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Strawberry Jamm Fest helps feed Louisville's "food deserts"

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The New Roots Fresh Stop project is underway in Louisville. They are trying to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the city's "food deserts." Those are areas with little access to produce. Cierra Bell and Daisha Webster are helping with the second annual Shawnee Neighborhood Strawberry Jamm Festival. They are showing how to make a strawberry salsa.

2nd Annual Shawnee Strawberry Jamm Festival

A kick"off event to the 2013 Fresh Stop season!

Activities,, Music, Shortcake, and more

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

4:30-6:30 pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church

37th @ River Park Drive

All Strawberries must be pre"purchased by:Thursday midnight May 16th, 2013

Prices: $3/quart or $12/gallonEBT Accepted and show your eWIC card and get 50% off Strawberries!

To place orders, fill out attached form and drop off at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center @ 607 S.37th (ask for Portia: 502-775-5268) or Redeemer Lutheran Church (37th @ River Park: 502-776-5945)

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM

 

WHAT IS A FRESH STOP?

Fresh Stops are community-driven fresh food projects that "pop up" every week, bi-monthly or monthly in four of Louisville's diverse neighborhoods (Old Louisville, Shawnee, Newburg and Shively) at churches, schools and/or community centers. New Roots, a small, grassroots nonprofit organization, provides help on leadership development, community organizing, and ongoing training on food system creation so that neighborhood leaders can create a Fresh Stop that is just and equitable, and reflects the needs and desires of each neighborhood.

HOW DOES A FRESH STOP WORK?

· Fresh Stops start with food justice classes in the spring. Classes are led by community leaders and range in topic from how to integrate fresh food preparation into your daily routine, who owns the present food system, how to read labels and avoid grocery store traps that influence families on SNAP benefits to purchase processed foods that are harmful to our heath, and other issues;

· During the growing season (May through November), families pool funds to buy local produce at wholesale prices;

· Cash and/or SNAP Benefits are collected a week ahead of time from families;

· Produce is then purchased from a pool of about 20 local farmers, harvested the day of the Fresh Stop, and dropped off by the farmers at the Fresh Stops;

· Families come and pick up their "shares" and learn more about cooking produce "from scratch." Festivals are organized so families stay connected all year;

· Families pay a sliding scale cost of $6-$25. Families meeting low-income eligibility requirements according to WIC guidelines (see http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/eligibilityrequirements.htm  for more info) pay $12, and women showing an e-WIC card pay $6. Families who can afford to pay $25 understand that a portion of their share is used to subsidize a lower-income neighbor;

· Typically, the same amount of produce from farmers' markets costs up to $50!;

· Shares are made up of a beautiful bounty of vegetables and fruit in season, typically 10-12 varieties (i.e, lettuce in June, cucumbers in July, tomatoes in August, etc.), and every family get the same variety;

· Eating in season provides the incentive to try new vegetables you might not yet be familiar with, or might not have seen since grandma's kitchen; and,

· Fresh Stops become a place where the community gathers to share recipes, participate in cooking demos, break bread together, and have fun!

New Roots is proud to announce four Fresh Stops in 2013:

The Shawnee Neighborhood Fresh Stop

at Redeemer Lutheran Church

3640 River Park Drive in West Louisville

Call Mary Montgomery: (502) 644-3354

 

mamontgomery1960@gmail.com

 

in partnership with the

Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center

607 South 37th Street

Director: Portia White

(502) 775-5268

 

Portia.White@louisvilleky.gov

 

Operates on alternating Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 PM starting June 13th. Local produce. EBT/Food Stamps accepted.

Shares are $12 for EBT/Food Stamp recipients or anyone qualifying for low-income eligibility using current WIC guidelines, and $25 for all others. Cash or Debit/Credit cards accepted. E-WIC recipients may be eligible for $6 shares. Please inquire.

Online ordering soon available:

 

http://www.newrootsproduce.org/shawnee-orders.html

 

4th Avenue United Methodist Church Fresh Stop

4th and W. St. Catherine in Old Louisville

Every Wednesday 5-7 PM, Starts June 5th

Shares are offered at $6/$12 sliding scale

Local produce. Shares are $6 for EBT/Food Stamp recipients or anyone qualifying for low-income eligibility using current WIC guidelines, and $25 for all others.

EBT/Food Stamps accepted

Call Al Mortenson at 502-741-2430

The Wesley House Fresh Stop

5114 Preston Highway in Newburg

Operates once a month on a Thursday evening.

$15 per share. EBT/Food Stamps accepted.

Produce is not locally-sourced.

Call (502) 968-8231 and ask for Ms. Myrna to order shares.

Wellington Elementary Fresh Stop

4800 Kaufman Lane (Off of Cane Run Road near Rockford Lane) in Shively

Operates once a month, June through October: June 18th, July 16, August 13, (4:30-6:30 PM) and September 24 and October 8th (5:00-7:00 PM).

Call Susan Dake during school hours at (502) 485-8343

Or (502) 509-6770 all other times.

 

susan.dake@jefferson.kyschools.us

 

Local produce. EBT/Food Stamps accepted.

Shares are $12 for EBT/Food Stamp recipients or anyone qualifying for low-income eligibility using current WIC guidelines, and $25 for all others. Cash or Debit/Credit cards accepted. E-WIC recipients may be eligible for $6 shares. Please inquire.

Call Karyn Moskowitz at New Roots at 502-509-6770 or email info@newrootsproduce.org  for more information and to get involved.You can go to:  www.facebook.com/newroots,  www.newrootsproduce.org  , www.karynmoskowitz.blogspot.com

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