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!

Show the Fruit Share Love

Do you love Fruit Share? Well now you can show us just how much you care by committing some time to help keep Fruit Share going!

Other than our part-time summer coordinator, the Fruit Share you know and love is run by a small group of committed volunteers. This summer we are looking for a few more people to join the team and keep this great thing going.

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Do you love event planning? Have an interest in web design or social media? Looking to get some experience managing finances or applying for grants? There are so many ways to support Fruit Share, and we want to find something that will interest you and fit into your life.

Volunteer Interview – Sagan Morrow

Sagan Morrow is a professional freelance editor and writer. She has been part of Fruit Share since she became its inaugural summer harvest coordinator in 2011 – before she had ever been on a pick! At the time, she was looking for work in project management for a non-profit, community-based group.

After her summer as coordinator, Sagan joined the Fruit Share Advisory Committee and was instrumental in those first years of growth. Time constraints forced her to step away for a couple of years, but now she is back as our Blog Manager.

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WANTED: Volunteer Event Organizers

Last year Fruit Share had its first annual pie fundraiser and fruit fair. Now it’s time to plan this year’s event – and we could use your help!

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For last year’s event we hand-made and sold over 200 apple and pumpkin pies, played games, served tea and coffee, and generally had a great time. Sure, making 200 pies in 3 days was a little intense – but we sure had a lot of laughs! We also raised necessary funds to enable us to keep rescuing that fruit.

Now, we’re well on our way to planning our second annual pie and fruit fair and want to give you the opportunity to join the planning team.

Fruit Share Pie Sale

A Typical Pick – What to Expect From Start to Finish

Even after all these years, I still get a little nervous when I get a confirmation of a pick. Of course I’m excited about the thought of fresh, free fruit, but not knowing the homeowner or any of the other volunteers who signed up is a little unnerving. Going to a stranger’s house to meet strangers to pick someone else’s fruit feels a little odd – doesn’t it?

But while it may feel awkward at first, this is different. This is about helping a neighbour, meeting new people, rescuing fruit, and sharing with others. This is about building community and doing a good thing. So go on, ring that doorbell.

Wait, are you supposed to ring the doorbell on a pick?

Volunteer Interview – Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon sits under a tree by the community centre in Wolseley. Her energetic young daughter, Anna, bounces about like the Energizer Bunny in an animé t-shirt. I try not to fangirl too much as she graciously signs my copy of her latest book of poetry, Stowaways.

Ariel is a dedicated Fruit Share volunteer. She says she has been to almost every kind of pick – grapes, chokecherries, cherries, pears, vegetables (“that was astounding and different. You know how cucumbers become all orange and bloated when they’re overripe? It’s so funny! There were these weird orange globes on the ground.”), and of course lots of apples (“and crab apples!” her daughter chimes in). On picks, Anna is in charge of collecting the fallen fruit. She loves doing that because “you get to run around a lot.”

Fruit Share Receives Manitoba Sustainability Award

Congratulations Fruit Share volunteers and fruit owners on earning a Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award!

Fruit Share Sustainability Award 2013

Fruit Share Advisory Team Members Laura Rawluk, Katie Anderson and Getty Stewart accept award from Minister Gord Mackintosh. Source Tracey Goncalves, Government of Manitoba Photographer.

The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards are given out each year to recognize Manitobans who embrace the spirit and principles of sustainable development. Fruit Share earned it’s award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship, one of seven award categories.

During the nomination process, we received several amazing letters of support from organizations that we greatly admire. I wanted to share some of their words with you today, so that you get a sense of how much your work as a Fruit Share volunteer or fruit owner is appreciated.

What’s the Buzz about Fruit Share?

Welcome to new friends and familiar ones! We are looking forward to the 2014 season ahead. In the meantime, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share more information about the organization and what we are about.


The Back Story

The revolution began in the spring of 2010. Frustrated with fresh, local, nutritious fruit going to waste, and the desire to help others, Getty Stewart started Fruit Share in her South Osborne neighborhood. The inspiration to create Fruit Share came to Getty after reading an article about volunteer fruit rescuing operations in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria. During the first summer, 10 volunteers harvested over 1,600 pounds of fruit at 20 picks and calls started to come in from all over Winnipeg. By the second year, Fruit Share grew to a stunning 201 volunteers harvesting over 7,300 pounds of fruit from 153 registered fruit owners.

Volunteer Opportunities With Fruit Share

Volunteer Opportunities with Fruit Share

Have some brilliant ideas for Fruit Share?  Want to help out and get connected beyond the occasional fruit pick?  We sure could use your help.  Whether you want to join the Advisory Team and help plan the year ahead, be a writer on our blog, lead fruit cooking/baking/preserving workshops, write funding proposals, plan fundraisers, take minutes at meetings or be a volunteer coordinator I’m sure we can put your talents to good work.  Send us an email at and let’s talk.


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.

Missing Pick Notices – Mystery Solved!

Good news, the mystery of the missing pick notices has been solved! If you didn’t receive all of the pick notices in your inbox this summer, we apologize. Unknown to us or our technical experts, our notices were being classified as Spam by some email service providers and were not being forwarded. Luckily we figured out a way to send pick notices to those of you who let us know if you weren’t getting the automatic notices. After a thorough investigation and a bit of tinkering and communication with email providers, our techies were able to solve the problem. Yippee, we’re back in business! If you ever suspect you might not be getting notices, let us know or visit our blog or our Facebook page to keep tabs on what’s going on at Fruit Share.

Crabapple Zucchini Crisp by Naomi

Thanks again to Naomi for sharing her delicious recipes! This is a great recipe for those who have excessive quantities of both crabapples and zucchini.

Crabapple Zucchini Crisp


  • Filling:
  • 2 cups chopped crabapples, cores removed (I leave the skin on; parboil first if too hard to slice)
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini, skin and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Delicious Bruised Apples

Say what?!  Bruised apples?  Delicious?  You bet.  Here’s the story.

Whenever Fruit Share goes on an apple pick, the first step is clearing away any existing fallen fruit.  Any existing fallen fruit should NOT be used, it should go into the compost bin.  Why?  Well, there’s no way of knowing how long it’s been there, who’s been visiting that fruit (cats, dogs, racoons, wasps, etc.) and generally what shape it’s in.  Be safe and clear it all away.

Once it’s been removed, you can begin picking.