Ideas for Sharing Your Surplus Vegetables
When our gardens overflow with the season’s harvest, most of us have more than we can use or save for later. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that we can share the harvest with others in need or with those who, for some reason, don't have a garden of their own.
Friends, Family, and Neighbors
The easiest way to share the harvest is to give extra vegetables and flowers to our friends, family, and neighbors. Some folks simply take a basket of fruit or vegetables to work and let people help themselves. It's a good idea to take a few sandwich bags or plastic bags along as well, to make it easier for your friends and co-workers to "shop". You'll not only reward your friends with good, fresh produce; you might even encourage some folks to start gardening!
Churches and Food Pantries
Many churches and civic organizations have food pantries for the needy. You can probably find one in your area by doing a Google search for "share the harvest". If you can't find one, maybe you can start one, or encourage someone to start one in your area. One of the great joys of gardening is to share your harvest with others,
Sell Your Surplus
One of our enterprising Mantis® tiller owners sells his extra vegetables with a simple roadside stand that encourages anyone who wants fresh vegetables to leave a "free will donation". He reports that he collects more money using this method than he used to get when he priced his vegetables for sale. Simply put up a sign to encourage folks to "take what they want, leave what they can". A small box or empty coffee can makes a good cash register. Even if you don't collect much money, you'll be helping others and making the world a better place.
Please share your suggestions or stories of how you share the harvest on our Mantis Facebook page.