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Giving thanks for ugly fruit
Giving thanks for ugly fruit

It was the last outing of our harvest season, and 500 pounds of apples lay before us in 25 bags. A group of nine harvesters from the Baltimore Orchard Project combed through the fruit trees for the last of the yield at this impeccably-kept orchard so we could give the fruit to those in need. The orchard had been planted for its charm more than for its food, and for years much of its fruit had gone to waste. So its owners graciously welcomed us to harvest it. We did salvage a lot of fruit, but there was one problem. As much as one-tenth of this harvest would never be distributed. Not because it wasn't edible, but because it wasn't pretty. It did not look like the more...