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Wild Edibles Walk at Schenley Oval

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Wild Edibles Walk Schenley Park, August, 2014. Photo credit: Jennifer Verala

Wild Edibles Walk Schenley Park, August, 2014. Photo credit: Jennifer Verala

Our first evening wild edibles walk was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came. We took our time walking the one kilometer loop, stopping to discuss nearly 20 edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. We also discussed how to make tinctures, vinegars, oils and salves, how to identify, harvest and use the plants and some of our favorite ways to prepare them to eat.  Our next walks are planned for the end of Sept and into October. The dates haven’t been announced yet but stay tuned!

Some of the plants we discussed this evening included:

  • plantain - both wide leaf plantain (Plantago major) and narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata.) We talked about using plantain as an edible and medicinally, and how to gather the seeds.
  • dandelion
  • burdock - plenty of old burdock with lots of sticky burs, and an abundance of young first year plants whose roots and leaf stalks are great to harvest right now.
  • Pokeberry - This dark poison berry is also abundant now. It can be used as an ink or dye.
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  • Mulberry Tree
  • Hawthorn berries/haws
  • Motherwort
  • Golden Rod (what people often think they’re allergic to, but the pollen travels by insect, not wind. It is used medicinally to combat allergies.)
  • Ragweed (what people are actually allergic to - this inconspicuous plant with green flowers has wind-born pollen and is what many people with fall allergies are allergic to.)
  • Wild Carrot/Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Dryad’s Saddle Mushroom - usually thought of as a spring mushroom, makes a reappearance again in late summer and fall.
  • Lamb’s Quarters
  • Broad Leaf Dock, leaves and seeds
  • Red Clover
  • White Clover
  • Wood Sorrel

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us tonight, and to Jen Verala for snapping some great photos of the walk! (If anyone else has photos they want to share with me and the Food Under Foot family, send them to Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com. I will credit you! Dave forgot to take photos.)

Thanks!

Melissa Sokulski

Food Under Foot

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Walk With Us, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:30 pm

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Easy Walk:  Flat, 1K (0.67 mile) loop around Schenley Oval. Pittsburgh, PA.

Type of Walk: Educational! We will find and discuss about 20 edible and medicinal plants on the walk. We will discuss how to identify and use these common plants. Bring your camera, a notebook and a bag if you want to collect some Hawthorn berries.

Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids age 6 - 17, (kids 5 and under are free)

Where: Schenley Oval. We’ll meet by the bathrooms at the top of the oval, near the track.

When: 6:30 pm until about 8 pm or so

Facilities: Bathroom, Port-a-Potties, water fountains

RSVP: Please let me know if you are coming on the walk! Please email Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com. We are going to limit the walk to 20 people, so if more than 20 want to come we may be able to offer a second walk on Thursday evening. Please RSVP as soon as you can, thanks!

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We hope you are able to join us next Wednesday evening, August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm for a walk on the 1K loop around the Schenley oval in Pittsburgh, PA. We were just up there today and were amazed at the bounty of wild edible and medicinal plants! In one loop around the oval we saw over 20 plants (and mushrooms!) we can discuss including Dryad’s saddle (this early spring mushroom comes back in the fall!), red clover, dandelion, burdock, motherwort, Hawthorn, lambs quarters, acorns, plantain, wood sorrel and so much more!

red clover

red clover

Hawthorne berries, or Haws

Hawthorne berries, or Haws

Self Heal, or Heal-All

Self Heal, or Heal-All

It’s going to be a lot of fun! Many people have requested evening hikes so I hope you will be able to make it! Our weekends are booked through mid-September, but look for some fall hikes coming up at the end of September and into October.

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Call Dave at (412) 381-0116

Register by email: Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com

$10 adults, $5 kids 6 - 17 (kids 5 and under free), bring cash or check to walk

Thanks!!

Melissa

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Great Walks This Weekend!

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We had wonderful walks this past Saturday and Sunday at Frick Park in Pittsburgh - thanks to everyone who attended!

Although we did not find morels, we found plenty of Dryad Saddle (also called Pheasant Back):

Dryad Saddle Mushroom, An Edible Polypore

Dryad Saddle Mushroom, An Edible Polypore

We also identified and discussed many wild edible and medicinal plants over the past two days including:

  • Wild Carrot/Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota
  • Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris
  • Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca
  • Mulberry, Morus
  • Lamb’s Quarters, Chenopodium alba
  • Garlic Mustard, Alliaria pettiolata
  • Onion Grass
  • Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis
  • Violet, Viola
  • Chickweed, Stellaria media
  • Nettles, Urtica dioica
  • Deadnettles, Lamium purpurea
  • Cleavers, Galium aparine
  • Plantain, Plantago major
  • Burdock, Arctium lappa
  • Broad-leaf Dock, Rumex obtusifolius
  • Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum biflorum

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We identified some poisonous plants:

  • Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum
  • Poison Ivy, Rhus radicans

We also discussed how to find and identify elm and tulip poplar trees (which helps in searching for morels.)

We are working on the dates for more 2014 walks and workshops…they will be posted soon.

Hope to see you!

~ Melissa and David Sokulski

Food Under Foot

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Wild Edibles Walk and Morel Mushroom Sale THIS Saturday!

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Please join us for a wild edibles walk and morel mushrooms sale this Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30 - 12:30 at Frick Park Environmental Center.

There are so many fantastic wild edibles out there right now - including morel mushrooms and Dryad Saddle mushrooms - let’s see if we can find some!

Of course we can’t guarantee morel findings, but we CAN tell you Frick Park is a well known morel playground! At least you’ll learn what to look for and we’ll share some great tips on how to find them. We’ll bring samples of all the different equally delicious types of morels there are to find around here including little grays, black, half-free and yellow.

We’ll also find and discuss at least 15 common wild edible plants including dandelion, burdock, dead nettles, chickweed, cleavers and many many more.

If you’d like to buy some morels from us we are selling them in 3oz bags - which as you can see below is quite a lot of morels!

3 oz of morels

3 oz of morels

The walk is $5/person, and each 3 oz bag of fresh morels is $5.

Please register and let me know how many 3 oz bags you would like (ideally.) I will try to make sure each person who wants morels gets some, so if you’d ideally like 3 bags that will only be possible if there are more morels left over after everyone who wants some gets some.

Register by sending an email to: Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com with your name, email and phone number, how many will be on the walk with you and if you’d like morels how many bags you would ideally like.

We’ll meet at Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd (where the Earth Day walks were.) There is a parking lot there and we’ll meet at the circle garden (by the Port-A-Johns.)

In a nutshell:

What: Wild Edibles Walk and Morel Sale, rain or shine

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30 am until about 12:30

Where: Frick Park Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd. We’ll meet by the circular garden at the entrance of the park.

Cost: $5 per person for the walk, plus $5 per 3 oz bag of fresh morel mushrooms (of course you do not need to buy mushrooms, you can just come for the walk…maybe you’ll find your own!)

RSVP: Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com with how many in your party and how many 3 oz bags of morels (we’ll try to fill all orders, making sure everyone who would like gets at least one bag) or call: (412) 381-0116

Questions: (412) 381-0116

Hope to see you Saturday!

~ Melissa and Dave

* Please Note: You do not have to buy morels to go on the hike with us! (walk is $5/person)

** Also, we’ll have more hikes, workshops and learning opportunities this year and we’ll give you much more notice! We just wanted to get out while it is still morel season so you can learn how to find morels!!

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Join Us Sunday For This Year’s First Wild Edible Walks!

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What: This season’s first two wild edibles walks!

When: Sunday, April 13, 2014, noon and 2 pm

Where: Frick Park Environmental Center, Beechwood Blvd

Cost: Free!!

Please join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014 when we will be leading two forty-five minute wild edibles walks, at noon and 2, at Frick Park’s annual Earth Day Celebration. There will be other free walks as well: mushroom walks, bird walks, animal signs, spider walks just to name a few! Arrive fifteen minutes early to sign up for the walks (20 person limit).

Spring is coming late this year but we will definitely find enough to talk about! Garlic mustard,  onion grass, deadnettle, dandelion, burdock…and we’ll keep a sharp eye out for early edible mushrooms: Dryads saddle and morels!

It will be great fun and I hope to see you there.

More information can be found at Frick Park’s Earth Day website.

Here is the entire list of walks…check them out, they look amazing!

See you Sunday!

~ Melissa Sokulski of Food Under Foot

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Join Us at Frick Park Sunday for Wild Walks Galore!

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Wild Edibles Walk

Wild Edibles Walk

On Sunday, April 21, as part of Frick Park’s new 3-day Earth Day celebration, we will be leading 2 wild edibles walks, at 2 pm and 3 pm.  There will also be wild mushroom walks led by the Western PA Mushroom Club, wildflower walks, lichen/moss walks, spider walks, tree ID walks, bird walks….and MORE! I think it is going to be an amazing time!

The walks are this Sunday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 pm (walks starting at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm.) Each walk is 45 minutes long. See the whole flyer here. This is a FREE family-friendly event, so if you are in Pittsburgh, Western PA, Ohio, W. Virginia area make it a point to come by, it’s going to be great fun.

We will be looking for and discussing burdock, dandelions, cleavers, violet, clover, fiddleheads, yellow/curly dock, broad leaf dock, garlic mustard, deadnettles, onion grass, morel mushrooms, dryad saddle mushroom, clover, may apple, mugwort, mullein, chickweed, and I’m sure we’ll even find more! Find out how to cook with these amazing plants and use them medicinally as well.

Hope to see you there!

Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Squirrel Hill

For more information about the Earth Day events, call 412-422-6538

or visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/earth-day


~ Melissa Sokulski of Food Under Foot

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Working On Our 2013 Schedule - Best Yet!

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We hope you'll join us this year for our walks, workshops, forays and events!
We hope you’ll join us this year for our walks, workshops, forays and events!

Coming Soon: Our 2013 Wild Edibles Walk and Workshop Schedule

…which I am excited to say is the best yet!!!

We will have 4 walks a month starting in April (maybe sooner, winter walk anyone?)

Great workshops including:

  • Wild Fermentation, Cultured Veggies
  • Wild Fermentation, Natural Sodas
  • Wild Foods Juices and Smoothies
  • Making Tinctures, Vinegars, Oils and Salves
  • Wild Tea Tasting
  • Sketch-Able Edibles, Nature Journaling
  • Wild Ally Workshop
  • A Full Wild Ally Course, which includes the wild ally workshop, 2 other workshops of your choice, a pass for 5 wild edibles walks, a sketch-able edibles class and a printed, bound copy of the Wild Ally Workbook.

Melissa from Food Under Foot giving a Wild Green Smoothie Demo At Chalk Hill, PA

Melissa from Food Under Foot giving a Wild Green Smoothie Demo At Chalk Hill, PA

We are also planning something new this year: Mushroom Forays, including a morel mushroom foray!

Stay tuned…it’s going to be awesome!

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter (green box in the right margin) and our blog updates (also right column, further down) so you’ll know as soon as the schedule is posted.

Already dreaming of morels,Morel mushrooms

~ Melissa

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Walking Trillium Trail with the Girl Scouts

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We had a beautiful walk today with a wonderful girl scout troop. We walked on the Trillium Trail outside Pittsburgh, PA, where hundreds of native trilliums were in bloom. (Trillium is not an edible plant that I know of…but it is gorgeous!)

Trillium (not an edible)

Trillium (not an edible)

We did identify native edible and medicinal plants such as bloodroot, May apple, fiddleheads, wild ginger, spring beauty and trout lily.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

We also saw some of our “weed” edibles such as the invasive garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed, chickweed, cleavers, ground ivy/creeping Charlie.

Also seen: violets (purple, yellow and white), stinging nettles, wood nettles (stings!), cleavers, broad leaf dock and jewelweed.

And one of the girls spotted this robin’s nest, complete with tiny hatchlings.

Baby Birds (I think robins)

Baby Robins

What an amazing day in Western PA!

Make sure to join us on our walks this Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1 and 2 pm at the Frick Park Earth Day Celebration! It’s at Frick Environmental Center on Beechwood Blvd…the festival runs from 11:30 to 4. Hope to see you there!

~ Melissa

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