Chewonki Wilderness Trips participants and leaders alike eagerly anticipate scheduled “resupplies”–drop-offs of food, mail, and other supplies partway through their trip, at a designated point along a trail or waterway. After days of paddling or hiking, the contact with home base and a bundle of fresh food feels good.
When we say “fresh,” we mean it! For the past four summers, the Chewonki’s Salt Marsh Farm team have added to each resupply a small package of whatever they’ve been harvesting that week. It’s not much, but it’s a flavorful contribution and a reminder that every Chewonki participant–whether on Chewonki Neck, deep in the North Woods, or on Penobscot Bay’s islands–is part of the community that our farm supports.
“We send fun, snack-size amounts of what’s freshest and most delectable,” explains Farm Manager Megan Phillips. Early in the summer, that meant snap peas and strawberries. Now, it’s more likely to be cherry tomatoes, basil, summer squash, or green beans.
Farm Educator Lisa Beneman usually hand-writes a note to accompany the treats, offering a hearty hello, identifying each item, and “including some ideas for how to use them in meals if they are unfamiliar,” Beneman says. “It’s nice to let trippers know that we are thinking of them while they are out in the field.”
Phillips notes, “The Chewonki food philosophy is inclusive of all programs, and wilderness trips are one of the most challenging. The need good food!”