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Morales Farms clears the fields, fills the shelves at food bank

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

It’s a good trade – canned food for fresh produce.

On Friday, Oct. 3, at the Granby Farmer’s Market Morales Farms and the Church of the Eternal Hills are offering that trade as a way to stock the food bank shelves for those in need.

“This is the Second-Annual-End-of-the-Season-Celebrating-the-Harvest-We-Help-Feed-Grand-County-Food-Drive,” said Farmer’s Market organizer Carol Morales of Morales Farms in Granby. “It’s our way of saying thank you, celebrating the harvest, gleaning the fields and helping to stock the food banks for the winter.”

In lieu of gleaning the fields, or allowing people to harvest produce leftover from the farm’s commercial harvesting, Morales Farms plans to harvest what’s left and offer it in exchange for food donations.

Shoppers will be able to exchange donated canned goods for $2-worth of Morales produce.

The donated goods will be collected at a Church of the Eternal Hills booth near the Morales Farms booth, Morales said, with no exchange of dollars, just food.

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Meanwhile, there will also be other vendors as part of the usual Granby Farmer’s Market.

The Farmer’s Market food drive, the first of which last year was deemed a success, is just in time for stocking shelves for the upcoming holiday season and the influx of seasonal workers coming into the area.

High gas prices and groceries impact the need.

In exchange for donated food goods, Morales said she expects to have the following produce, or “super foods high in nutrition,” available: Arugula, all lettuces such as green leaf, red leaf and romaine, spinach, collards, cabbage, Kale, Swiss chard, rutabagas, turnips, beats, cilantro, onions, parsley, herbs and purslane.

Rutabagas and turnips, she said, are wonderful mixed in mashed potatoes.

She also recommends a fall vegetable medley of roasted rutabaga, turnips and beets.

Having a food bank exchange, Morales said, is more “beneficial” to the community than the way fields were gleaned in the past.

“I think it’s a great way of doing it,” she said. “It’s our grand finale at the end of the season to support all the people who have been supporting us all along.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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