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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-09 04:11 AM
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30. oh, and "seconds"
Forgot to mention seconds. I have worked in orchards for years, and I never ate a good looking piece of fruit in my life - none of the help does. The fruit gets sorted for appearance, and there is nothing wrong with the ugly fruit except that people won't buy it. There are often a lot of "sort outs" - actually "sort outs" is the better terminology to use with farmers than "seconds." I have known many farmers who will not let anyone in the county go hungry. They don't advertise that, because then people who are not really needy will show up in fancy cars all bejeweled and perfumed and bargain hunt, and then complain because the sort outs don't look good - I kid you not.

What you need to remember is that sort outs are not kept around, so they aren't available on demand or out of season. Keep aware of the season and harvest schedule, and watch for when sorting operations are going on. Or a polite call "are there any sorts out right now?" Remember that harvest time is hectic, and the work is hard and no one makes much money there and fruit is available in season, nit like in the grocery store, Don't demand cherries in November, for example.

Also, pick your own berries is happening more and more. Fruit and berries are a really good thing to seek out and work into your diet and need not cost a fortune. Wild fruit is out there, too. Blackberries and wild strawberries are safe. wild apples can be a flavor adventure, but are certainly safe and edible. Primitive man lived on this.

I have some photos I will post of some of the fruit I found left behind this past season.
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