Smooth sailing for oil-free food…

whisper 1A story from Washington State, USA, by Diane Urbani de la Paz

SEQUIM, Wash. – Let us follow a strawberry, flush from the field as it travels on wind and water – but without petroleum – from Sequim to the big, hungry city.

People in Seattle want these oil-free Sequim berries with the Nash’s Organic name on them, according to David Reid, owner and operator of Seattle’s Sail Transport Co.

He’s the bringer of our berry – plus hundreds of pounds of other produce – across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, into Puget Sound and to the city dock in Seattle, all without a motor.

whisper 2This strawberry, ripened in Sequim solar energy, travels aboard the Whisper, Reid’s 27-foot, engineless sailboat.

Upon arrival, the fruit is carried on a cargo bicycle or tricycle to the table of someone who discovered Dungeness Valley flavor at a Seattle farmers market….

That sounds rather fun to me — something I’d be happy to have as part of my vision for a future Farnham — and you can read the complete article at

We may not have the Puget Sound on our doorsteps, but I can easily imagine a network of cycleways bringing fruit and veg to Farnham, perhaps to be loaded onto the train to London.

In Oxfordshire in the 1800s the apricot trees were planted against the chimney breasts of the cottages in Kidlington-on-the-Green. This worked so well that in 1839 six thousand dozen apricots were sent to Covent Garden. And apricots have recently started being grown commercially in Kent

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