The “Not So Sweet” Side of Sugar

By Jean Blish Siers *

Coke BottleOne of the more popular stories in the New York Times this past weekend was David Leonhardt’s  “A Month Without Sugar.”  In it, the columnist challenges us to spend 30 days with no added sugars in our diet, and offers a fun, interactive quiz to see where sugars might be hidden in our daily menus. That means the sugars naturally occurring in fruits and dairy, for instance, are ...

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No Small Potatoes

By Jean Blish Siers *

Potatoes from Walther FarmIn the gleaning world, once November comes, the produce supply can become pretty thin. This year was particularly rough in the Charlotte area where I work. A hot and exceptionally dry summer meant we missed a lot of the corn we typically harvest. The crops were simply too sparse for the farmers to have spares. The heat lasted into the fall and destroyed our most dependable late ...

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One Week: Pumpkins, Muscadines, and Blackberries

By Jean Blish Siers *
Volunteers with PumpkinsI love the week after Halloween, when we at Society of St. Andrew get to save those pumpkins that didn’t end up as decorations. It breaks my heart each year when I see perfectly good, perfectly edible pumpkins plopped into garbage cans the day after Halloween, discarded like unloved candy or Christmas trees with no needles. But, ironically, those that didn’t get chosen as displays can ...

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Oh, Beans!

By Jean Blish Siers *

faoWorld Food Day, celebrated this Sunday, October 16, isn’t some foodie event about finding the most obscure cheese or the darkest chocolate. It’s not recognizing that there isn’t enough food in the world. It’s about acknowledging that there is plenty of food in the world, but that not everyone has equal access to that food. It’s about good food that’s wasted instead ...

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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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