by Julie Pottier-Brown
After volunteering last week, a Melrose member made a request that I explain who we partner with for donations, and how it came to be. She was impressed by the fact the local food pantry came to pick up the leftovers.
Leftovers are a reality. Some members miss their Share. You may have done it yourself. We have to order everyone’s Share every week unless there has been a hold placed (which in itself only became possible two years ago). So if four Shares miss, several other members do not take their cabbage or greens, the grower sent a little too much, or for some other unknown reason we have excess, there will be leftovers. We always invite members who miss to go at the end (6:50 ish) of any depot day, speak to the coordinator, and see if they will be able to recoup their loss. Once these processes are complete – the leftovers must find a home.
Have you put in your 2 hours of volunteer effort yet? Have you paid an opt-out fee? If so, THANK YOU! If you had the best of intentions, yet have not put your time in, please visit the FDC website and scroll down to the bottom of the page to link over to sign up genius. Choose one of the very few remaining slots, or email Tamara and ask her to put the, “I opt-out of volunteering with no guilt”, $35 fee on your account. If you have ever been to a truck unload at any depot or worked any shift; especially opening and closing, you know just how much effort goes into every distribution. Continue reading
By Susan McBrine
When considering joining a Food Cooperative (Coop), the obvious reasons come to mind: fresh, direct-from-the-farm produce that is bursting with the season’s goodness. But there are other “hidden” advantages to joining. The following are just a few reasons you may not have considered!
1. The Food Coop Workout
Anyone who has ever volunteered to work a Coop will tell you to show up with sleeves rolled and your good shoes at home. You will spend your time lifting, stretching, pulling, dragging and lugging crates, sacks, and boxes in all sorts of weather conditions. Erecting and collapsing those tents beats any 20-minute workout! You emerge, sore but victorious, knowing that you’ve “done your bit”.
2. Sharpening Your Math Skills
Quick! How many ounces in “two pounds, four ounces of carefully weighed heirloom tomatoes”? How many tomatoes make two pounds? How do I balance this scale? How many people are waiting behind me while I try to do the math? Continue reading
Member Grace Taylor created this nut-free pesto for a friend who is severely allergic to nuts. She then provided batches for tasting at FDC depots. Check out the blog for pictures of this tasty treat.
It’s no secret the farm fresh foods and vegetables brought to you each week by Farm Direct Coop are a great way to boost the quality of your life. The organic and IPM fruits and vegetables sourced from 60+ local farms are guaranteed to be chock full of antioxidants, never preserved, and picked only at their peak. But did you know that the opportunity to volunteer is also a great way to boost your life? Continue reading