EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 5-3-2021
GLEANER GARAGE SALE
Date for the sale is Saturday, May 15, 8 am to 4 pm. We’ll continue on Sunday the 16th if we have enough volunteers. Sign up to help on this spreadsheet. Feel free to sign up for more than one spot:
Coordinator Misha Fuller is also looking for some volunteers on Wednesday or Friday (May 5 & 7) this week to help sort through stuff and organize it a bit. Good news, have a ton of donations! You can drop off contributions at
Congratulations to Carrol Cass, winner of the Pack a Box contest!
GLEANING HELP WANTED
GLEAN LEADER SPREADSHEET KEEPER
This person will obsessively, meticulously and perfectly maintain the Glean Leaders’ Spreadsheet. This includes monitoring the Facebook groups for information, following up with glean leaders as needed, and preparing reports. Full description here:
If you’re interested, please contact Brandy Collier at [email protected].
Also contact Brandy if you’d like to learn more about becoming a glean leader.
Thanks to all the 2020 glean leaders:
Geraldine Sundstrom is taking over from Marie Summers as Drop-Site Hosts and Transporters Coordinator! You can sign up for a scheduled pickup—when you visit a donor at a specific day and time—or be on call to help transport on short notice when needed. Backups who can fill in on the regular pickups as needed are also welcome. Email [email protected]. Current openings include:
- First Wednesday, Bread Stop to 2445 Laralee (pick up at Wallis St. in Eugene)
AT THE DROP SITES
IMPORTANT: Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided.
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.
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.”
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.
Lots of leeks and greens from Organic Redneck—last Friday’s gleaners picked 150 pounds of salad greens and 100 pounds of leeks! 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, Stocks, 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.
Also check the shelves for assorted grains and beans. There’s still a lot of long-grain white rice as well as pinto beans, black beans, wheat berries and more (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.
Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!
Organic greens at 1242 Garfield!
Thanks to our lemon/citrus donor for last week’s donation and to those who delivered them to the drop sites. Our donor is eager to sample what we can (either with the lemons or otherwise). See this post for details and dropoff instructions:
Marie Summers also shared some zero waste tips for lemons. First, she zests any yellow peel left, then juices them to make lemonade concentrate. Everything that remains then goes into her food processor to make a chunky pulp. The pulp goes into the dehydrator and dries until brittle, then is ground into lemon powder.
With 40 lemons to start, Marie ended up with quite a bit of zest, 5 pints lemonade concentrate to can, and about a pint of powder. Her suggestions for using the powder:
- Homemade salad dressing
- Mix with fresh ground pepper for a lemon pepper chicken rub
- Boil it with cinnamon and spices as room freshening potpourri
- Add to smoothies to push up that tangy flavor
Keep in mind that the Gleaner Lending Library has tools available to help you with your zero waste projects, including a juicer and dehydrators:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Interested in couponing? Christina Gebhard may offer a Zoom class. Comment here if you’d be interested:
Interested in canning jar lids? Marie Summers will try to track down sleeves of Ball bulk generic lids when visiting Iowa later this month:
Rose Booble still has lots of donated 3-gallon buckets (no lids and no handles, but very sturdy). Look for them at the drop sites, or:
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.