I am thrilled to announce that Farm to Freezer will begin collecting and preparing produce for the freezer on Saturday, June 23rd. Thanks to the incredible support of Spiral Path Farm who sells at the FreshFarm Bethesda Market, four partner churches in Bethesda, Whole Foods, Zipcar, and more (check out our sponsor list), we are ready to begin!
But our project is nothing without the support of volunteers to prepare the produce by washing, cutting, blanching, and vacuum-sealing our donations. We welcome adults, teens 16 and up, and teens 13-15 accompanied by an adult. Bethesda Cares offers Student Service Learning (SSL) credits for those interested—bring your forms with you.
Volunteers will arrive at St. John’s Episcopal Church—Norwoord Parish who will host us in June and July, where I will bring the donations straight from the farmers’ market at 2pm. The number of volunteers we welcome and the amount of prep work will vary each week depending on what is donated. We anticipate that donations will ramp up in the next couple months as the summer harvest does too. For our first prep date on June 23rd, we welcome four volunteers and expect preparation time to last approximately 4 hours.
You can sign up to volunteer for individual Saturdays (and occasional Sundays) through Bethesda Cares’ MeetUp. Bookmark this link or find it on the right side of each page of this blog. To sign up, you first join this Meet Up by entering your email address and creating a password. As we post weekly Farm to Freezer events, you will be able to sign up for particular dates on a first come, first served basis.
Also, join us for our Farm to Freezer kick-off announcement at Bethesda Green’s Happy Hour at Food Wine & Co this coming Thursday, June 7th. If you can make it, register on the same Bethesda Cares MeetUp as well.
Last, visit our new Facebook page to see Farm to Freezer in action with pictures and maybe even a future video or two as the project gets going!
Farm to Freezer Intern