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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Garden Resources

We are to support our growing community of gardeners. Whether you are a beginner or a master gardener, we have a variety of resources to help you make the most of your garden.

 

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¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You!

¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You! Esperamos ver caras conocidas y conectarnos con nuevos amigos en las paradas semanales del mercado.

Estamos encantados de ver lo lejos que hemos llegado en esta pandemia después de tanta incertidumbre durante la temporada del año pasado. El Mercado Móvil Fresh2You no requerirá que los invitados, el personal y los voluntarios completamente vacunados usen máscaras, pero pedimos que los invitados que no estén completamente vacunados continúen usando una máscara por la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad.

Tendremos mercados emergentes durante toda la temporada, así que asegúrese de seguirnos en Facebook e Instagram para ver dónde aparece Fresh2You. Estamos emocionados de que nuestros voluntarios de Taste It regresarán a la mayoría de los mercados con demostraciones de recetas semanales.

Programación Fresh2You 2021: 8 de junio – 19 de noviembre

El horario del mercado está sujeto a cambios. Vuelva a consultar aquí o síganos en Facebook e Instagram para obtener actualizaciones. No dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org si tiene preguntas. Las cancelaciones meteorológicas se publican en Facebook e Instagram, o envía un mensaje de texto con “Clima” al 66599 para recibir acutalizaciones.

Vea abajo por una lista de mercados agrícolas que aceptan Veggie Bucks como forma de pago.

 

** Fresh2You Mobile Market se tomará un descanso a mitad de temporada esta semana (31 de agosto al 6 de septiembre, Día del Trabajo) para que podamos volver con fuerza durante los últimos meses de la temporada (el mercado finaliza el 19 de noviembre). Reanudaremos nuestro horario regular la semana que viene. También puede comprar con sus Veggie Bucks en nuestros Veggie Bucks Partners. Consulte la lista a continuación para conocer los horarios y los socios. **

 

 

 

MARTES

2:30 – 4:30p
Coventry Mall
(por la entrada del patio de comidas)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown

 

MIERCOLES

10am – Noon
Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville

2:30 – 4:30p
M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

 

JUEVES

11am – 1pm
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville

2:30 – 4:30p
Coatesville 3rd Ave.
301 Lincoln Hwy East, Coatesville

 

VIERNES | 10am – 12pm

Oxford Library
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford

 

VIERNES | 10am – 12pm | Circuito del mercado para personas mayores
Abierto a todos para comprar en estas ubicaciones

Coatesville Senior Center
250 Harmony St.
11 de junio, 9 de julio
Primero viernes | 13 de agosto, 10 de septiembre, 8 de octubre, 12 de noviembre

 

French Creek Manor
501 Mason St., Phoenixville
18 de junio, 16 de julio
Seguno viernes | 13 de agosto, 10 de septiembre, 8 de octubre, 12 de noviembre

 

Westminster Place Parkesburg
320 W. 1st Ave.
25 de junio, 23 de julio
Tercera viernces | 20 de agosto, 17 de septiembre, 15 de octubre, 19 de noviembre

 

Whitehall Apartments
3795 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City
2 de julio, 30 de julio
Cuarta viernes | 27 de agosto, 24 de septiembre, 22 de octubre

 

Veggie Bucks

Los Veggie Bucks se pueden canjear en estos lugares por frutas y verduras:

 

Mercado de agricultores de Downingtown
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Kerr Park
sábado | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Eagleview
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
estacionamiento sobre el jardín comunitario
jueves | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Malvern
Burke Park, at Warren Ave and Roberts Rd.
sábado 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd, Parkesburg
lunes – sábado 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
y encontrarlos como vendedor en:
Mercado de agricultores de Kennett Square
401 Birch St.
viernes | 3:00 – 6:00 pm

 

West Chester Food Co-op
142 E. Market St, West Chester
martes | 3:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Mercado Móvil Fresh2You no requerirá que los invitados, el personal y los voluntarios completamente vacunados usen máscaras, pero sí pedimos que los huéspedes que no estén completamente vacunados continúen usando una máscara por la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad.

Fresh2You Mobile Market is Open for the Season

 

 

Shop Fresh2You June 8 – November 19, 2021

We are excited for a fresh new season of our Fresh2You Mobile Market! We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and connecting with new friends at weekly market stops.

We are thrilled to see how far we have come in this pandemic after so much uncertainty throughout last year’s season.  Fresh2You Mobile Market will not require that masks be worn by fully vaccinated guests, staff, and volunteers but we do ask that guests that are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask for the health and safety of our community.

We will have host pop-up markets throughout the season so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see where Fresh2You is popping up.  We are excited that our Taste It! volunteers will return to most of the markets sampling weekly recipe demonstrations.

2021 Fresh2You Schedule: June 8 – November 19

** Fresh2You Mobile Market is taking a mid-season break this week (August 31 – September 6, Labor Day) so we can come back strong for the last few months of the season (market ends Nov. 19th). We will resume our regular schedule next week. You can also shop using your Veggie Bucks at our Veggie Bucks Partners. See the list below for schedule and partners. **

Market schedule is subject to change. Check back here or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates. Feel free to email us at fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org with questions. Weather cancellations are posted on Facebook and Instagram, or text “WeatherF2Y” to 66599

Below the schedule is a list of local farmers markets, farm stands and local retailers that accept Veggie Bucks as a form of payment.

 

** Fresh2You Mobile Market is taking a mid-season break this week (August 31 – September 6, Labor Day) so we can come back strong for the last few months of the season (market ends Nov. 19th). We will resume our regular schedule next week. You can also shop using your Veggie Bucks at our Veggie Bucks Partners. See the list below for schedules and partners. **

TUESDAYS

2:30 – 4:30p
Coventry Mall
(by the food court entrance)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown

 

WEDNESDAYS 

10am – Noon
Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville

2:30 – 4:30p
M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

 

THURSDAYS 

11am – 1pm
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville
(campus is open to the public)

2:30 – 4:30p
Coatesville 3rd Ave.
301 Lincoln Hwy East, Coatesville

 

FRIDAYS | 10am – Noon

Oxford Library
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford

 

Senior Living Circuit

FRIDAYS | 10am – Noon | Senior Living Circuit
Open to everyone to shop at these locations

 

Brandywine Valley Active Aging – Coatesville Campus
250 Harmony St.
June 11, July 9
First Friday | August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5

 

French Creek Manor
501 Mason St., Phoenixville
June 18, July 16
Second Friday | August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12

 

Westminster Place Parkesburg
320 W. 1st Ave.
June 25, July 23,
Third Friday | August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19

 

Whitehall Apartments
3795 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City
July 2, July 30
Fourth Friday | August 27, September 24, October 22

 

Veggie Bucks Partners

Fresh2You accepts all forms of payment, including cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT and WIC or Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. For customers shopping with SNAP/EBT or FMNP, Fresh2You can stretch your food budget by offering matching dollars in the form of Veggie Bucks.  These can be used on any future purchases of fruits and vegetables during the Fresh2You season! Veggie Bucks can be redeemed at any Fresh2You Market and at these locations for fruits and vegetables:

Downingtown Farmers Market
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Kerr Park
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Eagleview Farmers Market
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
Parking lot above the community garden
Thursdays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
* This market also accepts SNAP

Malvern Farmers Market
Burke Park at Warren Ave. and Roberts Rd.
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg
Monday – Saturday | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Find them as a vendor at:
Kennett Square Farmers Market
401 Birch St.
Fridays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

West Chester Cooperative
142 E. Market St., West Chester
Tuesdays | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Fresh2You Mobile Market asks guests that are not fully vaccinated please continue to wear a mask for the health and safety of our community. 

Get Your Hands Dirty for a Great Cause: Start a Raised Bed Garden

Did you know that the Chester County Food Bank is well-versed in the education and execution of raised-bed gardens? Imagine being able to participate in a thriving program that provides an excuse for some built-in therapy, courtesy of Mother Nature while growing fresh produce for food insecure neighbors within your community.

Gardens are powerful places for growing community, sharing knowledge and, of course, sharing food. The partner gardens play a crucial role in getting fresh produce out into their communities. Our garden partners collectively grow 40,000 pounds of vegetables annually for our network of food cupboards and meal sites.

What exactly is a raised-bed garden?

Wood-framed raised-garden beds, also called garden boxes, are great for growing small plots of vegetables and flowers. They keep pathway weeds from the garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.

Where are the Food Bank’s raised-bed gardens?

With roots stemming from the Gleaning Program in 1997, the raised bed garden program was adopted by the Food Bank in 2009 with six partner garden sites, and has since grown to over 100 gardens hosted at schools, food cupboards and social service agencies. Our raised bed garden manager and garden educator work with host sites for their initial garden set up and educational support.

I want to help. Where can I find out more about starting my own garden?

We encourage home gardeners to grow and donate produce to your local food cupboard. Please review our best practices for harvesting and donating produce. We ask that you only donate quality produce – avoid donating bruised or overly mature veggies – no giant zucchini please!  Questions about donating produce contact Catie Hargraves, Produce Manager at chargraves@chestercountyfoodbank.org or 610-873-6000 x125

If you don’t have a home garden, we invite you to join us for volunteer opportunities at some of our host sites.

 

When is a good time to begin my garden?

With gardening, any time is a great time to begin. Check out are gardening resources from container gardening, to building a raised bed, to our collection of tutorial videos.

You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call (610) 873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved. Thanks to you, we’re growing a healthier community.

The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food. 

Ed Williams

NOTE: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been modified for accuracy and comprehensiveness.