The Gospel Mission Announces an End of the Harvest Gift of Produce
from the Sioux City Farmers Market
The Gospel Mission is pleased to announce that it is the beneficiary of an end of harvest gift of produce from the Sioux City Farmers Market. Larry and Karen Sherer of Sherer Gardens are farmers and vendors at the Sioux City Farmers Market. They have made the gift of the final bounty of the season’s fresh vegetables to the Gospel Mission. The bountiful gift included 300 lbs. of cabbage, 420 lbs. of zucchini, 2000 lbs. of acorn squash, 800 lbs. of butternut squash and 8600 lbs. of potatoes. A total of a little over 12,000 lbs of locally grown produce was unloaded by the Gospel Mission. The Sherer family farm near Wakefield, Nebraska and are the Market’s longest participating vendor with over 25 year’s participation in the Markets of Sioux City.
This is the final donation of season-long giving by the vendors and producers of the Farmers Market. Each Saturday and Wednesday last summer, the Food Bank of Siouxland collected excess produce and breads from many of the Markets vendors. The Food Bank collected in excess of 7,000 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and breads for redistribution to food pantries and programs in the Siouxland area such as the Gospel Mission.
Community support for the Sioux City Farmers Market continues to continually grow and has helped the Market grow as well, to 57 vendors in 2010. This success has allowed the Market vendors to give back to the community.
In addition to serving nearly 300 meals per day, the Gospel Mission also serves over 120 families a week through their food pantry. The generosity of the Farmers Market, combined with many other food gifts, enables the Mission to provide these services at no cost to its clients. The Mission has received nearly $350,000 of donated food items so far this year.