While many ran through the streets of Houston early this morning to start off the Chevron Marathon weekend, hundreds lined up in near freezing temperatures to buy a fruit tree at the Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale at the West Loop Campus at Houston Community College this Saturday morning. The sale was from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. today.
Urban Harvest says its the largest fruit tree sale in the country. The annual fundraising sale featured a large variety of citrus, berry, banana, ginger, avocado and even coffee bean trees that grow well locally in the Houston area. Many of the citrus fruit trees sold today also can tolerate temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The fruit trees, if sold out or unavailable, also can be picked up at the Farmers Market Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, February 17th from 8 a.m. – noon at 3000 Richmond.
Prices for the 1-2 gallon potted young citrus trees today ranged from $31 to $53 for a lemon tree that restaurant chefs use to prepare dishes.
Urban Harvest is an educational, volunteer and staffed, non-profit group founded in 1994. Its goal is to encourage community, healthy eating and organic gardening. Urban Harvist also has classes for fruit growers on fruit tree care, planting, growing fruit trees in small spaces and training/pruning the trees. For more information, visit http://www.urbanharvest.org