Name That Cobbler!

So, what was the mystery dish that graced the top of our Autumn newsletter?

If you guessed it was one of Getty’s incredible creations, you were right. It’s an Apple and Berry Cobbler she posted back in November 2011. Something about a Grey Cup … I think we were all pretty excited about it back then.

Enjoy and be sure to share with us how it came out!

Learn to Dehydrate with Getty!

Dehydrating Fruits and Veggies 

Learn the ins and outs of using a food dehydrator to preserve popular fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, onions, etc.  Getty will take you through the process including pre-treating and cutting food, checking for dryness, temperature settings and storing dehydrated products. You’ll get a chance to sample a variety of products and take home a tasty treat. Spend an evening chatting with others, asking questions and swapping food stories.



Getty Stewart is a Professional Home Economist, founder of Fruit Share and author of the Prairie Fruit Cookbook.  She’s passionate about growing, harvesting and preserving fruits and veggies and sharing her knowledge with others.



Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Turns out, this sweet, crisp, and juicy fruit can really do a body good! Apples are loaded with more nutrients than we give them credit for.

Ripe Chestnut crabs on the tree

Low in Fat & Calories – Apples are a healthy and sensible snack, that are filling too! Good news is that one apple contains less than 100 calories. Great for the body and the waistline!

Fibre – Apples are a great source of fibre. The peel and pulp of the apple are the main contributors to the fibrous content. One medium sized apple contains over 4 grams of fibre.

Fruit Share Photo Contest


On September 18th, Food Matters Manitoba is hosting a Gallery Exhibit AGM at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and they have asked us to be a part of it! In order to showcase the amazing work going on in the food security field in the province, the AGM will feature a photo exhibit capturing the work that we and their other partner organizations do. We’ve been invited to submit and image that demonstrates how Fruit Share has been involved in increasing Food Security for all Manitobans.

So, we are opening it up to you – our volunteers and homeowners – who better to capture what we do? Please send us your best shots of picks or other Fruit Share events. We want to show that Fruit Share is about building community, as well as rescuing fruit, so keep that in mind as you select your submission.

Are your apples ready to be picked?

We have been receiving lots of questions this week from Fruit Owners who are unsure if their apples are ripe. Our extra warm weather seems to be throwing off our typical growing season! Hopefully this post will help you to be able to tell if you should be putting in a Harvest Request soon. Because we typically only go to a homeowner’s once to pick apples, we like to pick them when the majority are ripe.

Many people assume that because apples are starting to fall, that the whole apple tree is ripe and ready for picking.  That’s actually not true. Apples ripen at different stages and some apples will always fall off early in the season. That usually means some will be have dropped by the time we get to them.

When to Harvest Rhubarb?

Not sure whether your rhubarb is ready to be picked?  No need to worry, Fruit Share is here to offer some helpful tips of when to harvest this tasty treat!

Rhubarb is perfect for our prairie gardens. This cool season perennial is winter hardy, drought tolerant and requires a cold dormant season to stimulate spring growth. It does not do well in extreme heat and will slow its growth considerably in the summer. It is typically the first fresh produce ready to harvest on the prairies, often starting as early as May or June.  This year, has been an ideal, early spring for rhubarb and I’m sure we’ll be harvesting in just a couple of weeks.

Strawberry Spinach Salad for Easter Dinner

Nothing says spring time like a fresh strawberry spinach salad.  Here’s a straight forward version that will complement any dinner.

Another amazing recipe from the new Prairie Fruit Cookbook.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Strawberry Spinach Salad

A perfect recipe to showcase the first strawberries and spinach of the season. To make a more meal-like salad, consider adding chevre, red onions, avocado or chicken strips.


  • 8 cups Spinach
  • 2 cups Strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup Toasted Almonds, sliced
  • Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry Jam
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste Pepper