Basil, tomatoes and cucumbers appear at work first thing in the morning, still wet with dew. Cukes and summer squash are found on the doorstep, left by kindly neighbors who are thankful for my bees’ hard work. Free, homemade lemon pesto basil found its way into my bag at the farm stand. A box by the side of the road offers free organic veggies, not a mile from a farm stand selling expensive organic produce.
I don’t grow a vegetable garden for just this reason; those who do are always over-run with more than they can consume and it finds its way to my kitchen. I love summer in New Hampshire. Folks want to share their bounty and I am a happy recipient.