Abundance Wimbledon Newsletter
10 August 2020
Welcome to Abundance Wimbledon
It has been a slow start to the season with the fruit taking longer than normal to ripen, however with the recent heatwave we are expecting this to change soon. We are keen to source more fruit for picking as well as more pickers to enable us to collect and redistribute it all - both to our local partner charities and to our jam, chutney, jelly and cordial makers.
Read on for some great information on what has been happening so far this season (and of course all the opportunities still available!).
- Fruit Day - Saturday 19 September 2020, 11am - 2.30pm
- Blackberries are in! Wimbledon and Mitcham Commons
- What's been picked, from where and by whom?
- Interested in local fruit and vegetable picking?
- Our 2020 Charity recipients so far
- I can't pick fruit but I would love to do deliveries for you!
- Growing plants for Fruit Day
- Spotlight on pickers - the talented Joan
- So how do you make Jam?
- Can you volunteer to support Fruit Day on 19 September?
Fruit Day - Saturday 19 September 2020, 11am - 2.30pm
St Marks Church Hall, St Mark's Place (enter via Compton Road), Wimbledon SW19 7ND
We have determined (and very excited to confirm!) that it will be safe to continue Fruit Day activities under the following guidelines (as safety measures for all):
- Entry via Compton Road only
- Social distancing rules will apply
- Masks necessary
- One-way route through our stalls
We are all about safety - both for our volunteers and visitors and if you feel that there is a safer way, then please let us know!
Blackberries are in! Wimbledon and Mitcham Commons
Our sources on the ground tell us that the Blackberries are ripe in both Wimbledon and Mitcham Commons. If you are able to drop down to either location and collect some for us, we would be most appreciative. Sue, one of our Jam Makers has a great recipe for Apple and Blackberry Jam (see below) and the more blackberries we can pick, the more jam we can make for our Fruit day! Please email Juliet at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off for any picked fruit.
What's been picked, from where and by whom?
It has been a slow start, but we are so pleased that our regular donors are starting to make contact about their excess ripe fruit. Also,we are starting to see new donors sign up which is just fantastic too! Our pickers have been busy with the available fruit and have already amassed an amazing 284kgs of saved fruit.
Sincere thanks to all our donors:
Joanna, Nico, Trina, Richard, Helen, Carol, Chris, June, Ron, Nisha, Christine, Alison, Claire, Margaret, St James Vicarage, Adam, Leyann, Thomas, Aziza and Juliet.
Thanks also to our amazing pickers:
Liz, Sue, Adam, Carol, Chris, GIlli, Brian, Juliet, Joan, Christine Sue, Tim, Russell and Cat.
Interested in local fruit and vegetable picking?
If you'd like to help pick fruit/vegetables in private gardens and parks in your neighbourhood then please let us know. Even if you can just come along once or twice, your help will be greatly appreciated. Picking is organised by our Area Coordinators into the following local groups:
- Raynes Park - North
- Raynes Park - South
- Wimbledon Park
Our 2020 Charity recipients so far
So far this season we have made donations of fruit to:
- Commonside Trust
- Friends in St Helier (FISH)
- Dons Local Action Group
- Sunshine Cafe
- Merton & Morden Guild
- Wimbledon Guild
- Sustainable Merton
- Pollards Hill Labour Party Food Bank
So far this season, we have donated more than 168kgs of fresh fruit to the above charities.
The rest of the fruit we save is made into jams, chutneys, jellies and cordials for our fruit day (or stored/frozen ready for our apple press to make freshly squeezed apple juice for fruit day).
I can't pick fruit but I would love to do deliveries for you!
If you have a car and are willing (and enjoy!) driving around our area, we are always looking for people to pick up our donated fruit and vegetables and take them to the charities. Please let us know if you can help out. email@example.com
Growing plants for Fruit Day
Last year, the plant stall at Fruit Day sold a range of plants, mostly food related. We’d really welcome donations of plants, especially fruit, herbs and other edible plants. So keep us in mind if you have too many of something, are planting up runners or sowing winter crops ... and please put in a few extra to donate to our stall!
Spotlight on pickers - the talented Joan
Many of our "pickers" have been volunteering with us for a number of years and Joan is no exception. Until recently we didn't realise Joan's other special talent - making these beautiful and unique baskets below.... We think they are amazing and just had to share!
Basket 1 - Coral Garden The body is made from randomly coiled Cordyline palms leaves finished on the rim with an old wooden embroidery frame and shell discs from an old necklace.Inside are beads,shells and beach glass netted together with plastic monofilament. It is one of a series I made concerning plastics in the ocean.
Basket 2 - Shadow Leaves made from Cordyline leaves using a random weave technique over papier-mâché moulds made by me. It is loosely based on lace making.The shadow leaves are raffia and Cordyline.
Basket 3 - A touch of Autumn Random weave using Cordyline leaves with added stitching in silk and cotton threads.
So how do you make Jam?
Ruth has put together some wonderful recipes for Jam - but of course there is a standard process for all Jam Making. Ruth's preparation tips for all recipes are found here.
Now for the recipes - we have a plethora - all available on our website.
But for me, a couple of my favourites include:
Blackberry and Apple Jam Ingredients
1½ lb apples, peeled, cored and sliced
6lb blackberries (makes about 10lb)
½ pint water
5lb damsons – you can stone them before cooking, or remove them from the simmering mixture as they rise to the top. It may be easier to cook in a very low oven (omit the water) in a tightly covered pot or slow cooker and remove the stones when the fruit is fully cooked.
1½ pints water
6 lb sugar (makes about 10lb)
For more recipes, check out our website page.
(oh and the magic ingredients - time and love... <3)
Can you volunteer to support Fruit Day on 19 September?
We are looking for:
- Stall volunteers
- Set up volunteers
- Pack up volunteers
- Fruit Day Coordinator
- Cake makers
- Plants for our plant stall (so keen gardeners good at making stock for the stall)
Juliet & team at ABUNDANCE WIMBLEDON
Our mailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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