As the days grow shorter, darker and colder, a volunteer force of Vineyard residents is preserving fresh farm produce that will help feed hundreds of hungry Islanders this winter.

Island Grown Gleaning reclaims fresh vegetables from Vineyard farms, passing them on to local chefs and other volunteers who prep and process the gleaned squash, corn, beans, greens and other crops.

The soups and other dishes they prepare will come out of the deep freeze as fresh as they went in, and will go directly to other Islanders through local senior and child care centers, schools, food pantries, community meals and the Serving Hands monthly food distribution.

Morning Glory Farm is part of the network again this year through the Community Groceries Program, which collects donations for grocery staples. We’re inviting our customers to purchase soups for Community Groceries while checking out at the farmstand. For the price of one pint of soup from our salad bar, we’ll donate two—a full quart.

Photo from autumn, 2016

The wood stove is burning and we’re feeling more festive with every passing day. Come in, celebrate the season of generosity and buy some soup for an Island family to enjoy this winter. Just ask at the register and we’ll make it happen.