Skip to comments.40,000 flock to fields for farmers' leftovers
Posted on 11/24/2008 7:21:54 AM PST by mlocherEdited on 11/24/2008 7:41:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (AP) -- 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 yesterday.
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Peanut farming around here leaves plenty of unpicked peanuts after the pickers move through.
God Bless them./Just Asking - seoul62.......
Yep. Awhile back a man had a truck loaded with grapefruit and gave me a bucket full. I offered to pay and he said these fell on the ground and something about the Lord would expect him to give them away to others.
“People obviously need food.”
The above statement seems to be the point of the whole article. Oh dear, oh dear.......Americans are starving so badly that they have to go out and pick leftover veggies.
Just wait till Obama gives away free cheese.
I guess the following day, no one could take a leek.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING!!!!!! Denver liberals driving an hour or more to take more than they need, half of which will end up in a landfill. Yes, there are still good people in the world and these farmers are among them, but I’d bet most of the gleaners weren’t in need.
I suspect they were not starving but looking for something free. What else you gonna do in Plattsville Ohio on a Saturday?
I wish the tomato farmers in these parts would do something like this instead of first poisoning and later burning the fields.
I wonder how many people really needed the food and just didnt show up in their cars and stuff as much as they can because it was FREE. We used to have free cheese and other items for the not so fortunate but the old folks would show up in their lincolns,caddies etc then turn around and try to sell it to stores in the area. Florida is full of gimmies.
I wonder how many of these gleaners were actually church groups or social organizations gathering food as a “food pantry” event.
My community grows sweet potatoes. I have seen several large groups of gleaners come out to hand harvest after the heavy equipment leave. They donate all to food banks. It is a fun day in the country that does good for others. There are organizations that help set up the event and provide boxes and transportation for the produce.
Chris Miller says they expected between 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks left in the field after harvesting. Instead, cars snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles.
About 30 acres of the 600 acre farm about 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.
Some people also left their cars along two nearby Colorado highways to take to the field with sacks, wagons and barrels to harvest the produce.
Just like the Great Depression, only everyone arrives in their own car. How much gas did these idiots waste so they could get $10 worth of free potatoes?
That's nothing. Just wait until they start chowing down on Government cheeze...
food banks in L.A. area are hurting real bad. We just did scouting for food, they were astounded at what was gathered. I’d like to see it actually help people who are citizens for a change and not illegals. we are up to our armpits with these illegal aliens.
Our district had a record year for Scouting for Food here in Michigan.
Actually, more like EGGSACKLEY!!
Shows there is unlimited demand for anything free.
I'm sure the owner enjoyed the smiles on their faces.