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A Whole Foods Forager at Work in New England

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    Elly Truesdell is one of 12 local foragers employed by Whole Foods Market (WFM) across the company’s 350 stores. Every week she visits food halls, pop-up stores, farms, and candy shops in the Northeast region and taste-tests everything from barbecue sauce to kale.

    Pictured, Truesdell walks with Jeff Northrop of Westport Aquaculture; Westport sells oysters and other shellfish to Whole Foods in the Northeast

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    An oyster boat for Norm Bloom & Son in Norwalk, Conn., comes into dock.

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    A worker inspects and cleans oysters at Norm Bloom & Son.

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    Oysters aren't pretty. Inside they're pretty slimy. But when they're this fresh, they're delicious.

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    Truesdell walks the property at Cella Brothers farm in Wallingford, Conn.

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    Cella Brothers' 75 cows are hand-milked twice a day.

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    A Cella Brothers cow appears interested in what Truesdell says about milk.

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    Fritz Knipschildt (in sweater) checks on his chocolates.

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    Handmade chocolates from Knipschildt's Chocopologie Cafe in Norwalk. (Yes, that's sea salt on top.)

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    Truesdell inspects the produce section at Whole Foods' Upper West Side location in New York.

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