Monday, August 23, 2010

Peachy Keen.

Last week's peach gleaning operation, despite a rainy setback, was a big, sweet success.  The owners of Tupelo Farm, a gorgeous spot tucked away in Free Union, complete with tranquil mountain views...
and 50 organically grown peach trees, invited Local Food Hub volunteers out to do some picking, with the resulting harvest being donated to local kids and community members.  The morning was sunny with just the slightest crisp hint of fall, and we were greeted with coffee, juice, bagels and some gorgeous dew-covered spider webs.
The trees over in the orchard were heaving with lush, ripe peaches, and our volunteer crew went right to work.  I guess motivation is easy to find when you're working for a good cause (and when you get to sample the goods as you work!).
In addition to some of our grown-up volunteers, we also had some of the smallest -- and most efficient -- peach pickers around.  Seriously, while everyone else was taking a bagel and juice break, these two were non-stop.  Pretty awesome stuff.
When all was said and done, after just three hours of work, we had picked more than 740 pounds of fresh, local, organic peaches.  Impressive!  And as we speak, these peaches are headed out to Clark and Jackson-Via Elementary Schools for back-to-school snacks, as well as a few other places in the Charlottesville area. 
Thanks again to our fabulous volunteers and the owners of Tupelo Farm for lovely morning and for making a tasty commitment to healthy, local, fresh food for our kids.  Bravo!   

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