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Portland Chefs Accused of Foraging in Neighbor's Yard

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This is maybe (probably?) (almost certainly?) a joke, but someone posted a question on the Portland, Oregon subreddit entitled "Homeowners: How do you keep local sous chefs from harvesting urban edibles on your property?" over the weekend. It seems that someone has an infestation of locovores on their hands: the poster writes, "I have tried posting signs, yet they still seem to find a way into my yard to harvest everything from nettles and catmint to borage and grape leaves." Also, "Yesterday my neighbor called to let me know she had to help a sous chef who got stuck on top of my fence holding a baggie full of chicory leaves."

A lot of the responses seem to take the post seriously, and several pipe up to note they've caught local chefs cutting rosemary from their front hedges and the like. A few things about the situation seem a little extreme — the poster refuses to name the restaurant, for example, and supposedly "built a six-foot tall fence" to alleviate the problem — but stranger things have happened. Hilariously, several responses are not upset about the trespassing but rather the fact that the restaurant has no idea if there's pesticide on the produce. One writes, "If your greens are going in a salad labeled organic and not 'seasoned with RoundUp' they will have a problem." Portland chefs (all chefs): do not steal from your neighbors, okay?

· Homeowners: How to Keep Chefs Out? [Reddit via @brettmartin]
· All Portland Coverage on Eater [-E-]