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Published October 14, 2009, 02:20 PM

Volunteers needed for Bayfield-area apple recovery

Ten acres of Jonathon apples, which could feed thousands of people struggling in our region, could go to waste this week without the support of volunteers.

By: Superior Telegram,

Ten acres of Jonathon apples, which could feed thousands of people struggling in our region, could go to waste this week without the support of volunteers.

Rabideaux’s Orchard, owned and operated by Allen and Mary Jo Rabideaux, has more than 300 bushels of apples (more than 12,000 pounds) waiting to be picked at their 20-acre Bayfield-area orchard.

Miner’s Inc./Super One Foods has donated a semi-truck to the gleaning effort, which will be parked at the orchard at 9 a.m. Friday, but Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank still needs volunteers.

“We really need volunteers,” said Shaye Moris, the food bank’s executive director. “The demand for our nationally and regionally donated food has never been higher, and we have an opportunity to rescue some wonderful fresh apples thanks to the Rabideaux and Miner’s Inc./Super One Foods. The weather is supposed to be nice on Friday ,so we are hoping for a great volunteer turnout.”

People interested in volunteering can arrive at 9 a.m. Friday at Rabideaux’s Orchard, 35465 County Highway J in Bayfield. Backpacks and appropriate outdoor clothing are encouraged. For more information, contact Mary Beth Dickey, (218) 232-4213 or Sarah Bourcy, (218) 727-5653, ext. 110.

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