EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 9-21-2020
UPDATE ON GROUP BUYS
Tuna: The form for the tuna buy went up last week last week, with fish arriving on Saturday. Thanks to Marie Summers for running the buy and picking up the tuna in Newport. It sounds like there won’t be another buy this year, at least from this boat. Those still seeking tuna might want to check out the Chelsea Rose (https://newport-tuna.com) in Newport, which also delivers weekly to the Eugene/Springfield area.
Tomatoes: We will probably not do a tomato buy as interest was not sufficient to meet the minimum order needed to get the good price. Thistledown has boxes of Romas at 89 cents/lb, and you can pick your own at Me & Moore on Seavey Loop for $1/lb (over 20 pounds, 80 cents/lb).
The following are still pending. Follow the posts below or watch for updates on Facebook or email:
- Corn: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2664148703838726/
- Vanilla beans: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2662537607333169/
NOTE: Masks or face shields are required during gleans. Please do not sign up if you are not willing or able to wear a face covering.
Watch for more gleans to be added to the schedule as air conditions improve.
Monday, September 21: Wine grapes in Santa Clara
New glean leaders are always welcome! Contact Susan Chapen at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her on Facebook to get trained!
AT THE DROP SITES
NOTE: Wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Also be sure to note what you take on the sign-out sheet.
If you leave something at a drop site, be sure to notify the host and post to the Facebook group and email list so people know to come get it.
Perishable items should go in the refrigerator, and if you see anything that is unsafe or no longer edible, please put it in the animal feed bin. The Eugene refrigerator is in the carport area, and the Springfield one is by the bread shelves on the left side of the garage.
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St. (open during daylight hours)
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Garfield and Springfield both have bread and buns to the rafters! Springfield also has apples, pears, organic cauliflower and melons, and some squash & yellow peppers.
Coming this afternoon (Monday, Sept. 21): more dairy boxes! Watch the email list and Facebook group for delivery updates.
Comment on the post below if you can help with pickup and distribution: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2678096922443904/
DROP SITE DELIVERIES
Spots are open for once-a-month Bread Stop pick-up. You would pick up items on Wednesday at 2:15 pm and deliver to the location you sign up for. Bread Stop is located at: 197 Wallis St C, Eugene, OR 97402. Check this thread for more details:
NEW LIBRARY LOCATION
Natasha Chitow, our new librarian, has been posting photos of what’s available in the gleaner library:
See the full list of items here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SxYw5EHJbPQCwItiDWCfOmy3i24B9uNPeqedya5FkyM/
Note that cider presses are stored in a different location. Click on the Cider Presses tab at the bottom of the document above for details.
A second library location (perhaps Thurston or Far West) would make checkout even more convenient. If you have space for storage and time to check items in and out, please consider hosting—here’s the full job description:
BOTTLE DROP FUNDRAISING
Eugene Area Gleaners can now use Bottle Drop blue bags to redeem empty returnable bottles and cans. Blue bags will be coming soon to the drop sites along with information on where and how to return them.
Seventeen gleaners turned out on short notice last Thursday for a corn glean near Mt. Pisgah.
Corn silk can be used for medicinal purposes such as treating kidney and urinary tract issues. Research indicates that it may also help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation.
You can use the silk fresh or dry for later use. Add other herbs to the corn silk to create an herbal tea. Use about 1 tablespoon of chopped corn silk per cup of almost boiling water. Cover and let this steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain. Sweeten with raw honey to taste, if you wish.
You can also dry the husks for later use (probably best to use a dehydrator or oven set on low to avoid mold).
SQUELCH THE SMOKE
Here are a few more tips for cleaning up ash and removing any lingering smoke smell. Remember to wear an N95 or equivalent mask and minimize skin contact (wear long sleeves, long pants, etc.) when doing your cleanup.
- Wash ash and debris into landscaped areas wherever possible—ash won’t hurt the grass. Try to keep ash out of the storm drains.
- Be sure to clean off toys and play structures before kids play on them.
- Use a damp mop to clean up ash and debris from small areas such as patios.
- Dampen accumulated ash and debris and scrape it up or vacuum it up using a vacuum with a HEPA filter—most household shop vacs won’t filter out ash particles and will just exhaust them back into the air. You can bag up ash and put in your regular trash.
- Clean your car by taking it to a car wash, or wash the car over a vegetated area such as your lawn
- If washing roof areas, redirect downspouts to landscaped areas.
Inside, use wet methods such as damp cloths for small areas and a high-efficiency HEPA vacuum for carpets. For tile or vinyl floors, use a damp mop and rinse regularly. Ash water can go into the regular sewer system.
Don’t forget to brush or towel off pets after they go outside.