2020-10-12 EAG Newsletter

By Sara Ferris:




Everyone must wear a mask or face covering when participating in gleaner activities. Thank you for keeping each other and our gleaner group safe!


If you haven’t seen it yet, this video from Board President Brandy Collier explains why we all need to follow the state mandate regarding masks: 





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. 


Wednesday, October 14: Concord grapes in the Seavey Loop area

Friday, October 16: Organic produce in Walterville (potatoes, tomatoes, onions, squash, etc.)

Friday, October 16: Apples in Santa Clara


Be sure to watch the Facebook group or the email list for new gleans. Last week had several grape gleans as well as apples, asian pears, and chickens! 


New glean leaders are always welcome! Contact Susan Chapen at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com or message her on Facebook to get trained!



Cost is $52 for forty pounds of fresh chicken breasts from USA farms. Order and pay by 10 a.m. Wednesday, 10/14. Pay Kathy Ann directly through Venmo, PayPal, or Facebook Pay. Delivery will be to Creswell on Friday, 10/16, during the afternoon. Friends and family can order, too, as long as they pay in advance. 




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. 


Springfield: 2445 Laralee St. (open during daylight hours)

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.

South Eugene: 2830 Potter


Sites are well stocked with baked goods, and eggs. As of yesterday, Garfield also has organic vegetables, dry and canned goods, and frozen bananas and eggs in the freezer (banana bread waiting to happen!).



Nothing to pick up from Food for Lane County this week, but lots of eggs from last week are still available in the fridges at 1242 Garfield (Eugene) and 2445 Laralee (Springfield). Also check the freezers for frozen ones. 




The float test tells you whether eggs are old. Plop the egg into a bowl of water. If the egg ends up:

  • On its side at the bottom, it’s fresh.
  • On its end, it’s older but still safe to use.
  • Floating freely on top, it’s not fresh and best not used.

To spot bad eggs, look carefully for cracks. Also check for any off odors after you crack the egg.

In the United States, commercial eggs are washed to control Salmonella bacteria. Once eggs are washed, they should be refrigerated and kept refrigerated until you are ready to use them. 

When eggs aren’t washed, you can store them at room temperature because they have a protective cuticle that keeps bacteria out.

Cooking your eggs well—until both white and yolk are solid—should kill any Salmonella bacteria. 

Refrigerated eggs will be good for 4 to 5 weeks. Room temperature eggs should be used within a week or two. 




Last call for recipes for the gleaner cookbook! Rose Jacobs is going to start putting it together soon. Submit your favorites here:



For inspiration, here are some egg recipes recently posted in the Facebook group:

Okonomiyaki (Japanese egg pancakes): 



Egg Foo Young: 





Bottle returns. Bottle Drop blue bags are now available at the Garfield (1242 Garfield St.) and Springfield (2445 Laralee St.). Please take one bag per family at a time. When the bag is full, return it to one of the Bottle Drop redemption centers (Eugene: 2105 West Broadway, 

Springfield: 2289 Olympic St.) and the Eugene Area Gleaners will be credited. Both centers are open from 8 to 6 daily. 


Bumper stickers. Rose Jacobs has donated 1,000 2” x 6” gleaner bumper stickers to help raise funds to build a gleaner barn at 1070 Linda Lane. Stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Buy your stickers here:




You can also donate stickers to folks who can’t afford one. Just mark in the comments field that your purchase is a donation. To request a sticker, use the link below: