Everybody Eats
GardenShare's Bimonthly Newsletter  |  August 2014
Volume 14 No. 4
September is Hunger Action Month

Fed Up promises to change the way you eat.
Fed Up
Monday, September 22, 2014
7:15 pm
Roxy Theater
20 Main St., Potsdam

Hunger Action Month is when our nationwide network of food banks unites to urge individuals to take action against food insecurity in their communities. To help raise awareness of some of the troubling aspects of our food system, GardenShare has again teamed up with Cinema 10. Join us on September 22 to see Fed Up, a new documentary from Katie Couric.

Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths the dirty little secret the food industry doesn't want you to know- far more of us are sick from what we are eating than anyone has ever realized. The truth is, only 30% of people suffering from diet-related diseases are actually obese; while 70% of us - even those of us who look thin and trim on the outside - are facing the same consequences, fighting the same medical battles as the obese among us.

More information about the screening will be available soon.
St. Lawrence County Farmers' Markets: Healthy Food for Everyone

Despite a late start due to the harsh winter, area farmers' markets are bursting with produce! Our markets are also becoming a great resource for information as well, with GardenShare providing produce spotlights at each market throughout the summer, highlighting in-season produce with delicious, easy preparation instructions, as well as tips on nutrition and storage.


Incentives for EBT/SNAP users are in full effect at the Canton, Potsdam, Massena and Ogdensburg markets. For every $5 of SNAP/EBT, shoppers will receive a $2 Fresh Connect Check and a $2 CNY Health Bucks coupon. That means, for example, that $10 of SNAP/EBT benefits now buys $18 of food at these markets!


The Whitten Family Farm Mobile Market has been up and traveling for the past month with weekly stops in Potsdam, Brasher Falls, Massena and Tupper Lake. Cherie Whitten's aim is to eliminate some of the barriers for low-income shoppers by coming closer to their doorstep. The market has been met with deep appreciation and excitement for this new opportunity to buy fresh and local. NCPR's recent story about the market explains more. 


We still have about two more months of great, fresh, local produce available at our local farmer's markets, so head on out and meet your farmers!

Potsdam Food Co-op Raises $624 for GardenShare
On Sunday, July 13th, the Co-op held its 1st Annual Summer Baking Fest and Silent Auction. Co-op and GardenShare staff, members, and board members served up sample-sized portions of an amazing array of treats prepared by community members. If you missed it, you missed Creme Brulee, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Respberry Clafoutis, Tomato Pie, and tons more. Folks voted for and bid on their favorites. $624 was raised for GardenShare through the bidding process and cash donations.

The winning cooks were: Rose Rivezzi, Janet Learned, Maliah Wright, Linda Myers and Pam Maurer.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talents, everyone who came out to enjoy the festival, and for all the silent auction bidders and winners!
What's It Like to Be Hungry in the North Country?    
Heather Sullivan-Catlin has published a St. Lawrence County Community Food Security Assessment that sheds light onto the extent of hunger in our community. You can read about it and download it through this link.  

Good and Cheap

Good and Cheap A new cookbook that's loaded with low-cost easy recipes is available for free download at this link. Leanne Brown created this collection for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget. Let us know what you think.

The Search Continues

GardenShare's search for a new executive director is still open. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.



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