EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 8-2-2021
MASKS AT DROP SITES
Please continue to wear masks at the drop sites and when picking up donations, unless specifically informed that no mask is needed. We are guests at these locations and want to be careful to respect their preferences.
By Sara Ferris
We are in the early stages of partnering with Centro Latino Americano. They will take food that is still good after our group members have taken what they can use and include it in their food boxes. Check this thread or the group email list for more details and to provide input and feedback.
If you can’t keep up with all the tomatoes we’ve been getting, or if you get only a few at a time from your garden, freeze them to can later. Freezing has the added advantage of making tomatoes easier to prep for canning because you can just slip the skins off as they thaw.
At this time it looks like there won’t be a Medford peach purchase this year. The drought and labor shortages are limiting the peach crop, so they aren’t able to invite us down for large purchases.
DROP SITE DEVELOPMENTS
Thanks to Rob Monroe for connecting us with Richmond Development. They are willing to come out and excavate the Quaker site on Saturday, August 7, and will also truck in the gravel! Stay tuned for work needed once the site is ready.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MEMBER ORIENTATION
Rose Jacobs will host a member orientation on Tuesday, August 3, at 6 pm PT, followed by a pressure canning demo! The orientation will be held at Central Grange (corner for Central and Fleck Rd. in Veneta) with a Zoom option for those who can’t attend in person.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Gleaner yard signs are ready! Check details here if you want one:
Before you sign up, please read the glean description for important details such as the mask policy. Please participate as you are able. If you don’t want or need what is gleaned, you can donate it to the group.
Monday, August 2: Vegetables in Walterville (Organic Redneck)
Monday, August 2: Blueberries in Creswell
Monday, August 2: Red and yellow plums in west Eugene
Wednesday, August 4, Blueberries off Clear Lake Road
Thursday, August 5, Blueberries off Clear Lake Road
Friday, August 6, Vegetables in Walterville (Organic Redneck)
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 email@example.com. We have unclaimed gleans waiting for leaders!
AT THE DROP SITES
IMPORTANT: Please continue to wear your mask while at a site and use the hand sanitizer provided.
Please use the OUT sheet to record what you take. 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.).
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.
Reminder to transporters: please also post drops to the email list.
NOTE: The 1235 River Road site is on hold. The owner will be out of town for most of the summer. Stay tuned to the email list and Facebook group for updates on where to pick up in Eugene.
Sites are open for visits from dawn to dusk, unless noted below:
Eugene: 1557 Quaker, 8 am to 8 pm
Fridge and shelves are located in the driveway and along the fenceline to the right. Work is ongoing to add a shed, sign-out sheet, etc.
All other items in the side yard are personal property. Please stay off the porch of the house.
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, 9 am to 8 pm
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:
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 and lots of vegetables.
Delivered this past week:
Assorted snacks, food boxes, and bread from our regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, and Winco. Also sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen at 1242 Garfield.
Check the shelves for 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!
Store items for a future garage sale:
The Bookkeeper volunteer position is open. Learn more here:
ONLINE YARD SALE
Check the comments in the post below for a picture and brief description of items available (new items will be added as Brandy has time). To claim an item, write “Mine” beneath the picture. Then pick up your item by the date indicated at 4015 Langton (off 18th and Bertelsen). If you are able, donate what you can. Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Marie Summers still has regular generic Ball lids for $3/dozen. All of the wide-mouth lids are gone.
Pametha Davidson is contemplating a podcast on gleaning and canning. Comment here if you’re interested in participating:
Want a gleaner yard sign? Check this thread for details:
Guide to Lane County resources for repairing broken items such as lamps, shoes, and small appliances:
Recipe for zucchini bars:
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:
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:
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):
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
Here is the link to the Gleaner Handbook:
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