That’s Why We’re Here

It was a warm Wednesday morning with the promise of an even warmer day when we set out with more blueberries, cherries, raspberries, marionberries, and mangos than ever before.  Also on board was a plentiful supply of fresh vegetables, bread, milk, juice, eggs, and butter.

Our first stop was a senior community nestled at the base of Mount Tabor. We’re lucky today.  Ninety-three year old Faye Day, the star of our recent KGW news story, is among our first customers.  Faye wants a dozen and a half eggs; she must be expecting company.  A new customer wandered by for a look and happily chose two pints of fresh marionberries.  “I used to pick these in the fields when I was a kid,” she said.  “It’s a lot easier picking them this way.”

Marianne came by as well.  She’s a regular and always asks about new Meal Kits.  “That sounds wonderful,” she said when we told her about our new fresh vegetable pizza on whole wheat flatbread.  Like most, Marianne stays for a little conversation before she heads back to her apartment.  She leaves with two bags full of fresh produce, including a banana for her dog.  “He just loves bananas” she says.

It’s a pleasure to watch our customers enjoy pints of fresh berries, cartons of cool milk, containers of fresh farm eggs and more.  Most of these seniors can’t drive or manage a bus ride to the grocery store.   Many don’t have friends or family to shop for them.  That’s why we’re here.  Perhaps the best quote of the morning is from a favorite customer who says “Thank you for being here.  I just can’t get to the store anymore.” We thank her right back.

As we fire up the truck and head to our next stop, smiling faces wave goodbye.  It’s a good day.

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