The Giving Chair

Artichoke seedling on the giving chair.

Artichoke seedling on the giving chair.

On my little porch, there is a little chair. When it was black, it wasn’t much to look at. Now it’s a cheerful shade of yellow.

Succulent babies on the giving chair.

Succulent babies on the giving chair.

At first, it was just a chair, but soon it became a place to exchange gifts with friends and neighbors. The more I share my skills and passion for homegrown food with the community, the more they give back to me. I often come home to find happy little surprises waiting on the chair and I am ever grateful.

Egg cartons on the giving chair.

Egg cartons on the giving chair.

During an egg exchange, when I left eggs for her and she left empty cartons and other goodies for me, my neighbor called it the giving chair. The name stuck and it continues to give.

Figs on the giving chair.

Figs on the giving chair.

Yesterday, a friend dropped off some fresh figs she picked. She left them for me on the giving chair. After a long day of prepping and planning for the first week of school, I put my hair up, got out the water bath canner and got to work making some fig jam. It turned out so good, I decided to enter it into the Puyallup fair this morning. The giving chair might have just given me another blue ribbon! Fingers crossed!

Heads up!

My last canning class of the season, the only one that is not yet sold out, will be this Sunday, August 25th! Have you been wanting to can, but just aren’t sure how? Take this class and I’ll show you how! Click here for more information!

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