Decoding organic vs. local

Every autumn for the past five years, I have rustled up a handful of friends to join me picking crab apples, either in Kew Gardens or Woodbine Park. You may have seen us there! I enjoy talking with curious passersby about these little fruits, which I typically process into apple jelly and apple sauce. Not […]

Treemobile bears fruit in the Beach

He didn’t plant paw paws or goji berries, but Johnny Appleseed would certainly tip his hat to Treemobile, a volunteer group that delivers low-cost fruit trees across Toronto. Working last Saturday outside St. Saviour’s, an Anglican church in the Upper Beach, Treemobile volunteers sorted 40 fruit trees and 355 fruit- or nut-bearing shrubs and vines […]

Juice a great way to get more fruits and veggies

There is no way to sugar coat it… we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.   Canada’s food guide suggests that we consume seven to 10 servings daily for optimum health and research shows that we are falling short of the quota. Not surprisingly, the issue for many people is incorporating that many servings into […]

August’s tender, tasty fruit

Being a farmer is a tough job. You are a slave to the seasons and the weather. There are no guarantees. This past spring was a fine example: wonderful for urbanites, a disaster for rural folks. The mild winter and early spring told the fruit to “hurry up, bloom”. Bloom they did. Then a frost […]