Photo by Chung Chow
With a jump on the season, the Richmond Sharing Farm weekly Harvest Baskets got off to an early start.
More than four dozen families signed up in the spring for a whole summer of weekly produce. Local firms sponsor additional boxes for low-income families.
Everyone was notified by email that the warm spring means the start date was June 21, a week earlier than expected.
“The conditions have been favourable and the veggies are booming, meaning we’re ready to start harvesting a little earlier than expected,” said the notice from the farm.
The bounty included a large head of lettuce, larger than a basketball, cilantro, pak choi, small white turnips with edible greens, radishes, Italian red dandelion, garlic scapes, green onions, tender baby zucchini, a flavourful garden cucumber and a bundle of fresh herbs. All so fresh that they taste like the ones stolen as a child from parents’ gardens and eaten on the spot.
And the “Harvest Baskets” title is a bit of a misnomer. The instructions to bring your own bag is also a little misleading. It actually takes two to three bags to carry the bounty of the fields and greenhouses home.
Kins Farm Market kindly provided a first large bag to all subscribers.
For anyone new signing up, they would be well-advised to carry a small collection of cloth bags in their car for the Thursday evening pick-up.
Subscriptions for the weekly veggie kits help fund the farm’s garden, which grows produce for school programs and the Richmond Food Bank.
All harvest baskets are sold for this year but keep an eye out in the spring for next summer’s Harvest Basket sign-up.
If you would like to help the happy bunch at the Sharing Farm, they are still looking for people to prepare for their annual Garlic Fest, this year on Aug. 19.
As a farm summer intern, Megan Stewart says “Come volunteer in a fun, fast-paced environment at the Richmond Sharing Farm Garlic Festival in beautiful Terra Nova park. Click for more info.”
It is a chance to meet new neighbours, either before the festival or during, while helping out the hungry people of Richmond.
To become a regular weekly volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-227-6210.
At the very least, put the date on your calendar for a festival in Richmond’s closest faraway place, The Richmond Sharing Farm near the western end of Westminster Highway at 2771 Westminster Hwy.