Giving and receiving fresh produce helps build friendships and encourages healthful eating habits.
Neighbors Sharing Food
Credit: Van Chaplin

If you want to welcome a new neighbor or just make someone's day, show up with a basket of freshly picked vegetables. That's one of the things Lauren Partridge loves about living in Collierstown, Virginia. "My landlord shares his corn and tomatoes with us," she says. "It's really neat."

Pass Along The Bounty
The exchange of fresh produce comes with everyday life in this community near Lexington, Virginia. Resident Joan Potter says, "I work in a three-person office, and all of us have gardens. Whoever has extra green beans or tomatoes will bring them in to share." In addition to the informal swapping between neighbors, area farmers sell their produce at a market set up on Jefferson Street in Lexington each Wednesday morning during the season.

Growing your own produce just naturally leads to sharing. Even a few tomato plants on the patio can provide plenty of juicy red orbs for you and a neighbor or two. Or, at the farmers market, choose a large basket of peaches or corn to divvy up with friends.

This article is from the June 2005 issue of Southern Living.