If you ate today…. thank a farmer!

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Summer is here with full force, and there is a lot to choose from at the busy farmers markets and roadside produce stands all across the region.  I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately who have been making full use of the locally produced Buy Local Buy Fresh maps to pick up flowers, potatoes, corn and other seasonal goodies for their table.

For those who lack the income to put food on their tables, places like us exist to help address some of those needs, where possible.   People receiving food from us often thank us profusely for the service we provide, but we’re really just facilitating the generosity of their neighbours.  We don’t grow the food or earn the money to purchase it.  We just work to receive, sort and ultimately honour the generosity of others by ensuring that it goes to the people who need it.

This week has seen a tremendous amount of produce come to us from a number of local farmers and groups.  The Elmira Produce Auction has shared zucchini and cucumbers.  Jay West Wholesale Produce has donated beans, greens and peppers.  A farm in the Milton area donated potatoes, lettuce, greens like kale and spinach as well as zucchini and fresh herbs.  And to top it all off (so far!) Trevor Herrle of Herrle’s Country Farm Market shared an overflowing tote of corn and sweet potatoes with us this morning! Through the magic of twitter here they are:

From the fields to the back of our truck! Another great donation from Herrle's.

The corn is already on our food distribution line beside the beans and potatoes, finding it’s way into hampers as I type this up.  The sweet potatoes are now in boxes hanging out with the cucumbers at our hamper “window”, and hamper packers are offering them as an extra item to everyone getting food today.

At the best of times, you always need to remember where your food comes from.  But when things are looking grim, we’re all very fortunate that people locally are thinking of others, and sharing what they can with those in need.  For all of us here at the Food Hamper Program, it’s humbling to see the variety and quantity that comes our way.

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2 Responses to “If you ate today…. thank a farmer!”

  1. Tweets that mention If you ate today…. thank a farmer! « Hofemergencyfoodassistance's Blog -- Topsy.com Says:

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by John Neufeld, Matt Cooper. Matt Cooper said: @HerrlesMarket thanks Trevor! Fresh produce is always a welcome addition to our client's hampers http://wp.me/pO1Rf-nj […]

  2. Pam G Says:

    Wow, what caring “neighbours” these donors are. Fresh produce feeds the body, mind and spirit!

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