Gleaning Programs

Sustainable Ballard Teams Collect Donated Items for Two Gleaning Programs!

Contact for Ballard Farmer’s Market Gleaning: Jill
Contact for Bakery Gleaning: Julia


We collect donations of produce from the Sunday Ballard Farmers Market, which operates year-round. We collect extra produce from the Ballard Farmers Market vendors at the end of each Sunday’s market and deliver it to the nearby Ballard Food Bank, thus supplying hungry folks with fresh, local and generally organic produce. It’s fun and makes a tangible difference!

Volunteers Welcome!

The commitment is from 2:45pm to 5pm on Sundays. We’d like to build our volunteer group so that everyone commits to just one Sunday a month, but we’ll work with whatever schedule works for you.  If you are interested in helping with the gleaning project on Sundays, 2:45pm – 5:00pm, contact Jill.

Last year, the 2019 Seattle Farmers Market Association Community Impact statement reported our volunteers processed 6,185 pounds of produce from the Market to the Ballard Food Bank. In combination with Wallingford and Madrona Farmers Markets, the economic impact over 2019 was $17,691!  Thanks to the generosity of the farmers and the time and energy of the Gleaning Team, all this food was diverted from the compost pile and into the shopping baskets of the Food Bank. Many thanks to our team of volunteers and high school student helpers!

Food donors in 2018 include:
A.C.M.A. Mission Orchards
Alvarez Organic Farms
Booth Canyon Orchard
Collins Family Orchards
Foothills Farm
Growing Washington
Hayton Farms Berries
Kallstrom Sweet Corn
Kirsop Farm
Lyall Farms
Magana Farms
Martin Family Orchard
Nash’s Organic Produce
One Leaf Farm
Red Barn Farm
River Run Farm
Sea Wolf Bakery
Shong Chao’s Farm
Sidhu Farms
Sno Valley Mushrooms
Spring Rain Farm & Orchard
Stokesberry Sustainable Farm
Tall Grass Bakery
Urban Sanctuary Farm


Since December 2015, we’ve been collecting unsold bread and baked goods from Tall Grass Bakery each Saturday and Sunday evening, and delivering it to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their weekday breakfast program serving neighbors in need. This simple and satisfying project is a win-win, spanning just a few Ballard blocks while making a tangible difference in people’s lives.  In Spring 2018, we also joined up with Café Besalu, to bring even more goodness to St. Luke’s meal program.

Thanks to the generosity of Tall Grass Bakery and Café Besalu, and the efforts of our volunteers, literally a TON of delicious baked goods finds its way to our hungry neighbors instead of landing in the composting dumpster.  Hats off to St. Luke’s dedicated volunteer kitchen team for all their efforts feeding our neighbors – we are grateful to be partnering with you.  St. Luke’s ‘Edible Hope’ meals ministry feeds over 2,000 meals a month.

Volunteers welcome!

• Want to join the Baked Goods Team? Are you available some Saturdays or Sundays between 6:30-7:30pm? Or some Monday / Tuesday / Thursday afternoons? Contact Julia for more info.

• Want to help with St. Luke’s breakfast program?  Help in the kitchen on a weekday morning, or in the evenings beforehand in preparation.  Contact the church office or Camilla Walter, our Project Lead for Meals with Neighbors

This is a joint project of Sustainable Ballard and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.