We'll be at the sale encouraging folks to consider buying some extra starts and growing a row (pdf) for the food bank this season. Everyone deserves fresh produce. No amount of home-grown delicious produce is too small, and it always goes to an appreciative home.
Here are some tips for growing extra produce:
- Plant an extra row or more. The more you plant to give away, the more you can help.
- Plant just one or two extra crops. This will result in a larger harvest of fewer items, which is better for the food banks.
- Food banks love most fruits and veggies! Some good examples of easy things to grow are: Beets, carrots, collard greens, green onions, herbs (dill, basil, cilantro, etc.) beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, pak choi, chard, radishes and lettuce.
- Harvest, wash and deliver to a local food bank or hot meals program in your neighborhood (pdf).
- Keep track of your produce donations; send totals to Lettuce Link at the end of the season. Last year, over 20,000 pounds of produce was donated from P-Patches and backyard gardens.
Share the bounty of your harvest! Seattle Tilth's May Edible Plant Sale runs from 9am-3pm on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th. Located at Meridian Park in Wallingford behind the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
The sale features over 350 plant varieties and 50,000 plants. Unlike many plants sold at local stores and nurseries, these varieties are well adapted to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate and are locally and organically or sustainably grown.