What a Pick!

Look at this amazing produce!  Thanks to a very generous country gardener (my sister) for sharing this bounty with Fruit Share.  Proof that we’ll pick and share any edibles we can get our hands on.

100 lb of beautiful vine ripened tomatoes

23 lbs of green and orange bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and habanero peppers

10 lbs of lovely eggplants

one delicious, 9 lb watermelon

All in all 140 lbs of fruits and veggies, all except the watermelon a few tomatoes and peppers went to Siloam Mission.

What a bounty!

Thank you!

Vegetable Share

This week we received our first-ever vegetables at Fruit Share! One homeowner had piles of beautiful bok choy. It was a lovely harvest.

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Just look at those luscious big leafy greens! Bok choy tastes great tossed into a stir fry.

Although we specialize in picking fruit, we’d hate to see any delicious and nutrition local produce go to waste. We welcome any local produce and do not discriminate against vegetables :)

Thank you to our volunteers for harvesting this bok choy. The majority of it (about 5 lbs) went to Siloam Mission.

Spotlight on Siloam Mission

If you have too much fruit, consider donating to Siloam Mission, another charity Fruit Share shares its fruit with.

Siloam Mission

Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness. Siloam Mission alleviates the hardships of the

poor and homeless, assists in transitioning them into self-sufficient and generous lifestyles and advocates nationwide on their behalf.

Siloam Mission uses donated fruit to prepare meals and fill food hampers.

Contact Information

Street Address: 300 Princess Street

Phone: 204-956-4344

Website: www. siloam.ca

Donations Accepted


Apples, berries, crab apples, grapes, rhubarb, apricots, plums

Other Food Items

WANTED – Food Charities

We’re looking for organizations that accept perishable food donations to share our fruit with and to feature in our “Guide to Backyard Fruit”.

Fruit Share is expanding into six new neighbourhoods this summer.  That means we’re going to have a lot more fruit to share.  It also means we can help provide fresh, local, nutritious food to some of the 58,000 Manitobans that use food banks each month. 

But, no matter how big Fruit Share gets, we know Fruit Share volunteers will never be able to pick it all.  We also know that Winnipeg homeowners hate to see their fruit go to waste.  So, we’re also producing a “Guide to Backyard Fruit” that will help homeowners identify what’s growing in their backyards, how to use it and what to do with any left over fruit.  This guide will include a listing of as many organizations in Winnipeg that accept fresh fruit as possible.  Hence, the call for Food Charities.

Siloam Mission Gets Apples

On Friday, the kids and I loaded the van and took a huge load of apples to Siloam Mission.

Once we got there, a group (they call themselves “Assassins”) from Elite Performance, who were there to help serve lunch, came out and within seconds unloaded the apples.  Thanks Elite!

Biggest Harvest to Date recorded by Free Press

Today, we gathered 28 lbs of rhubarb from 5 different back yards.  What a haul!  The fruit owners, volunteers and Siloam Mission were equally thrilled.

To make a great day even more special, journalist Melissa Martin and photographer Ken Gigliotti stopped by to write an article on Fruit Share for the Winnipeg Free Press.  See if you can be one of the first to spot a glimpse of some of our volunteers in action in the Free Press sometime this week.

Thanks to all the great Riverview volunteers and homeowners who made today possible.

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.