Cherry Rescue Marathon


Cherries needed rescuing – about 300 lbs of them. So I made it happen.

For those of you that don’t know, Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton [OFRE, pronounced 'offer'] is an organization that aligns folks with a yard full of fruit they can’t use and/or don’t want to pick with volunteers that are willing to pick it and put it to good use. This year, the yield is split between a charitable organization, OFRE, the volunteers, and the fruit growers [who often don’t want their


10 Responses

  1. Debra Krause says:

    i’m checking out their page right now… :)

  2. kathy doyle says:

    Wow that’s some cherry crop – the only sweet cherries I get to eat are the ones I wrap in plastic bags to keep the birds off! They don’t seem to go for the sour cherries so much, (they obviously agree with you kevin) I think they’re waiting for them to sweeten up a bit which of course they never do! Well done though. Will you be giving some good cherry recipes now? Kathy

  3. Evelyn says:

    I’m sorry that I’ve missed all of the cherry picks. I keep leaving town at exactly the wrong times. I know that the apples are starting though. I still have loads of apple products from last year, but I know that the Food Bank, and community kitchens can use them.

  4. Mel says:

    Talk about coincidental – I was just on OFRE’s website last night, thinking about volunteering! I have a question about your last line – so OFRE has processing equipment that volunteers can use for the fruit they get to keep? That might help sway me, as one of the main reasons I hadn’t gotten involved yet was due to my fear that I wouldn’t be able to deal with all that extra fruit.

  5. I wish I was there. One can never have enough cherries. OK. One can. But, WOW. It is a bit of a disease, this free fruit thing. And not even really about the free. More about the waste and trying to prevent it and preserve all of that miraculous goodness. I cannot stop once I have started until every berry is off the tree and every one is pitted and preserved. Like a full on gambling illness, except a much better outcome. But, it is a bit disturbing to see how exhausted I am and how obsessed I have become to this end.
    Good for you, Kevin. I made sour cherry iced cream differently. It is sour, but good. Like sour candies. I could use more but am really too tired to think after my weekend red pepper marathon.
    However, please call me as soon as the cranberries are up – or, if there is another cherry day. I got far too few nankings and need to make some better jelly… and you are just about to get into apple season, as you say!
    A deep bow to you. Have you pitted them all yet?

  6. PS – would you please comment on the mushrooms and clarify the names and kinds on the post I have up about Martina’s Potluck?

  7. Barry says:

    Wow, I’d use some of those to make a Sour Belgian Ale, cept with the sourness coming from the cherries instead of the yeast. Or maybe a Sour cherry and Vanilla Bouchet mead…I bet that one would turn some heads at a mead competition.

  8. Kevin says:

    Noticed another cherry pick is going on with OFRE this Friday.
    And yes Mel – they have a crusher and press for your apple excess, and have canning bees as often as possible.

  9. Debra Krause says:

    Of course I’m out of town friday (catering a lunch this weekend, friday is prep day!)
    I would love some cherries to add to my winter stash of goodies…
    But there’s always next year, and I’ll be better prepared for it all then too :)
    … my list of things to do next year just keeps growing and growing… but in a good way!

  10. Hilda says:

    I’ve already checked to see if Calgary has a similar program (they do) and I’ll be signing up for sure! Right now I just knock on neighbours doors of fruit trees I see, but this is a fantastic idea.
    Thanks for sharing!

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