Donations and the Farmer’s Market Coupon Program:
While the Supper is free to all, donations are accepted and are used to support the Farmers’ Market Coupon Program run by the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. Each year, Food Pantry Director Dino Schnelle distributes thousands of dollars worth of Farmers’ Market Coupons to low-income Franklin County Families, so that they may also share in the community’s bountiful produce. These families use the coupons at the farmers’ markets in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Orange and Shelburne Falls, which the farmers may then redeem at the food pantry from the donations collected. It’s a win-win system. Last year, the Free Harvest Supper collected over $3,000 in donations which has continued to strengthen the ongoing relationship between the families and farms of Franklin County.
To support the Free Harvest Supper and the Farmers Market Coupon Program, send checks made out to “Center for Self-Reliance” to Dino Schnelle, Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3½ Osgood Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Please note “Free Harvest Supper” on the check. For more information about the Center for Self-Reliance and the Greenfield Farmers’ Market Coupon project, please call (413) 773-5029.
The Really, Really Free Market:
The Really, Really Free Market is another way in which community members can contribute to the supper. Gardeners and farmers are welcome to bring the overflow of extra produce they have, and, in accordance with its name, all of the produce is free to take home. In past years, the produce offered has included peaches, apples, eggs, tomatoes, squash, greens, flowers, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and more.
To donate produce to the Really, Really Free Market, no sign up is needed. Just bring your produce to the supper from 4-5:30pm.