Still Time to Sign up for UCR’s Winter FarmShare

Membership provides a weekly bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from local farms

Carrots are just some of the tasty fruits and veggies available through UCR’s Winter FarmShare program

In the bleak late-winter, grey rainy days can make anyone feel sluggish, but UCR’s Winter FarmShare program has a tasty antidote: a bright cornucopia of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that you pick up every Thursday through March 17.

The 10-week program began Jan. 14, but UCR faculty, staff and students can participate for the final five weeks if they register by Feb. 18.

The bounty is provided by Old Grove Farm Share, a group of 28 Los Angeles Basin farmers “dedicated to rebuilding a values-driven local food system” by collaborating with universities, business and municipalities to bring mostly organic produce directly to consumers, according to the website.

What kind of variety can you expect during the gloomy days of winter? Plenty, says Old Grove”s Robert Knight, aka “Farmer Bob:”  The fruit offerings include blood oranges, mandarins, oroblanco grapefruit, lemons, oranges, apples and apple pears. In the vegetable realm, expect lots of healthy greens — spinach, lettuce, collards, kales and chards — as well as carrots, cabbage, bok choi, winter squash and baby potatoes.

A full share, good for a family of four (or a couple of hungry vegetarians)  includes five types of seasonal fruits, five types of seasonal vegetables and one herb.  It costs $28 a week — about $140 for the final five weeks.  Medium shares cost $18 a week, and include half counts on the fruits, and half counts on four of the veggies.

Participants can pick up their produce every Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. at the Market at Glen Mor. If you can’t pick up your food, a friend or family member can do it in your place. And short-term parking is available next door for free.

For more information or to sign up online, visit UCR’s FarmShare site, sponsored the UCR Wellness Program for Faculty and Staff, Dining Services, Sustainability and the UCR Global Food Initiative Committee.

If you have any questions about the Old Grove Farmshare, please contact Knight at news4knight@oldgroveorange.com.  Questions about the program should be directed to Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee at extension 2-1488 or julie.chobdee@ucr.edu.

 

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