Not Far From the Tree (NFFtT) is a Toronto organization that includes a residential fruit-picking program to pick fruit (with permission, of course) that would otherwise go to waste. They will send a team of pickers to clean up your yard of fallen fruit and pick the good fruit that is still in the tree. The harvested fruit is divided evenly into 3 portions: one third going to the tree owners, one third going to the volunteer pickers and the final third going to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens.

Christmas Baking: it’s not for us!!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Festive Bread

summary: Christmas giving; childhood memories; mincemeat; apricot jam; not everyone is as fortunate as we are: links to various charities; link to Advent calendar; (click on images to see larger views and more photos) Yesterday, I mentioned that one of the reasons I was late with my BBB post was because of baking bread for […] Continue reading »

Whoohooo!! It’s Crabapple Season!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Crabapple Jelly

summary: Crabapple Jelly; more recipe ideas for crabapples; information about Not Far From the Tree I cannot believe that Not From the Tree organizers have difficulty getting people to pick crabapples! I love crabapple jelly and every time I see that there is a crabapple pick, I want to jump in. Alas, the timing this […] Continue reading »

Your grapes are lemons?? Make marinade!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

grape juice

summary: making grape juice; how to use it in savoury dishes; information about Not Far From the Tree; (click on images for more photos and larger views) So you think the grapes have ripened too unevenly, eh? It’s okay, they still make great juice! I have no idea what kind of grapes these are. They […] Continue reading »

Swiss Chard and Apples go Together Beautifully

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

summary: Swiss Chard and Apples; lost and found; garden wealth – or not; scarlet runner beans; information about Not Far From the Tree I was going to display a photo of the stunningly beautiful pan. I took about 5 shots from various angles. But yesterday, when we went to fetch the photos from the camera, […] Continue reading »

Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: The Glass is Greener…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


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