EAG Newsletter 1-18-2021

By Sara Ferris

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 1-18-2021

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HELP A GLEANER

Former River Road drop-site hostess Annika Parrott smashed her ankle and is stuck in a boot. She broke it so spectacularly she’s going to need surgery.

She is open to us bringing her “all the food,” but no peanuts because she is allergic. You can also choose to donate money for Grubhub instead.

https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/d1m5k4

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

NEW JUNCTION CITY DROP SITE

Gleaner Carrol Cass has generously offered to host a Junction City drop site at:

93953 Pitney Lane

The bread is on the back porch on metal shelves. The current selection is wheat, white, cinnamon raisin, sandwich rounds, and english muffins.

Volunteers are needed to print flyers for the site, transport bread and other items, and clean up. Email eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com if you can help.

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.

NEW! Junction City: 93953 Pitney Lane

Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.

South Eugene: 2830 Potter

Thanks to our regular donors WinCo, The Bread Stop, Orowheat, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels. Elegant Elephant also donated some gluten-free goodes this past week: loaves, baguettes, rolls, and pretzels.

1242 Garfield: Bread and other baked goods in the shed, along with grains and other dried and nonperishable goods. The fridge is located in the carport, behind the fence (veggies are also stored in the carport). The fridge has deli items, milk, and bagged bagels. Don’t forget to check the freezer for bananas and other frozen items.

2445 Laralee: Some Oroweat as well as Bread Stop and WinCo baked goods.

Thanks to Barbara DiJeannene and Ly Le for keeping 2445 Laralee and 1242 Garfield stocked with grains. Most recently, Springfield received grains, beans, instant milk, buttermilk, and baking powder. Garfield has the last of the barley and the split peas, but lots of white wheat, red wheat, and soybeans are still left in storage.

Please return the grain jars and lids to the drop sites when empty.

Tips for using the wheat: Cook wheat berries in your slow cooker until soft. Then add them to your chili in place of the hamburger for a tasty vegetarian alternative. More on wheat berries from Bob’s Red Mill: https://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/healthy-living/what-are-wheat-berries/

COOL IDEA?

Food for Lane County is exploring the idea of adding a cool room with variable temperature controls to preserve perishables like produce or other fresh foods while they are being processed and handled. If you have thoughts on how our group might make use of such a resource, send them to Brandy at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com.

More details on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2772014383052157/

More details in the Gleaner Google Group:

https://groups.google.com/g/eugeneareagleaners/c/QZ6TzVqn2A4/m/jclYL8zZCwAJ

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

OSU Extension Service is offering a free three-part virtual workshop on Exploring the Small Farm Dream.

https://www.facebook.com/events/895764384502447/

Tomorrow (Jan. 19) at 6:30 pm, the Master Gardeners will present a seminar for new and experienced gardeners on Maintaining Your Raised Beds and Pots for Years of Use:

https://www.facebook.com/events/220490702904856/

Roast potatoes are delicious any time of year.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/riverford/videos/1803874549771318

Recipe: https://www.riverford.co.uk/recipes/the-best-roast-potatoes

Make your own fertilizer from comfrey (though if you plant your own be aware it spreads like mint):

https://www.ruralsprout.com/comfrey-liquid-fertilizer/

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 eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2748412878745641/

FUNDRAISING

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.

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/

CONNECTION OPTIONS

If you are taking a temporary or permanent break from Facebook, be sure to join the email list to receive notifications about gleans, drops, and other news. To join the list, email:

eugeneareagleaners@googlegroups.com