Wordless Not-Wednesday: what to do with all those apples

<o>Not Far From the Tree


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summary: I love that sound of the lids popping down on crabapple jelly just put into sterilized jars; made from crabapples picked for Not Far From the Tree on 5 September 2014 in a backyard of Toronto: in 2 hours, 3 of us picked 70 lbs in all (1/3 to the tree owner, 1/3 shared by the pickers, and 1/3 delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens in the neighbourhood). The tree was so laden with fruit that it seemed as though we hadn’t made a dent. And one day earlier, on 4 September 2014, in just 2 hours, I don’t even know how much a different group of 5 of us picked from a massively laden Macintosh apple tree in another backyard in Toronto. (I came home with 2 giant tote bags full of stunningly beautiful apples.)



As an experiment, I fried some of the apples with radishes, raisins and onions in butter. It was brilliant.




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“Not Far From the Tree” is a Toronto organization that includes a residential fruit-picking program to pick fruit (with permission, of course) that would otherwise go to waste.

There are lots and lots of fruit trees in Toronto!! Bearing fruit that is eaten by birds, squirrels and raccoons. If you have such a tree and would like the animals to share the fruit with people, please do contact “Not Far From the Tree”. 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.

For more information about NFFtT and how you can donate your time and/or share your fruit, please go to

And if you like apples, please be sure to go to the annual City Cider event at Spadina House, Toronto.

Not Far From the Tree

Nestled in an urban heritage orchard on historic grounds, City Cider is a late summer afternoon cider celebration for all ages. This annual event features two stages of live music, delectable eats from top Toronto chefs, freshly pressed cider made right in the heritage orchard, hard cider from Ontario cideries, magic and fun for the little ones, field games, and so much more!

Sunday, September 14, 2014 | 12 to 5 pm
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd.

$8 in advance | $10 at the gate
FREE for children under 12

Tickets: eventbrite.ca/e/city-cider-tickets-12671700397?ref=ebtnebtckt


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1 response to “Wordless Not-Wednesday: what to do with all those apples

  1. barbara

    How did the jelly get so pink with the apples mostly green?

    A lot of the crabapples were half red, Barbara. They look a bit like miniature Macintosh apples. I added one more picture that shows how red some of the crabapples were. But we were still amazed that the jelly turned so brilliantly red. The juice had barely a hint of rose colour to it! (Too bad I didn’t take a photo of it….)-Elizabeth


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