Welcome Sagan!

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome and introduce Sagan Morrow as the Coordinator of Fruit Share.

Sagan will be setting up the systems and processes necessary to grow and operate Fruit Share with the help  of our amazing volunteers.  Sagan’s work with Fruit Share will officially begin on July 1, 2011, although she’s already been working hard behind the scenes.

Sagan comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.  She has great passion, skills  and experience in communications, promotions and event coordination.  Her commitment and interest in promoting nutritious whole foods is unwavering as evidenced by her role as co-founder of the Food Label Movement, her health column for the Uniter, and her own blog Living in the Real World.

The People of Fruit Share

Fruit Share is all about fruit, or is it?

On the surface, it sure looks like that’s what it’s about, but the fact is, Fruit Share is so much more. It’s as much about people and community as it is about fruit. The fruit is really just an excuse for bringing together people and giving them an opportunity to get to know and help their neighbours.

That’s why I love when people share their stories with us. Being the one to receive the emails and phone calls, I often get the chance to hear and read these stories. They have such a positive impact on me, I often wish I could “share” them with you. The other day, I received an email that was a great example of the enthusiasm and passion that many of our volunteers have. Ellen has allowed me to share a bit of her email with you, I hope you find it as delightful as I did.

Now that’s a rhubarb patch!

Many Winnipeg homes (at least those 40 years or older) have an obligatory rhubarb plant stuck somewhere on their property.  Some, who enjoy rhubarb, even have two or three plants.  But rarely are there homeowners with over 20 plants.  So, when we got a call from Melissa offering up her 20-30 rhubarb plants we were thrilled!

Our volunteers picked a whopping 62 pounds of rhubarb in Melissa’s backyard.  That’s over 400 stalks of rhubarb which would make about 60 rhubarb pies, or five batches of Grandmere’s Rhubarb Marmalade, a family recipe submitted to us by Summer, one of the volunteers who helped on this pick.

We know Winnipeg Harvest was able to put their 1/3 to good use as well.

Savory Rhubarb

Green rhubarb lends itself nicely to some savory rhubarb recipes.  I decided to try my hand at Rhubarb Ginger Relish and Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce.  Oh yes, I kid you not!

Rhubarb Ginger Relish

A compilation of various recipes I found, again on a quest to find something with as little sugar as possible.  But, hey, it’s rhubarb – some sugar required!


2 cups diced rhubarb

2 cups chopped onion

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup sugar

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt


In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.

Where, When and How To Donate Backyard Fruit

You’re in the sharing spirit.  You have fresh fruits or veggies you’d like to donate.

There’s just one problem, you’re not sure where, when, how and to whom to donate your fruit.

Problem solved.  Here is a handy, dandy reference listing nine Winnipeg organizations that will accept fresh fruit and vegetable donations.  Included in this document are all the logistical details you’ll need to know right from where to park to which door to enter.

Sharing the Harvest: When, Where and How to Donate Fruit 

And, if you need help in getting to your chosen charity, check out this MapQuest map which shows all nine locations.

Winnipeg Fruit Donation Map

Rhubarb Jam

For the first time in 2011, I’m actually adding something to our pantry rather than taking it off the shelf.  It feels good to put aside some goodies for another season. I know when the time comes, we’ll enjoy that sweet/tart rhubarb taste even more.

Preserving rhubarb for future use can be as easy or complicated as you want.

When I want easy, I simply wash it, cut it, let it air dry and then freeze it in freezer bags.  It can be used for crisps, muffins, bars and most of the other rhubarb recipes listed on this blog.  I have never had a problem using frozen rhubarb.  While we usually use all of ours within 8-10 months, I believe it would last for at least a year.

1000% Increase in Volunteers


At 4:50 pm today, we had our 100th volunteer sign up.  That’s a 1000% increase in the number of volunteers from last year.  Can you say WOW!

We also had our 51st fruit owner sign up.

That’s a lot of fruit that we’ll be rescuing this summer.

Thanks everyone for your interest and support.



Beautiful Rhubarb

Rhubarb is beautiful.

Rhubarb is colourful.  There are numerous varieties of rhubarb ranging in colour from celery green to strawberry red.  But take note, colour is not an indication of sweetness.  Trust me, when I tasted these three varieties, they all tasted equally tart to me!

Rhubarb is tart.  It does require some form of sweetener, which may leave you wondering, why bother?  If you have to load it up with sugar, isn’t it better not to eat it at all?

Spotlight on Winnipeg Harvest

When we have a large amount of fruit, Winnipeg Harvest is a great place to donate.

Winnipeg Harvest

Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community-based organization. They are committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. They are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.

Winnipeg Harvest uses donated fruit to prepare meals, fill food hampers and share with other organizations.

Contact Information

Street Address: 1085 Winnipeg Avenue

Phone: 204-982-3663

Website: www.winnipegharvest.org

Donations Accepted


Apples, apricots, berries, crab apples, grapes, rhubarb, sour cherries, plums

Other Food Items


Let the picking begin!

This week we had our first rhubarb harvests.  Check out the tally on the side to see how much we’ve collected and where we’re donating it.

Thanks to all our fruit owners for giving us access to their rhubarb and thanks to the volunteers who are picking and sharing it.

Now, to enjoy that rhubarb here are some great recipes submitted by our volunteers and fans in 2010!

The following are some recipes that were submitted to our blog in 2010.  Just click on the link to get the full recipe.

Rustic Rhubarb Tart

Honey Oat Whole Wheat Muffins

Classic Stewed Rhubarb

Rhubarb Parfait

Fruit Share and Getty in Wave Magazine

A great article about Fruit Share and well, yes me!  http://www.wrha.mb.ca/wave/2011/05/getty-stewart.php

Novel idea bears fruit

Riverview woman’s food sharing plan helps build community

Getty Stewart
Getty Stewart

Winnipeg Health Region
Wave Magazine, May / June 2011

A carpet of rotting apples beneath a fruit tree is more than just an unsightly magnet for wasps to Getty Stewart.

It’s a waste of food and a lost opportunity to bring neighbours and communities together.

That feeling is what prompted the Riverview mother, home economist, activist and blogger to launch Fruit Share, a volunteer program that connects people who own fruit trees with volunteer pickers and social agencies.