The Apples Are Coming

The Apples are Coming!  Does this sound like a grade B movie?  With the abundance of apples in the city and the struggle of know what to do with them all, it feels like a pretty scary event to all of us at Fruits of Sherbrooke.  We have been making jams and jellies and even some popular sauces with local apples, but we are always overwhelmed with the bounty that is available.

In 2013 we diverted over 8,000 kg of apples to charities, food banks and community kitchens and resources in the month of September and then we just lost count!!   This year we have increased our list of charities, not for profit groups, community projects and even some small businesses that will take all the apples we can direct to them.  We know this will only address a portion of the apples but it is a definite improvement over the past when they ended up in the garbage.

A loaded apple tree
A loaded apple tree

If you can pick them, give us a call and we will direct you where they can go.  Some operations will come and pick them up, while some of the charities and food banks ask that you deliver them directly to them.  This works as you will see who will be using them and have the satisfaction of knowing they will be used for food.  We do ask that you call us first as we operate a clearing house operation to make sure that none of the recipients become overwhelmed and that others do not get forgotten.  We appreciate your efforts in helping us in this initiative.

If you are unable to pick the apples, contact Operation Fruit Rescue and register your tree.  If they have enough volunteers they will come and pick it for you.  If this does not work and you are willing to let others in your yard, we might be able to connect with new Canadians who are willing to pick for themselves.

To assist individuals in knowing what to do with them, we are offering a series of classes on Apples and ideas of how to preserve them for winter use.   In addition, OFRE (Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton) will also have a series of events where they will bring their apple press and demonstrate the making of apple cider.  Watch their website for details.

For information on our Apples!  Apples!  Apples! Classes click here for details.

LIMITED EDITION JAM CLUB

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, concord grapes, apricots and assorted herbs.  These little treasures are usually in small amounts that we believe should be highlighted as a prime ingredient instead of being lost in batches of Bumbleberry or Mixed Fruit jam.  The problem was how to market these small batches?  Finally, in our consultations with Alberta Agriculture a solution was found - Limited Edition Jams. Limited Edition is defined as 'limited to a small number of copies'.  That fits what we want to do.  We have the small amounts of unique fruits and the ability to make some unique jams or condiments with them.  They will be created in our hand-made method - batch by batch and our wonderful cooks will play with flavours - as they like to do - to create something unique and flavourful.

For those who would like to be part of this little adventure, we invite you to join our Limited Edition Jam Club.  Link here for details on the different options - all of which will include Limited Edition products.  They will be assembled and delivered to a variety of locations in the area in the last week of the month.

We already have product ready to go and more will be made as the demand increases so let's get started!!!!  The application is here.