Tree of Life Food Pantry
Tree of Life Food Pantry provides food for the residents of the eight towns of the Blue Hill peninsula: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, and Surry. However, residents who need food and who live in other towns may come to the Pantry for assistance on a more limited basis. No one is turned away. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.
TurnStyle Thrift Shop
The TurnStyle Thrift Shop sells high quality used clothing for women, men and children in addition to accessories and linens. Clothing donations are always welcome and only the best clothes are sold in the shop. Money from the TurnStyle is used to buy food for Tree of Life.
Evenings are cooler and, among other root vegetables, the pantry has a plentiful supply of carrots and onions every week.
Recipe for Carrot Soup
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
1 pound of carrots, peeled and sliced
4 Tablespoons of butter or 2 Tbsp. each butter and olive oil
2 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock or broth
1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon rind
1/2 freshly grated ginger
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions and carrots very gently in butter about 45 minutes or until tender. Mash the carrots with a masher or fork if you do not have a blender. Add curry powder and stir until well mixed. Add stock and bring to a boil. Skim foam that comes to the surface, if necessary. Add lemon rind and ginger. Simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes.
Puree with a handheld blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with sour or cultured cream if desired.
Here are the statistics for two Thursdays – Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, 2020 with the comparable count from last year:
Aug 27, 2020 Sept 3, 2020 Aug 29, 2019 Sept. 5, 2019
Households 128 115 194 195
Adults 141 137 275 271
Seniors 90 48 105 112
Children 40 48 124 132
Served 271 261 504 515
New 4 3 7 2
Wishing everyone well – ’til next time