These are all lovely things to be. But, neighborly and good gardeners are the attributes about which I wish to rejoice at this time. The last few months have been a boon to our big, yellow produce bowl that sits on the counter, and consequently, to our bellies, and also consequently, to our grocery budget. Our neighbors have most generously offered to us: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, grapes, and corn. In abundance. It's really quite delicious and wonderful.
Just tonight, as I was engrossed in a fierce match-up of Scramble because that's what I do and that's what I do best, the doorbell rang and the kids opened it to see a bag of squash and a lady getting into her car, yelling, "It's just the Vegetable Lady!" And off the Vegetable Lady went, surely out looking for other garden novices like us upon which to shower her zucchini. I have no idea who it was.
If you come to our house for dinner, we will surely send our kids next door to get a small bowlful of blackberries for garnish on the cake, or to accent the fruit platter. While out there, the kids will surely put in their mouths three times as many as they bring back home and arrive back with sticky purple substances on their shirts and bare feet.
The neighborhood bounty has been an utter delight. The best thing.
Note: We have not yet ventured into gardening ourselves, but if you are ever in need of fresh mint and/or curly leaf parsley, please do not go spend real money on them at the store. Come to us. These are abundant in our backyard thanks to our home's previous owners, and we will gladly share. With you. If I get to call myself the Herb Lady.