I’m happy to report that the first installments of free food have arrived on my counter (not counting the cherries I picked). You could say I earned a little cucumber similar to the Lemon Cucumber (at Johnny’s Seeds) and a little tomato, both of which I harvested as agreed when watering neighbors’ gardens while they were away.
But other items are just plain free. There’s this perfect specimen (above) summer squash my nephew Rob gave me. He’s having fine success with his first garden. It’s a Saffron variety (Cornell U. description), he said.
And friend Lynn brought in three English-type cucumbers (RecipeTips description) and the following giant heirloom tomato, all grown on her farm.
I could have also had my fill of Linda’s sister’s zucchini excess, but it’s among the few bits of free food I’m able to decline—especially when the grower lets zucchini grow to monstrous proportions. I don’t have enough ways to make zucchini interesting, if you know what I mean.
Meanwhile, Hillary has made a fine harvest of chanterelle mushrooms from the yard, although I let her eat most of them since they don’t excite me.
How about you? Are you the lucky recipient of someone else’s bounty? What do you do to repay the favor, besides sharing meals with the kind friends and relatives (which I’d do anyway)?
Meanwhile, if you have more than a little excess, remember to check with your local food bank or homeless shelter to see whether they accept fresh food. You can find food banks at Feeding America. And for Lawrence readers, the city website lists several possible recipients.