The Magic Food Bus delivers free produce and books on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEALTHY PENINSULA

Magic Food Bus volunteers delivering fresh produce again this summer



BLUE HILL — Now in its 12th season, Healthy Peninsula’s Magic Food Bus is making the rounds once again this summer.

The Magic Food Bus is a seasonal traveling farm stand and mobile library that delivers free, fresh local produce, books and information about food security resources to 14 locations on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.

Staffed primarily by volunteers, the Magic Food Bus has been growing every year, in size, reach and complementary activities. In addition to purchasing produce from local farmers, it also works with a dedicated group of volunteer gardeners, who last summer donated 3,587 pounds of produce to be distributed.

Healthy Peninsula also partners with The Gleaning Initiative to distribute many pounds of gleaned produce that might otherwise go to waste. Last year, the Magic Food Bus distributed 7,597 pounds of produce in all, which equals about 10,079 meals worth of vegetables, 69 percent of which was harvested and donated by farm gleaning and community gardeners.

The program’s 2022 season will end on Sept. 30. Its weekly schedule during that period is as follows:

  • Blue Hill, every Thursday, 2:15 p.m., Harborview Apartments.
  • Deer Isle, every Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Deer Isle-Stonington High School and 3:30 p.m., Lily Pond/Deer Run.
  • Surry, every Thursday, 2:30 p.m., The Gatherings.
  • Brooklin, every Thursday, 3 p.m., Friend Memorial Library. Visits will also include a story- and craft-time.
  • Sedgwick, every Thursday, 3 p.m., Sedgwick School and every Friday, 11 a.m., Benjamin River Apartments.
  • Penobscot, every Thursday, 3:15 p.m., town office.
  • Brooksville, every Thursday, 5:30 p.m., town office.
  • Stonington, every Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Island Community Center.

For more information, contact Healthy Peninsula at 374-3257 or visit healthypeninsula.org.

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