1,608.94! That was the total weight of donated food sent out this week. A new record for us. Full disclosure; with our expansion now in production we should be setting some new records. 🙂
We had a whopping 7 pound spaghetti squash in that mix and our sweet colorful peppers are ripening and being added to the donation boxes.
Twelve Bowdoin College first year students came on one of those very hot and humid mornings and picked over 40 pounds of green beans. These were destined to be processed and put in the freezer at MCHPP for winter distribution. We were especially grateful for the timing of their volunteering. Those green beans needed to be picked and we have so much other food that needs to be harvested that, without them, I am not sure we could have accomplished it all. As school opens and summer moves into fall, the gleaners are also in need of volunteers. If anyone has the time to donate a few hours of their time to just harvest food here at the farm you can sign up through G2G or through one of the three gleaning groups we are partnered with; Androscoggin, Cumberland and Merrymeeting Gleaners. Here at the farm, we harvest Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings.
My new friends Finn and Vera came back to help harvest more onions. Vera abandoned her stuffed bunny in favor of this whopping onion!
Sweet potato greens were sent out to MCHPP this Friday to be part of a delivery to New Mainers. The vines are healthy, robust and beginning to flower. Hope that is an indication of what is going on underground. I see no vole tunnels so hopefully they have not found them. We lost a lot last year to our vole friends.
We said goodbye (hopefully only for now) to our good friend Nathaniel. Nathaniel has spent most of the last two summers with us as a WOOFer. His sense of humor, nurturing spirit and love of all things Maine has opened us up to experiences we might never had enjoyed. Thanks Nathaniel, for being not only our friend, but part of our G2G family. Safe travels.
Last week I mentioned our extremely abundant and beautiful flowers grown for beneficials and for donation. I suggested that you all come to the farm and pick a bouquet to brighten someone’s day. I followed my own advice and surprised my friend Felicia with this colorful collection of zinnia’s, rudbeckia, ageratum, celosia, snapdragon and “Frosted Explosion” ornamental grass. I didn’t begin to pick even half of the varieties we have growing. Stop by the farm and bring some flower joy to yourself or a friend and help support a worthy cause!
It was super hot and humid this week, great beach weather but not easy being out working on the farm. Thanks to all that came, we needed you, and appreciate your time, energy and dedication.