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Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.

Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc. Non-Profit Vegetable Garden. Produce is grown harvested and donated to local Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Special Needs Homes in the Manhattan Illinois area.

The vision of a small group moved to nourish the body, mind and soul; has a simple mission...

The vision of a small group moved to nourish the body, mind and soul; has a simple mission...

01/08/2022

Hello Folks and Happy New Year.
Well, the garden is sound asleep and enjoying a well-deserved rest. Here is our 2021 summary:
Our 2-acre garden yielded 32,000 pounds of vegetables from 24 different vegetable varieties. There were 130 distributions to 27 Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Special Needs Homes. Harvesting began June 21st and ended November 22nd. The garden is tilled and prepped for the 2022 season.

Hope you have a pleasant winter and spring, and we hope you can visit the Garden when we commence prepping and planting.

Blessings
Dale Bormet
Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc

12/29/2021

A big THANK-YOU to Mary Kay for putting this "story of popcorn" together.

11/07/2021

Hello folks Here's the work schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday, November 8th: 1pm to 4:30pm - Turnip & Beet harvesting followed by Popcorn Husking.

Wednesday, November 10th: 3pm to 4:30pm - Turnip & Popcorn Husking.

Friday, November 12th, 3pm to 4:30pm - Turnip & Popcorn Husking

Saturday, November 13th, 1pm to 3pm - Popcorn Shelling

Some day's work may be cancelled due to weather conditions or early completion of harvesting. We'll let you know.
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL.

11/04/2021

Hi folks
We've added a Popcorn Pick to the schedule for Saturday, November 6th from 10am to 3pm.Plans are to:
1) Snap ears (remove ears from stalks)
2) Shuck ears (remove husks from ears)
Drop me a line if you can attend.
Address is:16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL.

11/01/2021

Hello folks.
Hoping it will be dry enough to pull beets, turnips and the last remaining butternut from the field this week.
Pick dates are:
Wednesday, November 3rd: 3pm to 5:30pm
Friday, November 5th: 3pm to 5:30pm

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL.
Ph. 815-478-5165

10/25/2021

Hello all
Hope you're doing well.
I spent most of the day Saturday shuttling equipment around in preparation for the rain today and tomorrow. Mother Nature is not letting us down. Quite a bit of rain and a nice light show to boot. We'll be taking a hiatus to give Mother Nature time to get this all out of her system.

Stay tuned for the next pick schedule coming out Halloween weekend. We still have turnips, beets and popcorn yet to harvest and distribute.

10/17/2021

Hello Folks
Here's the pick schedule for the upcoming week. Please note times have changed to accommodate earlier sunsets.
Monday, October 18th - 12:00noon to 3pm
Wednesday, Oct 20th: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, Oct 22th: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Drop us a line if you can help on any of those days.

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
815-478-5165

10/11/2021

Hello Folks
Here's the pick schedule for the upcoming week.

Wednesday, Oct 13th: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday, Oct 15th: 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Drop us a line if you can help on any of those days.

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
815-478-5165

10/03/2021

Hello Folks
Here's the pick schedule for the upcoming week.

Wednesday, Oct 6th: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, Oct 8th: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct 9th: 10am to Noon is a fall squash pick. We will be removing the butternut and acorn squash from the field

Drop us a line if you can help on any of those days.

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
815-478-5165

09/25/2021

ello folks and hope all is well.
We;ve surpassed 20,000 pounds of harvested vegetables thus far this year. A BIG thank-you to all the volunteers who have helped make this year's bounty possible.

Here's the pick schedule for the upcoming week. Please note the times may have changed from previous schedules

Monday, Sep 27th: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, Sep 29th: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, Oct 1st: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct 2nd: 1pm to 4pm is a fall squash pick. We will be removing the butternut and acorn squash from the field

Drop us a line if you can help on any of those days.

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
815-478-5165

09/18/2021

Hello folks and hope all is well. We're mixing things up a bit this week to address the earlier sunsets (bummer) and to offer other harvesting times. Here we go....Monday, Sep 20th: 9am to NoonTuesday Sep 21st: 5pm to 6:30pm (tomatoes and fall squash only)Wednesday, Sep 22nd: 4:30pm to duskFriday, Sept 24th: 4:30 to dusk
Drop us a line if you can help.
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442815-478-5165

09/12/2021

Hi folks
Here's the schedule for this week:
Monday, September 13th: 5pm to dusk
Wednesday, September 15th, 5pm to dusk
Friday, September 17th, 5pm to dusk

Let us know if you'll be joining us at 16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL. 60442

09/06/2021

Hello Folks.
Here's the picking schedule for Labor Day week.
Tuesday, Sep 7th from 5pm to Dusk
Friday, Sep 10th from 5pm to Dusk

Drop us a line if you can join us.
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
815-478-5165

08/29/2021

Hi FolksPicking schedule for this week...
Monday, August 30: 5pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 1: 5pm to 7:30pm
Friday, September 3: 5pm to 7:30pm

Please let us know if you plan on attending.
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL. 60442
815-478-5165

08/22/2021

Hi Folks
Here’s the Veggie picking schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday, Aug 23rd: 5pm to Dusk
Wednesday, Aug 25th 5pm to Dusk
Friday, August 27th: 5pm to Dusk
Garden Address:
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL
815-478-5165

08/20/2021

Hi folks. The Friday evening veggie pick has been cancelled. Enjoy your weekend.

08/16/2021

Hi folks
Here’s the picking schedule for this week:
Friday, August 16th 5pm – Dusk
Wednesday, August 18th 5pm- Dusk
Friday, August 20th 5pm – Dusk
We had to bump the starting time up as we’re beginning to run out of daylight sooner.
Let us know if you can join us on any of the days
16409 West Sweedler Road
Manhattan, Il. 60442
Mobile: 815-478-5165

08/08/2021

Hello Manhattan Friendship Garden Followers.
Happy August
Here’s the Picking Schedule for the upcoming week:
Tuesday, August 10th, 6pm – 8pm
Friday, August 13th, 6pm – 8pm
16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL. 60442
Please respond or leave a message at 815-478-5165 if you can help out on any of the days.
Have a great week.

08/02/2021

Hello Manhattan Friendship Garden Followers. Here’s the Picking Schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday, August 2nd, 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday, August 4th, 6pm – 8pm
Friday, August 6th, 6pm – 8pm

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL. 60442
Please respond or leave a message at 815-478-5165 if you can help out on any of the days.
Have a great week.

07/25/2021

Hello Manhattan Friendship Garden Followers. Here’s the Picking Schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday, July 26th, 6pm – 8pm (Blessing Bench Food Pantry & We Care Food Pantry)
Tuesday, July 27th, 6pm - 8pm (New Life Food Pantry)
Wednesday, July 28th, 6pm – 8pm (Frankfort Food Pantry & New Lenox Food Pantry)
Friday, July 30th, 6pm – 8pm (St Paul’s Food Pantry & Trinity Services Homes)

16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL. 60442
Please respond to this email or leave a message at 815-478-5165 if you can help out on any of the days.

Have a great week.

07/21/2021

Hi Folks
We'll be harvesting Zucchini, Yellow Squash, White Patty Pan Squash, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Potatoes and perhaps Sweetcorn this coming Friday.

Please drop me a line if you are able to help.
Bring your favorite gloves and skeeter repellent.

When: Friday, July 23rd
Time: 6pm to dusk.

Where: 16409 West Sweedler Road, Manhattan, IL

Thanks all.
Dale 815-478-5165

11/05/2020
Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.

Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.

Hi Folks and Happy Indian Summer
The Manhattan Friendship Garden will be picking and husking popcorn on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 12:30pm. Come on out and help us pick one of our last crops of the season. Take a few ears home when you leave for popping on a cold evening with the kids.
16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL

11/05/2020

Hi Folks and Happy Indian Summer
The Manhattan Friendship Garden will be picking and husking popcorn on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 12:30pm. Come on out and help us pick one of our last crops of the season. Take a few ears home when you leave for popping on a cold evening with the kids.
16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL

10/04/2020

Hi Folks,
Sorry for the late notice...
Every year, it's always inevitable....FROST / FREEZE. We will definitely get hit with Frost Sunday night into Monday morning and quite possibly a freeze. Wth the upcoming week predicted to have higher than average temperatures, covering your plants at home will allow you to enjoy them a bit longer.

The Manhattan Friendship Garden can't cover acres of veggies so we're holding the Last Hoorah Panic Pick today from Noon to 3pm.The last of the Peppers, Okra, Squash and tomatoes will be our focus. If you know of any shut-ins or less fortunate people who can benefit from the final harvest, feel free to pick and take veggies to them.
16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL. 60442

09/26/2020

Hello Folks.
Here's the picking schedule for the upcoming week.
Saturday, September 26th - Cancelled
Monday, September 28th: 4pm to Dusk
Wednesday, September 30th: 4pm to Dusk
Friday, October 2nd: 4pm to Dusk

16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL

09/20/2020

Hi Folks
Here's the schedule for the Sep 20-26

Sunday 3:30 - 5:30pm Fall Squash Pick
Monday 4 - 6pm Full Veggie Pick
Tuesday 4 - 6pm Fall Squash
Wednesday 4 - 6pm Full Veggie
Thursday 4 - 6pm Fall Squash
Friday 4 - 6pm Full Veggie
Saturday 1 - 3pm Squash Pick

16409 West Sweedler Road Manhattan, IL. 60442

09/13/2020

Here's the pick dates for the upcoming week.
Monday, September 14th - 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday, September 16th - 4pm to 7pm
Friday, September 18th - 4pm to 7pm

Adding an extra hour to have enough time to wash the muddy veggies.
Wear gloves and shoes you don't mind getting muddy

16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL. 60442

09/09/2020

Hi Folks. The Wednesday, September 9th pick has been cancelled. We're still planning on a Veggie pick for Friday, September 11th.

09/06/2020

Hi folks.
Here's the Picking Schedule for Labor Day Week.

Monday, September 7th - 4pm to 7pm (Yes, Labor Day evening)

Wednesday, September 9th - 4pm to 7pm

Friday, September 11th - 4pm to 7pm

Rain is in the forecast (finally) so, wear clothes and shoes you won't mind getting muddy. We've added an additional hour to the pick in the event we need to rinse mud off the veggies.

16409 West Sweedler RoadMAnhattan, Il.

Today’s beautiful bounty! This is JUST today’s pick!! Biggest one so far.
09/05/2020

Today’s beautiful bounty! This is JUST today’s pick!! Biggest one so far.

08/30/2020

Hi all.
Hope you're all well heading into Labor Day Weekend.
Here's the dates and times for this week's pick. NOTE: Days and Times have changed to accommodate a few other food pantries.

Monday, August 3st - 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday, Sept 2nd - 5pm to 7pm
Saturday, Sept 5th, 9am to Noon

Manhattan Friendship Garden16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL. 60442

08/23/2020

Hello FolksHere are the Pick dates for this week.
Monday, August 24th Evening Pick from 5:30pm to Dusk

Wednesday, August 26th Morning Pick from 8am - 10am

Friday, August 28th Evening Pick from 5:30pm to Dusk
Please RSVP which day(s) you can attend
Address:16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, Il.

08/17/2020

Hi folksThe Vegetable Pick dates for this week are...
Tuesday, August 18thFriday, August 21st
Both dates are 6pm until Dusk
16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL. 60442

08/13/2020
Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.

Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.

Hello FolksToday's "pick" has been MOVED to Friday, August 14th, from 5pm until dusk.The move allows a few more crops to ripen and lines up with available food outlets a bit better.

The target crops will be:
Beets, Potatoes, Okra, Green Beans, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Sweetcorn, Patty Pan, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant and Cucumbers

16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL
Please RSVP if you will be attending so we can strategize the picking attack.

08/13/2020

Hello FolksToday's "pick" has been MOVED to Friday, August 14th, from 5pm until dusk.The move allows a few more crops to ripen and lines up with available food outlets a bit better.

The target crops will be:
Beets, Potatoes, Okra, Green Beans, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Sweetcorn, Patty Pan, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant and Cucumbers

16409 West Sweedler RoadManhattan, IL
Please RSVP if you will be attending so we can strategize the picking attack.

Address

16409 West Sweedler Road
Manhattan, IL
60442

Telephone

(815) 478-5165

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Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Broccoli, Cabbage, Beans, Cucumbers, Summer squash, Zucchini, Butternut squash, Spaghetti squash, Acorn squash, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Turnips, Beets, Sweetcorn, Popcorn, Potatoes

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FRESH Produce (as in picked last night!) is out on our carts. Okra, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, etc....! PLEASE - come help yourself. No need to check in with volunteers. Carts will be outside today until 3 p.m. Special thanks to our friends at Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc. for their continued support and generosity with their bountiful blessings!
FRESH potatoes and cantaloupe picked last night from our friends at Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc. are available on the carts! They'll be outside until 3 p.m. Come help yourself; no need to check in with volunteers.
Thank you to our friends at Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc. for the beautiful and freshly picked produce! We are grateful to be able to provide these nutritious foods to our neighbors. 458 pounds! WOW
FRESH PRODUCE!! COME AND GET IT!!! We received 900 lbs of fresh from the field produce this morning from Manhattan Friendship Garden, Inc.! We are overwhelmed by this generous bounty. If you are in need, please come by and get some. We have PLENTY. No sign up necessary, we will only ask for family size. Please come anytime before noon and from 1pm-4pm today. Parking is in the front of the building currently (we have some construction going on in the back). Thank you Manhattan Friendship Garden!! PLEASE SHARE! :)
Will there be another Veggie Bowl this year??