Fruits of Sherbrooke
Callingwood Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays 2-6pm, Sundays 10am-3pm
“We rescue fruit,” said Franki Mossman, as she
offered keen market-goers tiny spoonfuls of strawberry rhubarb jam and
chipotle rhubarb ketchup to tickle their palates.
Mossman is a volunteer for the local not-for-profit society, Fruits of Sherbrooke (FoS). While the whole idea of ‘rescuing fruit’ might seem like a joke, Mossman couldn’t be more serious even if you did manage to stifle her glowing smile.
FoS is an entirely volunteer-based operation, and their mandate literally is to rescue fruit. They scour the local community of Sherbrooke regularly for fruits, veggies, berries and herbs, which are destined for the landfill. Next, they take these ‘forgotten fruits’ and transform them into delectable and savoury goods, from carrot-applesauce muffins, vanilla-spice pear jam, to rhubarb chutney and gingered plum sauce.
Mossman said the possibilities are endless! “We have a commercial kitchen here in Edmonton, where our volunteer cooks come up with inventive ways to blend our rescued fruits and veggies all the time.”
Those tasty creations are sold to market-goers at several locations across the city at a fair price, and you can feel extra good about your FoS purchases, as all FoS produce is locally sourced (they use a minimum of 60% locally grown produce in all their recipes), and are grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
If you’re not in the Callingwood area, you can catch FoS at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market in Terwillegar, City Market (104 Street), the 124 Street Grand Market and the St. Albert Farmers’ Market.
Christina Weichel is sharing her summer market discoveries for City and Dale. She is a freelance writer and photographer currently living in downtown yeg. She’s also an avid runner/aspirant yogi/fashion aficionado/occasional gypsy and housewife to her cat.