Sorting pickles and turnips.
Sorting pickles and turnips.
On Thursday, we had the trailer full of turnips, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash when all of a sudden Pastor Addison looked in the rearview mirror and watched one of the trailer tires roll across the road. The tire had blown right off the trailer! We spent almost 3 hours on the side of the road as a wonderful person from our church came to put the new tire on. Fortunately, no one was injured, we had a couple of trees to sit under, there was a nice breeze to keep us cool and one of the moms brought us cold drinks. After we unloaded the trailer, we headed back out to finish up on the farms getting done around 7:00PM.
This picture shows the farmers sorting pickles, each pickle goes down the correct size channel and drops into a bucket, before it lands in the bucket the farmers do a quick inspection to make sure it is worthy for market. Imagine sorting through 4-5 tons of pickles a day! Just in case you don’t know, pickles are made from different types of cucumbers.
3 Cups flour
1 Cup cooking oil
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
1 medium zucchini
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
2 cups sugar
¼ tsp. salt
Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Blend eggs, sugar, and oil in blender. Chop zucchini into pieces, add several pieces to egg mixture and blend until liquefied, and continue until zucchini is fully blended. Add mixture and vanilla to dry ingredients in bowl. Stir in walnuts. Pour in 2 greased loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
It really is that simple. It is not difficult to find someone who feels like they cant make a real difference in the world. For whatever reason, they believe that they are just destined to live without really making a dent in the world around them. This is not the case. Remember the story about Paul and Silas in the prison in Philippi? They are in the midst of being released when they realize that the jailor is who they were supposed to minister to all along. In the midst of their own story, Paul and Silas realize a need and they take care of someone else. This is all it takes to live a life of purpose. All you have top do is find a need and fill it. With every zucchini that was put into a basket, a hungry person was being fed. The world was being changed by simple obedience and hard work.
What is God calling you to do today? Is it inconvenient? Does it require some hard work? Is it a step outside of how you might normally behave? If you were simply obedient and chose to help someone, what kind of difference would you make today?
Our first day of gleaning is over and we are so excited to take the first step towards feeding thousands of hungry families this summer. We visited two farms yesterday and gleaned just under 15 bushels of zucchini. Some of our local organizations have already stopped by to pick up the produce. We also want to thank Pastor Ray Seemans for helping us out!