In what could be considered another sign of the recession, a crowd estimated at 40,000 descended on the Colorado farm of Joe and Chris Miller to pick up free vegetables left over from their harvest.
The farm couple had opened up their Platteville fields to anyone who wanted to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks. The couple expected a gathering of maybe 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up. â€˜Overwhelmed is putting it mildly,â€™ Chris Miller said when asked for her reaction. â€˜People obviously need food.â€™
Around 11,000 vehicles arrived en masse for the Saturday morning free-for-all, stacking up the road for miles and turning 30 acres of the 600-acre farm into a giant parking lot. The mood at the scene was said to be party-like as adults and kids scooped up the free veggies.
This was the first time the Millers had opened up their farm to the general public. They estimated that 600,000 pounds of produce was gleaned from their fields. The farm was picked so clean the second day of gleaning was canceled.
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