(Tonia Anderson is the West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator for The Society of St. Andrew, an organization whose volunteers glean
nutritious produce from
farmers' fields and
orchards after the
harvest. This food is
delivered to those in
need. - See more at www.endhunger.org.)
I can't believe it is December already and that the Farmers'
Market at the Garden
has been closed for over a month now.
Thank you for
another great season of gleaning at the market. We appreciate so much
your willingness to let our volunteers come week to ask the farmers if they had
anything to donate. The farmers were incredibly generous and also great
to spend time with. In fact, they have embraced us into their market
family, which means a lot.
Rosemary Breithaupt has continued to be one of the most dedicated volunteers,
gleaning an incredible 27 times over the season; we really couldn't have done
it without her.
Here are some statistics from this year:
different volunteers gleaned the market every week between April 24th and
different vendors donated 3,065 pounds of produce, bread, and
prepared foods, including: Boys & Girls Clubs, Cucina Farms,
Flora Gardens, Gray's Veggies, Green Frog Berry Farm, Holt Farm, J&J
Farm, Jesse Harris Produce, Jones Orchard, Lady Bugg Bakery, Little Bites
Bakery, Long Orchard, Marla's Garden, Pontotoc Ridge Berry Farm, Richardson's
Vegetable Farm, Ripley Produce, Rose Creek Farms, Va Vang's Homegrown
Produce, Whitton Farms, Windermere Farms, and Yang Farm.
different agencies were served:
St. John's United Methodist's Food
Ministry Program (including their food pantry and soup kitchen) and
United Methodist Neighborhood Center.
Shelby County, we gleaned a total of 34,783 pounds of food from January
through November, primarily at farmers' markets around town. We saw
some of the vendors at multiple markets, and some of yours, for instance,
may not have been able to give on a particular week at the Botanic Garden
but gave on other days at other markets.
I remain really excited about how things went overall, and
our volunteers have already started thinking ahead to April.
Thanks again so much!
West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator
The Society of St. Andrew