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A Walk Through Frick Park

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Getting ready for our walk this Sunday at Frick Park Earth Day, I decided to check out the area where the walk is scheduled.

This year Earth Day is in a NEW location, Lower Frick Parking Lot.

Sign in near the parking lot a half hour before the walk, and you will be directed to our walks which begin at Falls Ravine Trail at 1 pm and 3 pm.

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I saw lots of amazing plants and animals today walking around there…we are sure to have an amazing walk on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Deadnettles, Lamium purpurea

Deadnettles, Lamium purpurea

Creeping Charlie/Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea

Creeping Charlie/Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea

Mayapple, Podophyllum

Mayapple, Podophyllum

Plantain, Plantago major - just coming up

Plantain, Plantago major - just coming up

Cleavers, Galium aparine

Cleavers, Galium aparine

Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara

Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara

Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica

Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica

Violet, Viola

Violet Leaves, Viola

Violet Flower, Viola

Violet Flower, Viola

Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata

Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata

Cutleaf Toothwort

Cutleaf Toothwort

Dutchman's Britches

Dutchman's Britches

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Broad Leaf Dock

Broad Leaf Dock

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Burdock

Burdock

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

And many many more (edible) plants! It is going to be a great walk - plenty to discuss!!

And as if plant life isn’t abundant enough, check out  some of the animals we saw today:

Big Black Rat Snake

Big Black Rat Snake

Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

Robins: the male's head is darker than his back, the female's head and back are the same.

Robins: the male's head is darker than his back, the female's head and back are the same.

There are all kinds of walks to choose from, on the hour from 12 to 4 (last walk at 3.) Our wild edibles walks are at 1 and 3.  Get there early to sign up! The full list of walks is here.  Our walks at 1 and 3  are called Wild Edibles Walk, there’s another wild walk at 12 and 2 called Foraged Flavors, which I’m sure will be lovely as well.

If you can’t make it this Sunday we will be going again in two weeks - on a two hour excursion through the park identifying wild edibles and looking for morels! Find out more about that walk here.

See you soon!

~ Melissa Sokulski

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Wild Walks and Mushroom Foray scheduled!

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Frick Park Earth Day Walks

Our first walks will be at Frick Park Earth Day Celebration!
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This year walks on Earth Day at Frick Park are Sunday, April 19, from 12 - 4. Our walks will be at 1 and 3, each for 45 minutes.
The city foots the bill, so these Earth Day walks are free to you, all you have to do is show up! Just get there a bit early so you can sign up, the walks are usually limited to 20 people each.
There will be other walks as well: mushroom walks, spider walks, tree id walks, herp walk (lizards and salamanders), bird walks. It’s a great day, hope to see you there!


Join Us Morel Mushrooming!

Let’s forage for morels together! We can’t guarantee we’ll find morels, but we’ll take you to places we’ve found morels in the past.  We’ll also identify other wild edibles as we hike along looking for mushrooms.

Please join us for our first walks this month, and a mushroom foray in early May.

Bring a basket, paper bag or mesh bag (you can reuse the ones you get from buying onions or oranges) to collect morels, and some water to drink.
When: Sunday May 3, 2015, 11 am - 1 pm
Where: Frick Park. You will receive exact start location upon registration.
Price: $15 adults
$5 kids 6 - 12
Free kids 5 and under

RSVP: Please let us know you are coming! If enough people want to go we will add another day. Email Melissa@FoodUnderFoot.com to RSVP. Please tell us your name, phone number, and how many people in your party. Thanks!

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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

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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

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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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