PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Too many tomatoes or a surplus of squash – sometimes things seem to ripen all at once. My neighbor Nancy kindly recently brought us bags of her freshly grown goodies which soon became a gazpacho and several side dishes. You can’t beat having neighbors who are good at growing things. Where we used to live, our neighbor Mark would deliver things like an elf, leaving produce gifts on our picnic table early in the morning – we’d wake up to find fresh rhubarb, a handful of cherry tomatoes, or a perfect pepper.

Freshly picked vegetables are crisper, crunchier and more nutritious – and it’s a shame to let any go to waste. So, if you have more than you and your neighbors can enjoy, share the harvest: PhilAbundance collects fresh produce to distribute to people who don’t have enough to eat. You can bring your fresh produce to 11 garden centers to be picked up by PhilAbundance most Saturdays mornings until the end of September.

Here’s a link to the drop-off spot nearest you:

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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