Sunday, September 26, 2010

Successful Gleaning Day

Slow Food Delta Diablo with a small but mighty group of volunteers had a fun and successful day of gleaning in East County. We started the day with a breakfast of zucchini muffins, coffee, tea and yogurt before heading east.Our first stop was Knoll Farms where Rick and Kristie had already harvested boxes of produce for us. We loaded 10 boxes of figs, 4 big boxes of Mediterranean cucumbers and 4 big boxes of zucchini into the little red truck.
Once done, we headed to Tess' Garden owned by Barbara Frantz. We harvested 4 big boxes of table grapes, testing them as we harvested to make sure they were delicious. They were.

Soon we were off to the Brentwood Farmers' Market. We were greeted warmly by Greg, the manager. We shopped for our farmers' market lunch while we introduced ourselves to farmers and let them know we were collecting produce for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. The farmers were extremely generous and we filled the back of Jan's station wagon with boxes and bags
of strawberries, nectarines, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, daikon, cabbages, summer squash and much more.

We weren't sure if we would be able to fit more produce in our vehicles when we got to the Pittsburg Farmers' Market. We met the market manager, Heather, and proceeded to pick up donations from many of the vendors there. We left with bok choy, bitter melon, more tomatoes and loaves of bread. All told, the generous farmers of Contra Costa County and the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association donated 777 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.

Upon our return to Walnut Creek, we enjoyed a well deserved farmers' market lunch with delicious tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, corn, bread and fruit. Later in the day, 24 boxes of fruit from Frog Hollow Farm was dropped off for Monday delivery to the food bank. We think we will reach a half ton with this donation.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Slow Food Delta Diablo’s Day of Gleaning and Cleaning

September 25, Slow Food Delta Diablo is partnering with Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank, College Park High School and Brentwood farmers in a day of community action. Called “Gleaning and Cleaning” this day is one of many nationwide actions sponsored by Slow Food USA. Volunteers are being sought to assist Slow Food members in gleaning food from farmers’ markets and local farms or to prepare a Slow Food in Schools garden for the upcoming school year.

Fresh produce from the gleaning will be donated to the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank, local soup kitchens and homeless shelters. The four markets in the county we will be visiting are: Brentwood, Clayton, Pittsburg and Pinole. Farms we will visit are all located in Brentwood. Volunteers are asked to contact Gail Wadsworth for details and to get on a gleaning team.

Slow Food in Schools garden cleaning will be from 9 am to about 2. We are going to be weeding, replanting the strawberry beds, spreading compost in all the beds, spreading mulch and just generally cleaning up so we can get the special day classes ahead of the game and start them on their winter seed starts in the green house as well as getting winter crops in the ground. We ask helpers to bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, gloves, sun hats, sun screens and water. College Park high School is located at 201 Viking Drive in Pleasant Hill across the street from DVC. If you would like to assist in this project, contact Lesley Stiles.



Gail Wadsworth



Lesley Stiles

925 323 3230

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dig In!

Dig in September 25th with Slow Food Delta Diablo. We will be working in school gardens in Pleasant Hill and gleaning food from farms and farmers' markets for the food bank. Contact Gail to volunteer and for more details.