EAG Newsletter 6-08-2020

By Sara Ferris:




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/topic/community-rewards-4. 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.




There’s still time to order strawberries, rhubarb, and cherries through Emerald Produce, a wholesale food supplier in Eugene. Help the group get to the minimum order of 320 pounds! Click here to go to the form.


Form closes on June 11, 2020. 


The strawberries are not non-GMO or labeled organic, but they are inexpensive. Pallet pricing is $14/flat, and each flat holds 8 1-pound containers (that’s $1.75 per pound). You can order by the pound or by the flat. If you order by the pound, please bring your own boxes/containers to pick up.


Rhubarb is available at $2/lb, and cherries are $3.99/lb. We do not get a discount on these items, but they are special-order only and not regularly available to the public.🙂


You can pay via PayPal (Friends and Family ONLY please—see directions above) to: eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com


Cash or checks (make out to: Eugene Area Gleaners) are also acceptable, but must be paid and received BY June 15. Please bring cash or check IN AN ENVELOPE with your name and amount written on it to 4015 Langton Ave off 18th and Bertelsen. No  COD at this time. 


Recipes. Suggestions from group members to help you use up your berries:




The buy closed yesterday. Watch for notification to arrange pickup starting June 14 at Victoria’s house, 2630 Gilham Road, Eugene.




NEW: River Road site at 1385 Sunny Drive. Erin Ziemer will open her garage from 11 am to 7 pm for tabletop pickup.


Springfield: 3180 Oriole St., 8 am–9 pm


Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.


South Eugene: 2830 Potter


Remember to sign out items and take advantage of our artisanal hand sanitizer courtesy of Swallowtail Distillery.



Laurelwood Farms donated over 400 pounds of delicious oranges, as well as slicing cucumbers and zucchini. Laurelwood Farms is now certified organic and open for the season: 37466 Jasper Lowell Rd., Jasper.

Thanks to Crescendo Spirits for peeled organic lemons.

A variety of baked goods are available through regular pickups from Winco, Muffin Mill, Bread Stop, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels.

Thanks to group members who dropped off chicken and duck eggs, plant starts, jar lids, lentils, rice, and more.

And special thanks to all the volunteers involved in picking up, sorting, boxing, and delivering to the drop sites!



The gleaning season is beginning and we have seen some beautiful produce that our glean leaders and crews have provided. I want to say thank you to everyone in the group that works so hard to make sure that food is not going to waste and that people are getting food their families can use. Without their work and their time, many of us would not be able to share in what they provide. We obviously all benefit from the bread and the excess produce from the glean since items are quickly picked up from drop sites. There is obviously a need for more.

With that said, I really hope that, given the recent situation our country is in, that we as a group can be a positive influence by helping each other and providing the food that will help us get through what could be some Rough Waters.

I know all of us are busy—we all have things going on and kids are home—but the reality is as a group we have to have more volunteers. We have to have people willing to step up and lead a glean. We have to have people step up and help wherever we can. There is so much more we can do if we have people working together as a community. We have gleans that go unpicked because we just don’t have a leader or somebody that can go and pick. Everybody on the board has a full plate and it’s easy to burn out without help. We seriously need some board positions filled and glean leaders, Outreach, membership coordinating, and so many more things that we could do to help our Gleaner Community thrive.

I personally thank everybody who steps in when they can and pitches in and gets the job done. We all benefit from it. Please consider making some time to make this work better for all of us and grow because this is a great group of people with a great cause.

If you’re able to step up and help with anything, please feel free to reach out to any of the board members: eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

You can also comment here if you can help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2588124238107840/