15 November 2013

Healthy Food For All

We’re huge fans of Grow Portland. A tiny organization with big goals & great ideas. They work to provide all Portlanders access to fresh food. We know them best through their booth at the PSU Market, but the majority of their work is done in community gardens, aiding refugee farmers through a partnership with Mercy Corps and programs like their seed club and educational outreach; empowering people to grow their own food.

DSC_0301Now we have another way to appreciate the thought and hard work of Grow Portland; Storage Share. You can order 100 pounds of food for $120. Although quantities will vary each order will contain about 30 lbs of Winter Squash (Delicata, Butternut, etc.), 25 lbs of Potatoes (Red and Yellow), 15 lbs of Onions (Red and Yellow), 10 lbs of Cabbage, 10 lbs of Carrots, 5 lbs of Beets, 4lbs of Turnips and 1lb of Garlic. You can use Storage Share to make the biggest Thanksgiving crudités plate ala Mona, use all the ingredients at once to make a hibernation stew or quite possibly just do one stop shopping for all your winter veg and support a great organization at the same time.

There are three pickup locations for Storage Stare next Friday and Saturday, including PSU. Grow Portland doesn’t just provide the food, they also advise us how to properly store a 100# of food – You can learn how to keep winter veg by visiting this page. Questions about using SNAP benefits for Storage Share should directed to: dbeller(at)growportland.org.

And speaking of small organizations with big goals, our sister organization, Farmers Market Fund, is again featured in this year’s Willamette Week’s Give Guide. FMF helps all Portlanders access to area Farmers Markets by matching SNAP benefits (currently up to $7 per visit at King Market). This in turn helps fills gaps in food budgets, offers healthy affordable food options and all the money is spent with area growers, ranchers and farmers. This is a winning formula and you can learn more about how to support the goal of healthy foods for all by visiting the Give Guide or donating directly on our website.

DSC_0296PSU and King are open this weekend. PSU is open 9-2 on Saturdays until December 21. That’s the Saturday before Christmas. King, located on NE 7th and Wygant, operates between 10-2 on Sundays . They’re open until November 27 – that’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving/Hanukkah.