Last Friday, the 6th of September, we hosted the first Free Farm Stand of the season!
These workdays are open to volunteers. You can come every Friday, or just once. We’re meeting at the Wesley Colbert Zion Street Community Garden (across from 575 Zion Street) from 1:30-4:30pm.
Since we don’t have any refrigeration systems, we need to get our produce to people as quickly as possible. At our school gardens, that’s easy! We just use the harvest for cooking classes with the students, or serve it as a snack. But, in the community garden it’s a little harder. We have 120 beds in the garden, and not all of them were claimed this year. So, we planted in the empty beds with the intention of sharing the harvest from those plots with the community.
We do that by hosting a Free Farm Stand in the garden every Friday. As folks walk home from work, or walk their kids back from school, they can stop by the garden to pick up some fresh ingredients for dinner.
It’s a simple set-up- we just put up a folding table at the entrance to the garden. Starting at 1:30, we harvest what is ready and put it out on the table.
Then, at least one person stays up front to explain to folks what we’re doing and encourage them to take as much as they want.
The rest of the team works on general garden maintenance. Last week, we worked on weeding and mulching the pollinator garden in the front of the garden. Check out our progress!
If you’d like to participate in the Free Farm Stand and Friday workdays, feel free to stop by between 1:30 and 4:30pm! Everyone is welcome.