From the Community, a Sweet Squash Story

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    BY Linda Garson Smith

    Big, beautiful butternut squash, planted and harvested by members of the Belfast Reentry Center, were beckoning to me as I left the Waldo County YMCA. I thought, what better purpose than to cook them for the soup kitchen! I gathered up as many as I could carry and brought them home.

    Forty-two guests enjoyed those roasted butternut squash as part of the dinner served at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the site of the monthly soup kitchen Adas Yoshuron Synagogue sponsors. Comments included, “This is the best meal I’ve ever had here!”

    Later that afternoon, I was sharing the squash story at the YMCA front desk, when a young man proudly chimed in, “I planted those squash.” I thanked him and smiled at the serendipity of our interchange.

    Linda Garson Smith