Thursday, May 15, 2014

Convergent pathways to ingestion

Now take that blackberry at left, the dark one, if you wanted to eat it all you would need to do is walk up to it, grab it between your fingers, maybe wash it off a little, and pop it into your mouth. Same thing if I wanted to sell blackberries at the farmers market: Just pick a bunch, clean them (probably better than if I was just eating them off the vine) put them in baskets and take them to the farmers market. Believe me, the hardest part of the whole process is deciding how much to charge! Plus I would wear gloves for the harvest, you know, the plastic operating
room type, just because it protects both of us: my hands and the fruit. If you are picking lots of anything it is best to wear gloves. Below are shallots drying in the barn. It's been about a month since I pulled them out of the ground and still they are drying out, getting ready for market. They have been more work since pulling them out than they were when they were in the ground and still there is plenty of preparation to get them ready. Is there a moral to this story? Diversity is what make the world such a wonderful place! Even on a farm ....

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