I love the Fall for its bountiful offering of sweet and tart new apples. Farmers' markets are teeming with an abundant diversity of varieties that one can try. I love to eat different types of apples, raw or cooked, in savory dishes or sweet ones. Do all these apples keep the doctor away? I'm not sure they always do. Reading Michael Pollen's The Botany of Desire, I learned that this old slogan was purposely promoted by apple growers during the prohibition era. The banning of alcohol consumption threatened the livelihood of apple growers who were heavily invested in the product
tree for the picking
Do you have a fruit tree which produces more than you can use? If so, would you be interested in calling gleaners to the rescue? They can come, collect the fruit from your tree and leave you a third of the harvest or simply pick what you don't want. It's a win-win solution! No more mess and an opportunity to support people who may not have access to healthy, local food.
Gleaning traces its origin to an old French word glener, which is itself rooted in the Latin verb, glan(n)are, meaning to gather. In modern English, gleaning boasts three different meanings: (1) to gather produce left from the main harvest, (2) to assemble slowly, bit by bit and (3) to discover something new.