Category Archives: Fruit Trees & Orchards

Savings: 5 Ways to Get Fruit Trees For Cheap!


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Here’s a collection of 9 fruit trees we purchased for less than $120 on Craigslist

We are always looking for opportunities to expand our orchard. We’ve got a few resources to share in helping you save money!

Here’s our top 5 best places to find cheap fruit trees:

5)  Your local newspaper classified ads –  Print newspaper is dying but people still use the classified ads. This is an easy way to find those with established nurseries and plants to move.

4) Nextdoor.com – Nextdoor.com is a social media site for neighbor. You can post a wanted ad for trees or you can check their classifieds section and see what you can find.

3) Local Garden Clubs – Garden clubs hosting frequent plant sales. A lot of the time they are cheaper and your contribution is tax-deductible which is a win – win.

2) Freecycle – This one is a long shot but when you find the right deal you’ll hit it big and for FREE!

And our number one BEST CHOICE for cheap fruit trees is Craigslist.org!

Ironically, we’ve had found Craigslist.org to be an incredible source for finding affordable one or year old fruit trees. There’s a lot of moving sale ads and that’s the number one reason people sell potted fruit trees. These trees are usually listed for $10-20 a piece which is half of nursery or store-bought prices. Plus these are usually much older and better established than the new store-bought fruit trees. So if you’re looking for your own trees, Craigslist is the best.

We purchased 9 fruit trees on Craigslist for $120! (See top image) That’s only $13.30 per tree! This included one olive, one pomegranate, one orange tree, two tangerine, one lemon, one apple, one mandarin tree and one thorn less blackberry bush. With the fresh fruit these beauties have already produced for us, they’ve already paid for themselves! Now that’s awesome and sustainable!

We will be selling some of the produce from them this year and save the profits for the next batch of cheap fruit trees! Invest and reinvest. Repeat!

Happy Hunting!

Introduction of Our Fruit Trees: Part One


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We LOVE fruit trees here on our little homestead! We have lots of fruits and lots of information to gave so for this reason I decided to break this post into two parts. Part 1 will be an introduction to our well established, in ground top producing trees. Part 2 will cover our potted, younger fruit trees we have on the property.

When my husband first moved here there were many trees already in ground, established and produce yearly if not year round. These include a walnut tree, a dwarf lemon tree, two apricot trees, 3 plum trees, a cherry plum tree, a peach tree and two tangerine trees.

The walnut tree (pictured above) is great! It produces a massive amount of walnuts every year! Unfortunately, we haven’t tried to harvest it yet but will when it’s in season again.

Our established dwarf lemon tree produces silver dollar sized lemons. Lots of them! It would take forever to make lemonade but they are great for add a little flavor to a dish or I enjoy using them in my own homemade household cleaners.

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We have two apricot trees, one big and one little. The big one is the heavy weight champion on our property! It comes in at a whopping 75+ pounds of apricots every season!!! The smaller one produces probably around 15 pounds. It’s because of this tree alone, that I’ve mastered making and canning apricot jam! We are still working off 2014’s fruit season even though I make it yearly.  I tend to give away lots of fresh fruit and canned jams as gifts to our friends and family. That’s one of the blessings of this lifestyle. You can be extremely generous with your goods. If you’re interested in my canning adventures, click here.

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Next we have 3 plum trees and a cherry plum! The largest plum tree is our biggest producer. It produces a heavy load of 45+ pounds of sweet, wonderful plums. We don’t can these because for some reason that get eaten way too quickly and are often a family favorite.

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The cherry plum is a special treat too! The cherry plum has a sweet, full taste of plums only slightly smaller with a cherry pit. These are the best to eat right off the tree!

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Rain rinsed ripe and ready to pick cherry plums! So delicious!

Our peach tree is another wonderful blessing. While it doesn’t produce much, what it does produce is amazing! We only get a few pounds per season but every season we consistently get more every year. Go. Peach. Go!

Next we have two awesome tangerine trees. We don’t know much about what type of tangerine they are. They both produce silver dollar sized fruit. One tree’s fruit has no seeds and tastes great. The other tree’s fruit has seeds and tastes even better than the seedless. Both produce fruit literally year round. Here’s a picture of each of the two trees!

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Well, now you’ve got the skinny on our established and producing fruit trees! I hope you enjoyed hearing all about them. Stay tuned for our part two covering all our new additions as well as our top secret best place ever to buy fruit trees on the cheap!

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Gather Healthy Fruit For Your Family For Free


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Every time I go out I’m reminded of the massive amount of food that goes to waste in lawns and yards across America. We see it all the time. Fruit trees with fruit rotting on the ground because no one was there to pick it. Well, I do. I am an urban forager.

The concept is simple. Occasionally my friends, family, neighbors and even strangers will grant me access to their homegrown unwanted fruits and vegetables. Other times I find fruit trees or wild berries on public property. More often than not people have much more growing fruit than they can use and that’s where I come in.

I offer to come harvest whatever they give me permission for and bag it up. I provide my own bags, fruit picker and woman power. I even clean up all the fruit that’s uneatable on the ground and give it to my chickens. They are more than happy to do their part and don’t mind bruised or buggy fruit.

Sometimes people will do the heavy lifting for you! Often people will offer to bag up their fruit and leaving it on their porch for easy pick up. Others will be so willing to pass the fruit along that they will bag it up and drop it off themselves. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get massive hauls a few times a week like the ones pictured here.

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Note: Be prepared and plan according. Processing fruit can be time consuming and homegrown food goes bad more quickly than store bought.

The benefits of doing this are endless! Since I don’t have a traditional career, this is one of the many ways I contribute to my family’s household. Fruit is expensive and the nutritional benefits speak for themselves. As you can see below it’s very easy to collect large quantities of quality foods for free!

To make the most out of my hauls, I preserve or process the fruit using various methods including baking, juicing or canning. See my yearly canning list for more details!

If you get way more fruit than your family can use; barter or give it to your friends or family. Also remember that ALL local food pantries accept homegrown foods. Search here to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you!

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To get started, I recommend following these 3 guidelines:

  1. If it’s on private property ask permission! Most people will say “yes” and if you do get a “no” move on there’s plenty of trees out there and people that will give you the green light. Post a request on social media, Craigslist, or NextDoor.com. If it’s public property, go for it!
  2. Only take what you can use! There’s plenty of fruit out there! There’s no use in saving fruit from rotting on the ground only to have it rot in your kitchen. Be courtesy and leave some for others. If you get more than you can use, share it with your friends, family or donate it to the local food bank!
  3. Have fun! It can be hard work, but it’s also very rewarding! Plus you’re getting a work out. Bring a friend or two to help ease the load, and split the rewards. Keep an eye out for public fruit trees on your walks or next trip to the park.

Check out my foraging expeditions here. Hopefully they will inspire you to make some of your own. The potential is limitless.