Every year, Robb and I make a batch of Christmas cookies for our nearest neighbors, which we bundle up with some home made jam or backyard honey.
We really enjoy putting together these packages. And they're a great way to stay in our neighbor's good graces. When we first started keeping bees, we were pretty secretive about the whole endeavor. We "outed" ourselves by giving gifts of clearly-labeled backyard honey.
Often, we get little gifts in return. Some are pretty random. A store bought iceberg lettuce? A clock radio? A whole roast chicken? What do two vegetarians do with gifts like that last one?
Ask the cats.
While I'll never be ungrateful for any kind gift, I'm particularly thrilled when we get fresh produce from our neighbors. These mandarin oranges came from our next-door-neighbor's tree, and they're quite seriously the most delicious mandarins I've ever eaten. What could be more wonderful than a gift from the garden?
In our own garden, we're not harvesting much. The hens got through our unfinished fence and massacred our kale. Only one hen is laying, so we aren't getting many eggs. I'm not complaining, since it is January after all.
If you're interested in reading what other gardeners are bringing in, mosey on over to Daphne's blog, for the Monday harvest roundup.