Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Seed Catalogs FREE. Year 2020. Dream. Garden. Grow Inspired . . .

NEW YEAR 2020. I encourage parents, educators, schools, garden clubs, civic groups to order free seed catalogs; they're excellent teaching resources!

If we can inspire children (and adults) to learn about nutrition, biodiversity and self-sustaining agriculture, perhaps they will learn to make more intelligent food choices and promote healthier living. I have read many seed catalogs in their entirety. I believe and hope future generations will come to understand how wonderful growing our own organic food and saving seed truly is. My daughter Ava understood what a seed was long before her second birthday. It is never too early to give the gift of gardening to our babies.

Let us also teach our children what an heirloom vegetable is, how to save seeds, and which seeds can even be saved! Have fun. Grow something and happy harvesting!

FREE Seed Catalogs. NEW YEAR 2020
A few to get you started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
http://www.rareseeds.com
(417) 924-8917

Seeds of Change
http://www.seedsofchange.com/catalog_request.aspx#.US6yk6WIyiY
(888) 762-7333

Bountiful Gardens
https://bountifulgardens.org
(707) 459-6410

Botanical Interests
http://www.botanicalinterests.com/heirloom-seeds-catalogs

Seed Savers Exchange
http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx
(563) 382-5990

Territorial Seed
http://www.territorialseed.com/catalog_request
(800) 626-0866

Vermont Bean Seed Company
http://www.vermontbean.com/RequestCatalog.asp

Kitazawa Seed Company
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/catalog.html
(510) 595-1188

Potato Garden
http://www.potatogarden.com/pcatalog.html
(877) 313-7783

Wild Garden Seed
http://www.wildgardenseed.com/requestcatalog.php

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
https://www.southernexposure.com/request-a-catalog-c-215.html
(540) 894-9580

Select Seeds
http://www.selectseeds.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/mngmnt/catalog_request.htm
(800) 684-0395

Sow True Seeds
https://sowtrueseed.com/2015-sow-true-seed-catalog/

Johnny's Selected Seeds
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/catalog.aspx

Urban Farmer Seeds
http://www.ufseeds.com/Garden-Seed-Catalog_.html

National Gardening Association
https://kidsgardening.org/garden-grants/
(800) 538-7476

Friday, December 13, 2019

Fruit Harvesting For The Hungry in 2019. Serving the community for 11 years . . .


FREE Pick-up and Delivery. Harvest Help.
Register A Fruit Tree:

Contact:
Anna, The Lemon Lady
Jefferson Award Winner
Email: AnnaAndAva@gmail.com 
Cell: (510) 406-1625
Office: (925) 672-1988
www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com 


Donate fruit in California:
CLICK HERE for food bank locations accepting fresh fruit from local trees.

Donate fruit, zip code search the United States:
CLICK HERE for food bank locations across America accepting fresh fruit from local trees.

Donate fruit in Concord, California:
CLICK HERE for neighborhood food pantries accepting fresh fruit from local trees.

Donate fruit to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano:
CLICK HERE for website, warehouse, donation information, food bank resources.

Glean a little goodness.  HARVEST Fruit.  SHARE Fruit.  TAKE ACTION. Feed The Hungry!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Apple Season. Donate Apples From Your Tree. Share Fruit. Join "the lemon lady" mission . . .


My daughter joyfully harvesting apples for the hungry.






















Fruit Donation Contact:
AnnaAndAva@gmail.com

🍏💜🍏💜 🍏💜🍏💜 🍏💜🍏💜 

Food Pantries and Hunger Relief organizations struggle to meet the demands of the poor economy. Sometimes the person struggling is the FAMILY NEXT DOOR. Together, we can SHARE THE LOVE. SHARE FRUIT. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are an abundant harvest, yet a real luxury for most on a limited food budget. Perhaps you know a family struggling with unemployment or a health crisis. Let's boost nutrition to our neediest neighbors! Please, I ask that you take action today. Join me. Find a tree. Share Fruit.

In Concord, California, donating fruit from Summer 2019 harvests is easy! Apples, peaches, plums, oranges, lemons, the summer fruit is endless.

Do you have a fruit tree? Do you wish to donate fruit?

Please Register your fruit tree before it is too late!

"The Lemon Lady Foundation" and Volunteers offer FREE Pick-up and Delivery service to our neighbors in need in Contra Costa County, California: Concord, Clayton, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Martinez, Pacheco and other cities by arrangement.

SHARE FRUIT / DONATE FRUIT

Fruit Donation Contact:
AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
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For NATIONWIDE donation locations, Visit Feeding America.

The Lemon Lady Foundation's mission connects Gardeners and Tree Owners across America to food pantries and county food banks. Any Town, Every Town, USA. Where to deliver fresh garden produce:
Feeding America
Donate excess garden produce, tree-ripened homegrown fruit to any of thousands of food banks, food pantries, Salvation Army, Churches, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens Nationwide. From California to the Carolinas, New York to Florida and every state in between.

CLICK HERE - ZIP CODE SEARCHING

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

PEOPLE Magazine Article - On Newsstands Nationwide Current Issue...






UPDATE:PEOPLE Magazine, Heroes Among Us
Once Hungry, She Now Feeds Others
May 30, 2011, page 74. CURRENT ISSUE.


April 2011, I was contacted by People Magazine to be included as a "Hometown Hero" for my volunteer work of harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the hungry. We finished the People Magazine Interview and photo shoot a few weeks ago. I understand the "lemon lady" article may publish in this week's edition of People Magazine.

Friends and Family, please keep a look out at newsstands nationwide for People Magazine.

More important - Have YOU walked on by a fruit tree today?
Do nothing. Nothing will ever get done. I can't harvest every fruit tree in America, all by myself.

FREE Fruit Harvesting for the Hungry.
FREE pick-up and delivery to local food pantries.

Any one of us can step up and make a difference to those in need. Any Town, USA. Please be inspired to help. Fruit truly matters. Thank you.

AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
(510) 406-1625
http://thelemonlady.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/annaandava

People Magazine Writers and Editors:
THANK YOU for your interest in sharing my story with your readers. This most definitely will inspire others to donate fresh fruit from their own trees to feed the hungry!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Diablo Magazine - On A Mission With The Lemon Lady



Diablo Magazine, November 2011 - Special Food Issue. 
On a Mission With the Lemon Lady, by Justin Goldman

http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/November-2011/On-a-Mission-With-the-Lemon/

Thank you Diablo Magazine, Susan Safipour, Justin Goldman and Mitch Tobias. You are definitely helping the hunger cause and getting the word out around our community! Beautiful work. Happy Harvest Season to all.

For Fruit Donations, Free Pick-Up or Delivery, to schedule a harvest date or volunteer opportunities:

Anna, The Lemon Lady
 

AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
Cell: (510) 406-1625
Home: (925) 672-1988

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Food Pantry Locations - Concord, California, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek - Fruit and Produce Distribution and Drop-off . . .




Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano:
www.foodbankccs.org
(855) 309-FOOD

GET HELP - Community Produce Program
Distributed by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

East, West, Central Contra Costa County a
nd Solano County

For ALL Locations: CLICK HERE


Local Food Pantries Distribute Food

and Accept Walk-in Donations.

Please call individual pantries to confirm hours for

food distribution or hours for donation drop offs.


Monument Crisis Center
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
1990 Market St, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-7751


SHARE Food Pantry - At The First Christian Church
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
3039 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA 94519
(925) 827-4273


The Salvation Army - Concord Community Church
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
3950 Clayton Road, (at West street)
Concord, CA 94521
(925) 676-6180


NorthCreek Church

(non-perishable food only)
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
Tuesdays 10am-12pm
2303 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 210-9036


St. Bonaventure Church
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
Food Pantry Tuesday and Friday mornings only.
5562 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521
Phone: (925) 672-5800 * Fax: (925) 672-4606


Inside the: St. Francis of Assisi Church
860 Oak Grove Road, Concord, CA 94518
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
Operated by: St. Vincent de Paul (925) 682-5811
Mon-Thurs. 9 to 11 am,
Friday 1 to 3 PM, Sat. 9:30am to 11:30am


Christ the King Church
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 682-2486


Queen of All Saints
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
2390 Grant St. (near Almond St.)
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-0350


Church of the Nazarene
For those who need food or assistance:
Call location first to confirm hours.
1650 Ashbury, Concord, CA
(925) 685-4343

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Lemon Lady's Favorite Lemon Bars...


Photo courtesy: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

Ahh...what memories. Back when I was single and fancy free, before trading cookbooks for Dr. Seuss books, I lived and breathed from one dinner party to the next. Baking trays and trays of scrumptious desserts. A tried and true recipe from Cook's Illustrated still tops my list as an all-time favorite. Give it a try. Find a neighbor with a lemon tree. Glean a few for the food pantry. Make friends and bake yummy lemon bars!

From Cook’s Illustrated, May/June ’98.
The crust:
1 ¾ cups flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for decoration
¼ cup cornstarch
¾ tsp. salt
12 tbl. unsalted butter at very cool room temp., cut into 1-inch pieces

Lemon filling:
4 large eggs, beaten lightly*
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tbl. flour
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest from 1 large lemon
2/3 cup juice from 3 large lemons, strained
1/3 cup whole milk
1/8 tsp. salt

*I prefer Extra Large Eggs, so if your eggs aren't very large, use 5 eggs, add a bit extra sugar and even more lemon juice to taste.

For the crust: Lightly butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan and line with one sheet of parchment paper. Dot paper with butter and then lay a second sheet crosswise over the first.

Pulse flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor to blend. Add butter and process to blend, 8 to 10 seconds, then pulse until mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal, about three 1-second bursts. Sprinkle mixture into lined pan and press firmly with fingers into even, ¼-inch layer over entire pan bottom and about ½ inch up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake crust until golden brown about 20 minutes.

For the filling: While crust is baking, whisk eggs, sugar and flour in a medium bowl then stir in lemon juice, zest, mile and salt to blend well.

To finish the bars: Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Stir filling mixture to reblend; pour into warm crust. Bake until filling feels firm when touched lightly, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; cool to near room temperature, at least 30 minutes. Holding edges of parchment paper, lift whole cake out of pan and transfer to cutting board, fold paper down sides and cut into serving-size squares or bars, wiping knife clean between cuts. Sieve more powdered sugar over bars, if desired.

P.S.
To find a food bank or local food pantry, zip code search, nationwide, CLICK HERE.