Fruit Share on Breakfast Television

We made it to the big leagues!  Fruit Share made it’s debut on television this week on the Manitoba Association of Home Economists’ Family and Home segment.

Melanie and Aidan, two of Fruit Share’s biggest fans and helpers, (also my 6 and 9 year olds) joined me to share the story of Fruit Share with City TV’s early morning viewers.

Check out the videos.

Aidan has an apple peeling contest with host Jon.

Melanie makes apple oat muffins.

Apple Curry Soup

You know you have too many apples when you start making apple soup!


I was a little skeptical about this simple apple soup recipe.  Apples and onions – really?

Really, it’s great!  Simple and elegant, this soup makes an impressive first course to any special dinner.

Apple Curry Soup
Apple Curry Soup

1 Tbsp. butter
1 large onion, sliced thinly
4 cups vegetable stock
3 Manitoba Goodland apples, cored, peeled, & chopped
1 tsp. curry powder (or to taste)

3 sprigs of curry plant leaves (optional)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light cream
salt and pepper to taste


Sauté onion in 1tbsp of butter until soft.

Dried Apple Rings

We finally made those oven dried apple rings that we mentioned several weeks ago. They’re fabulous!  The adults love them as much as the kids do.  They make a perfect snack for back to school.

These apple rings still have a little moisture to them.  If you are going to store them for a long time, you might want to dry them out even more by keeping them in the oven a little longer.  Storing them has not been an issue in our house since they’re all gone within a couple of days.

In an effort to be somewhat energy efficient, I throw in a fresh batch whenever the oven is already on after baking something else.

More Apples for Agape Table

Last night, we beat the rain and cleared three more apple trees.  In the end, we added about another 450 lbs of apples to our tally.  
This morning, Agape Table got another two boxes of apples to share with their guests.
Thanks to our amazing volunteers and homeowners for making Fruit Share possible.

A Nice Thank You

It was nice to hear a lovely Thank You message on the Fruit Share hotline (aka my phone) today from Micheal at Fred Tipping Place.  I don’t know Micheal, but he wanted to extend a hearty THANK YOU to all the Fruit Share volunteers and fruit owners for sharing fresh fruit with them.

Thanks Micheal for your appreciation, it makes our volunteer work that much more rewarding.

More Goodlands

Another great picking session this afternoon.  Thanks Stephanie!  We got about 180 pounds of big, delicious Goodland apples.

This time, we shared a box with seniors at Fred Tipping Place.  Douglas was one of several seniors who thoroughly enjoyed taking a few apples up to his apartment.

City TV also came out this afternoon to get some footage of us picking apples.  It will be aired on Tuesday, September 14 when my kids and I will be doing a Breakfast Television segment on Fruit Share for the Manitoba Association of Home Economists.  Stay tuned for more details.

A Drive to Apple Junction

Back in the old country, my family had an orchard right next to our circa 1600 Bauernhaus (farm house) on the outskirts of our small farming village.  We had plums, apricots, pears, cherries and apples.   While we preserved much of that fruit for our own use, we took many of our apples to the apple mill in the city.  We would drop off bushels of apples and return home with glass bottles of fresh pressed apple cider*.

Memories of those trips came flooding back as I packed up the kids for our own journey to Apple Junction just East of Landmark, Manitoba.  We were excited to turn our bruised and dented apples from our tree shaking experience from last week, into fresh, delicious apple cider.

A Good Day of Apple Picking Helps Reach 1000lbs of Fruit!

After a busy day of picking some more gorgeous Goodland apples, Fruit Share passed a major milestone of 1000lbs of fruit.  That’s a lot of fruit!  Thanks everyone!

Yesterday, Aidan felt more comfortable climbing the tree rather than the ladder.  He swears by his new found technique and claims he picked the best apples from his vantage point.  Meanwhile, Melanie, who decided climbing ladders or trees wasn’t her thing, was busy snapping these photos.
After we picked as many apples as we possibly could, we shook the the last few remaining branches.  But this time, we held out a blanky to catch them all.  Well, we didn’t catch them all, but we were able to save quite a few from the “bruised box”.
Linda, Janet and Scott went on to pick at yet another location -an even bigger tree with even more apples. 
Everyone walked away with several big boxes of apples and today Teen Challenge, Agape Table and Janet’s church will get their share too.