at the small Country Store a short distant from our home. Lately he has been coming home with yellow squash, cauliflower, all colored bell peppers, etc. and bananas, bananas, bananas. It is amazing that people do not want to buy anything with a blemish on it and I guess at the prices they charge for things today I can understand this in some ways. The past couple of months I have really saved alot of money on my grocery bill with all the free groceries my honey is bringing home from work with him. Today I took the few blemishes off of two heads of cauliflower, some yellow squash, broccoli, and sorted through some close to expiration date blueberries and strawberries. After I blanched the veggies and washed the fruit, I ziplocked bagged all of it with today's date and loaded up our freezer. Two days ago I made a big pot of homemade chicken vegetable soup with all the goodies he brought home the day before. I have made banana bread, banana cookies, banana muffins, and even banana yogurt ice cream. With the high cost of food these days, I feel really blessed to get all this free food. The Store used to donate their excess to a Soup Kitchen, but the Soup Kitchen got a new manager who called up the store and said they weren't going to come pick up the stuff anymore, that he felt the Store should deliver it to them! Honestly....the Store is donating lots of good food and dairy, etc....and they don't want to come pick it up? I really don't understand this but I am enjoying all the free stuff that is coming home to us now and I'm sure some of the other employees are enjoying the free stuff too. The first time my husband brought home two heads of cauliflower I cut off the blemishes and steamed it, then poured a little vinegar over the heads and added some sea salt and ground pepper and ate my fill of it. My mom used to do this for us when I was growing up and we all loved it...we'd eat that cauliflower like it was a favorite snack. And I had good memories of my Mom and those times with my siblings as I ate my fill of the cauliflower I made just like she used to do. I didn't get to do a garden this year like I had hoped to...just been to busy helping to grow my youngest grandkids. Now I feel like the garden produce is coming abundantly to me anyway...and I sure am enjoying the bounty coming our way. I just might have to buy an extra freezer if the bounty keeps increasing.