How to Become a Fruit Picker?

fruit pickers

To pick fruit with Fruit Share, you need to sign up with Fruit Connect and pay a $10.75/year membership. This allows you to pick as many times throughout a season as you want. It also lets you post any surplus edibles if you happen to have any, but this is not a requirement. You can pick fruit even if you have no fruit to share yourself.

Your membership helps pay for the insurance that protects you as a picker. It also helps pay for the maintenance of the system and general costs of operating Fruit Share. While we don’t screen fruit owners and fruit pickers, it also ensures only serious users are on the system.

Signing up with Fruit Connect is easy. There’s no need to download anything, you just need to have access to the internet – you can use any device.

Here are the step by step instructions:

Step1

Head to Fruit Connect – http://fruitconnect.fruitshare.ca and hit Sign Up

sign up to Fruit Connect

Step 2

You’ll be taken to this screen where you can provide your basic information. subscribing as picker

Step 3

Subscribe for Unlimited Access so you can get details about picks – like the exact address. This is going to cost you $10.75 per year.

subscribing

Step 4

When you hit the blue Subscribe button, you’ll be taken to the PayPal portal that looks like this. You can pay by credit card or PayPal account. Go ahead and follow all the prompts to become a paid member.

paypal

If you prefer not to pay electronically, you can send a cheque made out to the Manitoba Association of Home Economists at the following address.

Manitoba Association of Home Economists
Box 582
Station Main
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2J3

Step 5

Once you’re all paid, go back to your Account settings and be sure to turn on notifications. Trust me, you’ll want to check this box so you get email notices when new fruit is available for picking. No need to check the website everyday – this notification will keep you in the loop. Just a heads up – when you get the notice, read it right away so you can get in on the action!

get notifications

You’re officially subscribed, now go ahead and browse the pick listings shown on Fruit Connect.

Step 4

Browse and choose your favorite pick(s).

choose a pick

Click on your preferred fruit and location to get more details. Click the blue ATTEND button.

hit Attend

That’s it – you are a fruit picker! Go get some fruit!

3 thoughts on “How to Become a Fruit Picker?

  1. I live near Steinbach and work in Winnipeg, so I like to be aware of both areas’ picks. Do I need to subscribe and pay the 10.75 twice?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Becky,
      Fruit Share Steinbach and Fruit Share Winnipeg operate independently, so yes, if you want to get notification of picks from both networks, you do have to pay two memberships.

      Alternatively, you could sign up for both as a browser only. This is a free membership on both systems that allows you to log on at any time to see what fruit is posted. Once you see something you’re interested in, you could pay your full membership then in order to get all the picking details and register as a picker for that pick. This might be the best solution if you visit each site regularly during the busy fruit season.

      I know Steinbach and us both wish we could offer the service for free, but there are just too many bills to pay! Thanks for understanding.

      1. Hi Getty –

        Thanks for the information! The $10.75 doesn’t bother me to pay, I was more worried I’d confuse the whole system by trying to sign up and pay twice. 🙂

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