EAG Newsletter 1-04-2021

By Sara Ferris
EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 1-4-2021
https://docs.google.com/document/d/14NWnPDODfvsVxz1UG9i6H-qDJObQu-B4ChbbX8hJHRM/edit?usp=sharing
START SOME MICROGREENS
Thanks to Maureen Griffin for this step-by-step tutorial on how to grow microgreens. It’s a great way to use up old or extra seeds before spring:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2763408997246029/
AT THE DROP SITES
Wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Also be sure to note what you take on the sign-out sheet.
Check to make sure the refrigerator/freezer and the bread shed doors are closed securely.
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Plenty of bread (lots of rye!), bagels, English muffins, and more can be found at the drop sites thanks to our regular donors Bread Stop, Winco, Orowheat, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels.
Thanks to Barbara DiJeannene and Ly Le for keeping 2445 Laralee and 1242 Garfield stocked with grains. Also thanks to Kathy Ann for distributing in Creswell.
DROP SITE NEEDS 
Paper lunch bags 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/2758255217761407/
All food items must be 6 inches or more off the ground, so we are looking for 1 x 6 boards to create a platform for the veggie bins at the drop sites.  If you can help out, comment here or email Marie Summers eugeneareagleanders@gmail.com.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2748412878745641/
ALL THINGS AVOCADO
In case you were wondering why donated avocados ended up in the drop site freezers: They can indeed be frozen! You can freeze them whole or after pitting and slicing. Add a bit of lemon or lime juice to prevent browning. You can also freeze guacamole! The link below covers more tips:
https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/how-to-freeze-avocado-4-easy-ways/
HELP A GLEANER
Bonnie Williams and family are good on food for now, but a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses is still open (and getting very close to the goal!):
gf.me/u/y5pk2i
LID LORE
With regular canning lids in short supply, many of us are looking at Tattler reusable canning lids as an option. There can be a bit of a learning curve with the Tattler lids, so here are some video guides to help you use them effectively:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmYfWFaUJfI
https://youtu.be/zvZ-Q5EpzGs
FUNDRAISING  
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
BottleDrop Blue Bags.  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. You can also donate money to the Gleaners from a regular green bag account.
Gleaner Stickers. Funds go toward building a gleaner barn at 1070 Linda Lane. The 2” x 6” stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Buy your stickers here:
https://eugeneareagleaners.com/product/eag-bumper-sticker/