Hello Mississauga Fruit Tree Volunteers!

It’s time to start gearing up and getting ready because the fruit season is upon us! Get your gardening gloves, your splash pants and your ratty old t-shirts because we’re going to get down and dirty over the next couple of months. In just THREE WEEKS cherries will be ready to pick! We’ve also already had(…)

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Apple Facts!

Apple trees take 4-5 years to produce their first fruit 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world A medium apple is about 80 calories The crab-apple is the only apple native to North America Most apples are still hand picked in the fall Apples provides 5 grams of the fibre pectin The apple(…)

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Over 2,000!

As of the beginning of August, we had zero pounds of fruit. There were no apricots on the apricot trees, no cherries on the cherry trees, no peaches, no plums and certainly no pears on the pear trees. We had absolutely nothing to pick. We threw ourselves into walking the neighbourhoods of Malton to find new(…)

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Lazy Morning Apple Crisp

Normally I peel and slice apples before adding a topping and baking them. But on my lazy morning after a late evening of picking apples, I decided that I wanted Apple Crisp without the work of slicing and peeling apples. So I simply cut them in half and removed the core. Some of the apples(…)

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Re-education on Perfection

As we continue through the apple harvesting season, I begin to notice more and more the allure of perfection. The “perfect apple” hunt that occurs as we pick fruit, the “perfect picture” of the fruit of our labour, or the “perfect weather” in which to be out picking fruit. We all want perfection. But “picture(…)

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Pounds and Pounds

We’re very excited about what’s going on around the Mississauga Fruit Tree lately! This last Saturday alone, our volunteers picked 80 pounds of apples, 15 pounds of plums and 25 pounds of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers to donate to the Knight’s Table community kitchen. That’s 120 pounds of fresh produce that would otherwise have been wasted that now goes to feed those in need of food(…)

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What a Scorcher!

This summer has been hot, hot, hot! I have loved every minute of it, but it seems that most of the population agrees with the trees that it has just been TOO hot. Last August found the Mississauga Fruit Tree volunteers busy picking peaches, plums and pears. However this spring was so wet that many(…)

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From Tree to Table- journeying from fruit harvesting practices of old!

Remember the days when gleaning fruit from home grown trees was a common practice? What would it be like to taste local fruit from tree to table again? Community members of Mississauga are able to tell us. Fruit harvesting began just a couple of weeks ago for cherry trees. Mississauga residents and volunteers have taken(…)

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