Fantastic free food sharing in Harnham

FREE fruit and veg? What’s not to like?

Unless you’re an eccentric mate of mine from years ago who refused to eat anything green, calling it “twig food”. He was definitely a one-off.

Most of us, though, would love fresh produce that we don’t have to pay for.

And what a splendid array was to be found on a trestle table in the grounds of Harnham Church Hall in Lower Street on Saturday.

Courgettes aplenty (well, it is that time of year!) both green and yellow, apples, rhubarb, cabbage, herbs, berries, salad leaves …. all prettily laid out alongside bunches of lavender.

Poppy and I took shelter under the awning there during a sudden downpour on our way home from Middle Street Meadow to catch up with the lovely people who’ve launched the Harnham Harvest Table project.

They were delighted by the response from donors who simply had too much stuff growing in their gardens and allotments and were happy to share it with others.

They hope the donations might appeal in particular to anyone who’s found it had to source this kind of thing during the Covid crisis.

Started by Harnham Neighbourhood Association, this community-minded scheme will be running every Saturday throughout the growing season. It’s a perfect example of the way the virus has encouraged folk to get together for the greater good.

You simply drop stuff off with the volunteers there in the morning and anyone can come and stock up in the afternoon till about three o’clock.

Recipes are being compiled to provide inspiration, too.

What a fantastic idea.

If you want to get involved you’d be welcome. Just ring 07900 815605 or email

Article originally posted on Annie Riddles blog –

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