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.