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Sunday, 09 September 2018


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"A farmer near me fresh-freezes them and sells them out of his freezer all Winter."

Is it true that, nutrient-wise, I'm better off buying frozen produce than the "fresh" produce at the supermarket? Did I read that here? (Sorry, my brain is shrinking too. I'm pretty sure that I did read here about headgear that keeps one's brain cool to maintain nominal operating conditions, but I didn't order one.)

Like Waylon Jennings, I`ve Always Been Crazy. Fortunately that craziness doesn't include G.A.S. or control-freakishness. Since my self-esteem is inordinate I have no need for mastering mundane minutiae.

One of my DPNs likes brussel sprouts and I have a fondness for spinach—but can barely tolerate green beans 8-) It takes all kinds.

Going by this blog, which I enjoy reading immensely, I’ll buy your book sight unseen. The idea of stories and practical advice on photography, all rolled up in a book written by you, sounds wonderful.

You know a society has gone waaaay downhill, when fruit/veg/juice is not picked the same day from "across the main road" or your own garden and the supermarket "fresh" is the normal.

*Just eating some mushrooms and drinking sauvignon grape juice picked and pressed today.

[Wouldn't work as a practical matter...as you probably know. 80% of Americans live in urban areas. Large numbers have no garage much less space for a garden; many live miles and miles from the nearest farmstand.

My county has only 25,348 people as of the 2010 census, the third least-populous county in the State of New York. Biggest town in the county had 5,159 people in 2010. There is no pet food store, no clothing store to speak of, etc. Vineyards go down practically to the lakeshore. Plus we have lots and lots of Mennonites and Amish, most of whom farm. They grow vegetables to eat and sell the surplus even if they're rich. (Excess prosperity is one of the big threats to their way of life.) Even so, I can only eat local and fresh a relatively few months out of the year.

Ironically one of the best places to eat fresh fruit and vegetables year round is New York City! It's like ancient Rome--so rich that it is very well supplied despite high cost. Artichokes and oranges from South America, no problem. You can get better produce there more consistently than in most of the richest agricultural areas of the country. San Francisco, the same. --Mike]

I purchased Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson through your link. Excellent book. To me, tasty nutritious food is a very BIG deal.

I have a sophisticated and discriminating palate. I don't like sweets, I've been eating granny smith apples instead. I don't like greasy so no trendy avocado toast, no traditional corn-on-the-cob slathered with butter ...yuck!

To make this post relevant to a photo blog, I'll soon be shooting a few rolls of Scala B&W slide film https://bhpho.to/2uOmp8q

Thanks for the article Mike, I completely agree with you!Lovely green pictures!

Facebook does not allow adverts containing before & after photos.

I think their over-eager algorithm has blocked in the past photos that were not adverts because of this.

You are "surrounded" its seems by fields of fresh healthy food - possibly, just possibly, more important than a camera or lens :-)

Mike, in your neck of the woods (literally) there are wild blackberries that are the size of your thumb (not mine, sadly). When I was up there hiking with the kids at the end of July, we were eating them off the bush and the kids didn't believe it. We have delightful wild black raspberries in our area of Wisconsin, but those wild blackberries in upstate NY are a treat. As a kid, I used to take a 2.5 gallon bucket to pick them, and I could fill it up without much work.

Find them. Indulge. Make me jealous.

Grace is loving the GX-8 that we picked up for her birthday. I haven't shot with it yet, but she picked it up and was figuring it out quickly, which was a good sign. I shoot my Sigma stuff for the same reason you like the GX-8; the file quality just makes me smile. Under the right conditions, of course...

Regarding “Wouldn't work as a practical matter...as you probably know. 80% of Americans live in urban areas.” Not entirely true. If only USA had had the benefit of ‘The Blitz’ in the 1940s as we did, you could follow London’s example and grow veg deep underground, see https://www.independent.co.uk/Business/indyventure/growing-underground-london-farm-food-waste-first-food-miles-a7562151.html and https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCtSaIme1zs

I read somewhere recently that NY city has some of the best soil in the country and property developers are now selling it rather than dumping it in landfill :-)

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