As we move into the gardening season I have to admit that I start to get excited. After a long winter of greenhouse produce there is finally a whole lot of REALLY fresh stuff available. It's one of my favorite times of the year when the Farmer's Market finally opens up downtown.

We take full advantage of local produce in our house and it is not unheard of for me to walk into the office on a Monday to find that a coworker has brought in excess bounty from their backyard garden. Zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes...the list goes on.

I also think of those less fortunate though who hardly ever have such access to fresh produce because they rely on the local food bank for their food needs, most of which is strictly canned and packaged.

Most people don't know that many food banks will accept donations of local produce. I encourage you to get in touch with yours if you do garden. If they accept these gifts put in an extra tomato plant or two and donate your harvest. It'll make you feel good and help give back to the community.

Thanks for reading!