Quite a haul with more to come soon.
The garden has been good to our community this year. We have been able to share with our families who attended Vacation Bible School, our parishioners, many of whom are unable to garden for various reasons, our pastor and his family and many visitors to the church. However, most of the produce has been donated to our local food pantry. The weights listed are what was harvested and donated directly to those clients.
Our tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen AND look nice too!
Picked 12 ripe tomatoes off of one vine this morning got 2 pecks of purple beans from just one row and this is the 2nd picking.
It’s time to make salsa in Palestine, IL
We’re harvesting our tomatoes now! There is NOTHING like a home grown tomato! The pole beans are bearing, some beets are popping up, and the sweet peppers just keep coming.
Church members have added, from their home gardens, to what we share with the local food pantry. And last week, for the first time, we noticed that folks from the pantry’s host church had started bringing some fresh veggies, too. We think we started something good!
Yes we know now … is NOT the time to transplant grape vines, but when opportunity knocks?
The local community college’s horticulture program lost its instructor so they needed to empty their nursery. We spoke to an area vineyard and they told us that although this not the normal time the vines needed to be in the ground. We are setting post and will run wire along the top for the vines. Each line will hold 18 vines and we expect to plant at least 2 lines – maybe 3.
Maybe we will be making our own communion wine (or juice) before too long!
On our way to the Palestine Food Bank with today’s goodies from the garden. We’ll stop by the garden and cut some fresh basil on the way.
Most (90%+)of our produce goes to the local Palestine Food Pantry. Our volunteer gardeners are encouraged to take some home for their use and a little bit has been sold at our community’s Main Street Market to help offset expenses.
Tomatoes are SLOWLY beginning to ripen helping make this how biggest week yet!
We are working to get papers and straw around all of the plants to reduce the time needed for weeding and thanks to a gift of vines from the local community college we will be planting grapes very soon … communion anyone? 🙂
We have lots of tomatoes on many vines, but they are slow to ripen this year so … we decided to send a few green tomatoes (for frying) to the Palestine Food Bank today. Cut quite a bit of basil for the pantry and included a little fact sheet/cooking hints handout.
Deacons harvest, process and deliver fresh local produce to the Food Pantry every Monday.