𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻!
GardenShare is excited to announce that we are strengthening our partnership with the Potsdam, Canton, and Gouverneur Farmers Markets by hiring a shared Farmers Market Manager. After a successful season in 2021 providing management support in Canton, representatives from all three markets realized the potential for GardenShare to take on an expanded role. Providing consistency and efficiencies that benefit and support both vendors and consumers is an immediate goal. A longer-term goal, through year-round planning, is to expand the existing markets and support other new and existing markets, increasing the impact of our food justice across the county.
We welcome Kathryn Puleo, our new team member who will lead this initiative, as well as taking on some other responsibilities at GardenShare. While you are shopping at the farmers market, come by the manager’s tent to say hi. Let her know why local food is important to you. GardenShare’s team is excited for the farmers market season, we hope you are too.
𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿!
Kathryn Puleo from Lisbon, NY is joining the GardenShare team as the new Farmers Market Manager and Bookkeeper! Learn a bit more about her here:
𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 (𝙖𝙩 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚): I’m excited to work supporting local businesses and being involved with the community through an organization that has great values!
𝙃𝙤𝙗𝙗𝙞𝙚𝙨: I love being outside, especially on the water kayaking, boating, or swimming. In the mountains, I enjoy hiking and camping. At home, I relax by watching documentaries and hanging with my favorite feline, Gypsy.
𝙈𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩: I helped raise money with a group of friends to build a school in Malawi through the organization buildOn. It was extremely rewarding to meet the community that was filled with gratitude as we broke ground for the school that would last for generations of students.
𝙁𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙎𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙨: I lived in Boston for nearly a decade, so I naturally became a fan of New England sports teams. (Go Sox! Go Pats! Go Bruins!) I am also fond of watching tennis and would love to experience an Open abroad one day.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛? Explorative. I have eclectic interests and I’m always up for trying something or visiting somewhere new!
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
Each year, GardenShare recognizes an individual or organization whose efforts strengthen food security in northern New York State. Past recipients have included farmers, food service staff, a foodbank, community groups and others.
GardenShare is currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Growing Community Award, which will be presented in September at our Fight Hunger Fair & 5K. Individuals, families, or organizations who are demonstrating progress in solving the problem of hunger or building a stronger local food system that benefits all North Country residents may be nominated for this recognition.
More information, including a list of past recipients and a nomination form can be found at https://www.gardenshare.org/content/growing-community-award. Nominations are due Thursday, June 30, 2022 and should be submitted via the online form: https://bit.ly/3tgrPIR.
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗞𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗮 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝘁𝗮 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗺𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁. 𝗟𝗮𝘄𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆!
On April 22nd, the Kappa Delta Sigma Sorority of St. Lawrence University hosted a Grill & Chill Cookout & 5K with proceeds donated to GardenShare. Megan Beyor, class of 2022 and co-philanthropy chair shared why they chose to support GardenShare:
“KDS decided to make GardenShare our philanthropy organization a few years back. As a local sorority, we really focus on being able to give back to local organizations in St. Lawrence County, such as GardenShare. It has been amazing to be able to work directly with your organization at the farmers market, attending GardenShare events, and having our own events to support GardenShare. We’ve also been able to meet some of your organization’s leaders face-to-face and work directly with some of the people you serve. Those two things are important to us and would not be possible when supporting large national organizations.”
We are incredibly grateful for the KDS sisters for their donation of $1,850 towards GardenShare’s efforts!
𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆!
What do you use the Local Food Guide for the most? Let us know!
• Looking for produce from farmers.
• Learning how to use token programs.
• Finding out farmers markets dates, times, locations.
• I don’t use the Local Food Guide.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗜𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻?
As June arrives and summer approaches, you can begin to find more produce at the local farmers markets and in your own gardens. Vegetables like lettuce and greens, asparagus, and peas add freshness to any meal. Fruits like strawberries and elderberries are ripe for the picking, and maybe those cucumbers you grew are ready!
Are you looking for locally grown goods? GardenShare’s Online Food Guide [https://www.gardenshare.org/food-guide] has a curated list of food resources such as farms, restaurants and retail that support local farmers, and more!
𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲!
GardenShare’s Fight Hunger Fair & 5K is on the horizon!
On Sunday, September 18th, we will be hosting the event at the Canton Village Park.
Our upcoming Enews will have more information!
𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲!
Another month, another set of farmers markets beginning! Gouverneur’s market opened on Thursday, June 2nd. Hammond’s market begins on Wednesday, June 15th with Akwesasne’s market starting the same week – Saturday, June 18th.
With farmers markets opening, our Double Up Food Bucks program will be beginning next month on Friday, July 1st! The Double Up Food Bucks program is a nutrition incentive program that matches SNAP benefits spent at participating farmers markets. SNAP users who spend their benefits on qualifying SNAP purchases get a match of up to $20 per day.
To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks, and to find market season days of operation, times, and locations, head to https://www.gardenshare.org/ and check out our online Local Food Guide.
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁!
We would like to thank everyone who RSVP’d for our 2022 Annual Fundraising Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will support GardenShare’s efforts to make healthy, sustainable food choices available to everyone in St. Lawrence County.
If you were not able to attend the dinner but would still like to support GardenShare’s efforts, consider donating on our website!