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Thousands pick up free vegetables on farm

November 24, 2008

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— A farm couple got a huge surprise when they opened their fields to anyone who wanted to pick up free vegetables left over after the harvest — 40,000 people showed up.

Joe and Chris Miller’s fields were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of gleaning — the ancient practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields — was canceled Sunday.

“Overwhelmed is putting it mildly,” Chris Miller said. “People obviously need food.”

She said she expected 5,000 to 10,000 people would show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks. Instead, an estimated 11,000 vehicles snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles. About 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.

Some people parked their cars along two nearby highways to take to the field with sacks, wagons and barrels.

Miller said they opened the farm to the free public harvest for the first time this year after hearing reports of food being stolen from churches. It was meant as a thank you for customers.

Farm operations manager Dave Patterson said that in previous years the Millers allowed schoolchildren and some church groups to come to the farm during the fall to harvest their own food.

Comments

compmd 6 years, 5 months ago

Because those leeks will last all horrendous eight years, right Tom? :p

justthefacts 6 years, 5 months ago

Anyone who does not know how to can and dry food, let alone grow their own, needs to go to the library and read up. I expect to see a lot of "pristine" back yards turned into "truck gardens" in the upcoming years. We'll all be lucky if we don't have 5-6 boarders or extra family members living with us in the coming years. Tough economic times call for old fashioned survival skills to be re-learned. But darn don't those lovely round-abouts make you proud?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

"But darn don't those lovely round-abouts make you proud?"For the amount that gets flushed down the military/industrial/national security toilet, we could afford roundabouts at every intersection in town.

make_a_difference 6 years, 5 months ago

Oh...reminds me of the years as a kid when Mom would pick the four of us kids up after school and we'd go pick up corn. My great grandfather had a large farm and grew white corn on many acres and there were always ears of corn left on the ground after harvest. We paid for many a christmas with the money we earned. Lots of memories...the smell of dried corn husks, the rustle of field mice scurrying, the call of hawks looking for those scurrying mice, my brother's daily pranks of one kind or another, my littlest sister's attempts to drag her gunny sack down the rows and always...my Mom's laughter and her encouragement to keep going..."the end of the row is right there"..."just one more row before dark"..."put that mouse down, no you can't keep it, yes it is cute"..."you know there's a new litter of puppies at Grandpas-maybe a christmas puppy this year?". (Grandpa bred & raised german shepard dogs and we did manage to set aside enough of our corn money to pay him for one that year-he grew to be the largest shepard I've ever seen)

Confrontation 6 years, 5 months ago

Yes, we should all trust the word of Tommy and his Klan neighbors. Get yur guns!

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