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Vernal Equinox message: Donate your excess 

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By Tom Deverin

One of the pluses of having a productive garden is that there is always extra produce, enough to share.  The reality is that the produce in your gardens will start to go down in quality due to hotter weather, bugs, and spacing of the plants.  You all have done a great job of caring for your beds, but in many cases, you will just not be able to eat all of that beautiful produce before it starts to go down in quality.

So if I could make a suggestion, donate your extra production to the local Food Pantry which is located across from the Cedar Key Market.  The Food Pantry opens on Thursday at 12:30 pm. and would gladly take your donation.

So if you want to do that, this is what you should do.  Harvest on Wednesday or Thursday morning.  Clean and then hydro cool your harvest by putting into cold water with ice in the water.  After 15 to 30 minutes, take it out of the cold water and spin off the extra moisture.  Place the vegetables into gallon size plastic bags, put a dry paper towel in the bag, do not seal the bag, and put it in the refrigerator.  Then drop it off at the Food Bank on Thursday between 12:30 and 1:00.

This goes along with the sense of community that we all enjoy, especially in the Garden.  By donating your extras you will expand that community.

I am a firm believer that the more you give away, the more you have room for both in your gardens and in your heart.