Back in late August, it was discovered that a Coquitlam farmer, Farmer Ewen, was “done” with his end-of-season blueberry crop but lots of berries remained. I used to work for SHARE Society and am familiar with the fact that food bank hamper recipients don’t receive very much fresh produce – most, if not all, of the food given out
to food bank recipients is non-perishable. So Farmer Ewen was asked if he’d allow us to pick some of the remaining berries – rather than let them rot or go to the bears – and he said “Yes!”. In a very quick turn around, I put out a call for volunteers on social media and the following morning 20 volunteers – young and not as young – showed up and helped picked berries for a couple of hours.
I was thrilled to deliver 66 pounds of freshly-picked blueberries to the SHARE food bank for their next hamper distribution. This was a wonderful display of our community’s spirit and thoughtfulness and I’m certain the delicious berries were a delightful treat for many. Sincerest of appreciation to Farmer Ewen and to everyone who came out and helped picked!