- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Foodbank is reaping an early-season harvest of produce from Vermont farms that is deemed less than perfect, but still edible and nutritious.

Digger’s Mirth Farm at Burlington’s Intervale recently donated more than 100 pounds of greens to the Foodbank. And the Foodbank’s Judy Stermer says volunteers were busy this week gathering produce from other parts of the Intervale and from the Harlow Farm in Bellows Falls.

The Foodbank takes the bounty - mostly salad and braising greens this time of year - and distributes them to food shelves and meal sites around the state.

The gleaning program draws from as many as 80 farms and the work of 800 volunteers - and the Foodbank is always looking for more.

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