Interview with Erin Crampton & an Apple Cider Press

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Erin Crampton is the owner and chief instigator of Crampton’s Market, whose tagline is “We sell good food to nice people.” I recently had the opportunity to chat with Erin about her latest venture, an apple cider press.

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Where does this passion for local food come from? Erin laughs at the big question. She grew up on a farm outside Notre-Dame-des-Lourdes, where her parents ran a mixed cow-calf operation, raised grain, strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons, and because they weren’t busy enough, started making jam in their commercially licensed kitchen.

So Erin comes from an entrepreneurial, agricultural spirit and knew lots of people in that realm.

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.

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.

Interview with Dayna Kroeker, Summer Coordinator

I had the opportunity to interview Dayna Kroeker, Summer Coordinator for Fruit Share a few weeks back. Here is a glimpse into her role and what she brings to Fruit Share.


How did you hear about Fruit Share and what inspired you to get involved?

I heard about Fruit Share through a friend right when it was starting up in 2010. I picked rhubarb and apples that summer and loved being able to pick free fresh, local fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste!

Tell us about your role as Summer Coordinator.

Rhubarb Meringue Dessert

Oh my god, this was sooo good.  It may have even surpassed our love for rhubarb crisp!

Rhubarb Meringue Dessert

I modified this recipe based on several versions in an old United Church cookbook.


1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup white flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 tbsp white flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
3 cups chopped rhubarb
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

3 egg whites
5 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla


Combine flour and sugar.
Cut butter into small pieces and add to flour. Using a pastry blender mix in butter pieces until mixture is crumbly.
Pat into a 9×9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or just starting to brown.

Apple, Strawberry and Blueberry Loaf


I’m usually not much of a baker and I prefer to stick with all things savory. I can make mean vegetarian lasagna and delicious marmalade ribs, but I’ve also caused a cake to flop and cookies to burn. There is such an abundance of beautiful fruit around at the moment that I’m attempting to give it a baking another chance. Using fruit in baking is an excellent way to use up fruit that is bruised, damaged or a little past its use-by date. People often tend to stick to the conventional banana bread, rhubarb tart, and blueberry muffins, but I find that fruit is so versatile that it’s fun to play around with flavour combinations and mix up different recipes.

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!

Recap of applesauce workshop

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Our facilitator, Betty Kehler, drove all the way from Teulon to make and can applesauce with us last week at Fruit Share's second free workshop of 2011.

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With our ingredients ready, we were all set to begin chopping, coring and peeling.

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Some of us raced to see who could core an apple the fastest - can you guess who won that competition?

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Most of the attendees at the workshop hadn't made applesauce and/or canned before, so it was a fun learning experience!

crab apples

Some of the apples were tiny - but no matter the size, any kind of apple is great in applesauce.


We filled two large canners with apples - one with the peels still on, and the other with the peels removed.

Crab apple juice recipe

Winnipeg has plenty of gorgeous crab apple trees. The problem that many people seem to have is, what can you do with crab apples?

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Crab apples are so beautiful.

One of our volunteers has kindly shared a favourite recipe for how she uses crab apples. Carrie got the recipe from her friend years ago and although she doesn’t follow any exact rules, it goes a little something like this:

A full stock pot of washed apples (sliced or whole), sprinkle with a tbsp cream of tartar and cover with boiling water. Let sit 24 hrs and strain, boil the juice, sweeten to taste and seal in sterilized jars. I don’t have a real recipe, but found a few after a Google search like this one! Very easy!

Don’t let that fruit go to waste!

When out for a walk, it’s surprising how often you see lawns littered with bruised fruit, patches of rhubarb that go unpicked and large currant bushes that have been neglected for years. It’s time to put an end to that! And you can help.

Winnipeg fruitSimply visit our Resources page, print off a few of our mailbox stuffers and pop them in the mailbox of the house that belongs to the forgotten fruit. There’s no reason for any fruit to have to go to waste. We want to rescue as much fruit as possible this summer, and the best way to do it is if we all pitch in and work together as a community at it.

Thanks for your efforts!

Fruit for a healthy child

Fruit is a wonderful way to give your children a nutritious boost. Containing healthy antioxidants to prevent disease, as well as other nutrients to promote heart health and preserve eyesight, fruit is a delicious way to maintain a health mind and body.

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The naturally-occurring sugars in fruit make it a sweet treat for any child. Try the following strategies to increase their fruit intake and decrease their intake of added (unhealthy) sugars:

– Add frozen fruit to a morning smoothie.

– Mix fresh berries into plain, unsweetened yogurt.

– Top cereal and oatmeal with freshly-cut fruit instead of heaping spoonfuls of sugar.

– Make your own “fruit roll-ups” at home by dehydrating fruit into strips.

Fresh red currants

Last week we had a great harvest of two 4-litre buckets of red currants.

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By the end of the harvest, all buckets were full of lovely red currants.

It took our dedicated volunteers nearly two hours to pick all of the currants! One of the volunteers, a social worker, brought one third of the fruit back for her clients. Thank you to our volunteers and to the homeowner for their hard work and contributions.

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The empty bush after all the currants were picked.

Fruit Share online

Just in case you hadn’t seen, Fruit Share is both on Facebook and on Twitter! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to hear about the latest news about fruit in Winnipeg and what we’re harvesting as it happens. We’d love to chat with you both on Facebook and Twitter and find out about fruit you’ve harvested, your favourite recipes, ideas you have for Fruit Share or anything related to local Winnipeg fruit!

Please also share our Facebook and Twitter links with friends and family so that everyone can benefit from tasty local fruit.

Twitter handle

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Green smoothie recipe

Trying to think of an innovative way to use your freshly-picked fruit? Look no further! “Green” smoothies are a fantastic way to drink your fruits and veggies. Forget the caffeine: when you need an energy boost, a nutrient-rich homemade green smoothie will be just the ticket.

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Sometimes my "green" smoothies turn out purple or pink because I use a higher quantity of fruit - but I just love this shade of bright green!

The best part about green smoothies is that for the most part, you can’t taste the leafy greens at all. As long as you use a higher ratio of fruit to leafy greens, the flavour of the fruit will completely override the green taste. The banana is really useful for making the smoothie creamy, and the seeds offer high-quality protein and fat to compliment the fruit and leafy greens.