Things to do with Rhubarb!

RhubarbSpring was off to a good start then that long rainstorm sort of delayed things our gardens, but with all that moisture plants will be getting growing now that it’s warming up a bit.

Rhubarb is the first fruit ready in Edmonton usually, so here are some things to do with rhubarb.

How to pick it:

  • Cut the stalk off with a knife close to the base. The larger stalks will be the toughest, so will need longer cooking and might not be as flavourful as medium to smaller stalks.
  • Trim the leafs off, they are toxic to eat.
  • Next, you can either peel the outer husk off or leave it.
  • Cut into chunks for recipes and storing some away in the freezer for the cooler months of the year.

A recipe to inspire you:

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Honey Rhubarb Cobbler (Canadian Living) . Doesn’t it look delicious?

 

 

Community event: OFRE talk on how to reduce apple maggot, May 31, Fulton Place

OFRE will be at a community event!

Apple maggot is a growing nuisance for apple tree owners in Edmonton. Sarah McPike, OFRE board member and entomologist, will be sharing information and tips for controlling apple maggot at the following event!

FULTON PLACE GARDENER’S SWAP MEET AND SALE
When: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. –noonphoto-apple maggot fly
Where: 6115 Fulton Road

For further info about this event: www.fultonplace.org/activities-events

If you would like Sarah to attend your community event to do a 15 minute presentation about apple maggot, email:  applemaggotsquad@operationfruitrescue.org and provide details of what you’re looking for.

 

Introducting 2014 OFRE Board of Directors

As of April 7, 2014, OFRE is pleased to announce the welcome of five (5) new individuals to the Board of Directors:

  • Joshua Buck
  • Megan Ciurysek
  • Alex Mather
  • Geoff Salomons
  • Kim Schaeble

At the meeting of the Board, a restructuring of the individuals holding positions with in the Executive took place. Stepping down effective immediately Amy Beaith-Johnson as President, Jordan Wilson as Vice President, Mike Johnson as Treasurer, and Melisa Zapisocky as Secretary, as well as Board Members Janet Hazen and David Kahane. Of the seven (7) returning Board Members two (2) were elected to the Executive.

The Executive positions were filled as follows:

  • President – Mike Johnson
  • Vice-President – Joshua Buck
  • Treasurer – Gillian Turney
  • Secretary – Geoff Salomons

Returning Board Members: Amy Beaith-Johnson, Sarah McPike, Bonnie Patterson, Amy Wilson, and Jordan Wilson

We hope you will join us in welcoming OFRE’s 2014 Board of Directors! With great enthusiasm for the vision of OFRE, and fresh new skill sets brought on board, we expect a banner year in the ongoing rescue of Edmonton’s home grown fruit.

Save the Date!! OFRE AGM – March 30th

Attention Edmonton Fruithusiasts, warmer weather is really on its way…help us begin the new season!

IMG_1362IMG_3080Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton will be having it’s 2nd Annual AGM on Sunday March 30th!!

Where: Kasian Architecture (Suite 251-10150 Jasper Ave NW)

When: 2pm – 4pm

Light snacks and refreshments to be served!

All members who have purchased their 2014 membership are eligible to vote on and run in the board election (Memberships will be available at the AGM then online afterwards). Come out to meet the people who run our organization, hear what the plans are for 2014, have a bite to eat and make your voice heard in electing our new board.

Permaculture Harvest Fest – Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friends of OFRE are organizing this great event:

The Edmonton Permaculture Guild & The River City Permablitz Network is hosting a Harvest Fest at Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 St, on November 2, 2013, starting at 3 pm. This will be a celebration of our growing community and all of the fantastic work that is being done around food security, building resilient communities and growing awareness around Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Continue reading

Riverdale AppleFest BBQ, September 21st, 1-4pm

Wondering what to do on a nice Saturday afternoon in September? Come on down to the Riverdale Community LEague celebration, AppleFest BBQ. OFRE has been invited to attend and make cider. Come join us for cider, good food, and fun! Community league memberships are on sale at the event.

Devonian Fruit Festival, September 15

OFRE will be at the Devonian Gardens today for the annual Fruit Growers Festival! We are making fresh cider all day! Everyone is welcome! Event runs 11am-4pm. Hope to see you there!

Amy Beaith will be giving a talk on preserving prairie fruits at 2pm during the event.

Looks like it will be a beautiful day to check out the garden! Last nice Sunday of the season!

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Apple ladder…. Drool….

Apple ladder.... Drool....

On a pick Friday, those of us with roots out east talked about the apple ladders we’d known. Anyone know how to procure or make ’em for Edmonton? They sure make the job easier….

Contact David through info@operationfruitrescue.org if you have a lead….

Become an OFRE member!

After heroic work by Amy and other OFRE Board members, we’ve sorted through all the code and complexity. Our new membership system is up and running, and OFRE picks will start very soon.

Please click on the link above to become an OFRE member. As part of the membership form you can indicate if you’d like to be contacted for picks, to take part in OFRE cider and canning workshops, etc.

Membership is a cheap way to support OFRE’s work, and connects you with the opportunity to be a picker, fruit captain, to vote at our AGM, etc. If you’re hard up please don’t let this be a barrier to joining us: there’s a link on the membership form for those who’d have difficulty coming up with the cash.

We’re excited to have this new membership model for OFRE roll out. Thanks for your patience. Please join now!

Gearing up for the 2013 pick season

The OFRE Board is excited about a new Orchard project, a new picker/grower database, a new membership system, and much more.

We’re especially eager to build our crew of volunteer fruit captains, pickers, and growers for the months ahead.

Please bear with us as we update the signup forms on this site to feed into our new database.

  • If you’ve already completed one of the ‘2012’ forms linked above, we have your data and will be in touch.
  • If you haven’t already signed up for this season, please watch this website for the new forms and use those.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to connecting with you soon.