LIVERMORE FALLS — The Flowers for Food fundraiser that supports the Tri-Town Ministerial Food Cupboard is back this year in a new location.

Berry Fruit Farm in Livermore Falls is providing a space for the freshly cut daffodil bouquets. A donation jar nearby makes for an easy self-serve opportunity to support the food cupboard.

“It’s a really modified scheme this year,” organizer Martina Eastman said in a phone interview Friday, April 16. “Otis Federal Credit Union may allow the self-serve option there. Only four people are allowed inside (the credit union) at a time.”

People are encouraged to leave whatever they can give and take a bunch.

“I want everybody to have daffodils,” Eastman said.

The fundraiser was not held last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. In prior years daffodils were available at the credit union in Jay and Food City in Livermore Falls. The food cupboard serves families in Jay. Livermore and Livermore Falls.

The Flowers for Food fundraiser is a follow up to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. After that stopped, local volunteers decided to continue using the spring flowers to support the local food cupboard.

The fundraiser is in memory of Marcel Castonguay who died in 2013.

“I had told him we’d dedicate future sales to him,” Eastman said. “He had done the fundraiser one to two years prior to his death. It’s a really good fundraiser for the food cupboard.”

Most of the daffodils came from Clyde Walton’s home originally but he is no longer living there, Eastman said.

“I planted so many I have enough this year,” she said. “There are at least a dozen per bunch and I add some pussy willows to make it a real spring bouquet.”

The daffodil crop is expected to last another week or two, Eastman said. The daffodils are the freshest available and should last at least a week or more in the home, she noted.

“It’s a way to cheer people’s homes after the long winter and especially on a day like today,” Eastman said (it was snowing at the time).

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