Abundance Wimbledon Newsletter
9 September 2019
Thanks to all our fruit donors this fortnight
We very much rely on our local community for donations of fruit and vegetables to either deliver to local charities or make into produce to sell at our Fruit Day (September 14). This fortnight, we sincerely thank Shirley, Pat, Gillian, Glynnis, Thelma, Louise, Heather, Chris, Alison W, Alison P, Ingrid, Marie, Helen, Giles, Sue, Julie, Ray, Leila, Carolyn, Ian, Linda and Nicola for their donations.
Fruit Picking Update
Well done and thanks to Jane, Ian, Carole, Lucy, Bryony, Adam, Helen, Liz, Juliet, Maggie, Alison, Caroline, Sue, Katie, Rhona, Angela, Joy and Joyce. This fortnight our wonderful pickers have picked an incredible 661 kgs of fruit (up from 216kgs last fortnight), made up of:
- Apples: 573 kgs
- Pears: 88 kgs
Above photos are: (L) Pickings from a local tree and (R) Introducing our pickers Adam, Bryony and Helen with some of the fruits of their labours - and with thanks from us all to the photographer and 4th picker, Liz!
What Abundance Wimbledon Volunteers have delivered to our local charities so far this season
Thank you to our fabulous delivery drivers who managed to deliver a staggering 502.5 kgs of fruit to our local charities so far this season. Recipients included:
Wimbledon Guild (50.5 kgs)
Sunshine Recovery Cafe (39 kgs)
Age UK (57 kgs)
Merton and Morden Guild (51 kgs)
Faith in Action Drop In - (74 kgs)
YMCA - (49 kgs)
Food Bank (13 kgs)
New Horizon, Commonside (73 kgs)
FISH (20 kgs)
Lee House (27 kgs)
Central Baptist Church (4 kgs)
Alzheimers Society (3 kgs)
Morden Park Leisure Centre (42 kgs)
What's picking in Wimbledon Park
Jane sent through this photo on 4 September - taken from her "pick" in Wimbledon Park on 3 September. A lovely lot of apples and crabapples. Thanks for the photo Jane - and of course for all your work picking the fruits!
A Photo from 2015
Our friend and committee member Cherry recently sent this great photo of herself and one of our founding members, Juliet Boyd. This photo was taken in 2015 (four years after Abundance Wimbledon started) and shows Cherry and Juliet on site after picking an abundance of apples with their specialist picking poles. In 2015, the Abundance Fruit Day raised £1,234.00, which both funded more equipment for the Abundance Projects, with the remainder donated to local charities. That is our aim for 2019!
Introducing our stall holders for this Saturday's Fruit Day
At our annual fruit day, we welcome a number of stall holders to help celebrate. So not only will you be able to purchase a range of cakes and bakes, jams, jellies and chutneys and of course the special Martin Way honey products, you can find out about other local groups in the area and chat to locals about how they contribute to reducing waste in our area. So, here is the list of all our stallholders:
- Abundance Wimbledon Information
- Apple Pie and Crumble Stall
- Cake Stall
- Childrens' Games
- Fruit Press
- Fruit Tree Information/National Trust
- Martin Way Honey
- Jams, Chutneys and Preserves
- Plant Stall
- Sustainable Merton
- Volunteer Refreshements (Kitchen)
You can still be involved in our Fruit Day this Saturday!
Abundance Wimbledon are very lucky in that we have a team of dedicated volunteers who support us not only through the Summer picking season, but especially on our Fruit Day (Sept 14 this year). There are a number of things that you could be involved in - just email us at email@example.com if you have some spare time and are keen to be part of this great event! You will meet some awesome local people and learn lots about what goes in to making a plentiful Abundance Wimbledon season. So here's a list of things you can be involved in:
- (Wo)man a stall
- Apple Pie Making
- Supervise our Fruit Pressing Stall
- Make Cakes and Bakes
- Donate home made Jams, Chutneys and Fruit Preserves
- Donate Plants and Herbs
- Set up and pack down
Don't forget to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be involved!
Beeswax Cloths will be available at Fruit Day - a message from our beekeeper
Alison, our Martin Way Allotments beekeeper thought she would try her hand at making beeswax cloths! Well, our facebook post on this has gone viral (4,000+ views!) so if you are planning to try and make a purchase (not only for the beeswax cloths but also for the amazing and tasty Martin Way Allotments Honey), make sure you get to Fruit Day early! We are sure they will be flying off the shelves!
Have you heard about our Windfall Marmalade?
Made specially by our wonderful Jam, Jellies and Chutney maker team members, this Windfall Marmalade is a real hit at our Fruit Day each year. And in a true farm-plate moment, Bryony has sent through a couple of photos. Here's a photo of of one of our group of pickers (full team was Bryony, Alison, Jackie, Ian and Andrew) picking the fruit from the Martin Way Allotments.
And to complete the story, at right is a photo of the first batch of Windfall Marmalade! Thanks Byrony.
German Apple Cake - A recipe
Morden Parent Network sent us this message a week ago, and the recipe looked so amazing that we just had to pass it on....
"We got given these delicious apples and pears by a lady who is working with the Abundance Wimbledon team, so we made this awesome German apple cake, it was lovely."
Apple cake is revered in Germany, and this moist apfelkuchen with a crunchy cinnamon topping will show you why.
By Rick Stein
From Rick Stein's Long Weekends
Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves: Makes 1 x 23cm/9in cake
- 2 dessert apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thin wedges
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 125g/4½oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 140g/5oz golden caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs, at room temperature, beaten
- 225g/8oz plain flour
- 2 level tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 tbsp full-fat milk
- 1½ tbsp demerara sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Butter and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin.
- Coat the apple wedges in the lemon juice and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar, using an electric hand mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Slowly add the milk, mixing well after each addition, until you have a smooth batter.
- Transfer the batter to the cake tin. Arrange the apple slices, flat-side down, on the batter in a spiral pattern.
- For the topping, mix together the demerara sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top is golden-brown. Leave to cool for 15 minutes in the tin. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and turn it out of the tin onto a wire rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.
We've been in the news! Our (Social) Media Update
We are so excited that a number of the local newsletters/magazines and community organisations have picked up the details for our Fruit Day. Sincere and many thanks to all of the following for including us either in their publication or with details of our event on their local website. We love our community!
(@lovewimbledon) - Abundance Fruit Day 14 September
Time and Leisure Magazine
(@timeandleisure) - Abundance Wimbledon - Harvest Festival
Time and Leisure Junior
(@tandljunior) - Abundance Fruit Day
(@ladywimbledon) - Abundance Fruit Day 2019
Sutton and Croydon Guardian
(@localguardian) Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day
(@surreycomet) - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day
Richmond and Twickenham Times
(@richmondtimes) - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day
(@Merton_Council) - Abundance Fruit Day
Wimbledon Community Organisation
(@Wimblecomm) - Abundance Fruit Day 2019 at St Mark's Church
(@WimbledonVil) - Abundance Wimbledon
Haydons Road North Community Site
(@HaydonsNorth) - Abundance Wimbledon - get involved
WimbledonSW19.com - Abundance Fruit Day
The best of Wimbledon and Merton
(@thebestofgreaterlondon) - Abundance Fruit Day
(@SustainableMert) - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day
(@MertonConnected) - Abundance Fruit Day
(@netmums) - Abundance Fruit Day
Good Food Map London
(@londonfoodlink) - Abundance Fruit Day
All Events in Wimbledon - Wimbledon Abundance Fruit Day
Merton Park Ward Residents - Abundance Wimbledon's Annual Abundance Fruit Day
South Ridgway Residents Association - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day 2019
Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon
(@TrinityWimbledn) - Abundance Fruit Day
Wimbledon Congregational Church - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day
(My sincere apologies if I have missed anyone from this list. The error is unintentional and all mine - Ed.)
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