How long can your apples last?

It was October, 2011 when I last picked some sweet apples and I just ate the last fresh apple from this pick at the beginning of August, 2012.

Have I been eating fresh apples from this pick for the entire 10 months? No, but I did save a handful, fifteen to be exact, to keep in my refrigerator crisper just to see how long they would last. My initial intention was to see if I could keep fresh apples in my refrigerator until the new apples were ready to pick next season. Considering the 2012 apple harvest is now well underway, I must say “mission accomplice”!

A delicious and easy way to use crab apples

Tired of trying to core your tiny crab apples? Here is a great juice recipe that takes very little effort. The recipe says to cut apples in half, but I tried it out with some very small crab apples and left them whole, stem on and all, and the juice came out great!

Crab Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts (4 L) Crab apples
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Cream of Tartar
  • 5 quarts (5 L) Boiling water
  • 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) Sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash Apples, cut in half and place in large stock pot.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cream of tartar and cover with boiling water.
  3. Let stand for 24 hours.

Spotlight on Steinbach Charities

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers out in Steinbach, fruit out there is being rescued this summer as well. If you’re in the area and are looking to donate some surplus fruit, here are 2 charities to check out!

525 Main St.
Steinbach, MB
R5G 0L5
office: 204-326-2599
Grace Mennonite Church
430-3rd Street
Steinbach, MB
Canada R5G 0K5
326-3707

Spotlight on Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission feeds between 200-300 homeless and at risk people daily. Their clients typically have no access to any other missions or agencies in the area because of severe addictions or Mental Illness

Donated fruit would be used to prepare meals and food hampers, and processed for future use.

Contact Information

Street Address

669 Main St

Phone:

204-943-9669

Website:

www.lighthousemission.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Rhubarb, Sour cherries (eg. nanking or evans cherries), Crab apples, Big eating/baking apples, Grapes, Berries (eg. strawberries or raspberries), Apricots or Plums

Other Food Items

Canned Fruit Preserves (eg. jam, jelly, sauce, juice, etc.), Frozen Fruit, Home baked products (eg. fruit crisp, pies, breads, etc.).  Other canned goods especially Tuna/Salmon/ Klik.

Spotlight on Teen Stop Jeunesse

Teen Stop Jeunesse

A drop-in centre in St. Vital. The centre houses a youth drop in, adult education, literacy and EAL programs and child care so any food donations are greatly appreciated.

Donated fruit would be used to prepare meals, put in food hampers and processed for future use

Contact Information

Street Address

533 A St. Anne’s Road

Phone:

204-254-1618

 Website:

www.teenstop.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Rhubarb, Sour cherries (eg. nanking or evans cherries), Crab apples, Big eating/baking apples, Grapes, Berries (eg. strawberries or raspberries), Apricots or Plums

Other Food Items

Spotlight on Alpha House

Another idea for a great place to donate extra fruit this season.

Alpha House

Alpha House is a second stage housing program (commonly known as shelter) for women to come, with their children, upon leaving a violent relationship.  It is a residential, independent living program, where women and children can access individual and group counselling, as well as educational resources.

Most of the women at Alpha House have left almost all of their personal belongings and are now living on a very tight budget.  Fresh fruit often becomes a luxury item.  These women would be truly grateful to receive some of the delicious fresh fruit that Manitoba has to offer.

Apple Celebration

You are invited!

Fruit Share is hosting a country fair style celebration at the Osborne South Sidewalk Festival.
Join us and mingle with other fruit lovers! Free.

When: Saturday, August 25 from noon until 4:30 pm
Where: Fort Rouge Leisure Centre parking lot (625 Osborne Street)
What: There will be apple peeling, bobbing for apples, apple stamp painting, face painting, apple on a spoon racing, pin the stem on the apple… and a table selling apple cider from Fruit Share apples, baking and preserves. And a draw for a door prize!

Hope to see you there!

More cider picks this week!

We have 3 more apple extravaganza picks happening this week!

We’re looking to gather a group of 6 or 7 volunteers who can spend a morning, afternoon or evening together picking apples at a few sites. Volunteers will be welcome to take home a small bag of apples, but the majority will be dedicated to Fruit Share. We then have a few volunteers that have signed up to transport our apples out to Apple Junction, where they will collect until we have enough to make a great batch of fresh apple cider. The cider will be sold at events as a fundraiser for fruit share, starting with the Osborne South Sidewalk Festival, at which Fruit Share will be hosting a mini country fair! Volunteers who participate in the picks will be able to purchase cider at a reduced price (to be determined as it will be based on how much we can pick and press).

Apple Picking Extravaganzas

It is that time of year again, more apples than most people can figure out what to do with! To handle the great amounts we are seeing, we’re going to be organizing to have a whole ton of apples pressed into cider at Apple Junction. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be organizing several apple picking extravaganzas: gathering a group of 6 or 7 volunteers, and spending a morning, afternoon or evening together picking apples at a few sites. Volunteers will be welcome to take home a small bag of apples, but the majority will be dedicated to Fruit Share. We then have a few volunteers that have signed up to transport our apples out to apple junction, where they will collect until we have enough to make a great batch of fresh apple cider. The cider will be sold at events as a fundraiser for fruit share. Volunteers who participate in the picks will be able to purchase cider at a reduced price (to be determined as it will be based on how much we can pick and press).

Thank You Winnipeg Foundation and Food Matters Manitoba!

We are so grateful to have the support of the Winnipeg Foundation Community Grants Program for the second year in a row this summer. Their support is allowing us to make improvements to our structure and systems, while continuing to grow and serve the needs of our volunteers and fruit owners.

Our goal is to make Fruit Share a user-friendly, volunteer driven, self-sufficient organization that has the capacity to engage community members from across the city to harvest, share and enjoy unused fruit growing in backyards. The tremendous growth we’ve seen since our start-up in 2010 demonstrates that many Winnipeggers believe in this goal.

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Seeking Donations for Street Festival

The North Point Douglas Women’s centre is holding their 3rd annual Austin Street Festival ‘Celebrating the Cultures of Point Douglas’ on Austin Street on August 19th 2012 from 1:00pm-4:00pm in the North Point Douglas neighborhood. There will be a free barbeque, games and entertainment at the Festival, and they are seeking donations of fruit to give away as well. They will accept apples and crab apples.

The centre is located at 221 Austin St. N. For more information or to find out how to drop off fruit, contact Kathryn at 887-1088 or call the centre at 947-0321.

Steinbach Fruit Share is on SteinbachOnline!

I have had a lot of support from Carol Funk from South East Helping Hands Foodbank as the Steinbach Fruit Share program has begun to grow. She arranged for an interview with Steinbach’s local radio and online news station to help spread the word about Fruit Share in our area. I met with Luke Reimer from Mix96.7 a few days ago and today the interview was posted on SteinbachOnline. I understand that a radio version of the interview will be broadcast as well. Many people in Steinbach read SteinbachOnline and listen to the local radio station so hopefully this will help increase the number of fruit owners and volunteers who contact us and we can continue to rescue more fruit!

Cherry Pickin’

Mmmm cherries! Here are some photos that our volunteers shared of a Cherry Pick back in July.

The volunteer in the tree is Dave Guenther, who politely asked permission from the homeowner before climbing the tree. What great etiquette our volunteers have!

Photos are courtesy of Ariel Gordon, who took the homeowner’s advice and used her cherries to make this delicious Rustic Rhubarb Tart (substituting cherries for rhubarb and leaving out the pecans).

Pick Rules

 1. Volunteers, please bring your own equipment (or share amongst the group)

For a fruit tree you’ll need:

  • 1 ladder per volunteer (ideally, or you’ll be watching 1 person pick)
  • 1-2 tarps
  • Pails/boxes for the compost and the fruit
  • 1 rake for clean up
  • Gloves of you like ’em
  • If a fruit owner has equipment to share, wonderful.

For a rhubarb plant you’ll need:

  • 1 sharp knife per volunteer
  • Pails/boxes for the compost and the fruit

2. Be on time.

It’s so much nicer to work on the fruit together! Please communicate with the others prior to the pick if your availability has changed.