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

Repost: “Not Far From My Heart” by Jenny Serwylo

Recently, first-time volunteer picker, Jenny Serwylo, went on a pick with us and felt so inspired, that she blogged about it. Here’s her post in full, originally posted at Fair warning: some of the language in Jenny’s post, so brimming with the passion she felt after picking and sharing fruit, is a bit salty shall […] 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

Cherries: Criminally Delectable

  Proceed with caution: With cherry season in full swing we need to be on the lookout for these little rascals. Pick when they reach a uniform red colour, once ripe they should be harvested within a week or two. The sugar content rises dramatically in the last few days of ripening.  Place your thumb […] READ MORE

Book Review: Growing Urban Orchards by Susan Poizner

Not Far From The Tree was featured as an “Orchard Inspiration” in Growing Urban Orchards by Toronto’s very own Susan Poizner. Thanks for sharing about our program Susan! Here’s our review of Growing Urban Orchards: Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs, and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City is Susan Poizner’s fruit tree-growing […] READ MORE

Fabulous Foraging

Have you ever daydreamed about living off grid, using only your two hands and brain for survival? After the zombie apocalypse how would you find food once all the grocery stores have been picked clean? Maybe you’re just curious about the world around you, looking for more food options or a more sustainable diet. In […] READ MORE

What’s in season

“What’s in season in Ontario?”  Ask and you shall receive. While this chart doesn’t cover all the goodness Ontario has to offer, we’ve got you covered for common household produce. Look for these foods, coming soon to a market (or yard) near you! READ MORE

Ontario: A locavore’s delight

Photos source: The Leslieville Farmers’ Market website. Many readers may be familiar with the concept of a 100-mile diet; a movement pioneered by Canadians Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon and documented in their book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating READ MORE