Rhubarb has arrived

by Carol on June 21, 2014

First Rhubarb of 2014

After waiting so long for spring and watching the rhubarb coming up so slowly, they are ready!  Summer is here and we are up to our elbows in Rhubarb.  This past week we received about 150 kg – we picked some and some were dropped off by homeowners.  Wow!!!  It has taken most of 2 days just to wash it, chop it, juice it and tuck it away.

So what will be coming out of the kitchen?  Firstly we made lots of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam followed by Hot Pepper Rhubarb Spread.  This will satisfy both the sweet and savoury side of the market table.  Then Spiced Rhubarb Jam and Blueberry Rhubarb Jam is next on the list, to soon be followed by Mango Orange Rhubarb Jam.  The raspberries will be coming next and we will be happy to start producing Raspberry Rhubarb Jam and Raspberry Pear Rhubarb Jam.  Wow the kitchen smells like summer.

These wonderful jars are filled with rhubarb juice.  It is so ruby red in the spring that it almost looks like it should be strawberry juice.  We use this to make Lemon Pepper and Gin condiment and Sweet Chili Tri Sauce so these sauces are soon going to be pouring out and ready for the market tables.

Finally comes the ketchup.  We had just about used up all our reserves, but rest assured, we now have lots of raw material to keep our ketchup fans well supplied.

Keep the rhubarb coming – I don’t think we can have too much.  And if we do have more than we can use, we will find people who want to use it.  It will not go to waste.

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Workshop with Uncles and Aunts at Large

by Carol on June 9, 2014

Busy at work chopping and creating!!

May 2014 we had a gathering from Uncles and Aunts at Large for a workshop on making jam – regular cooked jam and freezer jams.  It was wonderful to have some young men cooking with the group.  I think we have at least one budding chef in the group as I watched him taste different jams, roll them around in his mouth and then listened as he explained how different flavours were experienced in different parts of his palate.  I LOVE this part – to see the learning happen so personally for participants.

It is also so fun to see how different people can work from the same selection of fruits but each create very different products.  The first batch for everyone is pretty safe and a variation of ‘red jam’.  Then with the next batch, they have tasted what others have done and are each ready to experiment more boldly – adding new spices and using fruits in different combinations.  I am sure if they had time for the 3rd or 4th batch they would be rivalling our products.

This photo is the group at the end of the session when everyone was still friends – then the bartering started.  People were trading some of their treasures for a jar from everyone else – making sure they each went home with a taste of the best of the day.

A good day was had by all.  

Here is the link to find out more about Jam Making classes.

This is the place to find out about Team Building Days.


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Our Step into the Entertainment World

May 15, 2014

On Friday May 23rd we have been invited to be the “info” part of the Hey Ladies entertainment night.  Carol has been a Die Nasty fan for over 3 years now.  It is an improv soap opera here in Edmonton and 3 of the actors run the Hey Ladies event 3 – 4 times a [...]

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Classes Now Available

May 11, 2014

We are now ready to offer classes on the following schedule or can set up a class at a time and place that works for you. What will I learn?  We will teach 2 jam making processes – the traditional method as well as freezer jam.  The traditional jam and jelly process is a cooked [...]

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Cancelled – 2nd Annual Cheese and Wine Fund-raising event – May 3, 2014

March 27, 2014

Note – Due to low ticket sales, this event has been cancelled.  If you purchased tickets, please call and we will arrange to give you a full refund. We will now focus on funding ourselves through other initiatives such as the Corporate Volunteer workshops, and through the sale of our jams and condiments. *************************************************************************************** We [...]

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March 10, 2014

I love the bounty of fruit and herbs we are given each year.  If you follow us and our products you will know that we make a wide variety of products with our main local fruits such as rhubarb, raspberries, sour cherries, pears, apples and crab apples.  Then little gems appear like Honeyberries, local plums, [...]

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Cost of “Free Fruit”

February 21, 2014

As we are starting into our 4th year , we would like thank everyone who has supported Fruits of Sherbrooke over the past and welcome you as we continue to grow. We started in our neighbourhood of Sherbrooke with the mission of using fruit that was falling to the ground as we believed it was [...]

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Farmer’s Market Chili

January 11, 2014

Farmer’s Market Chili I decided  that I wanted to make chili, so I started soaking the kidney beans on Friday night and put the ground beef I had from Natures’s Green Acres  into the fridge to thaw.   I had decided to make a chili without tomatoes this time – just to be different.  Nest [...]

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Triple Dividend – New Concept for Team Building \ Work Group Experiences

January 5, 2014

As you and your company plans for team and group events for the next year, would you consider doing something that pays a Triple Dividend?   Let me explain. We offer 1 day workshops for volunteer groups where you will work with us for the day.  Class description is here.   There is a fee [...]

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Our story in 3 Minutes

November 28, 2013

We have a partnership with the University of Alberta and their CSL – Community Service Learning Program.  One of the students this fall, Nicole Martin, took the challenge of creating a video to explain our story.  In addition, we had 4 other students who have helped us with our social media limitations (we are all [...]

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