This week, we went on 4 gleaning trips to 4 different farms, gleaning a total of 3004 pounds in 127 cases. This week’s gleanings mostly consisted of greens: at 3 of the 4 trips we harvested the likes of Cabbage, Collard Greens, Red Russian Kale, and Rainbow Chard. On the single non-greens harvest, we harvested 700 pounds of Daikon Radish from Gore Place Farm. We were also hoping to harvest organically grown turnips at Hutchins Farm in Concord this past Sunday, but sadly, Mother Nature had other plans for us (we got rained out).
Most of this food was delivered to Food for Free and the Greater Boston Food Bank, but we also did deliver to some of our smaller partner pantries, including Salvation Army of Waltham, Lexington Food Pantry, Helping Hand of Cambridge, Medford Community Cupboard, and Watertown Food Pantry.
Looking forward, we have a lot of trips planned for this weekend and next week. Since so many people have the weekend off, we typically try to schedule plenty of gleaning trips on Columbus Day weekend. On Sunday we will be heading to Hutchins Farm to glean those turnips that we missed last Sunday, and on Monday we will be heading out to Lunenburg to glean a lot of apples and possibly some greens, too. We also have the possibility to glean some tomatoes (!), more greens (cabbage and chard), and more apples during the upcoming week.
We hope to see you out there! Keep your eyes peeled for Gleaning Trip Alerts – and if you are not already receiving Gleaning Alerts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sign you up!
In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful fall weather as well as the White Stripes as they set the mood for a calm autumn weekend.
To the Harvest, Matt Crawford Gleaning Coordinator