Collecting wild edibles

Surprise Present

mulberry tree with berriesI have lived in this house, on this property, for a very long time. The longest I’ve lived anywhere by double.

And I like to think that I’m an observant person because I usually am.

But this totally slipped by me for who knows how long. Until a few days ago.

(Actually, it was Cait who noticed it while home because her two roommates contracted covid. But that’s another story.)

A MULBERRY TREE!! Bearing mulberries. Lots of them!

So, of course, I immediately went to what is the best way to harvest the mulberries. And tah dah!

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Maple Sugaring Season Just in Time!

So it seems that tapping 2 maple trees gives us just enough syrup to get through until the next maple tap.

But I knew as soon as my family got a taste of this, I’d have to be making more. So, along with their annual garlic allotment,  I’ll be adding 2 more trees into maple production for this year.

Though, at the moment, with daytime temps in the minus digits, it’s looking like we’re still a few weeks away. It’ll be a race to the finish.

winter outdoor landscape

 

Speaking of which, if you haven’t read this book, it will change the way you think about trees. And […]

By |2020-08-25T09:46:55-04:00February 15th, 2020|My Garden / Recipes, Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments

How to Collect Jewelweed Seeds

If you have any jewelweed plants in your vicinity, this is the perfect time of year to harvest their seeds. If you’ve never tried these treats before (they taste very similar to sunflower or pumpkin seeds), you’re in for a surprise. In more ways than one. : )

By |2019-09-02T19:10:07-04:00September 2nd, 2019|Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments

My First Pint of Homemade Maple Syrup

5 gallons of sap collected in 3 days

Strained out bits, bugs, and particles through cheesecloth

Boiled 85% down on our outdoor grill (Maybe next year, I’ll build a fire box…)

Finished the last on my stove so I could watch to make sure it didn’t burn or turn to candy.

This is what I’m left with.
Unbelievably yummy!

Pure joy.

 

By |2019-09-02T19:19:01-04:00March 21st, 2019|Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments

How to Tap a Maple Tree in 5 Easy Steps

I’ve always wanted to try making my own maple syrup. From past reading, I knew it was easy to do, didn’t require a lot of paraphernalia, and was relatively idiot proof.

So I decided this was the year. I took a 1-hour class, bought my equipment and picked out two beautiful old Maple trees right off my deck. I’m not looking to go into business–I just want to make enough for my family, so two trees ought to be plenty.

All I had to do was wait for the daytime temps to get above freezing with nighttime temps still below freezing. (For most areas, that’s somewhere between February and March.)

bucket Tube spileStep 1: Clean […]

By |2019-09-02T19:19:14-04:00March 9th, 2019|Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments
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