Commit Your Surplus Produce – you will be “Feeding Our Future”
On Thursday, 6 December we will be accepting any fresh produce that local backyard growers, community gardens, or producers/farmers can provide for drought-relief food boxes. This is part of Slow Food Hunter Valley’s Feeding our Future initiative. The food boxes will be delivered to drought-affected farmers in the Upper Hunter (despite the rain there is a long way to go in the recovery process). This is an ongoing initiative that has been WELL supported by the Maitland community (see our Feeding our Future page).
Our experience tells us that freshly picked produce will easily last up to a month in the fridge and still be in great condition. That’s why we are asking that your surplus produce is picked on the morning of the 6th December (if possible) and delivered to the Reader’s Cafe in East Maitland that day (between 8am and 3pm). The Reader’s Cafe and Larder is at 3 Garnett Rd, East Maitland (in the same building as the East Maitland library.
We can accept produce up until around 2pm Friday 7 December at the Reader’s Cafe and Larder. If you need to deliver your produce in the evening, call Liz on 0401 425 903. Liz can accept your produce (at Telarah).
By picking on the morning of the 6th (or the day before if necessary) the surplus fresh produce you donate will take the farmers through to Christmas and possibly the new year.
We are hoping to get some idea of the volume and type of produce that can be provided. To assist with this please complete the form below to provide details of your surplus produce.
For more details about the initiative that you will be a part of, please see our Feeding our Future page. You will see quotes from farmers who have received these boxes in the past 6 months and understand the level of appreciation our farmers feel when they realise they are not alone. See also the Maitland Mercury story 3 December.
Why fresh produce?
We have purchased fresh produce from local farmers for the last 6 months to fill drought-relief food boxes for Upper Hunter farmers. We have done this by asking for donations an by fund raising. However, as Christmas approaches, asking for money is difficult as it puts added strain on families. So instead we are asking for surplus produce that might otherwise have gone to waste or been distributed to neighbours, family members and friends.
Commit Your Produce
If you prefer to contact us online, feel free to complete the form below.