Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is this really America?

40,000 Swarm Farm To Gather Free Food

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. -- 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 Sunday. " 'Overwhelmed' is putting it mildly," Chris Miller said. "People obviously need food."

She said she expected 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks. Instead, an estimated 11,000 vehicles snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles. About 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.

Miller said they opened the farm to the free public harvest after hearing reports of food being stolen from churches. It was meant as a thank-you for customers.

I'm sort-of in shock over this. This country is in such bad shape that 40,000 people drove out to a farm to pick potatoes, carrots, and leeks. I don't even know what a leek is? It doesn't sound tasty at all. America is not Russia or some Eastern block country. 40,000 people should not be lining up for free food. What is next, waiting in line for bread?

America is crumbling under the weight of the 1% of the population that controls the country's wealth. I commend the Miller family for doing such a noble thing.


Anonymous said...

the decline of America continues, only at a much more rapid pace. Nothing lasts forever!

CHG said...

Leeks are a member of the onion family. They are like giant scallions, and they are delicious.