Fruit Share receives CIRA Grant for Fruit Connection System

Over the last five years, we’ve been listening, observing and jotting down comments, suggestions and ideas for a moreeffective, efficient, affordable way to access and share surplus fruit. We combined these ideas with our own experiences and created a wish list that looked a little like this.

What if…

  • there were an easier way to connect fruit owners with fruit pickers?
  • there were a dynamic map showing all fruit available for picking?
  • fruit owners could have more control over posting their fruit?
  • fruit pickers could see what fruit was available for picking anytime, anywhere?
  • fruit owners and pickers could connect on their own as needed?
  • organizations who accept fruit donations could post their location and details on that same map?

Another Spring Fling Prize Pack

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Fruit Share Manitoba would like to extend our thanks to the following Spring Fling prize pack sponsors (clockwise from top left):

Long time Fruit Share picking volunteer and fan Sew Dandee is donating a prize pack!

Thanks to Manitoba Chicken for supporting the Spring Fling with a beautiful cookbook from Great Tastes of Manitoba.

We needed a POPP of chocolate in our assortment of awesome door prizes so Constance Popp Chocolates donated this prize pack: a box of gorgeous fruit-infused chocolate truffles. There’s even a rhubarb one!

Spring Fling Prize Packs!

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Fruit Share Manitoba would like to extend our thanks to the following Spring Fling prize pack sponsors (clockwise from top left):

Manitoba Canola Growers donated this backpack filled with recipes, cool cooking tools and a pretty snazzy apron.

The U of M Press jumped in with a great bundle of books, including Forest Prairie Edge by Merle Massie, Growing Resistance by Emily Eaton, and Winnipeg Beach by Dale Barbour.

Looking for a new do for this year’s fruit season? Salon POP has donated a complimentary cut, colour and follow up visit with Carrie and some Aveda hair products.

Interview with Erin Crampton & an Apple Cider Press

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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.

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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.