On Saturday we were invited out to Iron Horse Farm, an equestrian community in Ellsworth, to check out the land, ID and harvest wild edibles. The rolling hillsides were in full color along Wilson Lake, whose shores were covered in otter scat and is part of the Chain-of-Lakes Watershed. Edibles were indeed abundant! Autumn Olive (aka Autumnberry) was the hit of the day for Jen's kids who gave it the new name "Awesomeberry." I even made it home in time to get out and flush a few woodcock.
Sweet Gale, aka Bog Myrtle or Myrica gale
The Nettles were still harvestable! Thanks to Russ' constant weed wacking, many hadn't gone to flower. We were even able to dig some up to transplant to the farm!
Nannyberries, aka Black Haw, Wild Raisin or Viburnum lentago
Wilson Lake watercress. I love it in turkey sandwiches and with fish. Mary, a retired Central Lake school teacher who joined us on our hike said she preferred it with bear or coon meat. Mmmm...
American Highbush Cranberry or Viburnum trilobum.
5 flushes in 45 minutes ain't bad. What is bad is my positioning when they occur. I saw them all but was not able to draw a bead on 'em.