DO YOU MISS CRATE HOPE? We know we do. This week we’d like to do Crate Hope again. We miss carefully thinking of what mix of vegetables would have you go “Wow!” when you open the box. It’s not a rough and tumble Box-All-You-Can, it’s a sort of mental exercise and a challenge of how well we know each one of you. “Ay, is __ mahilig siya ng aubergines” or “Ayaw ni __ ng patatas, let’s not put that in her box”.

For those of you who are new, let us explain more about Crate Hope. It’s a vegetable box with a CONSCIENCE. When it was still possible to walk into RuRi House, you can pick any 10 kilos of vegetables and pay a fixed price. You can imagine how fun that was. Whole families came to do it together and couples young and old discovered it to be a novel dating activity. Knowing that your Crate Hope comes with not just one but two donation components makes it even more satisfying. Rural Rising donates 10 kilos of basic vegetables to severely COVID-impacted barangay, usually Payatas and Tatalon, and the plastic packing crate goes to farmers to help them transport their produce. When the government’s safety restrictions forced us to close the “private palengke” at RuRi House, Andie and I personally did the Crate Hope for the members. Their joy is in the unboxing and our joy is knowing that we mostly succeed.

So we’re bringing it back, the well-loved Crate Hope, because we all need joy. We’ll do 100 boxes this week this time to help farmers from all over Benguet. Andie and I are here in Baguio, visiting the farms. The vegetables look fantastic with days of fine weather and constant care. It will be our hands and minds preparing your Crate Hopes.

We are looking for Rural Rising members who love Crate Hope or who would like to try a Crate Hope, 10 kg of assorted first class fruits and vegetables (let us surprise you!), pay only P1,500. Founder members shall receive extra fruits and vegetables.

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