Four Years of Picking

Sometimes a pick is just a pick, sometimes it’s so much more.  A recent pick brought me back to 2010 when Fruit Share was just taking shape.

Mrs. O is one of the original homeowners that called me to pick her Goodland apples in 2010. She was 80 and couldn’t pick or use all of her gorgeous apples. Given to her by her sons on Mother’s Day years ago, she was eager to see the apples from her special tree go to good use.  Her story inspired part of  my TEDX talk on Sharing Our Surplus

Apple Kuchen (cake) recipe

Apple cake is a wonderful dessert to enjoy in the autumn months. Decorate the top of the cake with apple slices artfully arranged for gorgeous presentation!

fresh apple

Apple Kuchen (cake)
yields 1-9X13 glass dish

3/8 lb butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
granulated sugar to sprinkle on top

5 apples cored, sliced*holding together at the middle
2 Tbsp butter, melted
powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Dried apples and fruit leather recipes

Dried Apples

apples with peel

Plain dried apples, with peel.


– Apples

– Cinnamon and sugar (optional)


Remove the core and slice the apples into any shape you like (rings are popular, but with smaller apples it is easier to simply slice them). Arrange on the dehydrator tray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if desired. Dehydrate for 7 – 10 hours.

Fruit Leather

nutty fruit

Fruit leather with applesauce base, topped with walnut and sunflower seed crumbles.


– 12 Goodland apples (about 15 crab apples or 8 eating apples), cored and quartered

– Any combination of the following:

  • 2 tbsp applesauce or apple cider
  • ½ tsp almond extract

The 2011 Great Apple Peel Off

The South Osborne Biz Street Festival was home to Fruit Share’s Great Apple Peel Off this weekend.  Visitors got a chance to taste delicious Manitoba Goodland apples.  But first they had to demonstrate their skill at peeling, slicing and coring their apple.  Our handy dandy apple peelers (from Lee Valley) allowed even the youngest apple lovers to peel their own apples.  Check out some of our photos.

all set up and ready to go

dressing up is so much fun

2 year old Veronica show's how it's done

clowning around

Michelle and Cassidy loved their "slinky apples"

MacLean, Connor, Laura and Graham head to head in a race between brothers and sister

More Goodlands

Another great picking session this afternoon.  Thanks Stephanie!  We got about 180 pounds of big, delicious Goodland apples.

This time, we shared a box with seniors at Fred Tipping Place.  Douglas was one of several seniors who thoroughly enjoyed taking a few apples up to his apartment.

City TV also came out this afternoon to get some footage of us picking apples.  It will be aired on Tuesday, September 14 when my kids and I will be doing a Breakfast Television segment on Fruit Share for the Manitoba Association of Home Economists.  Stay tuned for more details.

A Good Day of Apple Picking Helps Reach 1000lbs of Fruit!

After a busy day of picking some more gorgeous Goodland apples, Fruit Share passed a major milestone of 1000lbs of fruit.  That’s a lot of fruit!  Thanks everyone!

Yesterday, Aidan felt more comfortable climbing the tree rather than the ladder.  He swears by his new found technique and claims he picked the best apples from his vantage point.  Meanwhile, Melanie, who decided climbing ladders or trees wasn’t her thing, was busy snapping these photos.
After we picked as many apples as we possibly could, we shook the the last few remaining branches.  But this time, we held out a blanky to catch them all.  Well, we didn’t catch them all, but we were able to save quite a few from the “bruised box”.
Linda, Janet and Scott went on to pick at yet another location -an even bigger tree with even more apples. 
Everyone walked away with several big boxes of apples and today Teen Challenge, Agape Table and Janet’s church will get their share too.

Shaking Apple Trees

We had a great time picking apples on Tuesday night.  Gorgeous, delicious Goodland apples.

We picked as many as we could with our super tall step ladders.  But this was a very tall tree and we could only go so high.  In our eagerness to get every last apple, we did the only thing we could think of – we shook the apples from the tree.  We cringed as we watched and listened to them plummeting to the ground.  They landed pretty hard and most have big bruises on them now.  They’re still useable for applesauce and juice, but they’re not so great for eating, slicing or giving away.