This week’s share consists of beans, arugula, lettuce, kale,
onions, vitamin greens (the bunch with round dark green leaves), tomatoes, and golden beets.
I want to thank everyone who helped connect First Light Farm with
food donation opportunities. Just as it is on a global and national scale, we may have plenty of food, but it is not distributed equitably. Farms often have random surpluses, but getting the food to those who need it is harder than you’d think. Actually, it’s a pain in the butt.
Thankfully there are organizations out there which exist to coordinate the logistics of food donations. By bridging the gap between all the food
and all the need, they give farmers an opportunity to contribute.
We are grateful for that; it is our chance, and we want to make the most
This past Sunday, staff and volunteers from The Boston Area Gleaners came out to harvest some of our surplus crops. It seemed like they were running around the farm having fun, but whatever they were doing, they left with a van load of cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, and kale. Also, this past Monday, we started a regularly scheduled donation pickup with Beverly Bootstraps. Both of these organizations distribute the donated food to various local pantries and shelters.
The financial support you provide our farm through your CSA membership ensures that we may keep on growing and sharing food with our community. Your participation makes it possible for us to donate food to the needy. You provide money; we plant crops; mother nature decides which crops die and which crops thrive; organizations such as Boston Area Gleaners and Beverly Bootstraps
distribute surpluses; people who need it get to eat it. It’s kind of beautiful.