Picking Pears

Last week we were lucky enough to have a couple of opportunities for our volunteers to pick pears. Here are some photos, and thoughts, from one of those picks, shared by volunteers Ariel and Maria.

“Had a great time on a beautiful warm fall day picking pears in St. Vital! Lots of helpers made for quick results! Only 1 hour and almost 200 lbs were collected. What a harvest! Thank you Fruit Share and everyone who contributed!”  -Maria, Volunteer

Some lovely looking pears.


Here’s the fruit owner up in the tree. We love it when they get right in there with us!


Working hard to get those pears.


What a haul!

Apple Curry Soup

You know you have too many apples when you start making apple soup! This recipe, from the Prairie Fruit Cookbook,  is a nice change from all sweet things we often make with apples – what do you know, they’re great in savory dishes as well.
Simple and elegant, this soup makes an impressive first course to any special dinner.
Apple Curry Soup
Apple Curry Soup

1 Tbsp. butter
1 large onion, sliced thinly
4 cups vegetable stock
3 Manitoba apples, cored, peeled, & chopped (Goodland is a nice variety for this recipe, but you can use other varieties as well)
1 tsp. curry powder (or to taste)

3 sprigs of curry plant leaves (optional)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light cream
salt and pepper to taste


Sauté onion in 1tbsp of butter until soft.

The Crab Apple Dilemma

Dear Crab Apple Owners,

We want to thank you all for registering your fruit with us over the years, we are glad that you have the desire to share your fruit and wish to see it put to good use.

As most of you are already aware, this summer we have had some challenges filling all of our pick requests. This has been especially true for Crab Apples.  There are a few reasons for this, which we’d like to share with you in the hopes of coming up with some solutions to the ‘crab apple dilemma’ for next year.

  • Currently, 129 out of our 307 Fruit Owners have crab apple trees. That means over 40% of picks that we are offering to our volunteers and partner organizations are crab apples.

Cosmetic Pesticide Ban

The provincial government is looking at potentially banning the sale and use of chemicals to maintain the appearance of lawns and gardens and one of our Fruit Share volunteers has been involved in gathering support for such a ban. Because we know many of our volunteers and homeowners feel the same way, we wanted to share some more information with you on the subject. Here is some background information on the ban:

Pesticides are seriously harmful to our heath, to our children, to our pets, and to our environment. There are many natural and safe alternatives for dealing with weeds in lawns and gardens.

Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Manitoba supports legislation that: