Community Connections Bring Plenty of Produce to Saint Martin’s Food Pantry

From May to December Saint Martin’s Ministries received a variety of fresh produce donations. Clients who come to Saint Martin’s for food benefitted from more than 3500 pounds of produce – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, butternut squash, cabbage, and the final harvest of white and sweet potatoes. Each of the organizations or individuals that provided these fresh vegetables has some special connection to Saint Martin’s.  We’d like to thank them for their generosity in sharing, and recognize those special connections.

Boxer’s Edge Farm connects to Saint Martin’s Ministries through Lori Sallet, our current Board Vice-President.  The farm is one of Lori’s projects and one of the many ways in which she and her husband Jonathan support us.

Sand Hill Produce has been sending produce our way for at least the last 4 years. The connection is Cathy Smith who retired in September 2010 from her position as assistant director of Saint Martin’s House. Cathy sometimes brings the produce donation herself, so that she can check out what’s new in the Thrift shop.

Victory Farm Community Garden

Victory Farm Community Garden brought a wonderful variety of tomatoes this summer.  Although some might say the connection to Saint Martin’s was Win Anderson, who just stepped down as Board Chair, folks who know the full story acknowledge Maggie, the Anderson’s Border Collie who frequently vacations at Victory Farm.

The Garden at Saint Martin’s Housewas also a source of fresh vegetables and herbs during the summer. A project of Queen Anne’s County Extension Master Gardeners, Bonnie Connor, wife of Board member Joe Connor worked diligently to bring about a garden for the women and children at Saint Martin’s House to tend and enjoy.

The Garden at Saint Martin's House

In addition to these generous providers we also receive produce from local folks who just have a bit of a surplus when the weather is right. A true community of sharing.  Thanks to all the gardeners out there, we hope that you will soon be enjoying seed catalogues and planning for next year’s produce.

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