New Got Fruit and Thank You Notes

Thanks to Karen Sturgeon a volunteer on our Advisory Board, we have some new Got Fruit and Thank You notes to share!

Check out the Flyers page of our website for things you can print that will help us find more fruit to share and to thank the homeowners that are sharing with us.

Here’s a sneek preview.  For the full pdf documents that you can print click here.


Which is your favourite?

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Picking Rhubarb

Now that we’ve sent out our first notice of rhubarb picks, here are a few reminders about picking rhubarb.

  • pick from the outside in
  • slide your hand to the base of the stalk and pull gently
  • if pulling does not work, carefully cut the stalks as close to the ground as possible
  • leave 1/3 of the stalks on the plant so it can continue to grow and thrive during the summer – NEVER pick all of the stalks from a rhubarb plant
  • if you cut the leaves off the stalks at the picking location, ask the homeowner permission to put the leaves in their composter or take the leaves with you to compost in your home composter or at another composter

The First Fruit of 2012

Here’s a look at the first batch of rhubarb shared with us for 2012.  Weighing in at 4lbs 4oz, this pre-picked bundle was shared with us by  home owners from the South Osborne area who have been donating their rhubarb since 2010.

I’ll be sharing this rhubarb, where I shared the very first batch back in 2010 – with the seniors of Fred Tipping Place.  The rest I’ll prepare for the  Dig In Manitoba Urban Fruit Harvesting workshop  on June 6 at the Riverview Community Centre.  Click here for workshop details and to register.

Last year we picked about 36 patches of rhubarb.  This year, let’s see if we can capture more untapped rhubarb throughout the city and in Steinbach.  Let no rhubarb be forgotten!

The Magic of Fruit Share

The other day, I was asked “What’s the magic ingredient of Fruit Share?”   You may think that Fruit Share’s success is due to the  fruit we harvest, but I`ve experienced that it`s about so much more than just fruit.

The magic of Fruit Share comes from the fact that everyone involved gets to experience the sense of satisfaction, connectedness and happiness that comes from sharing.  It makes people feel good to share their surplus fruit, to help a neighbour, to harvest a tree, and to literally share the fruits of their labour.   It just feels good to know you`re doing something that connects you to others and makes them happy.

Thank You Assiniboine Credit Union

Today was a great day.  Today, Fruit Share received a cheque from the Assiniboine Credit Union’s 2012 Community Grant Program!

The grant is in support of Fruit Share’s Community Education Program – our efforts to provide education on the identification, harvesting, sharing and use of prairie fruit.

We’re thrilled that they believe in us and our ability to contribute to environmental sustainability and community renewal.

Our Community Education Program will focus on these key activities:

  • holding fruit preparation workshops throughout the summer with various community partner organizations
  • developing, and sharing educational and display materials on harvesting and sharing prairie fruit
  • participating in conferences and public events to promote the value and benefits of harvesting and sharing our local fruit

When to Harvest Rhubarb?

Not sure whether your rhubarb is ready to be picked?  No need to worry, Fruit Share is here to offer some helpful tips of when to harvest this tasty treat!

Rhubarb is perfect for our prairie gardens. This cool season perennial is winter hardy, drought tolerant and requires a cold dormant season to stimulate spring growth. It does not do well in extreme heat and will slow its growth considerably in the summer. It is typically the first fresh produce ready to harvest on the prairies, often starting as early as May or June.  This year, has been an ideal, early spring for rhubarb and I’m sure we’ll be harvesting in just a couple of weeks.

Calling All Rhubarb!

Have you seen this plant?

It’s rhubarb and it’s growing all over the province in lanes, backyards and abandoned farm sites.  It’s hardy, it’s tart and it makes awesome pies, crisps, coffee cakes and jam.  And, it’s almost ready to harvest!

If you see a patch of this plant that isn’t being harvested, why not knock on the door and see if the owner will allow you to pick a few stalks.  Or, drop a Got Fruit? note in their mailbox to encourage them to sign up their rhubarb for Fruit Share.

We have volunteers ready and eager to pick the rhubarb growing in and around our city.

Please pass on the message that Fruit Share is looking for surplus rhubarb.