EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 4-19-2021
GLEANER GARAGE SALE
Pack a Box Contest now through May 1st!
Grab a box at any drop site and pack it full of items for the garage sale. Drop it off with your name on Brandy Collier’s porch at 4015 Langton Ave in Eugene.
Winner will receive these awesome prizes!
Misha Fuller is taking the lead on this fundraiser and will start planning in earnest later this month. If you can help with tasks like making signs, collecting donations, pricing, staffing, etc., comment here:
This week’s seasoning in the spotlight is rosemary. Thanks to Kathryn Barnes for donating the herbs and recipe for rosemary roasted potatoes:
Dumpling-making video from Huang Haisu:
Farmer cheese recipe—works with 2% milk:
AT THE DROP SITES
IMPORTANT: For our tax records, please make sure you sign out what you take! And please be specific—write 2 sliced, 1 buns, 1 bag bagels, etc., rather than just “bread.”
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. 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:
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm (bread barn is locked after 8)
Signout sheet is in the shed on the second shelf at eye level. Please sign out what you take from the shed, fridge, and carport area. Masks are available at the barn if you forget yours.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door.
Junction City: 93953 Pitney Lane
Bread and other items are on the back porch on metal shelves, along with veggies as available.
NEW! 845 25th Place, Springfield. Currently, you can pick up grains, beans, and dry goods, including TVP, pinto beans, soy beans, white wheat, veggie stew, and beef bouillon.
Thanks to everyone who transported Food for Lane County boxes this Friday! FFLC donated long grain white rice and red pepper tomato soup in addition to the food boxes with meat, dairy, fruits, and vegetables! There’s still lots of soup and rice. Look in the fridge and freezer for perishable box items.
Groundworks Organic veggies this week are at 1242 Garfield only and include carrots and many different greens. Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer before touching the produce.
Drop sites also have sliced loaves, sweets, buns, and bagels from regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels. Sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen are in the fridge, along with deli items. Check the cooler for gluten-free treats from Elegant Elephant.
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.
Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!
TAPIOCA STARCH TRIVIA
Tapioca starch has been added to the grain rotation (thanks to Barbara DiJeannene and Ly Le for keeping the drop sites stocked!). Here are some ideas for how to use it:
Tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch, is a starchy white flour made from the starch extracted from the cassava plant. Tapioca flour helps bind gluten-free recipes and improves the texture of baked goods. It is extremely smooth and has no discernible taste or smell, so makes a great thickener in sauces, pies, and soups. You can use it as a corn starch replacement (2 Tbsp tapioca flour for each 1 Tbsp corn starch). Use in combination with other gluten free flours for best results.
Now that gleaning season is starting, here’s a reminder that you can borrow jars for canning from the Jar Library at 1242 Garfield. Text, call, or email Geraldine Sundstrom at 920-883-9607 and [email protected] with the amount and kind you need. She will set them on the porch at 1242 Garfield for you to pick up. If you borrowed jars last year and would like to use them again this year, just let her know you want to renew them.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The University of Idaho Extension invites Oregonians to attend their free online Home Canning Basics series. All sessions are from 1 pm to 2:30 pm PT.:
May 3 Boiling Water Canning
May 10 Pressure Canning
May 17 Pickles
May 24 Jams
Register at: https://uidaho.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5yID4t34MwDEuCG
Marie Summers will be sharing ideas for zero-waste cooking. The first installment covers what zero waste means, using asparagus as an example:
Rose Booble has hundreds of donated 3-gallon buckets (no lids and no handles, but very sturdy). https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2833228110264117/
Letter to the Register-Guard about gleaners:
Mother’s Day Fundraiser to help Ms. Lyllye get into a home of her own! Buy a bouquet and/or raffle tickets for a variety of plants.
ONGOING 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:
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 [email protected].
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
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:
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):
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
SPOTLIGHT ON BUTCHER’S BLOCK
The Butcher’s Block Facebook group is a resource page for members of EAG to post pictures of meat gleans and hunting expeditions, and discuss butchering processes.
We may cross-post meat deals and gleans here to reach a targeted audience, but they can still be found in the main Facebook and email groups.