Sharing our bounty with others

We have been blessed this month with a bounty of fruit from the trees in our garden.  It filled me with glee as I thought about ways to share it with others.  Read on to see how we did it in 5 easy steps.  This hopefully may inspire you to share more of your bounty (food, skills, etc.) for the benefit of others.

Definition of ‘bounty’*

n, pl -ties

1. generosity in giving to others; liberality
2. a generous gift; something freely provided
3. a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign
4. any reward or premium: a bounty of 20p for every rat killed.
[C13 (in the sense: goodness): from Old French bontet, from Latin bonitās goodness, from bonus good]
1. Make a fruit crumble (plenty of recipes online:  try this one) and give to a neighbour or relative.  I did this last week and it brought such a smile to my neighbour’s face.  She invited me in and we had a lovely chat.   Such a small gesture on my part led to an important time of friendship for both of us.  Never forget that small acts of kindness can change the world around you for the better.
2. Take your excess fruit to a local social enterprise café or charity kitchen in your town or area.  Social enterprises aim to make a profit just like any private sector business. However, 100% of their profits or surpluses are reinvested back into their social and/or environmental purpose.  Many employ ex-offenders, or ex-homeless people, those disadvantaged ones that can slip under society’s radar.  These enterprises are kindness in action and whatever we can do to help them – be it donating fresh food or sharing our services or expertise – is welcome.
3. Set up a produce swap with friends.  Last month I gave one of my friends some of our potatoes and lettuce, and I received courgettes and onions in return.  What an amazing pot of soup I made with this bounty!  Why not try it.  You can also link up online with people from your neighbourhood.  Here’s an example of how one such Community produce swap is run.
4. Place a box of spare fruit or vegetables at the foot of your driveway with a note for passers-by to help themselves.  This saves food from being wasted, and let’s not forget the amount of food being wasted in the western world is still astronomical!   The UK is throwing away £13 billion of food each year!  (Our population is only 66 million).  You can read more about this in an article in The Guardian online.  It’s astonishing really.
5.  Invite friends or family round for a “use-up” meal.  Everyone brings some produce that needs to be used up.  It can be quite exciting to see what a variety of ingredients you end up with, and what can be made with them. It’s a great way to use food that would otherwise be thrown away, and it’s fun.    Remember too that fruit can be added to soups:  add a chopped pear to butternut squash soup for example; and vegetables that are past their best can be made into juices and added to smoothies.  Play around with combinations until you find ones that you like.  Soups especially are easy to share with neighbours, friends and family.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration from these suggestions.  Food is such a blessing:  it brings people together; it’s an abundant resource in the western world and one which ought to be shared more equally in these enlightened times; it provides us with energy to carry out all our daily tasks; it’s a sensory pleasure like no other.  Enjoy it…..but try not to waste it!  Much love, Anita.🍐🥕

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