The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Eating with my eyes

Ripening gooseberry

French psychologist Erika Apfelbaum once said, "Americans eat with their eyes." The sheer quantity of wasted produce in our food system proves that she is, unfortunately, correct.

Young enterprise apple

However, I have to admit that as a gardener I totally eat with my eyes. Only I do so long before the food in question is ripe.

Ripening black raspberry

For example, in the making of this post, I consumed a delectable gooseberry, half a dozen apples of various flavors, and a handful of raspberries (both red and black). I'm stuffed!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That gooseberry looks like it's ready for real-life eating, not just virtual!
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Tue May 31 15:54:48 2016

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