The Gleaners 1: fruit foraging

June 10, 2009 at 7:43 am 3 comments

090610gleanersToday’s NYTimes food section has a great story on fruit foraging. It’s set largely in California where there is more fruit to forage…lemons, peaches, plums, cherries…sigh.  And by foraging, the reporter is talking about harvesting fruit in public spaces–though what’s technically public space is up for interpretation.

The fruit foragers she profiles have varying approaches. Some develop networks of fruit tree owners who share with each other. Others act on impulse: grab a peach and wolf it down on the spot.

Here in Rhode Island, fruit foragers are more likely to seek out apple or cherry trees, or learn where where wild berries grow. The blueberry bush near the beach, the blackberry patch in the woods, etc. Someone told me about a bountiful stand of raspberry plants growing near a playing field at a local school, but I never could find it. I’ll have to take another ramble through the campus in a few weeks. Maybe this will be the year.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. emily  |  June 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    You should see (if you haven’t already) ” The Gleaners and I” by Agnes Varda.

    • 2. greenzonegarden  |  June 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      Yup, I dug it. And before someone calls me on it, yes, there’s a difference between gleaning (which is post-harvest) and foraging (which is pre-harvest or in case of no harvest). I needed an image!

  • 3. Charlotte  |  June 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    But do be careful foraging in industrial states like Rhode Island. Even the most peaceful patch of woods, full of berries, can be a contaminated brownfield site, like the woods next to our house!


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