People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events!
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply!
To celebrate National Raisin Day why not donate boxes of raisins to your local food bank or local food pantry.
National Tell A Story Day!
Tell a Story Day celebrates story-telling of all kinds. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folk-lore. Today is day to tell them all.
In honor of Tell A Story Day here’s a list of some kid friendly books about hunger:
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
Tight Times by Trina Schart Hyman
A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness: How To Take Action! by Tracy Apple Howard with Sage Howard
Beatrice’s Goat by Lori Lohstoeter
The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway
Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel and Charles C. Mann (while not a children’s book it is still a great book with photographs that show families from around the world surrounded by their household items.)
Lima Bean Respect Day!
Did you know that lima beans are incredibly good for you? They are filled with nutritious fiber, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Lima beans are also low in fat and contain protease inhibitors that stall the development of cancerous cells.
Humans have been cultivating lima beans since 6000 BC. Today, people use them in recipes for soups, spreads, casseroles, and salads. In Japan, green baby lima beans are an important ingredient in bean paste, which is a popular dessert. Succotash, a dish usually found in the southern region of the United States, combines lima beans, corn, and chili peppers.
National Garlic Day!
Did you know garlic is a herb, which can also be deemed a vegetable, that is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 & C and contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron as well as containing 17 different amino acids.
Garlic is recognized for its wide-reaching medical properties in the treatment and prevention of disease. Known as nature’s wonder drug, garlic has been credited with extending human longevity, preventing certain cancers, lowering cholesterol levels, reversing high blood pressure, resisting the common cold and overcoming fatigue.
Garlic has a lengthy history dating back 6,000 years. Garlic was a commonly used seasoning in cuisines from Africa, Asia and Europe. Garlic is native to central Asia and China is currently the world’s biggest producer.
Superstitions have regarded garlic as a force of both good and evil. We’re all familiar with the belief that garlic repels vampires but did you know that garlic is also thought to protect against the evil eye and to ward off jealous nymphs? Ancient Egyptians are said to have fed those that worked on the Great Pyramid of Giza garlic to boost their stamina while in the Middle Ages, Europeans ate whole cloves of garlic to fight off the plague known as Black Death.
- Garlic has been dubbed the ‘stinking rose’ due to its overpowering taste and smell.
- Garlic breath can be neutralized by sipping milk or eating parsley.
- The fear of garlic is called Alliumphobia.
- Chicago was named after the American Indian world for wild garlic, chicagaoua.
Grow For Your Neighbor‘s mission is to provide fresh food for the recipients of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, to offer an opportunity for families to experience the joys of gardening and experience the intrinsic value of giving back to their community to foster an appreciation of nature and the value of healthy eating.
GFYN would like for our community to consider donating a portion of your homegrown produce on Saturdays from 9AM to 12PM at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market.
GFYN will be hosting a Square Foot Gardening Demonstrations on Saturday, May 3rd at the Fredericksburg Home Depot and the Spotsylvania Farmers Market.
Interested in ordering a Square Foot Garden Kit? Click here for more information.
That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in our food bank. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.
This means the 12.5 million families that Feeding America supports – including those right here in our community – do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential.
In fact, the 37 million Americans served annually in the Feeding America network receive the equivalent of less than ONE gallon of milk per person per year.
That has now changed with the launch of The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.
YOU CAN HELP! With a simple click of a mouse (http://www.MilkLife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), you can help get much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. Donations are designated to local food banks by the donor’s billing zip code.
Together, we can help nourish those in need in our community.
The Community Give on May 6th is our chance to make history in a single day throughout the Rappahannock River region. This grassroots effort is an opportunity to rally together and give back to a community that gives so much to each of us. Whatever your passion: health and human services, arts and culture, children and families, education, animals, parks and recreation, historic restoration, and more – this is your time for your gift to do the most good!
Visit The Community Give to learn more.
Day of the Mushroom
Did you know according to hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms to be a plant of immortality. The delicious flavor of mushrooms intrigued the pharaohs of Egypt so much that they decreed mushrooms were food for royalty and that no commoner could ever touch them.
The art of cultivating mushrooms originated in 17th century France. The fame of their flavor grew and the new art spread to England. From there it was brought to America by English gardeners.
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One of the nutrients found in mushrooms that is receiving increased attention is vitamin D. The Mushroom Council gives more information about the vitamin D content of various mushrooms. Learn More >>
The Falls Run Community had an idea last year to create a cookbook for friends and family. Create they did! The cookbook went over so well they made a profit. The community decided to put that profit to good use to help others that are struggling. On Tuesday, a check was presented to the FAFB CEO, Oya Oliver in the amount of $923.55 from the Falls Run Community. This gift will provide over 2,700 meals back to those who are hungry. According to Doreen Barns, Activity Director at Falls Run, “We can’t make a profit and thought this would be a good way to help others.” Thank you so much to all from the Falls Run Community that assisted in this wonderful idea.
200 hams arrived at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank this morning just in time for Easter.
“What a wonderful addition for the families of our community” remarked FAFB CEO Oya Oliver. “We thank Giant Food for their generosity and for all they do to support the food bank and the families.”
Pictured are Giant 235 Store Manager – Steve DeGrassi, Major Gifts and Grants manager – Dayna Klein, Giant Director of Marketing and External Communications – Felis Andrade, Oya Oliver – FAFB CEO and Giant HR Director and FAFB Chair – Walt Meisen