Manna Meal

Charleston, WV

Flower

They picked a peck of peppers

photos & blog by Therese Cox

Aug. 20, 2014   Yes, it did rain buckets this week – but not on gardening afternoon!

So our modest group got to work, and work we did, under clear conditions and 82 degrees. I’m talking about fun work – picking tomatoes, peppers and ring-necked squash; kale, zinnias and basil; and, of course, weeds (so relaxing).

It wasn’t that the weeds were so very pervasive over the entire garden at this late time in the summer. Instead, they seemed to congregate around the tender, new cabbage plants in the lower area. Indeed, it was difficult to find the vegetable plants under such a heavy cover. But we did. Here’s to a plentiful fall cabbage harvest!

Volunteers clipped a few flowers so more would generate. Gary tilled the former lavender. John, Gary, Jean, Bob and Paul worked on the tractor for our next cutting spree. Plus, Jean and Paul measured off and marked out an area for our future tractor shed.

Thank you to Thom and Nedra Porter, Bob Lockhart, Paul Schrecongost, Gary Brown, Patricia Paul, John Maier, Jean Simpson and Therese Cox.

the pepper harvest

the pepper harvest

how do 3 people harvest all this kale?

how do 3 people harvest all this kale?

limber Patricia found the cabbage seedlings

limber Patricia found the cabbage seedlings

Thom & Nedra pose after the kale harvest

Thom & Nedra pose after the kale harvest

Swallowtail butterflies visit the beautiful flowers in the pollinator garden

Swallowtail butterflies visit the beautiful flowers in the pollinator garden

this crew transitioned the tractor from tiller to mowing deck--mowing time again

this crew transitioned the tractor from tiller to mowing deck–mowing time again
The crew: John, Patricia, Bob, Thom, Jean, Gary, Nedra & Therese behind the camera

The crew: John, Patricia, Bob, Thom, Jean, Gary, Nedra & Therese behind the camera

 

flowers abound at the garden

flowers abound at the garden

The hills are alive with the sound of music

tomatoes & kale were harvested today

tomatoes & kale were harvested today

If you listen very quietly you can hear the symphony of pollinators at work in the garden.

Blog by Therese Cox

While small in number, Saturday’s gardening crew was mighty. Proving this premise are the five crates of fat, red tomatoes – not to mention a big crate overflowing with tender kale.

Thank you, Bob Sylvester, Patricia Paul, Lakin Cook, Cindy McGhee, Leila Martin and lead gardeners Myra Dolan and Therese Cox.

Under a cool but azure sky, we spent an entire hour weeding the bush beans that the naughty deer visited last week, nibbling blossoms. But we are hopeful the beans will resurrect and give us some yummy vegetables soon.

Bravely taking the initiative, Lakin lugged the stuffed wheelbarrow to the weed cemetery at the bottom of the property. Thanks, Lakin!

After harvesting the tomatoes, the crew also stripped the brown branches from the tomato plants, removing, as Cindy says, the possibility of the development of unwanted inoculum (our new Latin word of the day, which means a microorganism used in inoculation). That’s all I can tell you. Google it or use an old-fashioned dictionary (a book).

Toward the end of the morning, after the heat dried out the dew, we gathered as a group to harvest the kale, growing wildly in the raised bed. Still going strong, Leila carefully chose flowers to blend in her lovely arrangements to be sold the next day at St. John’s.

while eggplant grow in their appointed space and . . .

while eggplant grow in their appointed space and…

melons are tucked under their big leaves. . .

melons are tucked under their big leaves. . .

melon

and more melons

and acorn squash

and acorn squash grow unbothered by anything

the kale harvest

the kale harvesters gather fresh pesticide free produce for the soup kitchen

kale ready for the harvest...the "window of opportunity" had arrived

kale ready for the harvest…the “window of opportunity” arrived today

the morning started with lots of weeding. like stretching before the race.

the 8:30 AM morning started with lots of weeding which is a lot like stretching before the race. Hi Cindy, Lakin and Therese in the back on the left.

Patricia helping with the weed on the other end of the row.

Patricia helping with the weeding on the other end of the bean row.  Sure hope those deer enjoyed our beans.

Leila harvests flowers

Leila harvests flowers for tomorrow

those beautiful flowers in our garden which gladden our hearts if only for the time we work

those beautiful flowers in our garden which gladden our hearts

sunflowers really do move to face the sun

sunflowers really do move to face the sun

hundreds of zinnias attract butterflies and bees this morning

hundreds of zinnias attract butterflies and bees this morning

bumble bees love the sunflowers

bumble bees love the sunflowers

a future monarch butterfly eating the butterfly weed in the pollinator garden

a future monarch butterfly eating the butterfly weed in the pollinator garden [click to enlarge]

the crew: Patricia, Leila, Bob, Lakin Cindy and Therese [kneeling] & Myra behind the camera.

The crew: Patricia, Leila, Bob, Lakin Cindy and Therese [kneeling] & Myra behind the camera.

Bob harvests two cherry tomatoes

Bob harvests two cherry tomatoes

Cindy takes a rest from weeding

Cindy takes a rest from weeding

Leila cutting flowers

Leila cutting flowers

Lakin harvesting kale

Lakin harvesting kale

 

Wed., August 13 delivered cool temps for working in the garden

The garden has missed us. It has quietly been growing tomatoes & kale while we were at the Bean Stringin’ last weekend.

Blog by Therese Cox

Numerous and plump tomatoes awaited garden volunteers this sunny but cool evening. Gardeners had taken the previous Saturday off to help celebrate Manna Meal’s Bean Stringin’ Day at Capitol Market.

By the way, the celebration netted 629 pounds of beans for our soup kitchen customers – filling up the St. John’s freezer with the beautiful and nutritious vegetables. Tony, here’s to your culinary skills! And thanks to the many, many philanthropic supporters who purchased beans from local farmers at the market for to Manna Meal.

Thanks also to the cheerful and hard-working crew who donated their Wednesday evenings to work at our Rutledge Road garden: Jerry Engle, Thom and Nedra Porter, Therese Cox, Martha Ballman, Leila Martin, Mike Burgess, Gary Brown, Wes Goodwin, Paul Schrecongost, Ann Garcelon, John Maier and lead gardener Paula Fluharty.

Much was accomplished between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

In garden No. 4, we plucked the fat tomatoes from the vines; weeded underneath; and secured wiggly cages. We removed “lazy” beans and their vines from the trellis; harvested yard-long beans; thinned carrots in garden No. 1; weeded the bed; and laid newspaper and straw to retard weeds.

Down in garden No. 2, volunteers harvested bell peppers and the large, ring-necked squash – rounding out our colorful cache that also included kale from garden No. 5.

Fortunately, we had lots of newspapers and straw for positioning under vegetables and in aisles in the hopes that those pesky weeds grow somewhere other than our precious garden.

John Maier, Gary Brown, Nedra & Thom Porter, Paula Fluharty, Ann Garcelon, Mike Burgess, Jerry Engle, Leila Martin with Therese Cox behind the camera

L to R – John Maier, Gary Brown, Nedra & Thom Porter, Paula Fluharty, Ann Garcelon, Mike Burgess, Jerry Engle, Leila Martin with Therese Cox behind the camera

Ann, Nedra & Leila harvest kale

Ann, Nedra & Leila harvest kale

Thom is skilled at removing those tough kale stems

Thom is skilled at removing those tough kale stems

Gary cleans off bean vines

Gary cleans off bean vines

Jerry takes a break after weedeating

Jerry takes a break after weedeating

Paul shows off his weeding prowess

Paul shows off his weeding prowess

Lead gardener Paula helps John Maier & Mike Burgess. This was John's 1st trip to help at the garden.

Lead gardener Paula helps John Maier & Mike Burgess. This was John’s 1st trip to help at the garden.

Paul's grandson, Wes, admires the harvested produce

Paul’s grandson, Wes, admires the harvested produce

Martha thins the carrots

Martha thins the carrots

loaded with vine ripened tomatoes

loaded with vine ripened tomatoes [click to enlarge]
happy sunflowers are blooming in the lower garden

happy sunflowers are blooming in the lower garden

 

Bean Stringin Raffle Winners

Prizes can be picked up from 7am till 2pm 7days a week at the back door off the alley of St. John’s 1105 Quarrier St.

304-345-7121

Manna Meal, Inc.  2014 Bean Stringin’ @ the Capitol Market Saturday August 9th

Congratulations’ to all the winners & many Thanks to all the donors for wonderful gifts.

Thank you all for being a part of our event and helping to FEED the Hungry in our community

 

Mini Give aways:                                     Raffle Items:

Blue Ticket  -  539707                    # 1  Bob S. – Blue Ticket – 539794 – Clay Center, Baskin-Robbins, ITunes

Red Ticket – 516947- Collected   # 2  Beth – Blue Ticket – 539723 – One Stop

Red Ticket – 516849                      # 3   – Red Ticket – 517406 – Chico’s, Hair Solutions, Young’s Floral Collected

Red ticket – 517184                # 4 – Dave – Red Ticket – 517326 – Mi Cocina de Amor, Lowe’s, WalMart Collected

Pink Ticket – 658569                    # 5 – Bruce – Pink Ticket – 658565 – Home Depot, Greens Feed & Seed

Pink Ticket – 652559                    # 8 – Connie – Red Ticket – 517407 -  FOOTMAD , Blue Grass Kitchen, Fiddler on the Roof tickets

#10 – Sue – Pink Ticket – 658527 – Computer Consultation, Doll, Bread Warmer

# 11 -       Blue Ticket – 539673 – YMCA membership – Collected

# 12 –       Blue Ticket – 539758 -  Charlie’s, Cornucopia, South Hills Market

# 13 -       Blue Ticket – 539938 – Yarrid’s , Geraniums, Eggplant

# 14 -     Rick – Pink Ticket – 658670 – Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Bob Evans, First Watch

# 15 -            Pink Ticket – 658546 – Computer & Printed – Collected

# 16- Vivian B. –   Red Ticket –  516883 – Artisan crafted Necklace & earrings

# 17 – June – Blue Ticket –  539625 – 14K Gold Canary Ring

# 18 – Tonya – Pink Ticket – 658633 – Andrusite & Diamond Ring

# 19 – Isaac – - Blue Ticket – 539840 –  Petit Jewelry  – Collected

 

2014 Bean Stringin’ breaks all records

A ‘Dream Team’ committee of volunteers organized this year’s Bean Stringin’ at the Capitol Market and with the efforts of the many, it broke all records. 625 pounds of beans were bagged and frozen to feed the hungry this winter! The raffle and all the prizes from supporting merchants attracted many a passerby as well as most of the stringing participants and it broke records as well. The Capitol Market with Tammy Borstnar’s crew went the extra mile for Manna Meal Soup Kitchen by providing a Bluegrass band called Total Meltdown to play for three hours.  Tammy also provided free buttered corn on the cob to the crowds and donated the great venue space at which to hold this event. Great job organizers, donors, and volunteers. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. Click on any photo to enlarge it for viewing.

Three pretty bean stringing young ladies

Three pretty bean stringing young ladies

we love all the volunteers

we love all the volunteers

more great bean stringers

more great bean stringers

a young bean stringer!

a young bean stringer!

volunteers of the golden star

volunteers who get the golden star award today

Final product of the bean stringin' was 625 pounds of beans to serve at the soup kitchen this winter

Final product of the bean stringin’ was 625 pounds of beans to serve at the soup kitchen this winter

The kitchen crew bagged all those beans and put them in the freezer. This efficient crew finished up by 3:30 pm! Another record breaker.

The kitchen crew bagged all those beans and put them in the freezer. This efficient crew finished up by 3:30 pm! Another record breaker. Three folks missed the photo: Amy, Paula & Jim. Thank you all!

Raffle had GREAT prizes and gifts

The raffle offered GREAT prizes and gifts from community merchants

Raffle prize table

Raffle prize table with workers

Amy & Randy take a selfie. They sold raffle tickets.

Amy & Randy take a selfie. They sold raffle tickets.

Jean had lots of fun today too

Jean had lots of fun today too

We had lots of space to fill

We had lots of space to fill

fun for all

fun for all

great volunteers

great volunteers

Gazette reporter visits to get the scoop

Gazette reporter visits to get the scoop

Pauline Shaffer gives volunteer service to many organizations

Pauline Shaffer gives volunteer service to many organizations and loves Manna Meal Soup Kitchen

Pauline was brought an ear of corn by her friend

Pauline was brought an ear of corn by her friend

Youngest bean stringing participant is 3 months old

Youngest bean stringing participant is 3 months old

Another eager youngster helps out

Another eager youngster helps out

Tom made the display pop with his handiwork

Tom Larkin made the table display “pop” with his design

Bluegrass band, Total Meltdown, entertained at the event

The awesome bluegrass band, Total Meltdown, entertained at the event

many hands made this great service possible

many hands made this great service possible

smiles everywhere

smiles were seen everywhere

great conversation between friends

great conversation between friends

circle of friends

circle of friends

Brooks has been a loyal Manna Meal supporter

Brooks has been a loyal Manna Meal supporter and Master Gardener volunteer at nearly every event

Denise and crew

Denise Burgess and her crew

there are so many wonderful folks in our community

there are so many wonderful folks in our community

buddies

buddies

there were some helpers who didn't know about the event, yet stopped to participate!

there were some helpers who didn’t know about the event, yet stopped to participate!

doing good in the world brings joy

doing good in the world brings joy

this family was willing to sit on the pavement to help!

this family was willing to sit on the pavement to help!

it was easy to find friends today

it was easy to find friends today

another circle of friendship

another circle of friendship

Master Gardener volunteers came out to help with the cause today

Master Gardener volunteers came out to help with the cause today

another MG volunteer spotted in the crowd

another MG volunteer spotted in this crowd

 

garden volunteers often band together for good--as they did today

garden volunteers often band together–as they did today

hey there's Therese

hey there’s Therese

Nedra & Tom serve in so many ways!

Nedra & Thom serve in so many ways! Thanks!

marathon stringers

marathon stringers

more marathoners

more marathoners

Sister Fran--a gem of the community

Sister Fran–a gem in the community

a great team of stringers

a great team of stringers at work here too

lady on the left was celebrating her 94th birthday at the market with us today. her daughter is on the right

Lady on the left was celebrating her 94th birthday at the market with us today. Her daughter is on the right.

another Master Gardener volunteer sighting

another Master Gardener volunteer sighting

smiles abound

smiles abound

that's Mike

that’s Mike

this little guy was all about the bluegrass band. he sat perfectly riveted to them.

this little guy was all about the bluegrass band. he sat still perfectly riveted to them.

a young lady learning to string beans

a young lady learning to string beans with her family

this couple wanted to help out today

this couple wanted to help out today

another young lady learning to string beans

another young lady learning to string beans

a smile for the camera

a smile for the camera

Tom Larkin helped with many things for this event

Tom Larkin, Paula Fluhart and Martha Ballman helped with many things to make this event a huge success

stringing beans together makes memories

stringing beans together makes memories

this doggie was wondering how that leash got in his eyes while his family was having such a great time

this doggie was wondering how that leash got in his eyes while his family was having such a great time

selling tickets mid court are Amy, Isaac & Randy

selling tickets mid court are Amy, Isaac & Randy

another circle of friends

another circle of friends

Neva buying beans to donate and working on those MG volunteer hrs

Neva buying beans to donate while working on those MG volunteer hrs

friends

friends

Rev Jim Lewis helped start Manna Meal nearly 40 years ago

Rev Jim Lewis helped start Manna Meal nearly 40 years ago

great work friends!

great work friends!

joyful giving

joyful giving makes joyful hearts

Carol and mom....another MG sighting

Carol and mom….another MG sighting

a bean stringing expert at work

a bean stringing expert at work…brought her own paring knife!

Bean stringing records were broken today

Bean stringing records were broken today thanks to volunteers like these

new friendships were made today and others revisited

new friendships were made today and others revisited

more great folks in our community

more great folks in our community

Phyllis was getting ready to run to a Light Opera Guild rehearsal after the Bean Stringing

Phyllis was getting ready to run to a Light Opera Guild rehearsal after the Bean Stringing

oodles of beans

oodles of beans await stringing

Mom and daughter. Mom strings beans--daughter sleeps. a great team.

Mom and daughter. Mom strings beans–daughter sleeps. a perfect plan.

sweeping up the strings for the compost pile

sweeping up the strings for the compost pile

This grandmother brought her grandchildren

This grandmother brought her grandchildren

...and there they are!

…and there they are!

two pretty young ladies help

two pretty young ladies help

CAMC employees will recognize one of these ladies--the mother daughter team

CAMC employees will recognize one of these ladies–in this mother daughter team

wanted to stop and help the soup kitchen today

They just wanted to stop and help the soup kitchen today

who is going to pick up and load all those beans?

who is going to load all those beans? eenie, meenie, minee, mo

Robert & Darin cleaned up after our event left a mountain of strings behind! What an appreciated service from them.

Robert & Darin cleaned up after our event left a mountain of strings behind! What an appreciated service from them.