Happy New Year’s Eve 2012!!!!
What a great year for us at Food Under Foot, and I hope for you, too.
The Community Supported Foraging dominated our year last year, that’s for sure! We foraged full shares of wild produce for 20 weeks, from April to September. And we didn’t give measly weekly shares of dirty roots and twigs, no way! Our ten families got celebrity wild edibles such as ramps and morels, sweet juicy mulberries, gorgeous flowers, and luscious greens - from notorious stinging nettles to tasty garlic mustard and succulent nutrient-rich purslane. Over 70 different wild edibles in all, including 8 kinds of wild mushrooms. To slightly rephrase a Whole Foods grocery bag, “You say ‘mushroom’, we say morel, dryad’s saddle, oyster, chanterelle, chicken mushroom, reishi, puffball, hen of the woods.”
Here were some highlights:
- Dryad’s Saddle - We’d tasted this mushroom before, but it must have been too old. I almost passed it up for the share because of my previous dislike of it. Dave convinced me otherwise and I harvested it for the share, and then of course had to cook up some myself - YUM!!! Now one of my favorite wild mushrooms.
- Similarly…we found very young reishi this year….before it turns shiny red it’s still white and only slightly yellow. Fried up this mushroom is unbelievable good. When you get the older red reishi, it becomes quite bitter, but makes excellent medicine. We put dried reishi in the share this year.
- All the new yummies I tasted for the first time this year, such as:
- Serviceberries (also known as Juneberries) - so good! How had I never tasted these before?!
- Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) - so good! How had I never tasted these before?!
- Shrubs - these drinks, made of fruit, vinegar and sugar then consumed cut with water, seltzer, or alcohol, were fun to make and delicious to have around. This year I made shrubs with hawthorn and elderberry (separate ones!)
- Cattails! Also cooked up for the first time, AND wove the leaves into placemats.
- Chicken Mushroom “Chicken Wings”
- All the walks this year. Here we are with in Frick Park. In 2013 will have MANY MORE walks and workshops scheduled, stay tuned!
- The new mushrooms we learned about (and tried this year) thanks to hiking with the Western PA Mushroom Club: Aborted Entalomas and Blewitts.
We are looking forward to an AMAZING 2013 with all of you!
This year, we plan to focus on EDUCATION, and will soon put up the list of walks and workshops…so many I think you’ll all be pleased. We have some surprises in store as well…to be unveiled early in the new year so please stay tuned! To make sure you are the first to hear about our walks, workshops and other great events and news, please make sure you are signed up for our newsletter (green box in right margin, which says “Join the Family”.)
Happy New Year!!!
Lots of love from
The Folks at Food Under Foot (Melissa, Dave and Jason)