Come Paint with Fruit Share!

We’re hosting a Paint Nite event to raise money and have fun. And you’re invited!Small paint nite photo

At Paint Nite, a master artist will provide all the supplies and step-by-step instructions for our painting while we socialize and sip cocktails. Pretty sweet!

No art experience is needed! Bring a friend and let’s have some fun.

Here are the details and link to register.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Place: Vodka Rocks 9-1875 Pembina Hwy (Bishop Grandin & Pembina)

Cost: $45 (a portion of this goes to Fruit Share)

Register Here: Fruit Share Paint Nite Registration

Let’s put the FUN back in fundraising!


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.

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.


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.

Apple Jack Workshop

Sunday November 24, 1pm on Agassiz Drive (near the U of M)

Got some leftover apples in your freezer?

Join us for a hands on demonstration of how to make homemade Apple Jack.

Apple Jack is a cold fortified apple cider. A Winnipeg Winter distillery process.

Register at Space is limited, so sign up today!

A big thanks to Food Matters Manitoba and Assiniboine Credit Union for providing the funding to host this workshop!

2013 Harvest Stats Reflection – by Dayna K.

The 2013 harvest was an interesting one. Due to a late spring, the rhubarb crop was considerably smaller than usual, with only 13 harvest requests. Volunteers were eager to pick, however, and we filled all of the requests and picked 275 pounds of rhubarb from backyards across the city.

Spring turned to summer and with it, a variety of “special fruit” picks, which filled up very fast! Homeowners requested picks of apricots, cherries, chokecherries, plums, raspberries, and a u-pick farm even donated the last of their strawberries for our pickers!

Acorns, Anyone?

We received the following request from Brock Houndle, who runs a bird sanctuary near Rennie, Manitoba:

I was wondering whether anyone ever requests that you come and pick up acorns from their property?

I run a bird sanctuary and we could make use of them. Just asking in case you’ve gotten inquiries in the past about acorns and you didn’t know what to do with them.

While Fruit Share is unlikely ever to organise an acorn pick (although you never know!), if you have acorns on your property you would like to share with the birds, you can contact Brock at 204-369-3157 or Do please let us know if it happens, especially with pictures!

Sugar-Free Apple Pie

Finally, here’s the recipe for the scrumptious sugar-free apple pie! You can find the recipe for the pie dough here.


Sugar-Free Apple Pie

Sugar-Free Apple Pie


  • 1 lbs pie dough (top and bottom)
  • 1 lbs apples
  • 8 oz unsweetened apple juice concentrate
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Peel apples, optional.
  2. Slice and core the apples. Remove any brown/damaged bits.
  3. Toss apples with juice.
  4. Add cornstarch and cinnamon to apples. Mix well.
  5. Pour filling into pie shell.
  6. Place dough top on top. Crimp edges.
  7. Cut vent holes.
  8. Bake in preheated oven, at 350F for 45-60 minutes. Pie is baked when centre is bubbling and crust is golden brown.

Sharing Our Pie Recipes!

Almost 200 lucky people ordered a pie from us at our fall windup and fundraiser, but if you didn’t get a chance, you can always make one yourself following our instructions! Or at least most of them … there might be some deep dark family secrets we don’t share …

To start you off, many people avoid gluten nowadays, and our gluten-free crustless pumpkin pies were made by Jeanine Friesen of The Baking Beauties, author of The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free.

You can find Jeanine’s recipe here at The Baking Beauties. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more pie recipes as we prepare to cook and bake our way through the weekend!