Talk about a windfall! We got a call from someone in our local homeschool group that a friend of a friend had a truckload of produce to give away. There was ice damage to the first crate of vegetables that the people at the terminal saw when they opened up the truck, and since there wasn't a USDA inspector on hand to further investigate the load, the entire truckload of food was condemned as an insurance claim. Of course, this guy needed his truck to haul stuff the next day, so the food was all offloaded onto pallets on the ground and word went out for people to please come and get whatever they could haul before it went bad. We came home with a pickup load of food with the idea of salvaging some of it and feeding the pigs with rest. As we unloaded the crates, we found that it is all perfectly good food with minimal spoilage. It appears that the only damage in the whole tractor-trailer was the first crate that you see when the door was opened. We came home with: -10 crates of butter-and-sugar corn (I think it is 4 doz to a crate?) -7 cartons of strawberries -3 crates of fresh mint -2 crates of fresh cilantro -3 crates of fresh dill -2 cartons of radishes, in plastic bags -1 crate of fresh radishes in bunches -1 crate of green leaf lettuce (2 dozen heads) We dispersed as much as we could to neighbors and friends who shared the wealth with their friends and neighbors. We are all busily drying, canning and freezing stuff. Herbs are being dried, corn frozen with shucks going to pigs, lettuce eaten ASAP. Strawberries are being turned into jam, frozen and dried (and of course being gobbled up fresh). Nobody is quite sure what to do with all the radishes. We'll put them in every salad and the pigs will get the rest. Any suggestions? If there is anyone in my area (in NH, near Bellows Falls VT) who wants some corn, lettuce strawberries, herbs or radishes that would otherwise have one to waste, PM me and get your canner fired up. It stored in my unheated garage at the moment, and will only last a short time and still be fresh. The whole thing is a pretty good example of why supermarket prices are so high. Sure the insurance company pays for the goods, but in the end, it's the consumer who pays the cost because of higher insurance rates on the goods. There were upwards of $20,000 worth of Strawberries alone that were condemned because one crate of radishes was damaged. One thing is for sure, we are certainlty appreciative of our windfall, tonight we had the neighbors over for a feast!