EAG Newsletter 7-26-2021

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 7-26-2021

 

MASKS AT DROP SITES

Please continue to wear masks at the drop sites and when picking up donations, unless specifically informed that no mask is needed. We are guests at these locations and want to be careful to respect their preferences.

 

BANANA BOX GAMES!

2021 Peachapalooza is just around the corner! Each week Susan Chapen will be running a Banana Box collection event, with prizes to the two gleaners who collect the most boxes during that week. 

Jessica Ferguson has graciously agreed to store boxes at her place until needed for Peach Palooza. Her address is 999 Williams St.. Please don’t drop and run. She needs your name and how many boxes you’re dropping. Text 541-954-2138 or message her to let her know you’re coming. She’ll log the date, number of boxes, and your name.

NOTE: This contest is for banana boxes only. Banana Boxes MUST have box top lids. (Winco cuts the top of the boxes so there is no lid so these will not work unless you have an “in” with an employee in the produce department who will work with you to get boxes with tops and bottoms.)

Week 1 winners: Virginia Haack Buron and Victoria Palacios tied for first place with 9 boxes each.  

Week 2: July 26 through July 31

Week 3: Aug 1 through Aug 7 (unless our peach pickup happens earlier)

Check this thread for prizes and weekly winners:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2901398096780451

 

 

DROP SITE PREP PARTY

Watch Facebook and the email list for notice of work parties to level a pad for a bread shed at the new Eugene drop site at 1557 Quaker St. They will last an hour and take place early or late to avoid the heat. DM Brandy Collier or comment here with days and times you can help.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2898029390450655

 

Site prep is underway at 1557 Quaker!

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MEMBER ORIENTATION

Rose Jacobs will host a member orientation on Tuesday, August 3, at 6 pm PT, followed by a pressure canning demo! The orientation will be held at Central Grange (corner for Central and Fleck Rd. in Veneta) with a Zoom option for those who can’t attend in person. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/572448950413341/

 

 

GLEANS

Before you sign up, please read the glean description for important details such as the mask policy. Please participate as you are able. If you don’t want or need what is gleaned, you can donate it to the group.

 

Monday, July 26: Vegetables in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

Monday, July 26: Blueberries in Creswell

Wednesday, July 28, Blueberries off Clear Lake Road

Thursday, July 29, Blueberries off Clear Lake Road

Friday, July 30, Vegetables in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

Friday, July 30, Yellow plums in the Friendly neighborhood

Be sure to watch the Facebook group and email list for other gleans. 

If you’re interested in being a glean leader, please contact Brandy Collier at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

 

AT THE DROP SITES

IMPORTANT: Please continue to wear your mask while at a site and use the hand sanitizer provided. 

Please use the OUT sheet to record what you take. Just put a tally mark next to the appropriate category for each item you take (for example, loaf of bread, jug of milk, bunch of lettuce or carrots,etc.). 

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.

 

NOTE: The 1235 River Road site is on hold. The owner will be out of town for most of the summer. Stay tuned to the email list and Facebook group for updates on where to pick up in Eugene.

Sites are open for visits from dawn to dusk, unless noted below:

 

Eugene: 1557 Quaker, 8 am to 8 pm

Fridge and shelves are located in the driveway and along the fenceline to the right. Work is ongoing to add a shed, sign-out sheet, etc. 

All other items in the side yard are personal property. Please stay off the porch of the house. 

 

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm 

Bread, vegetables, and other items are in the bread barn to the left of the driveway. The carport is no longer in use. Video tour: https://youtu.be/SDfXdU3RvCA

 

South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door. Video tour: https://youtu.be/vW81TJMcyjs

 

Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Video tour: https://youtu.be/iKMg0CuNnQE

 

Springfield: 845 25th Place

Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street. 

Video tour: https://youtu.be/H62bApo9OzQ

 

Thurston (Springfield): 5972 Mt. Vernon, 9 am to 8 pm

At the end of a long shared driveway. Park on the street facing down hill or park on the left side of the driveway. Be careful not to block the neighbors. You can block the host. Video tour:

https://youtu.be/rppXutoQR6g

 

Junction City: 93963 Pitney Lane

Bread and other items are on the back porch in the two cupboards and the refrigerator. There’s currently a variety of bread and lots of vegetables. 

 

Delivered this past week:

Lots of zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are still available at the sites thanks to Organic Redneck, Laurelwood Academy, and our hard-working gleaner crews. Also watch for plums!

 

Food boxes were distributed last week—perishable items should be in the fridge. Sliced loaves, English muffins, and buns thanks to regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels. Also sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen at 1242 Garfield. Assorted snacks and deli items from anonymous donors.

Check the shelves for assorted grains and beans (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 or deliver directly to a nearby Bottle Drop. 

Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!

 

HELP WANTED

Print and post flyers around town to promote the group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2903162419937352/

 

 

The Bookkeeper volunteer position is open. Learn more here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2897341663852761/

 

ONLINE YARD SALE

Check the comments in the post below for a picture and brief description of items available (new items will be added as Brandy has time). To claim an item, write “Mine” beneath the picture. Then pick up your item by the date indicated at 4015 Langton (off 18th and Bertelsen). If you are able, donate what you can. Paypal: eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2901406720112922/

 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Update from Board President Brandy Collier on partnership with Fresh Food Connect:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2837177236535871/

 

Recipe for plum upside-down cake:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/plum-upside-down-cake/

 

Jar librarian Melody Piatt will be on vacation for a week starting this Friday, so contact her at the post below before then if you need to check out some jars for canning. Almost 1,000 jars of all types are available. Pick up on Monday, Tuesday, or WEdnesday between 11 am and 9 pm. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2904553873131540/.

 

Recipe for chocolate zucchini cake:

https://commonsensehome.com/chocolate-zucchini-cake/

 

Show off what’s growing in your garden:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2894430684143859/

 

Stevie Miller has pork, hamburger, soup bones, and more available:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat/posts/2889954274577756/

Prices will be increasing as of September 1:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2904413076478953/

 

HELP A GLEANER

Veronica VanAndel’s dog Gizmo is in pain and needs surgery. Donate at the link below if you can help:

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8B9GX9TADA

 

ONGOING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

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

 

Gleaner stickers. 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:

https://eugeneareagleaners.com/product/eag-bumper-sticker/

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):

https://forms.gle/ufARZrwjbzfs6okx7

 

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.

 

ABOUT THE GLEANERS

Here is the link to the Gleaner Handbook:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D_LsanTJgCD0dd-d7RhHLoK4MJtVyecQb4z-22KmB6w/edit?usp=sharing

 

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