Join Us for Our June 30th Katie’s Krops Dinner

Join us for our next Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner on Thursday, June 30th. Our dinner service will start at 4:30 pm at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue, Summerville, South Carolina. We will continue to serve to-go meals drive-up style. We kindly ask that you follow the guidance of our parking lot volunteers to keep traffic flowing and maintain safety for guests and volunteers.

The dinner is always free. Our goal is to ensure that our neighbors have access to the healthy meals they need. We will serve between 550 and 600 meals per dinner.

If you reside in Summerville and do not have transportation please contact Delivery@KatiesKrops.com and we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and the number of meals you need.

With the cost of everything rising, we see an influx of new people who need assistance. When school lets out for the summer we anticipate many more families needing assistance. Our cost per dinner has increased 39%. We would greatly appreciate your support to be able to continue to serve our community. If you would like to sponsor a dinner, purchase to-go boxes, or make a donation of any size, we would be extremely grateful. Feel free to contact Katie@KatiesKrops.com.

Norah ~ South Carolina

For Norah Drumming, a 12-year-old rising 7th grader at Aiken Intermediate School in Aiken, South Carolina, growing for Katie’s Krops is a family affair. Her Aunt Shania was the first in her family member to join grow with us. She spent seven years tending the garden beds in her mother Selma Sullivan’s backyard after they heard about the organization from a church member. Although this is Norah’s first year as an official gardener, she has been helping with the garden since she was three. That tradition is being passed on with seven-year-old sister Eva, who will be in the 3rd grade at East Aiken School of the Arts this fall, and is now helping Norah.

The girls, assisted by their grandmother, are growing a variety of fruits and vegetables in the raised beds and pots that they’ve affectionately nicknamed “Pickers Patch.” These include carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, soybeans, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and bok choy. Cucamelons are a first-time crop this year, but Chinese noodle beans are out. Even though they were successful last year, the recipients weren’t used to eating them, as they have a rubbery texture. So they’ve been replaced by pole-style green beans grown on an archway.

Those recipients include elderly members of their church, Shaws Creek Baptist in nearby Trenton, and their neighbor Miss Mary. Norah and Eva supply baskets of their ripe produce and bouquets that are grown both for pollination and giving. They also share some dozen and a half egg that their hens produce each week.

Living in USDA growing zone 8 provides many advantages, such as an extended growing season. It’s not without its problems, though. For example, a late frost killed all the blueberry blossoms this spring, and deer ate the peas. Squash bugs have damaged some plants as well.

Norah and Eva both said they like to help others when asked why they do it. Norah and Selma have found it to be a good bonding experience, and Eva said it’s fun to be outside and see things like the cats lying in the flowers. College student Shania still helps when she can, and parents Demetrick and Mandy support and encourage their daughter’s passion for gardening and giving back.

The garden has been so successful over the years that they’ve inspired their church to start its garden. The children at the church are now learning how to garden, too, and loving it.

Watering Your Garden in the Summer Heat

Our Master Gardener, Lisa, shares important tips for watering your garden in the summer heat. With the heat wave we are experiencing right now and throughout the rest of summer, keeping an eye on our gardens is very important.  The extreme heat will cause plant stress.  The big thing to remember is to resist the urge to overwater because that could introduce other problems to your vegetable garden.  Look to your plants for obvious signs if they are in need of additional water, one being extreme wilting and not recovering from it by morning.

If your plants are well-established, they will definitely be more robust.  Their leaf canopy will help to shade the soil, and, if needed, you can also spread mulch to help keep the soil cooler.  If you decide to use mulch, please remember to keep it a few inches away from the base of the plant so the water will be able to directly reach the roots of the plant. 

To also help in conserving water, make sure you are watering at the soil line at the base of each plant.  This watering style ensures that the plants are receiving the water directly, that you are watering more effectively, and that the leaf canopy is not blocking the water (which can occur if watering overhead).

The main rule of thumb for watering vegetable gardens is simple:  vegetables need an inch of water per week in the summertime, whether it’s provided by you or Mother Nature. (Use a rain gauge to help determine the amount of rain you have received each week). This converts roughly to six gallons per square yard per week.  This inch of water will wet the root zone to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

June 16th Katie’s Krops Dinner

We will host a Katie’s Krops Dinner on Thursday, June 16th. The to-go dinner will be served at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. We will start serving at 4:30 pm and end at 6 pm, or when all meals have been distributed, whichever comes first.

If you live in Summerville and do not have transportation, are homebound, or have a medical condition that prevents you from attending, we may be able to help. Please contact Delivery@KatiesKrops.com. Our volunteer delivery coordinator will assist you. Please reach out with your full name, complete address, phone number, number of meals needed, and reason for needing delivery.

Our dinner is always free. Donations are always appreciated.

Visit The Knot & Help Us Grow

Looking for a delicious way to support Katie’s Krops? Our fabulous friends at The Knot Burger Pub have created The El-lay Burchy – a 1/4 smashed burger topped with ketchup, mustard, raw onion, pickles, American cheese, lettuce, tomato & thousand island dressing. $1 from every one sold will be donated to Katie’s Krops in honor of National Fresh Fruits & Veggies Month! So please stop in and visit The Knot this month and enjoy the El-lay Burch.

B•I•N•G•O! On June 15th the Knot will host BINGO! During the game, 50% of all extra cards purchased will also go to Katies Krops! (the other 50% will go into the coverall jackpot). Bring your friends and help us gr🍅w!

The Knot is located at 208 East 5th North Street in Summerville, South Carolina.

Thursday, June 2nd Katie’s Krops Dinner

Join us for our next Katie’s Krops Dinner on Thursday, June 2nd. We will serve a hearty garden vegetable pasta with red sauce, tossed green salad, fresh bread, and homemade desserts. The dinner will be served at Summerville Baptist Church at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. The meal is always free. We start to-go drive-thru service at 4:30 pm and end at 6 pm or when all the meals have been distributed, whichever comes first. We will prepare 550 meals.

If you do not have transportation and/or are medically unable to attend and live in Summerville, we may be able to deliver meals to you. Please reach out to Delievery@KatiesKrops.com to request delivery.

Our Current Needs

As inflation negatively impacts families across our nation, we are working to increase our impact by expanding our gardens, increasing production, and serving more free garden-to-table meals. We would greatly appreciate your support in making this happen. Below is a list of our current needs:

Large Tomato Cages for our Flagship Garden – 40 needed

Three to Four Foot Plant Stakes- 80 needed

Two Wheelbarrows –

Plant Support Garden Clips Tomato Clips – Available on our Amazon Wish List

Eco-Friendly Divided To-Go Boxes – We need 600 for every Katie’s Krops Dinner. Also available on our Amazon Wish List.

Rotini & Penne Pasta –

Italian Salad Dressing –

Lumber to Build New Raised Garden Beds – Decking Boards 5/4 by 6 by 8 and 4 by 4 by 8 Posts

Soil³ Humus Compost in a BigYellowBag- Three Bags

Tomato Sauce –

Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware Gift Cards –

Pruners – Corona FlexDIAL® ComfortGEL® Bypass Pruner – 6

Drip Irrigation Shut-Off Valve 1/2 – Available on our Amazon Wish List

Barbeque Sauce –

Thank you for being so supportive. If you would like to fulfill a wish, please contact Katie and Katie@KatiesKrops.com. Thank you!

May 26th Katie’s Krops Dinner

Join us for our next Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner on Thursday, May 26th. Our dinner service will start at 4:30 pm and Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue, Summerville, South Carolina. We will continue to drive-up to-go style. We kindly ask that you follow the guidance of our parking lot volunteers to keep traffic flowing and maintain safety for guests and volunteers.

The dinner is always free. Our goal is to ensure that our neighbors in need have access to the healthy meals they need. We serve between 550 and 600 meals per dinner.

With the cost of everything rising, we see an influx of new people who need assistance. When school lets out for the summer we anticipate many more families needing assistance. Our cost per dinner has increased 36%. We would greatly appreciate your support to be able to continue to serve our community. If you would like to sponsor a dinner, purchase to-go boxes, or make a donation of any size, we would be extremely grateful. Feel free to contact Katie@KatiesKrops.com.

Bree & Madelyn~ Alabama

Bree Estes, 16, has been a Katie’s Krops Grower since her father heard about the organization, and Bree applied, at nine years old, to become a Katie’s Krops Grower. Then a fourth-grader at Alabama Christian Academy (ACA) in Montgomery, Alabama, she, her parents, and her younger sister, Madelyn, now 15, started a Katie’s Krops garden at the school with advice from their local extension office. That garden is growing today with support from students from all grades tending it and using the outdoor classrooms that have been added.

Soon after starting the garden, the family moved to Birmingham. To satisfy their desire to help their community while being outside and active, they created a new garden at Bree’s new school, Brock’s Gap (then for 5th and sixth graders and now for grades 3 through 5).  Both girls still tend the garden with assistance from the students led by teacher Terri Davis through the informal Katie’s Krops club she has established. The club members help with weeding, watering, and other tasks. This garden also includes outdoor classrooms as well as a pavilion.

The family, including parents Robert and Melinda, also have other gardens. In addition to two beds at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s downtown community garden, where they grow a small portion of their vegetables, they have a large garden at home. As southern gardeners with a growing season that extends from March to November and an initial harvest in April, they grow peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, melons, peas, kale, and pumpkins. One pumpkin vine even decided to use a tree as a climbing pole; nothing like picking pumpkins 5 to 6 feet off the ground! The gardens are flourishing despite sweltering summers, problems with bugs, and initially bad soil that was improved by adding compost to break it down into good growing dirt. As a result, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama receives its bounty. In contrast, the Montgomery Area Food Bank receives food from the ACA garden. 

Join us for our May 5th Katie’s Krops Dinner

Join us on Thursday, May 5th, for our next Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner. The menu includes pulled pork courtesy of the Peculiar Pig Farm, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, and homemade desserts.

The dinner will be held at Summerville Baptist Church at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. The drive-thru dinner service will start at 4:30 pm and end at 6 pm or when all meals have been served, whichever comes first. The meals are always free. Not all family members need to be in attendance to receive meals. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.