Interview with Erin Crampton & an Apple Cider Press

Visit the Fruit Share website for more great blog posts.

Erin Crampton is the owner and chief instigator of Crampton’s Market, whose tagline is “We sell good food to nice people.” I recently had the opportunity to chat with Erin about her latest venture, an apple cider press.

Crampton's Market Wpg

Where does this passion for local food come from? Erin laughs at the big question. She grew up on a farm outside Notre-Dame-des-Lourdes, where her parents ran a mixed cow-calf operation, raised grain, strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons, and because they weren’t busy enough, started making jam in their commercially licensed kitchen.

So Erin comes from an entrepreneurial, agricultural spirit and knew lots of people in that realm.

From Australia to Winnipeg – by Pascale R

strawberry

There’s a scary and growing trend where we consume and discard fruit and vegetables without a second thought to it. It’s so easily accessible to us, in grocery stores, in markets, at restaurants, that tossing it out is never a concern because we can easily replace it. This leads to a lot of wastage. How much is a lot? In Canada alone it’s 2.5 billion alone in fresh produce.

When I moved to Canada from Australia a couple of years ago, I wanted to get involved in the community and be part of a sustainable project. Our fresh produce wastage numbers are scary, but that’s nothing compared to the wastage that’s occurring in our own backyards without us even realizing it.

Pie, Pie and More Pie

In an effort to raise funds for our ongoing operations (we need about $10,000/yr) Fruit Share held a pie and cider sale this fall. And of course, we opted to make the pies from scratch with apples and pumpkins rescued by Fruit Share. We were pleasantly surprised by the tremendous support we received from you and all of Winnipeg! We sold 200 pies and endless jugs of cider. Making all those pies was pretty intense but with the help of some very dedicated volunteers we succeeded and ended up raising about $1,300.

A big thanks for the product donations and financial support of Controlled Air, Poco Razz Farms, Sobey’s, RedPath Sugar and Prairie Flour Mills.  Another big thanks goes to Jeanine Friesen of The Baking Beauties for making our gluten free pies and to IBEX Payroll for their ongoing administrative support.

Apple Jack Workshop

Sunday November 24, 1pm on Agassiz Drive (near the U of M)

Got some leftover apples in your freezer?

Join us for a hands on demonstration of how to make homemade Apple Jack.

Apple Jack is a cold fortified apple cider. A Winnipeg Winter distillery process.

Register at fruitshareworkshops@gmail.com. Space is limited, so sign up today!

A big thanks to Food Matters Manitoba and Assiniboine Credit Union for providing the funding to host this workshop!