Summer Weekend Meals for Kids
Launching Summer 2020! Children should not have to worry about when and where their next meal will come from when school ends for the summer.
Each weekend, during the 12-week summer break, children will receive a kid-friendly, nutritious, and filling food package that will include 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 dinner items, and 2 healthy snacks. Throughout the summer, weekend meal boxes will also include useful personal care items and kitchen utensils, along with books and toys to help meet a variety of needs during the summer break. Each pickup site will include bins of local, farm-fresh produce that children and their families can select from to supplement their summer weekend meal box.
Edible Prairie Veggie Baskets
Our multi-farm community supported agriculture (CSA) basket program provides carefully curated fresh and local produce to customers each week. We use a pay-what-you-can pricing model to fit different budget needs.
By signing up for an Edible Prairie Basket you are directly supporting our nonprofit work and our local network of farmers and ranchers.
Want to help us get more fresh and local food into the hands of our local residents? Consider signing up for a basket as a Friends of the Prairie supporter! Friends members not only support local farmers and ranchers, but also help us provide local veggie baskets and essential kitchen utensils to local families on SNAP and WIC. Sign up as a Friend of the Prairie and make your impact go twice as far!
Our new Spring Greens Basket runs for 4 weeks during the month of May and will include lettuce (different varieties), spinach, kale (different varieties), Swiss chard, rainbow chard, microgreens (different varieties), Asian greens, green onions, herbs (different varieties), garlic scapes, and beet greens!
Summer Baskets run for 10 weeks July through September and are filled with garden favorites like squash, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes, just to name a few! Throughout the summer baskets may also include locally-raised meat, eggs, and honey.
With our new Fall Storage Basket you will receive a whopping 75 to 100 pounds of storage crops including onions, potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, buttercup squash, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkins, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, turnips, and other fall storage crops that should last through winter.
Edible Prairie Gleaning Program
Towards the end of each growing season, we collect leftover produce from local farmers’ fields. Our farmers generously donate this produce so that we can share the harvest with local food banks and pantries, including the Gillette Little Free Pantry network.
Gillette Little Free Pantry Network
The Edible Prairie Project and our community partner, Cen$tible Nutrition, work together to maintain the Gillette Little Free Pantry Network. Little Free Pantries are continuously stocked with food, personal care, and household items, and are designed for community members who are not able to easily meet everyday food and personal needs. Anyone may access the Little Free Pantries at any time. The pantries are always open and no applications are required. Little Free Pantries can be found at Lakeside Park, Sunflower Park, Bivens Park.
Signup is now open! Every spring we give away vegetable garden kits to eligible individuals and families that would like to grow their own edible garden at home. Garden kits typically include starter plants, seeds, tomato cages, and a garden plan complete with planting and harvest tips and tricks.
Garden Planting Days at the Council of Community Services and the Boys & Girls Club
Each spring, our staff and volunteers help clients of the Council of Community Services and children at the Boys & Girls Club plant their summer vegetable gardens. Local farmers donate starter plants and share their garden expertise with Council residents to help ensure a successful harvest. Edible Prairie Project staff and volunteers remain available throughout the growing season to offer advice on growing and harvesting.