THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was stunned to read that the current glut of some fruits and vegetables on the local market was being considered a negative development in light of the high cost of food. It reminded me of a time in our history when dairy farmers were dumping milk.
So, here are some suggestions for farmers and housewives. Embrace this opportunity to buy foodstuff at discounted prices and get creative in the kitchen.
Most vegetables and fruits can be pickled or stewed, so why not stew or pickle a batch, reserve some for yourself, give the remainder away or sell for extra income?
Mangoes, carrots, pumpkins, bananas and zucchini can be made into breads, cakes, pies and healthy beverages which make a delightful addition to a child's lunch box.
Jams, jellies, marmalades and pickles are easy to make, and come in handy when these items become scarce again.
When my 'coolie plum' tree bears more than my friends and I can eat, I make wine. Our Maroons know that almost any fruit can be made into wine - they even make a delicious bread wine.
I'm just saying, we need to embrace our blessings instead of considering them a curse.
I am, etc.,
3 Queensway, Kingston 10