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Wreck This Journal Lessons… Fruit Stickers


I’ve been working on my Wreck This Journal for over a year now, and am pleased to share some of the lessons that I have learned from it. One of the more unexpected reflections that I have had is about how far the fruit that I regularly consume has traveled.

Most of the fruit stickers that I remembered to salvage in the past year were added to my journal while I was living in Scotland, yet the locations from those stickers are suggestive of some kind of round the world tour. I have stickers from South Africa, Turkey, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Belize, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Mexico, and the USA, just to name a few. That’s pretty exotic for a snack, especially when you consider how much fuel has to go into getting those tasty fruits all the way to your refrigerator. This is of great concern to me since I have been trying my best to lower my carbon footprint.

Now that I’ve returned to Canada, I spend a lot more time looking at where my fruit comes from.  In the summer and early autumn there were lots of local choices; apples, berries, peaches, pears, or plums, but as the winter draws closer I expect to see more exotic fruit appearing on the menu again. I’m not saying that I intend to give up fruit, but paying closer attention to travel distance and trying to make more local choices is the best option that I can think of for the time being.

And, of course, making sure that I eat all of the fruit I buy before it goes bad!

Do you pay attention to where your produce comes from? How do you manage to buy locally during the winter months?  I would love to hear your ideas.



(You can purchase your own Wreck This Journal at Amazon.com)



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162 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal Lessons… Fruit Stickers

  1. If it wasn’t for the global market place, effective storage and transportation, think how little fruit we would have in the winter. I look at it … but more about curiosity than anything. First timer here … nice post.

  2. Yes, I do notice where my produce comes from. In winter that includes Mexico, Honduras, San Salvador and Chile. I wonder what pesticides are used in those countries. I called our state senator to ask about safety standards.

    A spokesperson got back to me, saying our would not allow produce into this country unless it passed U.S. standards.

    Is that true? I’m not sure. How can we learn the truth?


    1. The question really should be what are the US standards, and are they strict enough when you consider when they were put in place. The standards that we have assume there is nothing else in your environment that is affecting the outcome. They are assuming that only the product being tested is entering your body, when in fact we are letting all sorts of different pesticides and chemicals enter…and it is the buildup of all these chemicals that is more worrying than one isolated incident. So the standard should be lower knowing that people are exposed on multiple fronts.

    2. Your senator sent you the canned response to that question. Of course he has to say that, but it is not true. The first problem is that we don’t really have standards. The second problem is that it is pretty much impossible to enforce standards even if we have them, since there are many thousands of tons of produce entering our country every day and only dozens of inspectors.

      If you really care, choose organic.

  3. Wreck This Journal is awesome! I always start out with such enthusiasm but can never remember it enough. Good point about your fruit! I’ve been trying to keep a similar perspective. Congrats on being pressed!


  4. Fruit is a tricky point. Eat what’s available or eat what’s available locally. Each year I intend to bottle the excesses of the season (not a big jam/jelly or chutney family) but I still end up freezing them which is as daft as buying them from across the world with the unnec use of electricity. I do keep thinking about it, honestly, and the best I’ve come up with is local in season with other fruits in their season but accept that they will have travelled many miles. Not big on banana or orange growing in the wild north of England, I’m afraid. Stuff like peaches I’m working on. We have a mini tree in a pot in an unheated greenhouse and had a v small crop this year but it’s going to be difficult keeping it alive thro the winter again. Veg is easier. There’s always something that is grown locally or that you can grow yourself in a pot or small garden.

    Have you come to any conclusions?

  5. That irks me, especially since I live in southern CA and hence have the Central Valley right to the north of me, where you can practically grow a set of silverware by planting a fork.

    It makes it easier for me to eat locally since I just shop at the farmer’s market near my apartment, and they all drive down from the Valley, but … seeing grapes from Chile in the supermarket when I live with in driving distance of one of the world’s great breadbaskets makes zero sense. So I couldn’t get strawberries in February otherwise. Do we really need them? What’s wrong with seasonal food, fer chrissakes?

  6. Cool! I am a fellow Wreck This Journaler! I’m still working on my fruit stick page, but it’s almost filled up. :-) It’s amazing how sticking apple stickers (and aiming to collect a number of varieties) and organic fruit labels can be such a creative and holistic experience. I love how you’ve collected stickers from around the world . . . they must hold so many wonderful memories!

    Life hasn’t been the same since I threw my journal across the room, spilt coffee on it, or flung it wildly about my head! Here’s a link to one of my favorite pages:

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! :-)

  7. I’m a big fan of the ‘eat what’s in season and available locally’ philosophy.

    But, as most things are, it’s a lot easier in theory than in practice! It’s hard to deprive yourself of something that has been made so readily available and easy to forget what having the fruit you want when you want really entails in terms of transport, storage, chemicals etc.

    Interesting concept – I must admit, I don’t think I’ve ever paid any attention to my fruit stickers.

  8. Years and years ago I collected fruit stickers for a while. You can ease your green conscience if you live in E canada, all ships carry a multitude of containers now and the fruits will be just one of them. In our case we calculated the mile from the docks for our costings. Low.

  9. Pickling and canning fruits in different manners can allow for more locally sourced fruit consumption through the off seasons as well as further the demand for local sourcing by increasing peak season demand.

    Kiwis are also a very hardy fruit for freezing without any processing.

    Beyond that, as you said, just try and be mindful of travel distance. If you want to learn something mind blowing about world wide fruit distribution, look into ethylene ripening. That Costa Rican fruit you bought in northern England sure wasn’t ripe when it came off the plant.

    Congrats on getting pressed. I am now going to look into “Wreck This Journal.”

  10. love the “wreck this journal” idea! i don’t know why, but i’m completly obsessed with buying journals. funny thing is, i don’t journal. i typically use them for to-do lists, notes on music to download, funny quotes, doodling (and i don’t mean going to the bathroom). now i’m inspired to intentionally wreck my journals…cause i have a few empty ones begging to be wrecked. :)

  11. hello Elle,

    I also like eating fruits and vegetables of the season. I am living in Spain, in Catalonia and now in winter I love oranges and mandarins from Valencia.

    This summer for the first time I had cherry tomatoes in my balcony. I have bought little plants and they gave me great tomatoes. I will repeat it next year! :)

  12. I love my *Wreck This Journal* been working on it on & off for years… it’s still not wrecked enough. ;-)

    Very good point about the produce. I try to buy local in the summer when I can and in the winter I don’t buy as much when shopping. Especially when money is tight, unfortunately, even though I should. I’ve been trying to be more aware of what I consume (in all manners) but especially food wise. Eat better = feel better. When you eat out of a box/can you can feel it.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. I’ve been meaning to get a Wreck This Journal for ages! One of these days…

    I don’t pay attention to where my fruit comes from, but I’ll definitely have to start paying attention. As for buying fruits in winter, San Diego is warm enough that we have farmer’s markets open year round. I’m not sure if that’s an option where you live, but if they are, maybe you can frequent them. If there are any local farms where you can pick your own fruit or get a box of fruit and veggies every month or so, that could be an option too.

    I definitely second trying to grow them yourself. And congrats on being freshly pressed!

  14. Great post, great thoughts. I stick to local as much as I can, too, and generally don’t buy too far out of season, but sometimes it’s too hard to avoid — meaning, I buy bananas and clementines in winter. I freeze some things. Of course, it uses electricity, but the more cold things you’ve got in the freezer keeping each other cold, the better. I’ll bet some really knowledgeable people turn up at this site and give us some information and ideas. Thanks for bringing up the topic & congrats for being FP!

  15. You know now that I come to think about it I have this exact same journal somewhere and after reading this it has inspired me to possable put it to good use heck who knows it could even be a good destresser problem is finding it now lol

  16. you should see my refrigerator – i’m slowly covering it with the fruit stickers! It looks wicked! Really makes you think how much waste is in those stickers….

  17. I live in California so I never thought much about fruit coming from anywhere else. I used to collect fruit stickers when I was little though and glue them under the coffee table. I had quite a collection of them when my mom finally found them. I wish I could go back and look at them now.

  18. Thank you everyone for your comments! I just got back from a tough day at work and could not believe that my work had made it to freshly pressed.

    I’ve noticed a lot of people are confused about the origin of my “wreck this journal”. It’s a journal written by Keri Smith, which is available on Amazon. There’s a destructive activity listed on every page, and it’s a load of fun to go through. I wrote a post last week about some of my favourite pages that I completed. https://ellefeeney.com/2011/12/02/who-knew-destruction-could-be-so-pretty/

    As for your thoughts on buying local produce, it’s definitely tricky for people living at higher latitudes. I love the idea of learning to can fruit (peaches come to mind), and I’ve frequently seen frozen berries used in pies and smoothies. I also believe in avoiding unnecessarily exotic fruits :)

  19. The only time in my adult life I’ve collected banana stickers was when Chiquita had all those marvelous faces a couple years ago. It does bother me that food travels so far in the modern economy, and equally disturbing is the current lack of biodiversity in fruit farming. Some farms in southern MI that produced all sorts when my dad was growing up there now only produce grapes or peaches. Whatever sells, in whatever specific variety that sells, that’s what they grow.

  20. I’ve never really looked at a fruit sticker. You know what I hate? Fruit stickers. I hate that there’s one on every piece of fruit you buy. Fruit stickers SUCK.

    When you try to remove them and a bit of skin comes off with the sticker, that sucks, When you’re at the sink and you have to truck all the way to the trash just to throw away a tiny piece of plastic smaller than your fingernail but you just want to eat the fruit, that sucks. When you’re too lazy to throw them away and they accumulate on the counter or stick onto the floor or your shoe, that also sucks. Can’t they just identify the brand and location on the crate and in the market? Why don’t they have to do it to carrots or potatoes?

  21. I bought my daughter a Wreck This Journal which I thought she would enjoy but she hasn’t touched it. I thought it was hysterical. Glad to find someone else who knows about it! thanks for a fun blog!

  22. I love to use a dehydrator to preserve fruits and veggies for the winter. Uses electricity, but only for a few days, not the whole winter like your freezer does (of course some people live in climates where you can dry anything at all before it molds or rots, but in most years, Ohio is not one of those places). I have dried and later enjoyed tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, strawberries, plums, peaches, and apricots. Apple slices dried with a light dusting of cinnamon are so popular with my family that they never last as late as Thanksgiving, no matter that I dried two bushels! I have dried lightly herbed halved cherry tomatoes for a couple of years now, too, and love them as savory snacks. I bought my dehydrator 20 years ago at a yard sale for $4. Also, most varieties of apples can be kept fresh at temps near (but not below) freezing for up to six months; I use the inside wall of my unheated garage for this, and throw some blankets over the apple crates when the temp gets quite low. If they freeze, just make applesauce when they thaw!

  23. This makes me want one of the Wreck This Journal(s)! Nice post… it is pretty interesting/shocking to see how far fruit travels from the farm to your plate…!

  24. You have brought up an important topic, the carbon footprint, in a fun way. I hope you are able to reach lots of people and get them to think about where their food comes from.

  25. That is so funny! I think I just may collect my fruit’s stickers, too!
    I often tell my kids (or their friends. or, my friends.) that they should get a sticker, or that I will give them a sticker. Well, at the supermarket today, my daughter was teasing me because I was having difficulties managing the “self serve” cashier…& she pointed out how to do it better. I told her “You should get a sticker. As a matter of fact, run over to the produce dept & get one off of a banan!” Somehow we laughed all the way home, composing stories of “how we were so broke, my mom would reward us with stickers from the produce”.

  26. I try to buy local fruit so during the winter it’s impossible to get any around here. I stick with bananas and they’re usually from Honduras. Because of their thick peel, I hope they are pesticide free.

  27. Keri Smith is my Sister! For real! I have a blog on wordpress and saw your blog and clicked on it! I’m glad that you are enjoying the book and Keri thanks you for that also! Check out my blog on here. Jenny :)


  28. I came to know about the truth of fruits a few years back while I was studying near the himalayas. Most of the fruits grown here are exported (apples, oranges, kiwi etc etc.) and the same fruits are imported from the US :o I don’t understand why they take so much trouble… :s

  29. It is hard to eat local fruit, especially during the winter. I guess we are lucky we have a great farmers market that simply moves indoors during winter time. We have recently started looking at where our food comes from and how it is prepared, etc. it’s amazing how far things travel and how bad for you something you think is good, can be.

    Anyway sorry to ramble. Those Wreck Your Journal things look neat. I might have to invest in one sometime!

  30. Really great post. I eat only local produce. Living in Sardinia has it’s advantages as there is also fresh produce around, even the meat is local. I’m very picky about where my food comes from and prefer to support local growers and the community Im in.

  31. Nice post! I’ve been on a similar journey in changing my eating habits so that I am not financially supporting foreign food imports as much as I feel I can. I started noticing all the fruit trees around my town in gardens, parks, and forests. I now forage a lot, and I have knocked on many doors to ask if I could have their surplus fruit. One old lady was so pleased to let me pick all of her cherries, she asked if I would come back every year.
    There is a massive surplus of fruit that goes to waste right under our noses, so I pick it and whatever I can’t eat, I preserve in chutneys or jams or fruit butters. That way I can have fruit through the winter. I also organised a free fruit day, to give away all the local surplus (mainly apples) so that it wouldn’t go to waste, and I made a mini business out of selling my preserves at local markets.
    The one fruit I struggle not to buy is bananas. My daughter loves them and it’s such an easy way to get fruit into her. But I try to buy the over ripe ones that have been bagged up for 30p and are going to get thrown in the bin if I don’t buy them.
    I think my best tip for people who don’t have time to forage around, is to order a local organic fruit and veg box. No packaging, and usually seasonal. You don’t have to spend ages reading labels to know where it’s all come from if you just choose a company you trust to make the decisions for you.

  32. How do I love Wreck This Journal! My kids and I bought it together and one of the hippest things became collecting fruit stickers in the following year…the younger one even snatched some off the water melons on the market!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Your post inspired me to order ‘Wreck This Journal!’ And look at my fruit stickers. My bananas have postage stamp style stickers, and are from Martinique or Guadeloupe. Can’t wait to stick them in my journal! Thanks for a great blog :-)

  34. My uncle,who is VERY old told me that back in the seventies the government started paying off us farmers to stop growing their crops. the government purchased as kbt farms as they could,closed them down and paid the farmers a lifetimes wage. Now why in the world would they do that? Is anyone able to explain how and why that bright idea came about?

  35. I love your spin on “Wreck This Journal” and using it for deeper inspiration. Mine sits, completely untouched, in my living room. I’m waiting for my muse.

    My husband and I have, since 2007, been moving toward more conscious living… shopping locally and supporting businesses that have similar values. I’ve never shopped at WalMart but have gone a step farther and avoid big box at all costs. I am trying to completely eradicate Target from my life but it seems every 10-12 weeks I have to go in.

    As far as produce, we use a service called Door to Door Organics and, specifically, their “Local Farm Box”, During the winter months its tougher for them to stay completely local but they do as much as they can. We also shop at a local market that is stocked with 100% local produce. We’re looking to move to a CSA from a local farm and break from D2D but we do love their service.

  36. How do you manage to buy locally during the winter months? With great effort. During winter I would prefer to be in shorts, flip flops, t-shirt, and munching on a mango instead of bundled up in layers chugging coffee and shivering. Here we do have several local farmer co-ops and what have you but winter is still pretty much a grocery store deal due to the lack of locally grown fresh fruits and produce during the cold months. We try to get fruits and produce at Natures Own and places such as that when at all possible. Otherwise it’s grocery store and there are limits to being picky about country of origin. Trying to find the right balance between ethics and reality is the hard part.

    1. That’s the point of eating locally and seasonally – your diet changes depending on what is available. In winter, you can eat winter greens and winter veg. You could also plant an apple tree which produces keeping apples – ones which will keep through the winter. You can preserve fruit so that you have it through the winter too, and there are loads of options for preserving it without having to add 50% sugar.
      Fruit cordials are also great for getting your vitamins in through the winter.
      Just because supermarkets sell foreign fruit right through the winter, doesn’t mean that you have to choose to buy it – Every time you buy food, you are voting. You are voting for that store to continue shipping that food in. You are supporting that shop.

  37. Summer in Australia – we have yummy tropical and stone fruits locally grown (preferably in my back yard!) The concerning thing about shop bought fruit is that to get it across the world in good condition it needs to be picked unripe and then artifically ripened near the point of sale. That’s why it doesn’t taste the same.

  38. I bought that journal for my nephew last year for Christmas. He had a hard time “breaking the rules” .. he was very excited to send it through the wash and he just adored throwing the thing around. I wonder what it looks like now.. I will ask him to bring it this Christmas.

  39. My granddaughter always buys me books for Christmas; two years ago she gave me the Wreck This Journal. I love it, gave me a whole new perspective. I was going to include it in my blog of Christmas gift favs…fruit…I buy from a local farmer. If they have nothing I just search for fruit from the U.S.

  40. I like to read almost every label whatever, whenever I shop. It is more to exercise my grey matter, but it turned out helpful in other ways. Anyway, your post reminded me that few monts ago while shopping for fruits I encountered oranges from Mexico. I’ve find it odd here they grow almost everywhere.

  41. my journal looks almost like this….but on accident cause my mind goes off and does random crap. lol…I must buy this journal to feed the need to do randomness even more.

  42. In Israel, chances are the fruit you buy is only local because you can only get fruit that is “in season”. Otherwise they don’t sell it. Watermelons for example are sold only during summer. Figs and pomegranates, only during the fall holidays. Citrus is best during winter. What’s bad about it is that you can’t get any given fruit all year round. What’s good however, is that whatever season fruit you buy is always fresh! :-)

  43. Only seasonal fruits should be eaten coz nature produces those fruits to be eaten in its own season and they will be more nourishing. Out of season fruits wont have the same healthy effect on our body as the fresh fruits would have.

  44. What a neat idea for memories of your travels!

    My grandfather has three cupboard doors covered in fruit and vegetables stickers. It sure adds some color to the kitchen!

  45. It’s incredible (and of course very bad) how far our fresh food comes from for our consumption. I live in Somerset, England, a part of the world where the cultivation of apples is very traditional, and yet most of our apples still come from overseas. I’ve heard that places will even export produce to a country, only to then import the same food from that same country. It’s insane.

    I’m also quite curious about this Wreck This Journal project… Thanks for the thoughtful post and congrats on Freshly Pressed. xxx

  46. I love the idea of collecting fruit stickers in the ‘wreck this journal”! I collect them on the inside of my lunchbox I have the same book, but I haven’t used it yet. This has just made me want to start at it. Thank you

  47. I didn’t read all comments (they are a lot), so I’m not sure if someone already mentioned it, but the distance to the production site is not the only disturbing thing, when food transports are involved. For example, if you buy “ready to eat” prawns at the north sea coast of germany, they might be from the same coast, but still traveled thousends of kilometres, because after they are taken from the sea, they are sent to marokko, where they are processed (“shelled”?, not sure about the english here) and then they are sent back to be sold as a local food.
    I’m not sure if it is even possible to consider all facts needed to effectively reduce carbon costs, but your sticker collection surely is a way to improve consciousness.

  48. I gave my little sister one of those journals for her birthday. I’ll have to check in and see how it’s going for her. Thanks for the reminder! I like your provocative but simple prompt. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy more locally since generally that is more sustainable and promotes the local economy.

  49. It’s a question worth asking yourself, and one that I have never really thought to consider before. We have a farmers market open year around on Saturday morning though so I know I can get fresh local fruit and veggies there. Maybe you have something like that close to you?


  50. I just checked my page and realized that every one of my fruits is from North America (I’m in the USA), most are from the US also, but there is one from Guatemala and a couple for Houndoras and Mexico. I love my journal!

  51. I recently left a job in a novelty gift shop in England, where we sold this same book! It’s odd to see it in use; I always saw it as a bit of a half-naff idea because it seemed to be very tailored away from the unique, personal feel that most scrapbooks are meant to nurture… But actually it’s nice to hear that something in it has given you cause for thought, and in relation to such a worthy cause too.

  52. I love the idea of the Wreck this Journal! It seems like a great stress reliever/fun little activity. Though, the page which, if I remember correctly, asks you to do something along the lines of taking pieces of chewed gum and taping them to the page grosses me out a bit. But this one is a neat page!

  53. Very goos that you’re paying attention to where your fruit comes from, don’t forget the veggies and meat though!
    For the time being I’m living in China (Shanghai) and here it is surprisingly easy to buy local fruit and veggies. There are clear seasons with the fruits. Now, for example there are strawberries, apples and sugarcanes. Before that there were Chinese grapefruits and before that… I don’t remember. My favourite fruit season must be the pineapple! Of course there are apples and bananas all year round. But they are consumed less outside of the season.
    I tried to eat in season food at home (The Netherlands) but it was more difficult, sometimes you just feel like strawberries in the dead of winter you know? Anyway, I do believe it is more natural and (in some cases) better for your body to go with the season…

    Okay, gonna stop the blabla now. Good luck with your journal (I never finished mine, lost it… snif) and the fruits!

  54. Whilst I appreciate the concern for where fruit is sourced, I have to say I was, a long time ago now, obsessed with fruit stickers! Almost everyone I knew or worked with would keep them for me; my very first computer was plastered with hundreds of stickers! :-)
    This post was a pleasant reminder although I won’t be obsessing over fruit stickers again!

  55. One of the things I’m super guilty of during winter months is buying frozen fruit. I can’t stand buying fruit when it’s “out of season” – it just doesn’t taste right, somehow. So frozen fruit is a good compromise…plus it doesn’t go bad, which is a huge bonus. Take out what you need, let it thaw, and you’re good to go :)

  56. I try very hard to eat locally. I think that if God saw fit for me to live in a place then I should eat what He put in front of me. As for winter, a lot of people down here can during harvest time so they can eat what they put up. i know how to can but never had time, now I have time and no kitchen. So, I go to the store and buy canned fruit. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed and remember – you are a carbon unit and you are valuable.

  57. Wow I’ve never really thought about it hey. Who would have thought eating fruit could actually be bad for the planet. Wow I’ve never really thought about it hey. Who would have thought eating fruit could actually be bad for the planet.

  58. I picked my apples right before frost and plan to keep eating them through the winter! I keep them in the crisper in my fridge. Who knows if there are any vitamins left, but they still taste great!
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  59. I’ve been taking greater notice of how far my food travels over the last couple of years. Becoming aware is the big first step, then you can change at your own pace. I love the idea of saving the stickers! I got one of those journals for my youngest son a while ago, and I know he’s toting it around.

  60. Why not ?…. That is the great time to share and take some to be in your part of life during your holiday and vacation around the world.

    We love to do it as well.
    Small activities will bring the great memory back to your life at the moment while you are staying with yourself.

    I love it.
    Yes, that’s rights.

  61. I enjoyed your post, and the comments very much.

    to answer your question, I think about where my fruit comes from all the time. That is why I boycott bananas. In this household, we grow most of the fruit we eat, and we purchase locally produced fruit when it is in season, either can or freeze it, and then consume that during the off season. Once in a while we buy apples and oranges during the winter.

    A commenter above stated that it didn’t make sense to freeze fruit compared to shipping it fresh from far away due to the use of electricity. If you compare how much electricity a freezer uses to how much diesel fuel a container vessel uses, you will see quickly that it makes a LOT of sense to freeze local fruit for future consumption. It makes a huge amount of sense here, where we keep our freezer in the carport and during the cool part of the year it hardly ever runs at all.

    At least you are thinking about your footprint and consumption, which is a lot more than most people are doing.

  62. A random nerd-fact brought to you by my bad memory: the cost of keeping cattle (transportation, food, etc) is one of the leading reasons for global warming. Your mention of fruit locations reminded me. I guess it applies to everything that’s imported. :)

    Interesting journaling concept, thanks!

  63. What a great post :-) We buy from our local market rather than supermarkets specifically because we ant to support local producers and lower our carbon footprints! It is a lot easier for us down in New Zealand to do so though. I would imagine local markets are few and far between in bigger cities!

  64. Love this post! I really don’t know where my fruit comes from, but this post really got me to start looking! I also don’t want to leave a very big carbon footprint, and I will now start to buy more local foods in the springtime. But for now I gotta get my exotic fruits to stay healthy!!

  65. I always check for local produce. In the winter, I still pick what’s available in Ontario. It means eating more apples and less tropical fruit coming from down south or from another continent. I also do some canning during the summer and freeze fresh local produce, which lets me enjoy yummy, homegrown fruits and veggies during the winter.

  66. Holy comments, it took me a while just to scroll down the page so I could comment! Typically, we don’t eat fruit with stickers because we try to eat local and in season, however I do make exceptions when fun fruit is on the half-off rack, I figure it’s going to go to waste unless I eat it! Bananas are my favourite treat from the 1/2 off rack. I have a terrible habit of sticking fruit stickers to the dishsoap container. I also secretly enjoy sticking them to my partner’s back and lunch bag. hah. Have you heard of the company that has started to make fruit stickers that dissolve into a produce wash? I don’t remember where I read that, but it’s a step in the right direction. Thanks for the post :)

  67. OMG. I put fruit stickers on my school planner too! Covering the school logo. People who see it know it’s mine because I’m the only one who does it. (They also think I have no life.) =D

  68. we always have trouble eating all the fruit before it goes bad, especially when my husband is not a big fruit eater. after our recent travel to italy and greece, where people eat fresh, local ingredients, we want to start doing that too.

  69. Yes, you are so right! I didn’t realise how much of the fruit I was eating was imported until I started going to a small greengrocer who pretty much sells only seasonal local stuff. I try to stick to what he has on offer, but in winter I get really bored of apples and oranges and sometimes crack and buy a pineapple or something ;) Even if we can just get more people to be AWARE of this issue, I think it will make a difference – nice one.

  70. I’ve noticed this a lot too. Every time I go to the grocery store it seems like at least 90% of the produce is flown in from somewhere in Latin America. There are grown in Canada options for most fruit and veg, but this is always subject to seasonal changes in whats available since the growing season in Canada isn’t year round like in the south near the equator.

    Another problem is that local produce, in many cases, costs more then what is imported and this is a bit of a mystery when you consider the cost of fuel these days. We need to support our local farmers more rather than the giant corporations with operations in every continent on earth and dominate markets.

  71. It is very interesting to discover from where the fruit we eat comes. But not only the fruits, we can find it at all products we buy! Clothes, electronics, food, beverages, furniture etc.

    It would be very nice if people had the concept of life-cycle assessment (LCA). It is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product´s life from-cradle-to-grave.

    Nice post!

  72. I really started eating locally these past couple years and have found a few tricks that make it much easier (some are already mentioned). First, I eat only what’s in season and I’m talking about eating loads and loads. So by the time the season is over I don’t want them again for another year anyways. Haha. I also freeze all my berries and peaches. I live in Eugene, Oregon so we have lots of wild things and are fortunate enough to have great local organic farmers. I also use the dehydrator for things like cherries, blueberries (great in the winter on yogurt), and this year I even did melons. So sweet they totally replace those sugar laden dried mangos and bananas from the store. Another thing I have done is switch to shopping at conscious local grocers. When the seasons change, so do there shelves. Not like the freakish displays at Safeway. Signing up for CSAs is a great easy way to eat locally. And, of course, I can everything: figs and plums in honey, jams, preserves, whole peaches, etc. Keep searching local its the path to a better future!

  73. A friend of mine gave me a wreck this journal for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve forgotten all about it until I read your blog. I just wanted to thank you for reminding me that I have this great tool for learning sitting, still pristine, on my bookshelf.

    Also, I’ve never really paid much attention to where my fruit comes from, but I’m on quite the budget, and I don’t know if trying to eat food grown more locally will be too expensive for me.

  74. What a fantastic idea and great looking journal. I’ve got a bit of a think for creating cool notebooks – so this might just become my next project! And of course, I’m interested in issues of sustainability and food security – so this is the perfect combination!
    I too am based in Scotland, so it will be interesting to see if my fruit stickers become as interesting as yours!
    Great post!

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