Blessing Basket – A Gardener’s Joy of Sharing With Others

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’ve all done it – that zucchini is relished when it first starts producing in the garden.  But after a while you find yourself (and your family) growing tired of the excess.  Even your zucchini-loving family moans when they hear it’s on the menu tonight… yet again!

But you hate to waste it. I mean, you planted that seed, tenderly took care of the seedling and delighted in its production. What can you do?

A few years ago I started something called my ‘Blessing Basket’.  Here’s how it works:

Blessing BasketL One day each week, harvest everything ripe in the garden and put it in a basket. Then share that bounty with a friend or neighbor. #TexasHomesteader

One day each week I put the day’s full garden harvest into a basket. If it’s ready to pick, it goes into the basket. Then I take that basket to our church to share. Many people there are older or no longer garden. They absolutely love this garden-fresh produce!

Blessing Basket Contents

A typical Blessing Basket might hold the eggs my free-range hens laid that day, a few yellow summer squash, some cantaloupe, a handful of tomatoes, a couple of cucumbers and some fresh green beans.  Whatever’s ready to harvest on that day goes into the basket to share with someone else.

Blessing BasketL One day each week, harvest everything ripe in the garden and put it in a basket. Then share that bounty with a friend or neighbor. #TexasHomesteader

And I often add fresh herbs that I have growing such as rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme and sage. Plus I like to add a few stems of stevia too so my friends can experiment with sweetening Sun Tea just like we do here on the Homestead.

Blessing BasketL One day each week, harvest everything ripe in the garden and put it in a basket. Then share that bounty with a friend or neighbor. #TexasHomesteader

I bring the basket full of my garden offerings & set it on the table. Then I just let my church family choose whatever they want from the basket.  It’s always empty when I take it home!

I feel good that my precious garden produce didn’t go to waste. And the recipients are beyond thrilled with the fresh produce too. And c’mon, what gardener doesn’t like to share their garden’s bounty with others?

A Gardener’s Challenge

I challenge you gardeners out there to do the same. Share one day’s harvest with your book club, daycare, or just the neighbor down the street. You’ll feel good sharing, they’ll love the produce and you just might form a bond that you didn’t have before.

~TxH~

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2 thoughts on “Blessing Basket – A Gardener’s Joy of Sharing With Others

  1. Patsy

    This year we have been very blessed with lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell & jalapeno peppers and onions. I’ve taken bags of them to church, meetings (both professional and personal), and I put together a basket with veggies & sunflowers for a door prize at a professional women’s dinner meeting. I love sharing our bounty with friends and family. Now people want to know if I’ll sell my tomatoes. I say no, but I’ll give you some more. It is a blessing to share with others.

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