I also can't pass up when a friend calls me over to pick the overflow of produce from her garden. I picked over 20 bell peppers last week and have big plans for them. Around these parts pell peppers can cost anywhere from $1-$2 a piece and we use at least half a pepper a week for various recipes...so you can only guess what I did with them....
Because we always saute these peppers it doesn't really matter that they won't be fresh....what matters is that they were a gift and home grown.
If you don't have a garden of your own I encourage you to support your local farmers and head to the Farmers Market to stock up on in season fruits and veggies.