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Produce at the market
by Barbara Patterson
on April 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM
Should one be concerned about eating fruit that's fallen on the ground (from trees) where wild turkeys wander in abundance? Manure and compost (in this instance) are not a concern.
by J. Casey-Hammond
on April 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Yes I would be concerned about the fallen fruit having made contact with soil bacteria. Remember, bacteria is *everywhere* and it's soil bacteria's job to break down organic matter. I always rinse off fruit before eating it, even if it's picked from my own unsprayed home orchard, for there is still dust on it. That said, I put any fallen fruit into my compost bin so it does its job in the proper place. As a favor to my neighbor, I scoop their fallen fruit and use it to feed the worms in the bin. Hope this helps.
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