The final weigh-in for the Great Veggie Grow Off will be at the Neighbourhood Tomato Friendship Oven beside the Almonte Library. Growers from all participating areas can still drop off produce until that time.
Volunteers collect donations from the coolers at the library several times a week and take them to the Hunger Stop in Carleton Place.
The GVG, started in 2014 by the Neighbourhood Tomato, encourages local growers big and small to contribute their surplus to their local food bank. That provides healthy local produce for families facing some level of food insecurity.
The GVG is also a friendly competition between the eight-member towns of Lanark County and Smiths Falls. Mississippi Mills has won the competition each of the GVG’s first five years. The program runs from May 1 to the Thanksgiving weekend.
Every gardener has some surpluses, especially in a good summer like this one. I believe the GVG can collect much more fresh food if more gardeners know about the program and where to donate. So, on August 7, I spoke to County Council and urged the mayors and deputy mayors of the other towns to do their best to promote the GVG in their towns and try to kick Mississippi Mills out of top spot.
In its best year—2016—the GVG collected over five tons—almost five times as much as the first year. Last year came close to that mark. This year we can set a new record.
Drop off produce up til 10.
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0