Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Few Fun Production Facts

Volunteer harvested produce getting ready to head
the South Corvallis Food Bank



This season we have a plethora of veggies going out to a variety of agencies.  We always track the weight of donated produce, but this year we're also tracking the approximate value (based on Safeway pricing of conventional produce).  We feel like using Safeway as an average is more realistic as that is a more likely place for clients of the different hunger relief agencies to shop.  This is one reason why we don't use organic produce prices or compare it to local produce at the co-op.  I can go into more detail if you're interested, but just that explanation ended up being longer winded than I expected.....what I really want to show you all was a couple of fun facts that Chris recently deciphered from our production spreadsheets.  


So far this year we've donated:
  • over a 1/4 ton of cabbage
  • nearly $1000 of kale
  • close to 300 heads of lettuce
  • almost 500 lbs of cucumbers

Row of purple cabbage growing

Another Fun Fact

  • upwards of 80 deliveries have been made by bike, amounting to more than 3000 lbs of produce delivered over 250 miles.....and that was a couple weeks ago and didn't include a lot of smaller trips we make!  
The season is still going full steam ahead with 100+lb deliveries going out every day!  We'll have more tallies as the season wraps up, but right now we're busy (and excited to be!) sharing this bounty with our community!  


Cheers, Deanna