Gleaning is not a subject that comes up much in high-density San Francisco, which is located far enough from fields and large-scale gardens that we can romanticize the idea of an overbountiful harvest. But in more agricultural areas, so much goes to waste that gleaning represents a huge opportunity for society -- diverting fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don't have easy access to them.
Gleaning in Healdsburg is the subject of this week's episode of Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine's charming Web TV show, The Perennial Plate (tagline: "Adventurous and sustainable eating"). Klein, who's cooked at places like the Fat Duck in London and Craft in New York, and Fine are two Minnesotans who spent last year cooking off the land and are now traveling around the country. They've just swung through the Bay Area.