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Thank You to All Volunteer Blueberry Pickers!
250 lbs. of Fresh Blueberries Were Delivered to Local Food Pantries in New Hampshire and Maine!
On Sunday, August 12, about 100 volunteers participated in our "Picking for the Pantries" event here at the farm. Despite a cloudy and sometimes wet day, over 500 pounds of blueberries were harvested. For a number of years we have hosted this event where folks pick a bucket of blueberries for local food pantries and an equal amount for themselves for free. On Monday the 13th we delivered approx. 250 lbs. of fresh berries to Gerry's Food Pantry, Salvation Army, St. Charles School, and Joseph's Storehouse (all in Rochester); and in Maine to House of Hope in Berwick and the First Parish Congregational Church Pantry in Lebanon. Many thanks to all who took part in "Picking for the Pantries" from this year's abundant crop!
Berry Best Farm donated 173 lbs. of fresh peaches to the following Maine and New Hampshire food pantries:
Seeds of Faith, Rollinsford/S. Berwick
Grant House, S. Berwick
N. Berwick Pantry
Berwick/Somersworth Community Pantry
Rochester Salvation Army
Gerry’s Food Pantry, Rochester
500 pounds of blueberries were picked in the 2016 "Picking for the Pantries" Event!
Update Monday, August 8, 2016: We have an abundance of berries this year. In addition to our regular picking, come help us harvest fruit for the local food pantries. Starting on Wed., August 10th through Sunday, August 14th, pick one bucket of berries for the pantry and a FREE one for yourself. It is a great way to serve our community. Thank you,
Chris and John Bozak
Picking for the Food Pantries Special - Being held early in 2016. See above for details.
This event is usually held each year on Labor Day Monday, but may change due to picking conditions. To glean the blueberry fields we offer a "Picking for the Food Pantries" day. Pick blueberries for free that day. Keep half of what you pick for yourself and the other half Berry Best Farm will deliver as a donation to a local food pantry.
2014: 550 lbs. of blueberries were donated to eight local food pantries! Thank you to our customers who helped us help others in our community!
Three Rivers Land Trust
Preserving and Protecting our Farmland for the Future
In 2010 Berry Best Farm was protected from future development by the Three Rivers Land Trust (3RLT) www.3RLT.org The loss of viable farmland in York County is becoming an increasing concern. Have you noticed how often housing developers have snatched up open fields for housing--land not likely to be ever tilled again, land lost as open space, land available for food production, pasture or potential forest? We have been concerned and thinking about this issue for some time, but when a nearby field recently sprouted seven houses, we knew it was time to put actions in place. For the past 11 years, 3RLT has been helping landowners preserve and conserve our natural resources. With the help of 3RLT volunteers and through numerous meetings an agreement was drawn up which protects our farm forever from development to be enjoyed by future generations.
Kristin Peterson-Bozak Website and Email Design www.Peterson-Bozak.com