The crisp fall air and snow on the ground is a sure sign that the growing season is over here in the Kawartha’s! Gardening tip: snow and frost make kale much sweeter in taste…now is the time to enjoy it!
This summer was very successful in vegetable gardens across the City and Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) was the beneficiary of the most produce donations we have even seen!
Thank you to the farmers and back yard growers for donating a total of 6,609 lbs of fresh produce! This is a 15% increase over last season.
Eighteen (18) different gardens donated potatoes, carrots, beans, onions, lettuce, radish, cabbage, zucchini, kale, cucumber, apples, spinach, tomatoes, plums and squash. Edward Binney’s Community Garden donated 34% and Brandeston Farms donated 22% of the total donations.
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is also very proud to share that our Open Garden expanded yet again this spring and is now 60 raised beds. The increase in beds allowed us to increase what we provided to food banks.
We estimate that the total yield of the Open Garden was 2,216 lbs. With 1,583 lbs of that harvested by KLFS volunteers to be distributed to our member food banks. That means 633 lbs of produce went directly to those in our community who cannot afford to buy fresh food.
The Open Garden also provide produce to support the Summer Outreach Lunch Program. Local cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and lettuce were enjoyed by the children.
Fresh food is so appreciated by guests of food banks. One guest shared that they enjoyed a tomato sandwich with bread they received from the food bank and a fresh, warm tomato from the Open Garden. KLFS is very proud to be able to grow fresh, organic produce for those who could not otherwise afford it and need to put food on their families’ plates.
The tastes and smells of fresh food from the garden can take you back to days past. When those tastes and smells are missing it serves as a reminder of the daily struggles to put food on the table. This is why we are so grateful for each donation.
Produce donations receive a charitable tax receipt if the market value is over $20.00.
Thank you to the three dedicated volunteers Ray, Terry and Anne who built, planted, weeded and watered our gardens. Your passion and desire to help those who sometimes do not have enough does not go unnoticed.
Thank you to all who shared your green thumb and we look forward to the next growing season!