More cider picks this week!

We have 3 more apple extravaganza picks happening this week!

We’re looking to gather a group of 6 or 7 volunteers who can spend a morning, afternoon or evening together picking apples at a few sites. Volunteers will be welcome to take home a small bag of apples, but the majority will be dedicated to Fruit Share. We then have a few volunteers that have signed up to transport our apples out to Apple Junction, where they will collect until we have enough to make a great batch of fresh apple cider. The cider will be sold at events as a fundraiser for fruit share, starting with the Osborne South Sidewalk Festival, at which Fruit Share will be hosting a mini country fair! Volunteers who participate in the picks will be able to purchase cider at a reduced price (to be determined as it will be based on how much we can pick and press).

Apple Picking Extravaganzas

It is that time of year again, more apples than most people can figure out what to do with! To handle the great amounts we are seeing, we’re going to be organizing to have a whole ton of apples pressed into cider at Apple Junction. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be organizing several apple picking extravaganzas: gathering a group of 6 or 7 volunteers, and spending a morning, afternoon or evening together picking apples at a few sites. Volunteers will be welcome to take home a small bag of apples, but the majority will be dedicated to Fruit Share. We then have a few volunteers that have signed up to transport our apples out to apple junction, where they will collect until we have enough to make a great batch of fresh apple cider. The cider will be sold at events as a fundraiser for fruit share. Volunteers who participate in the picks will be able to purchase cider at a reduced price (to be determined as it will be based on how much we can pick and press).

Harvesting Options: What to do if Fruit Share Can’t Help

It happens.  As hard as we try and as much as we want to, there are times when Fruit Share just can’t help.  Location, timing, or limited volunteer resources are the key reasons why sometimes we aren’t able to help out generous fruit owners.

What’s a fruit owner to do?

I’m glad you asked!  Fruit owners do have other options for managing their backyard fruit.  Here’s a list of creative harvesting ideas to consider:

It’s worth a trip to Apple Junction

This morning,  my travelling buddy (Hector) and I, buckled up and drove over 800 lbs of apples to Apple Junction near Landmark, Manitoba.  It was pressing day and we were scheduled to have some fresh, Manitoba Apple Cider made.

The van was packed with apples harvested by volunteers from backyards throughout the city.  Thanks to the homeowners who offered up their apple trees and to the phenomenal volunteers who climbed, picked, raked and schlepped all those apples.

Here`s a play-by-play slideshow of my trip to Apple Junction.  Enjoy!

Click here: Apple Cider Making Slideshow

to see how we went from this…

…to this .