With the Summer Solstice comes the beginning of the gleaning season!
We went on our first gleaning trip this past Saturday (June 15) at Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, MA. You may have seen the pictures on our Facebook. With three volunteers, Duck, and myself, we harvested 300 pounds of kale and 60 pounds of shelling peas in just two and a half hours! Incredible! In terms of servings, that amount equals about 2000 80g servings. We delivered it all to Food for Free in Cambridge, and they, in turn, delivered it to among 82 pantries, shelters, and meal programs in and around Boston. We will be returning to Brookwood Community Farm again this Sunday (June 23) to harvest more kale, lettuce, and maybe some turnips and kohlrabi. It’s an exciting time of year!
Also this past week, Duck and I were able to go on a tour of some local food pantries to which we deliver. We established a relationship with Watertown Food Pantry, and we hope to be able to provide them with plenty of fresh food to offer to their clients in the coming months. We also went to Jewish Family and Children Services as well as the Waltham Salvation Army to confirm delivery dates for the season with them.
In other news, our Strawberry Fete Fundraiser was a huge success last night! A group of Board Members and I harvested the strawberries for the delicious strawberry shortcakes at Dick’s Market Garden in Lunenberg on Wednesday. There was live music and live art, as well as a Silent Auction, and it all took place at the beautiful Habitat Audobon Sanctuary in Belmont. If you haven’t been before, I’d suggest taking a walk there soon! The grounds are simply amazing. And if you missed the Fete, not to worry! We are hosting another Fundraiser on July 9 at Flatbread in Somerville. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more info!
That’s it for now. Enjoy the beginning of summer and this gorgeous weather, and I hope to see you out in the fields soon!
To the Harvest!
Boston Area Gleaners
91 Martin Street
Acton, MA 01720