By Sara Ferris:
EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 8-17-2020
PICKLING CUKES PENDING
Turns out the pickling cucumbers are taking their own sweet time to ripen, so the delivery date has been pushed back about two and a half weeks. Watch the Facebook group or email list for updates on arrival time. Pickup will be at Brandy’s (4015 Langton St., Eugene).
DAWN OF THE DAIRY BOXES
As a first trial run of a partnership with Food for Lane County, we were offered dairy boxes for distribution last week. Thanks to everyone who stepped up on short notice to pick up and distribute the boxes to drop sites and to homebound gleaners!
Each box contains 2 gallons of milk, a pint of half-and-half, containers of cottage cheese and yogurt, and a brick of cheese.
There is still dairy available at 1242 Garfield in the fridge. Check your milk first—some may be only suitable for cheese.
**NEW SPRINGFIELD BREAD DROP SITE**
Thank you to Virginia Haack Buron for hosting our drop site for the month of August and (fingers crossed) hopefully long term. Her address is 2445 Laralee St, Springfield, located just off of Hayden Bridge Road. The bread shelves are located on the left side of the garage, and the sign-out sheets are on the gray shelf.
The Oriole St. site has been closed. Thank you to Julia McAloon for her time hosting.
NEW! Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Reminder: Please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided. Be sure to note what you take on the sign-out sheet.
Drop sites are available to stop by and grab items that your family needs. Pets are not appropriate at sites. Children should be supervised and within arms’ reach at all times. Please be respectful of our hosts’ houses, property, and animals.
Shelves are stocked at the new Springfield drop site: 2445 Laralee St.
ATTENTION GLEAN LEADERS
Please be sure to add the glean date to your receipts, either across the top or in the comments. Without the date, the receipt technically isn’t valid.
When you run low on blank glean receipts, please text your mailing address to Julie Tafoya and she will mail you more. Be sure to contact her at least two weeks before you’ll need them.
Monday, August 17: Organic produce in Walterville
Monday, August 17: Gravenstein apples, behind Fern Ridge, closer to Eugene than Junction City
Monday, August 17: Apples, pears, figs, Barger/Royal near school
Monday, August 17: Pears, River Road area
Monday, August 17: Blueberries in Veneta
Tuesday, August 18: Pears, Friendly St. area, Eugene
Friday, August 21: Organic produce in Walterville
New glean leaders are always welcome, especially now that so much is starting to ripen. Contact Susan Chapen at email@example.com or message her on Facebook to get trained!
PEACHAPALOOZA VOLUME 2
Thanks to all who helped with the second round last Friday—packing and transporting 4,500 pounds of peaches from Harry and David’s in Medford! Marquetta Rusco drove the main truck with trailer the whole way, and helped with packing.
Rose Jacobs was the main loader and also drove the whole way. Other loaders were Brandy Collier and Nanell Clark, a gleaner living in Medford who took the day off to help pack and load. Eva Bolin weighed and marked each box, and kept a running tally of the weights.
Workers at the pick-up site in Springfield included Geri Sundstrom, Robert Monroe, Tiffany Sanderson, Veronica VanAndel, Billy Chaney, Marie Summers, and Shannon Cooper..
For those wondering, 4,500 pounds is roughly 100–150 boxes (they vary in size from 25 to 45 pounds each), or 1,800 quart jars canned.
Peaches awaiting pickup
LEAD ON LIDS
Canning jar lids are in short supply around Eugene/Springfield. Shannon Cooper picked up 72 boxes of regular Kerr lids (12 lids per box) for group members. Boxes are $2.89 each. Contact Shannon if you want to buy some. Thanks, Shannon!
UPDATE: HOLLY JOHNSON IS BACK ON THE ROAD!
Thanks to all the gleaners who pitched in to help Holly Johnson get her car running again. Gleaner Billy Chaney was able to get it running again, with parts and a new battery funded through the Go Fund Me drive. Leftover funds will go toward tags.
Coming up next: Fundraising for building supplies to build a permanent drop site at 1010 Linda Lane. Watch for details!
RECIPES FOR THE DAIRY DELUGE
Check out the gleaner website for tutorials and blogs that cover some things you can do with your dairy!
Making paneer cheese: https://eugeneareagleaners.com/how-to-make-rennet-free-pan…/
How to make vegetable rennet: https://eugeneareagleaners.com/how-to-make-vegetable-renne…/
How to make mozzarella: https://eugeneareagleaners.com/how-to-make-fresh-mozzarell…/
Rose Jacobs is working on the cookbook project as a fundraiser for the group. The book will be available in ebook format and printed on demand. Prices will be available after the book is created. Submit your summer recipes here:
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.
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