While Fruit Tree has officially wrapped up for 2011, we are still dabbling here and there with canning / preserving workshops.
At the request of the Strathcona Neighbourhood Council, we gathered at Erskine Presbyterian Church and canned some apples.
Thanks to Dawn for organizing this event and for Erskine Church for letting us use their commercial kitchen.
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By Thursday December 8th, 2011.
It was a perfect day to spend outdoors, harvesting apples for Hamilton FoodShare.
The sun was shining and the air crisp at Williams Orchards in Milton, ON.
It was the last day of harvesting for Hamilton Fruit Tree Project, Hamilton FoodShare and Halton Fruit Tree Project and what a way to end the season - we harvested 7,000+ lbs of Ira Reds and Empires with the help and hard work of our amazing volunteers!
A huge thank you to Williams Orchards and farmers Elgin and Sandra (pictured below is Elgin) for their generosity - they even welcomed us into their homes as we broke bread ( roti, actually) for lunch.
Thank you to our partners, Hamilton FoodShare and Halton Fruit Tree Project - it was great to work together over the harvesting season and we look forward to 2012!
A big thank you to our volunteers who come out and work hard - always inspiring!
Hamilton Fruit Tree will be back in 2012.
Thursday in the late afternoon we set out to Dundurn Castle to do some picking on the row of apple trees they have there. It wasn't the sunniest day, but we had a great turn out and everyone had a good time. We picked from four different trees and collected about 210 lbs. Thank you to everyone who came out after work and school to pick with us!
Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled peppers but we harvested 52 bushels of green peppers today.
Despite the rain and wind (and precious moments of sunlight) we were at Our Fathers Farm, Dundas, harvesting green peppers as part of Hamilton FoodShare's "Community Harvest".
Big thanks to our volunteers who worked hard and without complaint as the day got colder and we got muddier.
Thanks to Hamilton FoodShare and Our Fathers' Farm.
Saturday morning, the Hamilton Katimavik group set out to pick apples along with the Halton Fruit Tree Project. It was a beautiful day to pick the three rows of trees, with the many volunteers that came out. In total, almost 600 lbs of apples were picked. More than enough to fit in the back of van that was taking them away, and leave some for the owners of the orchard.
Photographed: Our group hard at work.
The second half of our day was spent at Parkside Farms gleening corn with Fatima from Hamilton Food Share where we picked 1300 lbs of corn.
Photographed: New Katimavik Intern, Kirsten, and the corn field at Parkside Farms.
A big thanks to Cumis, and to Farmer Ben at Parkside Farms for welcoming us to pick their delicious apples and corn! Also, thanks go out to Hamilton Food Share for picking up and distributing our pickings.
While the majority of the white, red and purple grapes went to Mission Services, today we held a "juicing" workshop for some of the kids at Robert Land Community Association in their after school program. We juiced the grapes and the kids loved it! It is so exciting to see kids trying new things and being open to tasting real juice!
Big thanks to all our volunteers that helped us pick grapes, vine owners for letting us come and harvest, volunteers at Robert Land and to Robert Land for letting us come and run our workshop.
Pictured - Fatima (Hamilton FoodShare) and her almost three year old daughter.
Lets hope that the frost holds off as there are still plenty of tomatoes in the fields.
Thanks again to our volunteers who worked madly, Douglas - farmhand, Our Fathers' Farm and Hamilton FoodShare.
In partnership with Ontario Food Bank Association and Hamilton FoodShare, Our Fathers Farm planted tomatoes and onions for foodbanks and all this week Fruit Tree volunteers have been busy harvesting cherry and roma tomatoes.
Thank you to worker, Douglas for guiding us and harvesting alongside us as we harvested (Pictured - top photo)
Thanks to Fatima for organizing the pick and Douglas for keeping us on track!
Many thanks to our volunteers who have been harvesting all week long - we could not do this without you all!
Partnering with Hamilton FoodShare, volunteers went out to Jarvis, ON to harvest corn for foodbanks across the City. After three hours of harvesting, we picked 3,000+ of corn that headed straight to FoodShare for distribution.
Shout outs to Fatima at FoodShare, Art the farmer, Josh the helper and all our volunteers!
More picks throughout Hamilton and rural areas are in the works, to be added to the Fruit Tree Project's Volunteer List, email Juby at jlee(at)environmenthamilton(dot)org
For example, Our Fathers Farm has planted and weeded tomatoes and onions that Fruit Tree volunteers are helping to harvest and all the produce harvested will go straight to foodbanks that welcome the fresh produce.
We are thrilled to connect with FoodShare and help in anyway that we can.
Pit cherries and finely chop to make 5 cups (1.25 L); leave a few pitted cherries whole, if desired. Place cherries in large heavy metal saucepan. Combine pectin crystals with ¼ cup (50 mL) of the sugar; slowly add to prepared fruit. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Stir in remaining sugar. Return to full rolling boil, stirring constantly; boil rapidly; stirring, for 1 min. Remove from heat. Stir and skim for 5 min. Addgrated orange rind or chopped ginger in syrup to taste. Pour into warm sterilized jars leaving ¼ in. (5 mm) headspace. Seal with 2 piece metal lids and process in boiling water bath using pectin manufacturer's directions.
Makes 6 cups (1.5 L)