|I hope somebody brings maple taffy!|
Unfamiliar with NFFTT? It's a non-profit organization dedicated to harvesting fruit from trees growing in Toronto's front and back yards. When homeowners lack the time, tools, and/or physical ability to harvest their own fruit (which often amounts to way more than the homeowners could consume on their own), NFFTT shows up with a bunch of volunteers and gets to work. The bounty is split three ways: one third to the homeowners, one third to the volunteers, and the remaining third to local food banks and community kitchens. It's win-win-win! Last year, NFFTT picked nearly 20,000 lbs of cherries, mulberries, plums, apples, pears, grapes, elderberries, ginkgo, and quince!
In the late winter, NFFTT gets busy tapping maple trees. This is where their lovely "I'd tap that" t-shirt slogan comes from, which makes me chuckle every time I think about it. Homeowners can buy kits to help them make maple syrup from their own trees. Care is taken to avoid tapping the same tree two years in a row; this allows maple trees a full year to recover and heal their wounds - think of it like humans donating blood!
To celebrate the sap harvest, NFFTT is hosting their first ever sugaring off party! In addition to live music and activities for the whole family, there will of course be pancakes and an urban vs. rural maple syrup tasting!
Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2011
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St)
Mmm... can't wait. For more details, check out the event listing.