If you were to list words that excite the hearts of San Antonians, the words free and food would certainly be near the top.
A Saturday event that combined the two concepts turned out to be hugely popular.
They call it Jammin Jams.
Sponsored by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the annual food tree adoption event drew hundreds of people in the early morning rain at the Pearl.
The big draw? Ten different varieties of fruit and nut trees, including apple, apricot, avocado, fig, lemon, lime, olive, orange, nectarine, peach, pear, pecan, persimmon, plum and pomegranate.
Early on, the crowd favorite was avocado, but citrus was popular as well.
Mom Heidi Nelms brought her infant daughter.
She carried a lemon tree in one arm while pushing the baby’s stroller with the other.
Nelms said growing a baby and a tree at the same time seems like a great idea.
"Oh yes! Yeah. And she'll be able to hopefully help pick the fruit off of it eventually,” Nelms said. Nelms said this is the third time she has taken part in the adoption event, and she looks forward to it every year.
“It's been wonderful. We got a lemon our first, a lime our second and we're back to the lemon!” Nelms said.
It took an army of paid staff and volunteers to stage the event. More than 1,000 people showed up, forming a snaking line five rows deep. They waited patiently under the dripping sky, happy to be with like-minded people focused on healthy food and outdoor activity.
Organizers said people like the concept of food security, tree canopy shade and a more beautiful community. In addition to the trees, plant experts were on hand to field lots of questions about planting and care of their new resources.
If you missed the event but you are still interested in green, you can visit the CPS Energy Green Shade Tree rebate page.