Updated: Dec 6, 2021
(photo credit https://www.303beekeeper.com/2009/09/baby-joe.html)
We have been the recipients of food largesse from friends, neighbors, and even strangers who, desperate to pass along a bumper crop before it spoiled, have posted online.
One neighbor keeps bees and harvests so much wildflower honey they are happy to give us as much as we can use. Their property is forested, so their honey has an intriguing piney taste.
Another has given us fresh apple cider from their trees, and rhubarb cake made with their home-grown rhubarb.
Several other neighbors keep chickens and sell the eggs for less than they cost at the store.
Many suburban yards have plenty of space for fruit trees. We have been given as many delicious crunchy apples as we can carry from more than one acquaintance "downhill" in the city who had more apples than they could process from their backyard tree. Some heirloom apple varieties, while amazingly sweet and spicy, don't keep for long after picking, so we ate what we could, and juiced the rest.
We are just getting started on our food production here, so we have only been able to reciprocate by sharing prepared food so far, but one day we plan to have plenty of organically-grown fruits and vegetables to share, as well as feeding ourselves.