Wild edible plants are the ultimate local, seasonal food. They’re right where you are, they’re in season or they wouldn’t be harvestable, and they’re free. For those of you who live in the NYC area, I’m leading a foraging event on July 19th. The details are below. I’ll be bringing a few tasting samples of recipes incorporating wild edibles (wild ginger cookies, anyone?), and also copies of my newly released book for signings. There are only a few spots left, so if you’re interested, please sign up soon. (I capped the number of participants to what I can keep an eye on. Not that I don’t trust you, but I’d like to verify the ID if you’re about to help yourself to a taste of a wild edible!) Here’s the info from Green Edge, who is hosting the event:
When? Saturday, July 19th – Rain or Shine! Arrive by 9:45am. Foraging will take place from 10am – 12:30pm.
Where? Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance near the Gazebo.
How? $15 – pay via our website or RSVP and pay cash the day of.
What? Food from the park? What!? Yes, indeed you can find food right in the city’s playground. Take a guided tour of the urban forest, also known as Prospect Park, with forager, committed locavore, botanist, (and June Supper Club Speaker!) Leda Meredith. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching us how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, we will spend some time sitting in the shade while Leda takes Q& A and we taste treats made with wild edible ingredients.
WHAT TO BRING:
Comfortable walking shoes
Pen and Pad (there won’t be a test, but you may want to jot a few notes!)
Digital Camera (to photo the plants we ID and of course to capture the many happy memories of urban foraging)
For those of you who missed Leda at the June Supper Club, you have another chance to purchase her new memoir, Botany, Ballet & Dinner from Scratch, at the foraging event. Citywide Supper Club Coordinator, Joanna, purchased a copy at the June event and was so enthralled by the stories that she finished the book in it’s entirety by the next morning. We highly recommend it! (Bring cash or a check since there are no credit card machines in Prospect Park – $18.50 with tax).