Sharing the Fruit

A very important part of Fruit Share is making sure that as many people as possible benefit from the fruit (and vegetables!) that we harvest. This year, we donated fruit to 19 Winnipeg-based organizations:

Action Margeurite St. Vital
Agape Table
Behavioral Health Foundation
Ecole Henri Bergeron
Fisher Bay Bible Camp
Forward House
Fred Tipping Place
Lions Personal Care Centre
Main Street Mission
Mother Therese
North End Food Security Network
Oak Table
Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY)
Salvation Army
Siloam Mission
Sisters of Charity Soup Kitchen
Union Gospel Mission
Westgrove Children’s Centre
Winnipeg Harvest

The above are a list of the official organizations we donated to – but we also shared the fruit among friends, family and neighbours who would not otherwise have had access to fresh, local and (mostly) organic produce. It was a pleasure to share fruit with everyone!

Pumpkin Pickles recipe

It turns out that you can pickle just about anything – including pumpkin! Thanks to Mary Jane’s Cooking School for this recipe.

pumpkins!

Just imagine how many jars of pickles you could make with all those pumpkins!

Pumpkin Pickles

2 cups vinegar

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon pickling spice*

Pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes, about 6 to 8 cups.

Cook syrup for 15 minutes with pickling spice tied in cheese cloth.  Add enough pumpkin for syrup to cover.  Cook until pumpkin is glazed.  Fill in hot sterilized jars with pumpkin and pour boiling syrup over pickles and seal.  Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Grand Finale in photos

building cider press

The celebration began with a fun cider press building workshop, led by Fruit Share volunteer Darby Jones.

cider press

Everyone really enjoyed building their own cider presses to take home. And they looked great!

guide to prairie fruit
Between the cider press workshop and the potluck, everyone had the opportunity to give input on a book which will be released in the spring (all about prairie/backyard fruit!) – written by our very own Getty Stewart.
Fruit Share MB

We even got a sneak preview of pages of the book!

Winnipeg fruit

The sneak peek of the book was accompanied by a Fruit Share presentation area.

backyard fruit

The book will feature all kinds of things regarding backyard prairie fruit, as described here.

A successful harvesting season

Thank you very much to everyone who came out to Fruit Share’s 2011 Grand Finale yesterday afternoon – we had a lot of fun building cider presses, enjoying a tasty potluck and getting to know other volunteer fruit pickers.

prairie fruitWe also made an exciting announcement yesterday: not only did we succeed in meeting our goal of rescuing 7,000 lbs of fruit, we actually surpassed that goal! In fact, the grand total of all of our harvests this year resulted in…

7,386 lbs of fruit!

Thank you everyone so much for your participation and contributions – we couldn’t have done any of this without your support and your willingness to take part in rescuing fruit and distributing it to others in the community. Congratulations on a very successful year!