As an extension of the Food Waste Challenge we kicked off earlier this year, we’re proud to be redefining the age-old practice of Gleaning. In biblical times, farmers would leave part of their harvest to be gathered by the poor in their community, who could then feed their families. Now it is often our farmers who need the support of their community. Every year our farmers plow under almost 50% of what they grow when market conditions make them unprofitable to harvest, pack and ship.
We’re bringing the members of our food community together to “glean” this fresh produce, so it doesn’t go to waste. This is a collaboration with our local farmers alongside Bay Area community kitchens like Happy Girl Kitchens and Community Action Marin (CAM) Foodworks. Applying the creativity of our chefs, we hope to help farmers extend their season, sustain their businesses and bring you delicious produce-centric foods! Together, we are bringing you the best of each season, all year long.
As the seasons progress, we will be producing a range of pickled, fermented, preserved and canned delights for you to cook with. Since we’re coming up with the recipes ourselves and tasting every batch, you can be sure the taste and quality of our Gleaning Project “value-added” products (as they’re called in the food and farming world) will be just as good as everything else we make here at Bi-Rite. This is what a store’s private label brand should be!
Stay tuned to our blog, where we’ll announce each new Gleaning Project item when it arrives at the Market. And keep your eyes open at the store, where we’ll be sharing them in our produce section, deli and grocery shelves. Each new product will come with some simple, tasty recipes that you can prepare at home.
Join us in our new mantra: “PROUD TO BE A GLEANER!”