It’s that time of year every home gardener waits for with glee and trepidation. So much to harvest and who will reap the bounty?
This year, with more people than ever exerting their green thumbs and food banks across the country crying out for fresh food for hundreds more families in need in smaller communities like West Milford, there is a solution to this quandary.
Share with AmpleHarvest.org, a grassroots organization that collects fresh picked veggies and distributes them to local food pantries.
Every Wednesday the West Milford Farmers Market, run by Sustainable West Milford, and held at the Presbyterian Church parking lot from 3 to 7 p.m. collects cash donations to buy goodies from the market vendors for the food pantry.
In addition, Apple Acres on Union Valley Road and Wallisch Estates On Lincoln Avenue are the homes of SWM community gardens.
Both gardens collect their members donated produce and distribute it weekly to the township church pantries.
They would love to receive your readers’ donated produce as well.
Collection baskets will be available at Apple Acres on Fridays and Wallisch on Wednesdays at the farmers market.
A few weeks ago I delivered beautiful beets among other items to St. Joe’s pantry. A woman in line sighed with gratitude: “Its been years since I made my mother’s borscht recipe.”