Have you heard of CSA - Community Supported Agriculture?
According to Wikipedia, “A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.”
This year, Food Under Foot is trying something new: Community Supported Foraging! Our trial run will consist of 10 lucky people/families (the first 10 to sign up) and every week we will forage a box of delicious wild foods for you to pick up and take home. We will also provide a newsletter and recipes with suggestions on how to use this bounty of amazing, wild foods.
We will forage from safe unsprayed areas far from major roads. Depending on the time of year, your box may contain:
- fresh morel mushrooms
- stinging nettle greens
- Japanese Knotweed Stalks
- Burdock root (wild Gobo)
- dried reishi mushrooms
- dandelion greens and root
- wild salad mix (chickweed, violet leaves and flowers, clover leaves and flowers, lambsquarters, purslane, daylily petals)
- paw paws
- milkweed buds
- plantain leaves and seeds
- black walnuts
- wild apples
- chicory greens and root
- onion grass
- lemon balm
- chicken mushroom
- hen of the woods (maitake) mushroom
- puffball mushroom
The list goes on and on! And since we are starting with a small group, we will be extra responsive to your feedback and suggestions!
It’s a 20 week season starting at the end of April (week of April 30) and going into October (it will be 20 pick-ups total, but there will be missed weeks when we are out of town…we will get you the exact schedule as you sign up.)
Based on the CSA model, you pay the farmer/forager up front, and we supply you with a week’s bounty of produce for 20 weeks! There should easily be enough produce each week for 2-4 people to enjoy.
The price is $450 for the whole 20 weeks which is just $22.50/week! The pick up location will be on the south side of Pittsburgh, but depending on who signs up and where you are located we may be able to add more pick up locations.
If you are interested please let us know as soon as possible! You can pay by check or paypal, we’ll send you the details once you contact us: Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com or call (412) 381-0116.
Maybe there’s a recipe from Food Under Foot that you’ve wanted to try - perhaps a morel frittata or homemade nettle pasta, but haven’t been sure of wild edible identification, or haven’t been able to locate morels/nettles or found the time to harvest them? Now is your chance to have a box of the freshest most vital wild food picked just for you every week!
We’re so excited to be offering this to you. We’ve been asked to forage for restaurants and private individuals and it occurred to us to make this service available to you - our Food Under Foot family. (Why should restaurants always luck out? ) And many of you know that when you buy wild mushrooms, especially morels, you will pay $30 or more for a pound. We hope to offer you at least a pound per box during morel season (depending on what the season for morels is like, of course.)
One week’s typical box in early spring may contain:
- fresh morels
- fresh nettles
- purple deadnettle
- Japanese knotweed stalks
- garlic mustard
- onion grass
- salad mix (chickweed, clover flower and blossoms, dandelion greens, violet flower and leaves, garlic mustard greens)
- burdock root
- dried reishi
- spruce tips
- and anything else yummy we come across while out foraging for you!
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new offering for 2012.