michiana’s contribution to the global map isn’t just in Goshen. There are several trees listed in Mishawaka, including a large apple tree on Grape Road north of Imus Drive. South Bend listings include a pear tree on McKinley Avenue near Coquillard Drive.
Falling Fruit has a Barnraiser crowdfunding campaign going right now to raise money to create a mobile app so that users can access the map easily on their smartphones. The group has about $7,500 to raise before the end of May and they hope to launch the first version – either iPhone or Android – of the app in November.