EAG Newsletter 2-1-2021

By Sara Ferris

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 2-1-2021

 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cbKHYbMst42BQSByl6GblYv1NknzHlN4TctGhOc7sUc/edit?usp=sharing

2020 CLOSEOUT

If you haven’t already, please turn in your glean leader reports to Susan Chapen, any 2020 tax receipts to Julie Tafoya, and any tax receipt requests for mileage or donations to Julie.

AT THE DROP SITES

Please 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.

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

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. Here are some of the other items that were available last week:

  • Grains and other dried items such as TVP  bacon flavor, veggie stew, instant milk, buttermilk, dried whole egg powder, and beef bouillon

  • Buckets

  • Organic bean dip

  • Canned goods and freezer items

  • Sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen

1242 Garfield: Signout sheet is in the shed. Bread and other baked goods are stored  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).

2445 Laralee: Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage.

2830 Potter: Look in the little cabinet by the front door.

93953 Pitney Lane: bread is on the back porch on metal shelves.

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

PLANTING TIME

If you haven’t already, Maureen Griffin suggests seeding your alliums soon: shallots, leeks, scallions (bunching onions), and bulb onions. She starts hers in 3-3/4 inch square pots so the roots have plenty of room and the plants can stay in one pot until they go into the garden. Give them a haircut back to 3 inches or so when they reach around 5 inches to encourage strong growth.

SOY SUGGESTIONS

Here are some ideas from fellow gleaners on things to do with the dry soy beans:

Make your own tofu:

https://www.chinasichuanfood.com/how-to-make-tofu-at-home/

Make soy milk! Here’s a random recipe from the Internet, and there are many others out there:

https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/scratch-soy-milk-with-andrea-nguyen

Snack on roasted soy nuts:

https://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-soy-nuts-280911

Cook and eat like other dried beans. Mother Earth News has some suggestions here:

https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/soybean-recipes-zmaz76mjztak

MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WHEAT BERRIES

  • Grind and use as flour

  • Medieval pottage

  • Cook for hot cereal

  • Cook and cool for wheat salad

  • Add to soup

More recipes here:

https://www.palousebrand.com/…/hard-red-winter-wheat

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Stevie Miller may still have hamburger left:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2778802545706674/

If you’re looking to buy or sell Girl Scout Cookies, check this Facebook thread for links to digital cookie sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2775412922712303/

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@gmail.com