Thursday, November 18, 2010

Add a New Food Source

Mushrooms we foraged
Foraging! My new obsession. Sometimes we do it in the woods, sometimes it's in urban areas - also called urban gleaning. Pick fruit that is in public areas is perfectly legal. See a fruit tree going unpicked in a person's front yard? Knock on their door and ask them if they would mind if you picked from their tree. The worse thing they could do is say "No."

We used to go every August and forage for blackberries which grow everywhere around here. Our favorite spots have been found by others though, so we need to find new places.

This year was our first time foraging for huckleberries and mushrooms. We've learned a lot from our wonderful friends that have taken us under their wings and taught us how to forage. Yes, I'm talking about you Jessa and Crystalman Tom.

Soon we're going to go back out for mushrooms and I know a bunch of neglected figs that should be getting ready to pop soon.

So now is time for a disclaimer. If you ever decide to go foraging ALWAYS be 100% 1,000% sure of what you are picking and about to consume. I can't stress this enough. If you aren't sure what you're looking for, take someone that's knowledgeable with you.


  1. Oh, I am so excited about the upcoming rains. We scoped out our chantarelle spot last week and it was BONE DRY. Hopefully soon they'll be popping with reckless abandon!