More Than a Spark of a Good Idea!

By Jean Blish Siers *

William Shakespeare wrote, What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And yet, when we refer to perfectly edible food as “ugly produce” or “salvage,” it denigrates something that deserves a great deal more respect. That’s why a recent story in The Washington Post caught my eye: Baldor, a company that provides produce and other products to restaurants, hospitals, ...

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Strawberry Fields . . . in Season

By Jean Blish Siers *

At the grocery store yesterday, I heard a very frustrated woman approach an employee and say, “Don’t you have any strawberries?” Her cart already held plump red peppers and robotic tomatoes. This was the first week of February in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m hoping for my first juicy strawberry in April, and will probably wait until June or July for tomatoes and peppers. But the stocker told her, “Oh, yes. We have plenty,” and pointed her ...

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SoSA at Farm Aid 2016

“There’s a revolution starting! It’s called eating good food that your neighbors made for you … Let the earth bring us all together back to the roots. Eat good food.” These words came from Neil Young on the stage at Farm Aid 2016, held in Bristow, Virginia in September. Young has been with several musical groups, including Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He joined with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp back in 1985 to create the first of what is now an ...

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Going Bananas? Yes, Thank You!

By Jean Blish Siers *

Here’s something I’ve learned after four years of working with Society of St. Andrew: If someone calls on Monday morning with 18 tons of bananas that need to get dropped somewhere by Monday afternoon, say, “Yes, thank you!” and then get busy finding ministries all over the area that will get them out to people whose diet will be greatly enriched by fresh fruit.

That’s what happened a couple weeks ago. After a busy weekend (two Saturday ...

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No Sour Grapes

By Jean Blish Siers *

Grapes on a vine.I got a call this week from one of the farmers we work with. He has a lovely farm west of Charlotte, North Carolina where he and his wife raise blackberries and blueberries in the summer, and then harvest acres and acres of muscadine and Concord grapes in the fall. They usually have us out to glean at least once a season, and we all enjoy ...

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Going for Gleaning Gold!

By Jean Blish Siers *

As athletes from around the world compete, some people in Rio de Janeiro will be eating at a restaurant run by Italian chef Massimo Bottura. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, was recently named the top restaurant in the world. But those dining at Refettorio Ambrosiano won’t be the rich and famous. Instead, Bottura and a host of 30 other guest chefs will serve dinners created from surplus Olympic Village ...

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