I received an email from Amy asking what she should do with the extra peaches that she harvested. She wasn’t talking about 10-15 extra peaches. She was talking more like 150lbs worth of extra peaches.
She said, “I like peaches as much as the next girl, but there is no way, even after jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, chutneys, freezing, and all the pies I can handle that I will be able to even make a dent in that amount!”
This was a great opportunity to tap into the Urban Organic Gardener community on the Facebook Fan Page, where I posted the following question, “You’ve grown way too many of a certain crop. You’ve already pickled, fermented, can and preserved your brains out. What do you do with all of the extra?”
Here are some of the responses or view all of them here.
Me say…“If you are growing something that your neighbor can’t, it’s a great way to share your harvest with them and trade.
Tracy Gould said…“Donate to your local food bank, low income school, church pantry,There are so many places that would LOVE to get fresh organic produce!. See Food for Thought’s page! My favorite food bank.?”
Lauren Kelk recommended…“Cropshare!”
Lee Robertson said…“Share the bounty,that’s my rule….we “shared” enough zucchini this year to supply 10 households will all they could use. Also enough tomatoes that 4 households ,besides our own, were able to can up a good amount for the winter.”
Nathan Blakesley said…“I figure if God gives me a bountiful harvest and has provided me and mine more than enough for our needs, then it’s only right that I share with those around me.”
Susan Doane said…“In my world there is no such thing as “to much” but if there were my neighbors and near by family love the extra’s. We also have a family pantry close by for those who are struggling. Although they prefer canned product, they do accomodate for fresh every so often. Especially around holidays. ♥”
Elizabeth Frazee Fisher said…“Our farmers market has a booth set up where you can drop off extra produce and also the vendors can donate at the end of the morning also. I had a meeting at my house Mon night and sent zucchini home with several people. Our community food pantry will take homegrown excess also. I am thinking our Salvation Army food kitchen probably would take excess. I can and freeze as much as I am able, more than I need as also give to son and daughter and their households. I would feel terrible if anything went to waste!”
Mary Kaschak said…” I always take my extra eggplant to the local Greek restaurant. The owner is so delighted he dances around to his Greek music and gives me a free Greek coffee and baklava. I don’t expect that of course but it sure is lots of fun for both of us.”
Micron Cat said…“Take it to the nearest Title I school and give to the social worker to send home with the kids.”
What are some other suggestions that you can add to the list below?