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Vegetable Share at Heartline community room in Eureka

Vegetables share

EUREKA, Ill. – While some of us are experiencing harvest baskets overflowing with ripe garden produce, others do not have the space or tools to grow a garden of fresh vegetables. With baskets overflowing, it is time, once again, to share the harvest with our neighbors and celebrate Woodford County’s homesteading spirit.

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, partnered with Heartline and Heart House, are preparing for the fourth annual distribution of fresh garden produce to the community in a welcoming, farmers market style event. Join us at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 11 for Vegetable Share at Heartline Community Room, 300 Regan Drive, Eureka. (Across from Eureka College.) This program is open to all who want to give or receive garden vegetables or fruit.

In the past, community members have contributed tomatoes, eggplant, herbs, cucumbers, peppers, apples, and much more to the share. Master Gardeners value the program for the great joy it brings to each attendee, as they witness the bounty of fresh produce, but this program offers much more than a good feeling. Its greatest value is putting fresh fruits and vegetables into the hands of community members who may lack access to this healthy food that is grown in home gardens or purchased at a local farmers market.

With most gardeners growing more produce than they can handle, this program helps reduce fresh produce waste and supports the health of the community. If you would like to contribute vegetables for distribution, please drop them off at Heartline Community Room on August 11, 8:30 – 10 AM.

Consider sharing your extra garden produce to ensure everyone can enjoy the joys of a summer garden harvest.

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Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.