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.

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.”

From Australia to Winnipeg – by Pascale R


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.

Steinbach Update – by Rebecca H

We are having an exciting second year! We have over 70 volunteers, almost 30 homeowners and have rescued over 2000 lbs of fruit! We are building some strong partnerships with community organizations such as Steinbach 55+ and Anna’s House, sharing kitchen space to teach jam and apple sauce workshops. It has been wonderful to get Fruit Share Steinbach into the local media, we have been featured on Mix96.6,, in the local newspaper, the Carillon, we have a regular ad on the Lawn and Garden Journal and we have been featured in the Manitoba Cooperator.
It has been amazing connecting with so many volunteers who want to come out and rescue fruit and I love talking to homeowners who are so relieved to hear that someone will enjoy the fruit that they cannot. Dropping fruit off at shelters and food banks is so gratifying, knowing that we are sharing vitamin packed, fresh local fruit with others. Fruit Share is really making a difference here in Steinbach!


Share Seeds – Spread the Love!

The following is a message from Jeff Shwaluk. If you would like to help him with his mission, contact him at

Hello, I own a couple of properties and currently only have raspberries that I transplanted from my hometown farm. I planted them at the front fence for everybody walking by to help themselves.

They all love them so much but they spread so slowly and I was hoping to expand into a wide variety of non-GMO local fruits. I could plant them at edge of properties where people in need could help themselves.

How Do I Find a Pick?

Lately we’ve been receiving queries from people wondering how to find a pick in their area. Applesauce for the freezer is a wonderful thing!

So here is how to do it.

  1. Click on the tab that says “Volunteer Pickers”.
  2. Follow the instructions there to register.
  3. Read the email you will receive with a list of available picks.
  4. Follow the instructions to register for a pick. Now that it’s mostly apples, you will undoubtedly find one.
  5. Show up at the appointed time and pick yourself some apples!
  6. Drop some off at a charity to make your heart feel even better.

Have fun and thanks for helping rescue backyard fruit! That is what Fruit Share is all about.

Our First Pick and Preserve Workshop Was A Success!

Our first pick and preserve workshop was a great success!

With five participants in attendance, our facilitator, Camille, led us through the process of making crab apple jelly, fruit leather and apple chips.

Along with hands-on experience, Camille provided us with some practical knowledge about canning and preserving fruit and showed us useful resources for learning more.

Participants were very engaged and interactive throughout. At the end of the workshop each participant took home six jars of crab apple jelly and a container full of fruit leather. All this for the small price of $15 and knowing that your participation helps keep Fruit Share going!

Our next workshop will be on August 23rd at Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St) from 11-2pm.

Fruit Share Brandon Update

Fruit Share Brandon has been working steadily to increase its reach and effectiveness in helping those in need within our city. With a busy schedule of public event appearances and fruit picks, we have been building up our reputation for being an organization with the community’s best interest in mind.

We have been a return vendor at the Brandon Global Market and Wednesdays by the Fountain, along with participating in the Summer Multicultural Festival and Brandon Folk Festival. These public events have been invaluable in terms of raising donations and inviting members of the community to register as volunteers and fruit owners.

cherries in hand

Happenings at Fruit Share Brandon

What a busy season ahead for Fruit Share Brandon! While the chapter is relatively new to the area, there has been terrific progress in spreading the word via local and social media. I had the opportunity to connect with Tanis Brown-Birch from Fruit Share Brandon this week about happenings this summer.


  • Announcement in the Brandon Sun (May 15th)
  • Radio interview on Bill Turner’s Feedback CKLQ 880 (May 27th)
  • Interview with the Westman Journal (June 7th)

Social Media Info:

By the Numbers…

  • Volunteers: 27 have signed up in the city of Brandon to date

WANTED – Rhubarb!

Reward? A tasty treat that can be used in jams, pies, cakes, crisps, and so much more!

Rhubarb is known as a cool season perennial plant that can survive the harsh Manitoba winters. Even with our late spring, rhubarb will soon be ready for picking, likely by the end of the month.


Keep an eye out for unharvested rhubarb in the coming weeks. If you spot unharvested rhubarb, why not knock on the door and see if the owner will allow you to pick a few stalks? Or, drop a Got Fruit? note in the mailbox to encourage them to sign up their rhubarb with Fruit Share. We have volunteers ready and eager to pick!


ladder in apple tree

Saturday, May 25, 2013 is Arbor Day at AssiniboinePark.  This annual fun filled day will be held at the Children’s Nature Playground in the park and is packed full of activities for everyone in the family.

For all of our fruit tree owners (or wannabes), here’s your opportunity to have some of your tree related questions answered at the “Ask the Arborist” booth or take in one of the planting or pruning sessions.

Woodturning demonstrations and guided tours of the Riparian Forest are also sure to please while adventurous kids might want to check out the extremely popular children’s zip-line rides.  And don’t miss the bucket truck offering tree top rides to those of us who dare to rise above the crowd.