Karen Lomas from the food bank awards Mississippi Mills the trophy bowl (donated by potter Ian Paige) to Mayor Shaun McLaughlin for the second year. Photo: © David Hincks

For the second year, gardeners in Mississippi Mills triumphed in the Great Veggie Grow-off competition with Carleton Place and Beckwith. Organized by the Neighbourhood Tomato, the competition challenges each municipality to donate fresh garden produce to the Lanark Food Bank between May 1 and the Thanksgiving weekend.

This year, the community effort almost doubled last year’s haul with 4070 pounds. Of that, our gardeners delivered 3107 pounds (76% of total), a 43% increase over last year. Carleton Place (925 pounds) produced the most per square kilometer and Beckwith (38 pounds) more than doubled its contribution from last year.

 The Almonte library made donating food easy by serving as a drop-off point, where volunteer drivers could swing by on the way to the food bank in Carleton Place. Thanks to Pam Harris and staff for that.