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 bagsof 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.