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West End Food Co-op's Community Cannery and Community Supported Orchard -

Yes, we can-- enjoy a bountiful harvest all year! Join us to share in the local harvest and preserve fresh local fruit and vegetables with us while supporting farmer members of the West End Food Co-op. A Community Supported Orchard share means you are supporting farmers who get a guaranteed market and a fair rate.  It means you get access to a wide variety of local fruit all year long as well as the opportunity to practice your preserving with a skilled and supportive group of committed canners.

 
How does it work?

Every two weeks (for a total of 8 sessions), our producers will bring your share of their harvest to the community cannery.  Members will get together to preserve the fruit, and take home their share — 5 - 10 pounds of fruit per session, 4-8 jars. Shareholders get the fruit, recipe, ingredients, access to a professional kitchen and water-bath canning equipment, and expert assistance. You supply your labour, your appetite, and a fee of $300 plus a $50 jar fee (if we spend less on jars we will refund the difference).

Cannery Sessions will run from 5:00 to 8:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  For the early Summer we will use the kitchen at FoodShare, steps South of Brock and Bloor.  Later in the Summer the WEFC's own Community Kitchen should be available for use, steps West of Duffering and Queen.

The amounts and fruits will vary depending on the harvest, so your larder will reflect the climate. 2012 looks like a great year in spite of the odd end our Winter had, and there should be good quantities of most things. Crops include strawberries, plums, nectarines, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, grapes, tomatoes and possibly apricots, red onions, okra and jalapeno peppers. Shares are limited so don’t delay!

How do I sign up?

Sign up and pay online or bring your cheque for $350, made out to The West End Food Co-op, to the first session on June 5th or 6th. You will get an email during the first week of June asking you to sign up for either the Tuesday or Wednesday sessions for the season - we need an approximately equal number of people in both so spaces in each will be first come first serve!

Shares are also first come, first serve and initially only 24 shares will be sold this season.  If interest is  high, we will consider adding a third stream of sessions on alternate weeks.

The 8 sessions run from 5 pm to 8 pm and are tentatively scheduled for: June 12 & 13; June 26 & 27; July 10 & 11; July 24 & 25; August 7 & 8; September 4 & 5; September 18 & 19; and Octoberber 2 & 3 (subject to change as the season develops!).

For more information and to register, please visit the West End Food Co-op's website.
 

 

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West End Food Co-op’s Community Cannery and Community Supported Orchard