"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gravlax: Scandinavian Charcuterie

This dish always makes me think of the rugged North Atlantic Coast, thick woolen sweaters, and old tobacco pipes smoldering over mended nets. Of heavy night winds, wooden boats and superstitions of the sea. It's deliciousness and simplicity is unparalleled.


Despite it's conspicuous nature, Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) remains a mostly overlooked shrub, a hidden treasure of the Midwest and one of autumn's finest wild fruits.
I cannot go anywhere with open wildlands around here and not spot Nannyberry bushes. If you've ever snooped through scrubland in search of Partridge, Cottontails or Woodcock, you've doubtlessly walked amongst these small fruit trees. Anyone driving down a road has passed them and yet I know few people who know what they are and even fewer who eat them. This is truly a shame for they taste nothing like anything you can get at the store. I catch hints of banana, prunes, raisins and even a slight "holiday spice," all with a distinctive and unique Nannyberry flavor.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumnberry Harvest and Picnic Potluck

Date and Time: Saturday, October 8th, 4pm
Location: Raven's Roost Farm
Cost: FREE

Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck program! This October, WEEDS (the Wagbo foraging group) will host the event. Activities begin at 4pm with a journey into the world of autumnberries. Autumnberry (aka Autumn olive) is a common invasive shrub throughout the United States, but few realize the berries are edible and choice! Come join us in this forager's foray and learn how to identify, harvest and prepare this delicious fruit.

When everyone's worked up an appetite we will start our picnic potluck! Bring a dish to pass if you can, but it's not required to attend. But please bring your own plate, bowl, utensils, and a chair if you'd like a seat. (We will have some on hand, but not enough for everyone!) Berry pickin' will resume until folks have enough; there will be plenty for all.

Raven's Roost Farm is located at 2398 Vandermark Road in Bellaire. For directions, see Google Maps