“You bring such joy, not just to me, but to all of US,”

said senior Grange Lady Haig Rutan, one of our weekly senior shoppers at Montclair Community Farms (MCF) mobile farm stand. Every week during the growing season, the MCF mobile farm stand travels to senior centers and other locations in Montclair and the surrounding community to provide the community with fresh, local and affordable produce, which they otherwise might not have access to. But the farm stand has become more than just a place to buy fresh and affordable produce, it has become a place for seniors, youth and the community to connect. 

Dear Lovely Mother of three. Dear Produce Manager of the Crane House. Dear Lana on train that is passing by....I mean a darling little house on wheels as if from a fantasy. Dear VIP and Friend to Our Youth who aid and abet you on this journey to First Montclair House. Dear Precious Person.

I feel I know you.  Not through the written word but through your smile and the wonder you create among us with your arrival of produce each and every Friday at 1:30 p.m.  You are more reliable than the Erie Railroad.

I must say that you bring such joy, not just to me, but to all of US. I collectively want to thank you.  All too often words are left unsaid, not so in this instance.  We will be sad when in two weeks we will be a faded memory and, once again, worry about eating healthy and with fresh and wonderful vegetables...but that's not your problem. You, yes you, and those lovely smiling helpers, have brought a new dimension to the start of our weekend.

I feel young again when I take my package up to my home.  I dare to go into the kitchen and remember the joy of cleaning vegetables from The Good Earth.  Savory mint, juicy tomatoes, rabbit-loving lettuce and whatever else you surprise US with. The bottom line is you are apart of yesterday's dreams.  When the world was young and so was I we didn't have YOU and Your Team.  We were out dreaming dreams. However, when I was in the fifth grade, right across the street at Grove Street School, we had a Victory Garden and got out of class to til the earth, to plant seeds and watch it grow over time.  I can appreciate who you are. Sadly, this very morning, I gave the Bee Magazine away so it will just be US that will come next Friday.

Thank you for loving what you do.
I Salute You!  And My Love For You Runs Deep!
Grange Lady Haig Rutan

Montclair Community Farms is not possible without the support of the community and our generous donors. Consider making a contribution directly to Montclair Community Farms this holiday season.  Every dollar donated will be generously matched by Partners for Health Foundation.