New Brunswick

New Brunswick farmer wants surplus to be in local food banks

A Hampton farmer hopes to inspire other New Brunswick farmers to donate their surplus harvest to local food banks. Dave Wolpin owns Kredl’s Market in Hampton and after a hot and humid summer had thousands of pounds of extra food he donated to a local food bank in Hampton.

Dave Wolpin hopes to inspire other farms to donate surplus veggies to local food banks

Dave Wolpin's farm in Hampton New Brunswick. He donated 2,000 pounds of everything from broccoli to dill to the local food bank. (Facebook)

A Hampton farmer hopes to inspire other New Brunswick farmers to donate their surplus harvest to local food banks.

Dave Wolpin owns Kredl's Market in Hampton and after a hot and humid summer had thousands of pounds of extra food he donated to a local food bank in Hampton.

"I've been doing everything I can and the frost is coming I don't want this stuff to go to waste," he said.

Wolpin and his staff harvested 2,000 pounds of vegetables Thursday morning and delivered them to the food bank.

"It was eye-opening being there. While I've given stuff I had never been there before," he said. "I would like to challenge any other farms in the area who are experiencing surplus to do this, one week, for your local food bank. If every farm in the area chose one week, jeez you'd have a huge problem solved."

He said he delivered everything imaginable to 100 people including carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce cucumbers and zucchini. They even had basil, dill, parsley kale, cauliflower, broccoli and "tomatoes of every colour."

He said, there was hardly anything left by the time they were finished. He believes that people are beginning to demand healthier foods in their diet.

"I think things have really changed in the last three or four years and people from all demographics are realizing, really, it is necessary to eat a lot healthier,"

Wolpin says that because the demand for fresh produce was so great, he's planning another harvest so the food goes to the Romero House Soup Kitchen in Saint John.