Posts Tagged ‘“Not Far From the Tree”’

A Crossword Puzzle to Honour Toronto’s Food Heroes




If you like whiling away the hours with the New York Times crossword, or like to kill a few minutes fiddling with Sudoku, or unscrambling the daily Jumble you will love our latest advert on the back cover of Edible Toronto. This month we’ve put together a challenging little crossword puzzle that will test your knowledge about some of Toronto’s Food Heroes; agencies and actors that make our city a world-renowned source of inspiring food stories. Continue »

It’s Crabapple Time




You wouldn’t know it, but today is the Autumnal equinox, the first day of fall. Though the unseasonably warm spell may make you want to head to the beach, it is actually a good time for to start taking advantage of the fruits of the season; grapes, squash and apples are all coming to maturity now, and one of the lesser-esteemed fruit trees, found almost everywhere in our urban forest  is the crabapple. Continue »

Preserving Toronto’s Bounty

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It is no secret that Toronto, “A City Within a Park” is justifiably proud of its urban forest. Just last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the one hundred and sixteen species of trees that make up the city’s ten million trees are worth an estimated seven billion dollars, that is, 10 million trees at a replacement cost of 700 dollars per tree. According to the Globe, the urban forest provides the city with 80 million dollars in environmental and cost savings per year, broken down as follows:

  • $53.95-million from the reduced strain on water transportation and infrastructure thanks to rain and wet-weather flow interception
  • $19.09-million from air pollutants absorbed, removed and avoided by street trees
  • $6.42-million from energy saved through shading and climate moderation
  • $1.24-million from carbon sequestration and emissions avoided through energy savings

The amount of particulate matter removed annually by Toronto’s urban forest is equivalent to the amount released by over one million cars or 100,000 single family homes, the report calculates.- Globe and Mail Continue »

Discovering Allemennsrett–“Every Man’s Right,”

This guest post was writ­ten by Laura Reinsborough. Laura is Founder and Director at Not Far From the Tree an organization dedicated to putting Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. Laurea’s post is part of the part of the Apron Strings series, help­ing shine a light on our foremother’s food tra­di­tions. Visit the Apron Strings page to see other posts and the videos.


A decade ago, I spent a year as a high school exchange student in Norway. I learned the language. I learned how to knit. And, though I had been a picky eater at home, my politeness took over and I learned to love Norwegian food.

In one of the families I lived with, my Norwegian host mother Kirsti had a garden that cascaded from her house towards the fjord-like river below. Before I had ever heard of the word “permaculture,” I learned this gardening philosophy simply by witnessing her garden. It produced plenty of food – asparagus, strawberries, cucumbers, and so much more – though its greatest impact was that it was inviting. I wanted to be in that garden. There was even a peach tree growing delicately along the house wall, clinging to any extra warmth it could to survive the cool Norwegian climate.

Kirsti introduced me to a culture of food that extended well beyond the garden. Each day began with a feast of jams and jellies for breakfast, eaten on handmade bread that Kirsti baked fresh. There were picnics almost every time we left the house. My first time fishing was out on their boat in the fjord and we even took a trip to the Arctic Circle where we plucked cod from the fjord under the midnight sun. And every cross-country ski trip included a feast of coffee, oranges, and Norwegian chocolate in the outdoor living room that my host father Haakon would carve from the snow, complete with a fire pit to cook the hot dogs.

Treks in the mountains meant foraging for berries, which in turn meant a new batch of saft. Foraging is tradition in Norway, codified through the freedom to roam law called Allemennsrett, or “every man’s right,” whereby everybody has access to uncultivated land that is 100m from a dwelling. With the freedom to roam comes the freedom to forage and saft is the culinary result of this national pastime.

Saft is a juice concentrate, made by cooking berries and straining them, almost like syrup for a cordial. You can preserve the syrup and later dilute with water to serve. Most commonly made with lingonberries in Norway, saft can be made with just about any berry and even some fruits.

My first attempt to make saft was when Not Far From The Tree once picked an elderberry tree clean. Elderberries need to be cooked in order to be safe to eat, and so it was difficult to donate the berries fresh. I remembered the lingonberry saft I used to drink in Norway and found this tutorial to take me through the process.

Once your saft is ready, be sure to make a few Gleaners, Not Far From The Tree’s signature cocktail, developed specifically for our elderberry saft.


The Gleaner

Created for Not Far From The Tree by Sharon Bergey of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

  • 1 oz. Not Far From The Tree’s phenomenal elderberry syrup
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Bottle Green Sparkling Elderflower