As I walked through my vegetable garden this morning, surrounded by tomatoes ripening on the vine, green beans growing longer and fatter by the day, and lots of leeks in need of harvest and a good home, I was reminded of how lucky we are to live in this area, where vegetables and fruits grow with such abundance. In gratitude for such abundance, many of us want to share this extra produce with those who are currently experiencing food scarcity.
To make that easier, we now have drop off spots for our extra produce seven days a week.
Monday-Friday: drop off your produce at WUMCO (17550 W. Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD) from 9am to noon. As a community we have been doing this for two years now and WUMCO is delighted to have fresh fruits and vegetables to share with others.
Saturday and Sunday: drop off your produce at Locals newly opened community cold shed from 8 am to 3 pm.
The community cold shed is located at Locals (19929 Fisher Ave, Poolesville MD) behind Poolesville Townhall. Park on the side of the building where you will see a sign for the donation shed. Once inside, you will see a notebook to sign your name and indicate what you brought. Then continue through the insulated door to the cold part of the shed and place your donation in the crates on the left-hand side marked “Plant an Extra Row” and “Produce donations”. Please make sure that you close the insulated door tightly when you leave the cold storage section of the shed. Detailed directions are posted inside the shed as well. Jenny Freeman will be stopping by to pick up the produce and get it to WUMCO and other area food bank groups. Feel free to contact her at (301) 377-4267 with additional questions about the cold shed
So, the next time you walk through your garden, if you have too many squash or tomatoes, or any other fruits and vegetables, bring them to WUMCO or the cold storage shed at Locals. It has never been easier, and no donation is too small. If you are receiving a CSA share and can’t eat everything, please consider passing that along as well. Some people are even purchasing extra produce at our local farm markets and donating that. Together we can each make a difference and help to improve the quality of life for everyone in our little corner of the world.