The heart of Boston Area Gleaners can be found in the great relationships we sustain with local Massachusetts farmers. We can never thank them enough for their generosity, but here’s one more as we reflect on our season.
BAG Founder Oakes Plimpton and Farmer Steve Violette of Dick's Market GardenSpecifically, we would like to congratulate farmer Steve Violette of Dick’s Market Garden in Lunenburg, MA for being our Top Farmer this season. Working with him has been amazing.Over the course of 15 trips, our volunteers gleaned a total of 421 bushels from his fields. The sheer volume is impressive, the weight of the food is just over 12,000 lbs., and the variety is just phenomenal. Crops gleaned from Steve’s fields have included: strawberries, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, apples, collards, kale, bok choi, turnips, parsley, cabbage, and mustard greens. We have plenty of photos documenting these trips to his beautiful, and at times quite scenic fields. Visiting his farm was always a wonderful experience for us and volunteers. Even more, these 421 bushels are only a portion of his donations this year. Next season you can find him at Arlington’s Farmer Market where he also donates crops to a second’s market we host at Arlington Public Housing.
Lastly, we would also like to give special thanks to the two runner ups: Farmer Carl Hills at Kimball Fruit Farm in Pepperell, MA with 164.5 bushels and Farmer Tim Laird at The Food Project in Lincoln, MA with 277.5 bushels. Thank you to all of the farmers who have contacted us this season, and we hope to hear from you again next year. We could not glean without you!