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!

Spotlight on Teen Challenge

Here’s another worthwhile organization to consider for making food donations.
Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge is a 12-month, faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The program has a strong faith-based approach and offers spiritual, academic and vocational training that helps equip individuals to return to society as responsible citizens.

Teen Challenge uses donated fruit to prepare meals, fill food hampers, share with other organizations, and process for future use.

Contact Information:
Street Address: 414 Edmonton
Phone: 949-9484 ext. 2011
Website: www.teenchallenge.mb.ca

Donations Accepted
Apples, apricots, berries, crab apples, grapes, rhubarb, sour cherries, plums
Other Food Items
Homemade preserves (labeled & dated), frozen fruit (labeled & dated), homebaked products (labeled & dated) garden vegetables, fresh or frozen meat (labeled & dated).
Non-Food Items
Men’s clothing and personal hygiene products, bedding, towels, mugs and cutlery

Donation Logistics

Spotlight on Forward House Ministries

Consider Forward House Ministries as a place to donate any extra fruits or veggies you might have available. And, if you’re thinking about all those extra preserves from last summer that you need to move to make room for this year’s harvest, Forward House will gladly take those too.
Here’s the description of Forward House Ministries that will be included in the new
“Guide to Backyard Fruit”.

Forward House Ministries

Forward House is a Christian home for men and children who are trying to get their lives back on track.  Forward House operates five houses in a row and uses donated food to prepare meals for 40 people three times a day, every day.

Contact Information
Street Address: 407 Chalmers Avenue (main house)
Phone: 204-471-1244

Rhubarb for Siloam Mission

It was a good day for Fruit Share.  

Today, I got up the nerve to knock on a stranger’s door and ask if we could harvest his rhubarb.  He was thrilled to get rid of it.  Five minutes later, Aidan and I were harvesting the biggest load of rhubarb yet.
Chopping off the leaves turned out to be Aidan’s favourite part – a nine year old with a big knife – of course he thought that was fun!  He was actually a little annoyed when his dad and little sister cut in on his action.
In the end, we got a whopping 18 lbs (8 kg) of rhubarb.  
This time, since there was a significant amount, we brought the rhubarb to Siloam Mission.  They were thrilled at the prospect of making a rhubarb dessert.
My husband and kids went with me to deliver the rhubarb.  On the way there, we talked about homelessness, but our talking didn’t prepare us for the line of people waiting for food and a place to rest for the night.  On the way home, there was silence in the car.  We were all processing the sight of so many people of all ages, sizes, genders and cultures needing assistance.  Later, when we asked the kids what they thought about what we saw, Melanie said she was sad and Aidan said he didn’t understand why there were so many people there.  We tried our best, but can anyone give a reasonable explanation as to why there are so many homeless people in a rich country like ours?
Making rhubarb crisp, building community, helping others and giving us all something to think about – it truly was a good day for Fruit Share.

Come in, Come in!

Last night was the second delivery of rhubarb to Fred Tipping Place.  As I approached the glass doors I could hear “That’s the lady who I got the rhubarb from.” which was quickly followed by a chorus of “Come in, Come in!”   And just like that, the awkwardness of entering a seniors apartment building with a little bit of rhubarb disappeared.  Clearly, they’re happy to get some fresh rhubarb – no matter how much or how little.