Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton

This past weekend, I got the chance to take part in an amazing activity, a local foodie secret, if you will. Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton, an Edmonton non-profit, offers volunteer fruit picking opportunities in and around the Edmonton area.

The gist of the operation is this: A grower will contact Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) about a massive amount of fruit that has ripened in their yard, saying they either don’t have time or are unable to pick it themselves. Rather than letting the fruit go to waste, OFRE gets some volunteers together to go pick all of the fruit at once. Once picked, the fruit is weighed, and divided up between all the pickers in equal shares, with an equal share going to the host, to the Edmonton Food Bank (or another charitable organization), and to OFRE for processing and preserving workshops. It’s genius I tell you!! For about an hour of raspberry picking on Monday, I got to take home almost 4 cups of raspberries (Which are now nestled safe and sound in my freezer for some tasty baking adventure later in the year)! I was shocked that I got to take home that much, and incredibly grateful to OFRE for offering this opportunity.

Here is the beautiful home of the host who offered up her raspberries.

And here were her massive ripening Raspberry bushes!

Take a look at these beauties!

This is how much I managed to pick, in about 20 minutes. They were so ripe they would just fall into my hand!

Beautiful berries!

Here are my picking companions.

My fingers were very stained after we were all done. What an amazing evening!

In total, we estimated that we picked about 20 pounds that evening. That a haul!

To freeze, I laid them all out on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. They froze individually, without sticking together, then I put them in a ziplock baggie in the freezer for extended berry enjoyment!


3 Comments on “Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton”

  1. Rachael says:

    Hi! I came across OFRE a few weeks ago and would love to participate. I sent an email but haven’t heard back. Any chance you know who I should contact? Thanks! The raspberries look amazing!

  2. Kevin says:

    Glad you got out to an OFRE pick!

  3. OFRE says:

    Hey there, thanks for sharing your story. I had fun picking raspberries with you. Hope we meet again over the winner for some canning events. Amy

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