Blog: Free food, free food…
Catherine Sleep | 23 August 2004
I recently discovered the most fabulous source of free food, but also a very sad one. Just off a remote footpath deep in the Kentish countryside I came across a small orchard. It is clearly no longer cultivated, and probably hasn’t been for about five years.
A farmer clearly once tended it with loving care, but now it lies abandoned, the trees heavy with rotten fruit. It's yet another victim of the rationalisation of costs that makes it cheaper for retailers to import apples from South Africa than to buy them from the grower down the road. Over the years blackberry bushes have grown up in the hedgerows around the orchard and even mingle with the outermost apple trees, so for an avid fruit picker such as myself it really has proved a bountiful discovery.
But I would have been happier to see a thriving orchard that still looked like a viable business.
To read about somebody else’s far more extreme search for free food, click the link below.
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