EAG Newsletter 06-21-2021

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 6-21-2021

 

MASK POLICY: Please continue to wear masks when you visit drop sites, pick up donations, and participate in gleans. The mask policy remains in effect for many reasons:

  • Many donors and site hosts have requested that we wear masks and gloves.
  • Vulnerable and immuno-compromised people will feel more comfortable participating.
  • Checking vaccine status would be an additional task for glean leaders.

 

CRUMBL FUNDRAISER FINALE 

Gift cards have been distributed and prize winners notified. Thanks to everyone who participated. Special thanks to the store owner, who more than doubled his donation!

 

GLEANS

Reminder to glean leaders: Please be sure to note the glean date on the tax receipt—some don’t have a line for that so you’ll need to write it in.

As more gleans appear on the calendar, please participate as you are able. If you don’t want or need what is gleaned, you can donate it to the group. 

 

Monday, June 21: Greens and more in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

 

These two cherry gleans (both at 9:30 am)  still have spots open:

Tuesday, June 22: Cherries (Rainier and pie) in Veneta:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2879469198973341/

 

Tuesday, June 22: Rainier cherries in Veneta:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2879894225597505/

 

 

 

Be sure to watch the Facebook group and email list for other gleans. 

If you’re interested in being a glean leader, please contact Brandy Collier at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

 

 

AT THE DROP SITES

IMPORTANT: Please continue to wear your mask while at a site and use the hand sanitizer provided. 

 

UPDATED SIGNOUT SYSTEM. Each site has a new signout form labeled OUT (check at the top of the sheet). Just put a tally mark next to the appropriate category for each item you take (for example, loaf of bread, jug of milk, bunch of lettuce or carrots,etc.). Please make sure you are on the correct month. This will save on paper and allow for easier tracking!

Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Please take only what has been posted as available on Facebook or the email list.

Check to make sure the refrigerator/freezer and the bread shed doors are closed securely.

Also please return grain jars and lids to the drop sites when empty so they can be refilled.

 

Sites are open for visits from dawn to dusk, unless noted below:

 

Eugene: 1235 River Road, 8 am to 8 pm

Park on Sandra Lane next to the fence posted with gleaner signs (don’t block the driveway). 

Please do not knock on the door as hosts may have Airbnb guests on occasion. 

Video tour: https://youtu.be/c52qvH9fkLc

 

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm 

Bread, vegetables, and other items are in the bread barn to the left of the driveway. The carport is no longer in use. Video tour: https://youtu.be/SDfXdU3RvCA

 

South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door. Video tour: https://youtu.be/vW81TJMcyjs

 

Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Video tour: https://youtu.be/iKMg0CuNnQE

 

Springfield: 845 25th Place

Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street. 

Video tour: https://youtu.be/H62bApo9OzQ

 

Thurston (Springfield): 5972 Mt. Vernon

Open 9 am to 8 pm daily. It is at the end of a long shared driveway. Park on the street facing down hill or park on the left side of the driveway. Be careful not to block the neighbors. You can block the host. Video tour:

https://youtu.be/rppXutoQR6g

 

Junction City: 93963 Pitney Lane

Bread and other items are on the back porch in the two cupboards and the refrigerator. There’s currently a variety of bread, rice, beans, stash tea, and items from the FFLC food boxes. 

 

Delivered this past week:

From gleans: Organic lettuce, celery, kale, bok choy, and more

 

Sliced loaves, English muffins, and buns thanks to regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels. 

Check the shelves for assorted grains and beans (thanks to Ly Le and Barbara DiJeannine for keeping the grain shelves stocked!). 

 

Bottle Drop Blue Bags are available at the Springfield and Eugene drop sites: 2445 Laralee and 1242 Garfield. When you’ve filled it with returnable bottles and cans, bring it back to the drop site or deliver directly to a nearby Bottle Drop. 

Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!

 

VOLUNTEER UPDATES

Melody Piatt is our new Jar Tsar! Contact Melody if you would like to borrow or return canning jars to the EAG Library. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2869393593314235

 

Holly Johnson is our new Coupon Queen! She will be collecting coupons and sharing them at each site.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2876185505968377

 

Tammy Hardt is taking over the Instagram account. She welcomes pictures and a short story behind the picture—details about the glean and what you did with your share of gleaned items. 

 

SPICE OF THE WEEK

Spice of the Week will be Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning! Kathryn Barnes wiill drop it off this Saturday, 6/26, at 1242 Garfield in the Bread Barn around noon. Possible uses include:

  • Baked potatoes
  • Popcorn
  • Blackened salmon (or any other seafood)
  • Fried chicken
  • Shrimp creole
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Buttered outside of grilled cheese sandwich before grilling

 

 

GLEANER YARD SIGNS

Fresh Food Connect will print and send us yard signs with our logo printed on them—100 for $50. We have to buy the metal H-frames that go with them. Anyone who can help source H-frames can email eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com.

Leave a comment here if you want a sign when they are ready:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2869783826608545

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Reminder: Please update your membership information by July 1. Reply back to eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com with any missing information or to confirm that everything is correct and up to date. 

 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Pickle that giant zucchini: https://ucanr.edu/sites/mfp_of_cs/files/312433.pdf

 

ShaynaRose Shea has veggie starts that need new homes:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2878049252448669/

 

Saultie Weasel also has starts and also offers garden tours:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2878763435710584

 

 

Not a fan of the Nancy’s plain yogurt from the Food for Lane County food boxes? Make bagels: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2875910325995895/

 

Other gleaner suggestions for the yogurt:

  • Use as a chicken marinade: Add chicken, yogurt, and some spices to a bag and let it sit. The yogurt works like buttermilk to make the chicken moist.
  • You can use as a buttermilk substitute in recipes (thin a bit with water, if needed).
  • Use like sour cream in baked goods and salad dressings, and on baked potatoes with garlic salt and parsley.
  • Strain it to make Greek-style yogurt, or keep straining to make labneh, which you can eat plain or flavored with herbs.
  • Add it to smoothies.
  • Mix with tamari to make a veggie dip.

 

DROP SITE NEEDS 

Used canning lids and rings, both small and wide mouth, are needed for distribution of grains and dried foods. You can leave at the Garfield drop site, along with empty jars. Please hold off on dropping plastic containers for the grain project—there are currently plenty on hand.

 

Unused paper lunch bags and plastic bread bags are needed to package bagels for Lox, Stock, and Bagels. If you can help, please leave your package at 1242 Garfield and note that in the comments on this post:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2830380107215584/

 

ONGOING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon, check your settings to make sure qualifying purchases are counted toward donations to the Gleaners. In the Accounts & Lists tab on your Amazon page, select Your AmazonSmile, search for Eugene Area Gleaners, and add it as your Smile charity. Then when you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. Or use this link to automatically credit the Gleaners:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2956914

 

Gleaner stickers. Help raise funds and represent the gleaners with this 2” x 6” sticker! Stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Order here:z

https://eugeneareagleaners.com/product/eag-bumper-sticker/

If you would like to donate a sticker to another gleaner unable to buy one, you can do so below—write “donation” in the comment section. If you cannot afford a sticker but would like one, request one below (all donation stickers are sent out as they are provided by generous members of our community):

https://forms.gle/ufARZrwjbzfs6okx7

 

Fred Meyer. If you have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can designate a percentage of every purchase you make to the Eugene Area Gleaners. Go to 

https://www.fredmeyer.com/i/community/community-rewards

New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card.

If you don’t have a Rewards Card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Fred Meyer. Once logged into your Fred Meyer account, search for Eugene Area Gleaners either by name or LF227 and then click Enroll.

 

ABOUT THE GLEANERS

To help you find what you need, below are the various Facebook groups associated with the Eugene Area Gleaners. 

Eugene Area Gleaners main group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners

Eugene Area Gleaners public page: https://www.facebook.com/EugeneAreaGleaners

EAG Board of Directors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagbod/

EAG Drop Site Hosts & Transporters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagdropsite/

EAG Glean Leaders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggls

EAG Butcher’s Block: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat/

EAG BST & Traveling Boxes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugspf4free

EAG Auction Planning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagauction

EAG Fundraising Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/163647294468495

EAG Grant Writing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggrants