EASY GLEANING — The Haywood Gleaners often do back-breaking work picking fields of tomatoes, beans and peppers once the professional harvesters have come and gone. The produce goes to feed those in need in Haywood. Eugene Christopher provided the easiest gleaning ever by welcoming gleaners into his apple warehouse.

Eugene Christopher of Christopher Farms has generously donated over 6,000 pounds of Fuji, Roma and delicious apples to the food insecure in Haywood County.

He invited the Haywood Gleaners to his farm five times in January where they gleaned the apples from 14 bins that had been kept in coolers since harvesting.

The Haywood Gleaners distributed Mr. Christopher’s apples to senior centers, food pantries, and other groups in need of nutritious food. These clients are appreciative of these apples, especially during the winter months.

In addition, some of the apples will be used for upcoming food preservation workshops during which attendees will learn to can applesauce. (More information is available at

Gene Christopher’s generosity to our county through the Haywood Gleaners goes back several years during which corn, squash, and apples have been distributed to thousands of grateful recipients.

The Haywood Gleaners are grateful to Mr. Christopher and other local growers, including the Mountain Research Farm, Ray Chambers, Danny Barrett, Skipper Russell, Howard and Kathy Taylor and home gardeners who continue to share their bounty with those in need of nutritious food.

Check our website ( to find out how you can volunteer with us, adding to the quarter of a million pounds of fresh produce and other food stuffs voluntarily gleaned in Haywood County over the last seven years.

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