Award-winning artist Sam Van Aken has grown a new variety of fruit tree that produces 40 different types of stone fruit each year.
I want one of these! Imagine stepping into your back yard and picking your choice of the 40 kinds of fruit available from this tree. Just look at the colors! With this baby in the yard, spring would become even more gorgeous. Come autumn, I’m sure the leaves are equally vivid. I’d sure like to find out.
The idea for this multi-fruit tree did not come from a botanist or any scientist. An artist conceived of it and set to work, grafting 40 various fruit branches onto one tree. His imagination and creativity boggles my mind. For more information take a listen to the approximately two-minute interview at http://n.pr/1uXqdRM
Creativity-where would we be without it? I don’t know about you, but Sam Van Aken certainly inspires me to think in new ways and paint the world with a brush that moves things out of the realm of what we know. Very cool, and yeah, I think I’ll do that with my writing.
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Fresh fruits and veggies, free range chicken and duck eggs, low-mercury fish, nuts and seeds, raw honey, local cheeses and breads, hand-made ice cream and homemade pasta–does it get any better? And bonus, many of these are brain food! Here in Seattle, neighborhood farmers markets abound from May- October. Almost every day of the week, fresh food enthusiasts will find a farmers market someplace in the Seattle area.
Our biggest market, Pike Place Farmers Market, stays open year-round, along with two other neighborhood markets that I know of (Ballard and University).
A chance to taste and purchase these delicious and nutritional foods, often picked the very day of the market, aren’t the only reason I enjoy visiting the farmers market. I also go for the smells and the colors– but most of all, for the people. Overhearing snippets of conversation, watching a small child with her mom, laughing at the antics of an enthusiastic dog–all become fodder for the creativity mill in my head. More than a few times, the things I see and hear play into a story I’m working on or thinking about.
If you’re looking for ideas, give your brain a food boost and visit your local farmers market. I guarantee you won’t come away empty.
Until Wednesday, and wishing you good food in whatever form,