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.

Our Step into the Entertainment World

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 year.  With honour - and a little trepidation, we are going on stage with these amazing actors to tell our local story.  Please come out and have an entertaining evening - hopefully not at my expense!!  All the required information is on the attached poster. See you there!    Hey Ladies Media Release May 23, 2014 (2)

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I DON'T THINK YOU'RE READY FOR THIS JELLY!

Hey Ladies has a jam-packed spring extravaganza to finish off the season!

 

Hey Ladies is an info-tainment, game, talk, magazine, comedy show to end all info-tainment, game, talk, magazine, comedy shows!

 

Hey Ladies stars Miss Leona Brausen, Miss Davina Stewart, Miss Cathleen Rootsaert & Mr. Noel Taylor. It’s part of the Roxy Performance Series at Theatre Network and each show features local Edmonton celebrities, businesses, bands, booze, baddies and troublemakers.

Did we mention there's booze and prizes?

THERE'S BOOZE AND PRIZES!

 This May23rd Hey Ladies! May include:

- What's sticky? With Noel

  • -Jammin' with "Le Fuzz"
  • - Nerds need Booze! The Federation of Beer is beaming in Vulcan Ale and ‎Klingon Warnog
  • - Fun with the "Fruits of Sherbrooke" Jelly from the hood.
  • - "It must be jelly cause jam don't shake like that" Match Game ©
  • - Crafts with the Ladies (we'll be jammin' things in places you'd never think of! *)

*(Last jam joke, we promise)

FUN, PRIZES! COMEDY!

 

Roxy Theatre (10708 – 124 Street)

Friday, May 23rd at 8:00 P.M.

Tickets are $25.00 call 780-453-2440 or Tix on the Square 780-420-1757.

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

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 for the day but the payoff happens for the Self,  the Environment, and Others.

  • Self:  Each person attending will learn about the abundant urban fruit that grows in the city and is not being used.  During the months of July - October, participants will assist in picking the fruit, learning how to prepare it for immediate use or save to be used later, and finally in making a jam and/or jelly.  They will learn how to blend spices and herbs to create a unique flavour combination and finally prepare product to take home with them.   It is truly a hands-on experience.
  • Environment:  By learning about the amount of fruit that grows in the city, participants will become more aware and learn options for its use rather than garbage.  Fruits of Sherbrooke practices include composting, recycling, reuse, and diversion of excess edible fruits to other charities and non-profits around the city.  Some of the fees will enable Fruits of Sherbrooke to continue to create it's programs of creating a directory, collecting and re-directing excess urban fruit that grows in this city.  In this manner, more food gets to people who are willing to use it, waste is reduced and fruit from the ground goes to animal farms.  We are also looking for new and creative options for using the over-abundance of apples and crab apples in the city.
  • Others:  A portion of the fees for the course will be applied directly to the Cherry Stone Soup Program.  Through this program the Fruits of Sherbrooke will be offering free workshops to low income groups as identified by Alberta Health (such as community kitchens), new immigrants as identified by Catholic Social Services and the Mennonite Centre for Refugees and other community resources.  This program is already being trialed.  The funds are needed to provide the participants with jars and supplies and the dream is to have enough funds to supply participants with equipment such as canning supplies or a dehydrator.  Eventually we would like to have the funds to set up a system that would connect those with excess with those who are willing to pick and use.  So the fees from the course will help Fruits of Sherbrooke to run and administer their programs that connect excess fruit to those who will use it.

Please read the course description and call us to find out how we can work together.  We are able to customize a day if you want to made a product for your office, for a fund-raiser or other purposes.   We are open to considering all queries.

Phone - 780-244-0129     Email  Fruits of Sherbrooke