Spring has sprung!

by Jean Blish Siers *

peasLess than a week into official spring, my little backyard garden is in the full throes of new birth! Amidst the last of the fall leaves, shoots of fragile green plants push out of the soil: onions, arugula, lettuce, kale, peas! And perhaps most exciting: my first ever asparagus spears. In this case, gratification must be delayed for another year, as I let strong crowns develop that will hopefully produce for years to come.

I’ve checked in with some of the farmers who work with us. Many are sowing potatoes, spring greens, onions, and other cool weather crops. Others have greenhouses filled with tiny bedding plants, which will produce tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other wonderful vegetables. Peach trees are in bloom. It will still be a while before they harvest most of what they’re planting now, and longer still until they are ready to have us come and glean what remains after they have sold what they can.

But already folks are calling. Just as I am filled with hope each time I walk into my back yard to see what has sprouted, our recipient agencies are hopeful that as winter turns to spring, Society of St. Andrew will once again bring them something fresh to supplement the more standard items in their kitchen pantry. They look forward to fresh lettuce and strawberries in May and June, corn and tomatoes in July and August. They are delighted by squash and cucumbers in the summer, pumpkins and greens in the fall. And I hate having to tell them to be patient; to wait a while longer.

Lent continues for another week, as we move from the triumphal waving of palms on Sunday to the somber introspection of Holy Week, to the promise of new life on Easter Sunday. This is a time of year for waiting, for hoping, for working towards brighter months ahead!

* Jean Blish Siers is SoSA’s Charlotte Area Gleaning Coordinator, and a regular contributor to this News & Events blog.


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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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