EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 7-20-2020
By Sara Ferris
To Ryan Workman and family on the arrival of their baby boy!
BRAVO TO OUR BLOOD DONORS
Thanks to all the gleaners who turned out Saturday to donate blood to BloodWorks Northwest. We filled all 40 slots! If you couldn’t make it or were deferred, please schedule yourself for another day if you are able to donate: https://www.bloodworksnw.org or call 800-398-7888. Blood supplies are critically low because many of the usual bloodmobile sites can’t open because of social distancing guidelines.
CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY!
Reminder: The gleaner library has an assortment of items you can check out for home use. Contact librarian Kori Perpinan if you’re interested in borrowing any of the items on the Gleaner Lending library tabs. The document also has a tab with people willing to share their expertise in different areas:
Note that canning jars are stored at the Eugene drop site (1242 Garfield), and Geri Sundstrom is the librarian for those. Best way to reach Geri is to text 920/883-9607 but you can also call that number or message her on Facebook. Please include your name, phone number, and kind of jars you need.
Blueberries, Clear Lake Road
Organic Produce, Walterville area
AT THE DROP SITES
August is almost here, and Springfield needs a temporary drop site for the month. Ideally, someone can step up and host for August (and perhaps beyond, depending on the virus situation). If not, volunteers are needed to clean, sort, and manage donations at the Gateway location.
Springfield/Gateway: 3180 Oriole St
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Last week’s baked good donations (from Winco, Bread Stop, and the Muffin Mill) featured an abundance of hot dog buns—enough to fill up a Dodge Caravan! Rose Jacobs was inspired by this bounty to create a guide on the EAG website with suggestions beyond the basic hot dog—bun ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and more:
Delivered yesterday to the sites: Outdated but likely still good cans of dry milk, beans, flour, rice, dry soup, etc.
Members on the meat list were able to purchase ground beef for $1.50/pound thanks to Janet Russell, who donated a cow. Our group paid the kill/disposal/cut/wrap fees. If you’re not already on the Meat Request list, join here:
IN A PICKLE
Emerald Produce can do a pickling cucumber buy for us this month, but we are also shopping around to see if we can get them cheaper elsewhere. If you can help with cuke comparisons, post prices in the comments on this Facebook post:
GREEN BEANS IN BULK
Beans are starting to show up at the farm stands. Here are a few options:
Laurelwood Academy Farms offers 15 pound boxes for $20 (that’s $1.33/pound).
37466 Jasper Lowell Rd. Jasper
Herrick’s Farm cut and snipped beans are $2.25 pound for 10 pounds and over.
88088 Millican Rd, Springfield
Cantrell Farms will have Blue Lake bush beans ready soon. at Cantrell farms coming on in a week. $2/pound for orders (call 541-915-4085) and $1.50/pound you pick.
85928 Edenvale Rd., Pleasant HIll
NEW MENTOR FEATURE FOR FACEBOOK
We’ve added a mentorship program to Eugene Area Gleaners so you can get or give support to another member of our community. Here’s how the program works:
You sign up, match yourself with a partner, and get helpful conversation starters each week so you get to know each other better. It’s up to you how much time you want to spend together and what goals you want to work towards.
Free Gravenstein apples are available at 2390 Jefferson. Apples will be placed in bags on the Jefferson Street side of the house as they become available.
HELP ALWAYS WANTED
It takes everyone to keep the group going! Don’t be shy about stepping up to help out with things like membership drives, straightening up drop sites, leading gleans, and more. Here’s a list of volunteer positions to give you more ideas: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aTbX7QMWBwjwXbtEYrwnLY2BpEZTVucxQrI7nfuI_54/edit?usp=sharing
Also check out these new videos where Brandy Collier explains more about some of the positions outlined in the above document:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Rose Jacobs is working on a cookbook project as a fundraiser for the Gleaners and seeks submissions from members! The book will be available in ebook format and printed on demand. Prices will be available after the book is created. Proceeds will all benefit Eugene Area Gleaners.
Pickup and delivery times are still to be determined, but you can now place your order for Harry and David’s peach seconds at $0.65 per pound. Fill out the form to request a donation or offer to help. Donations are carefully vetted and given to active gleaners who contribute via gleaning, bread transport, regular volunteer job, etc.
Also plan on providing a usable fruit box (banana and apple boxes are best) for every 40 pounds you order.
Read the detailed directions on the form for payment options and other important information. Here’s how to set PayPal to Friends and Family.
SET PAYPAL TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
In PayPal, direct peach payments to firstname.lastname@example.org. PayPal gives two options for Payment Type: Goods and Services, and Friends and Family. Be sure to select Friends and Family for group buys. After you enter the email address for the payment, you’ll see the amount, the recipient, and under that, the payment type:
Click on the Payment Type to see the two options and select Friends and Family, if needed.
Once you select Friends and Family for a recipient, it should remain set to that until you change it again.