Five Things To Do With Serviceberries (including pie!)

Not Far From the Tree calls them serviceberries, I call them Saskatoon berries. Some people call them juneberries or shadberries or sugar pears. Whatever you call them, they’re delicious, and hiding in plain sight all around Toronto! Often planted as ornamental trees, folks don’t often know that the berries aren’t just edible, they’re part of […] READ MORE

8 Things To Do With Cherries That Aren’t Cherry Pie

It’s official! Cherry season is here. With our first cherry pick scheduled for today, I thought I’d share my next collection of Things To Do With Fruit. Unlike rhubarb, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of non-food things to do with cherries, but that’s okay – half the time when I have cherries, they […] READ MORE

Ten Things To Do With Rhubarb That Aren’t Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Despite living in a high-rise, I find myself faced with a glut of rhubarb. That’s because my mom, who lives in the country, has been faced with a bigger crop of the stuff, and gave me twice as much as I expected when I asked her for some. I’m pretty sure we had at least […] READ MORE

Repost: Apricots 4 Ways

I must admit that before volunteering with Not Far From The Tree, I knew little about cooking with fruit, let alone fruit that had been picked locally. I’ve learned so much in the time that I’ve been at the social media helm both from the content I post, as well as our volunteers. One such […] READ MORE

Repost: Harvesting Toronto’s hidden fruit bounty

Danielle Klassen started Food Explore as a way to explore alternative ideas for a more socially conscious and environmentally sustainable food system, locally. We were lucky to have her along on a pick earlier this July. Here’s what she had to say about it. Originally posted at On a recent Sunday evening, seven Torontoians, most […] READ MORE

On the Run with Plums

  We interrupt your regularly scheduled program with news the plundering plum has been slinking around farmer’s markets and Not Far From The Tree picks. These high-brow cousins of the apricot have more costume changes than a Katy Perry concert. They range in colour from yellow, red, blue and even green; from about the size […] READ MORE

Special Notice: Apricots Spotted

  Keep a close watch on your trees, the apricot is in town. Smooth, sweet talking apricots are full of it – beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. These hooligans are a bit audacious; after all they were the choice beverage of Greek and Roman deities. Even Shakespeare knew the apricot was bad news: Go, bind […] READ MORE

Five (Simple) Ways to Deal with a Cherry Glut

Editor’s Note: Though summer may feel far away, cherry season will be here before you know it! Here is a post about what to do come late June / early July, when the cherry trees are bursting with fruit. I love processing the glut of fruit I transport home (by bicycle) from Not Far From […] READ MORE

Marmalade Madness

This Canadian winter seems extraordinary, extreme and everlasting. Like a good Canadian I was discussing Toronto’s chilly weather with my snow-bound Prairie living sister which inspired a five minute rant READ MORE