I cannot remember a time when we have had such a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in the house. Even at the peak of summer harvest, the selection isn’t this vast. I’ve been feeding my family “chicken scraps“ for the last 5 weeks and I still find it mind boggling.
Last weeks edible castoffs included:
- 2 gallons of grapes
- 3 gallons of strawberries
- apples, apples and more apples
- green and yellow peppers
- 1 lonely zucchini
- salad greens we didn’t have time to eat
Just because a pear is ugly,or slightly bruised, does not mean it’s inedible.
The pear just needs someone to take 5 minutes to give it a little love.
And the corn, I’m beginning to wonder what the criteria is for tossing corn. I have no idea what was so visually unappealing about the corn, but I can tell you it sure tasted good hot off the grill.
Oh, and the stir fry I was able to make for my kids as an after school snack last week, that wasn’t too bad either. I mean, for scraps.
So Mr. Produce Man, you keep lining your produce section with perfect fruit and vegetables for your customers. And I’ll continue to stop by and take your scraps. Any day of the week.
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