When life gives you lemons: How an N.S. bakery got — and got rid of — a heap of sour fruit

When existence literally will give you heaps of lemons, what do you do with them? so much greater than simply make lemonade, apparently.

no less than that is what Laura Mulrooney found out last week.

Mulrooney, who owns Julien’s Bakery in Chester, N.S., stated early Wednesday morning, she won a textual content from the produce manager at the local grocery store about some “extra” lemons that had are available in.

He wanted to realize if she may just use a few at her bakery. Mulrooney sells her bread on the store so this wasn’t an odd offer. She stated she used to be expecting possibly 10 dozen lemons.

Little did she know she was accepting approximately 2,000. THE STORE offered her with circumstances upon instances of citrus.

“He took me into the back room, where there were at least 4 pallets stuffed with circumstances of lemons, taking up all their storage room,” Mulrooney advised CBC Radio’s Mainstreet on Monday.

“They knew with the vacations coming and the store being closed — and they are very good approximately that — they do not wish to throw issues out.”

When life gives you lemons: How an N.S. bakery got — and got rid of — a heap of sour fruit
Mainstreet NS8:22When lifestyles provides you with lemons: How a bakery in Nova Scotia used thousands of lemons after an ordering blunders

What do you do when existence will give you lemons? so much, apparently. Laura Mulrooney, who owns a bakery in Chester, N.S., just lately won thousands of lemons from an area grocery store after an ordering errors. Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Mulrooney approximately how she managed to distribute and use the lemons over the holidays. 8:22

Mulrooney estimates she established more than 2,000 lemons, which equates to just under a tonne.

She said the lemons came from two different places, South Africa and California, however she’s not sure how exactly the supermarket ended up with them.

“i don’t suppose there has been any intention — i am not going to throw any person below the bus — but I Am lovely sure they did not intend on receiving that many lemons,” she said with a laugh.

“i used to be simply satisfied that they deliberate to divert them as a result of even getting rid of them might have been a ton of labor in the event that they had to chuck them, for example.”

Shady lemon drops

Now on a undertaking to distribute and use literally hundreds of lemons just before the new yr, she known as up her loved one who owns a close-by natural farm. 

“We Now Have been pals endlessly and so they like the challenge, so I stated, ‘Would you like a few lemons?’ ‘Oh, positive, I Will prevent by way of’ … and we laughed and laughed and laughed.” 

They loaded up her friend’s Volkswagen car, which did not even cling one-10th of the lemons.

Mulrooney joked that was once the primary of many lemon “drug” deals in her space.

“i was pulled over in a couple of carpool lots, subsidized up to different vehicles, and it was once taking a look somewhat shady,” she stated.

She said a few lemons have even made it to Bridgewater the place they’re going to Moshers Island by means of boat for the native goats. 

Mulrooney said they’ve also been “giving them away to everybody who stops through.”

Whilst lifestyles provides you with lemons … make the whole lot

Mulrooney stated over the prior week, the bakery has burned out their juicer by making dozens of lemon squares, lemon loaf, lemon curd, lemon water, lemonade, and in fact, gin and tonics.

“i feel a duty to have a gin and tonic now after which to make use of up the ones lemons,” she mentioned. 

Even If she’s been having a field day getting ingenious with the lemons, it was once her farmer friend who actually took most of the lemons.

She’s stated her friend has been salting them, curing them and freezing them, nevertheless it appears she’s in any case out of concepts.

When life gives you lemons: How an N.S. bakery got — and got rid of — a heap of sour fruit

Dozens of containers full of lemons are noticed loaded into Mulrooney’s van to be used by the bakery. (Submitted by means of Laura Mulrooney)

“I’ve made lemon shaker pie, lemon squares, icebox pie, lemon duck, lemon shrimp, preserved lemons, pickled lemon, lemon juice, frozen lemons,” the friend wrote in a observe to Mulrooney. “Every neighbour has lemon. I Am lemoned out. Thank You, however no thank you.”

Mulrooney mentioned inside one week, most of the lemons have been used or are being processed. 

“however the better part approximately this whole thing is that it brought a lot of individuals, a lot of a laugh,” she said. 

“Lemons are in point of fact wholesome. they have got such a lot of benefits and it was once only a a laugh distraction over New Year’s when other folks desire a little little bit of amusing.”

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