Remember When We First Met. When I first saw the berries there around five years ago they must have been in the thousands and it was surrealistic. I just assumed it would always be like that. Never since that year was it like that again. They still bloom and are pretty but its nothing like before. And there are not the half or hybrid ones, or they are a rarity. But our love remains berries even if the fire has lessoned!
Harvesting things you care for all season comes with mixed emotions. I go through a period of wanting to just look at it all, remembering the hard work of the season thus far, then a period of being 'pre-tired' for all of the work ahead to preserve or use it all. And that the season will end. 😥The best thought this season is how many dollars I have saved by not going to the market! I bought whole animal and have a local egg source, so I barely have a need for shopping for groceries. I do love to have summer flavors in winter and this is the only way to get there! Well, it is time to get back to work on salsa, pickled peppers, kale chips, quick pickles (since I only had 3 cucumbers at any one time,) pesto and zucchini everything. Happy gardening everyone! #ilovegardening#farmandforagechallenge#paleo#forage#pafood#pghfood#organic#eatyouryard#growyourfood
Went foraging for the first time yesterday for my birthday! The herbal gathering wasn't so fruitful as I learned that nutrient dense woods aren't the best spot for the "weeds" I was looking for. However, I stumbled upon quite an array of mushies that I've never seen!! If you can identify any, please let me know! #mushies#forage#woods#gooutside#getdirty#fungusamongus#hiddentreasure
Wild wonderful berries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ever since I was little, I've properly loved foraging 🌱. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Though - to be fair, at a young age the fungi forays were terrifying, but as an adult I did get my love back for them 😂🍄
I love what nature provides. I love that it doesn't come wrapped in plastic, nor (fingers crossed) doused in pesticide,chemicals, preservatives or other processing ingredients that don't actually legally have to be disclosed on labels. Nightmare. ❌
To say I detest processed foods is an epic understatement. ☠️ 😱
Fresh. Natural. Clean. Chemical free. i want that for my life, I love it that way, and it's become a really fundamental principle in my self care. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you a secret forager, lover of all things natural? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
· SUNSHINE · SALVE ·
Made with EV Olive Oil infused with 3 Healing flowers. Calendula + St. John's Wort known to embody the radiance and warmth of the Sun and Yarrow known to be Spiritually protective. This gentle and very soothing salve can be used daily in many ways, from lip balm to dry skin to wound healing, this little beauty is always on hand in my home. And literally always on my hands! Besides making me feel loved + protected by the sun and her flowers, these salves pack a skin healing punch thanks to the flowers and beeswax inside. ·
Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving rashes. ·
St. John's Wort oil when applied to the skin can help decrease the appearance of scars overtime, heal burns and scrapes by boosting blood flow to the affected area and helps to keep wounds clean. ·
Yarrow oil helps to heal inflamed wounds, rashes and burns. ·
Beeswax naturally carries within it antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in healing and relieving chapped skin. It is especially lovely as it forms a breatheable protective wall on our skin that seals in moisture without smothering and clogging our pores. ·
Together these flowers along with the beeswax create a skin + spirit protecting, healing and soothing sunshiney salve! This salve is now available both in the local and online shop. #LinkInBio#ThankYouMamaEarth 💛🌿✨
#blackberry preserves ♥️Fresh foraged Blackberries from our 88 acres. (Makes about 2 pints)
2 1/2 Lbs Blackberries, rinsed.
4 cups sugar -Mix thoroughly and let sit 10-15 mins. During this time the berries will liquify.
-Put in a pot and Boil almost to gelling point. (220 Degrees)
-Fill four Warm 1/2 pint jars, or two pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of head space.
-Wipe rims clean with a wet paper towel. -Center lids on and screw to finger-tip-tight. (Not too tight!)
⭐️ If you wanted to stop right here, and don’t need to store it for very long, you can stop right here. Tighten lids all the way and store in your fridge for at least a month or more!⭐️ -Place warm, closed jars in a Boiling Water Canner. Covered by at least 1” of water. (I just use a strainer insert for one of my large noodle boiling pans so they are off the bottom.) -Let Boil for 20 minutes! ⏳
-Shut off heat and remove Jars from water. (I have a can gripper $3 at the Wally World) -DO NOT RETIGHTEN LIDS!
-Let sit 12 hours in room temp to cool. 😎
At this point you can tighten and label your jars for storage up to 18 months!
Came out perfectly sweet with just a hint of tart. 🍑🍍🥝🍓🍋🍏🍎🍐🍉🍌🍒🥥
Wonder how many more recipes there are with fruit! 🤔 .
I used old spice jars to collect my plant specimens yesterday. 1) two different types of berry. If either are edible, I can harvest some and see what I can do with them. 2) a type of flower that smells like an herb of some kind and possibly plantain leaf. Plantain is medicinal. 3) rosehips and wild raspberry. I was going to look and see if I can plant rosehips for more bushes and compare the wild raspberry to ours. #wildcraft#forage#reuse#zerowaste#plandid#newmexico#gilanationalforest
Elderberry melomel California style ready soon!! Forage, boil, add honey, cool, ferment on the skins, strain, ferment more, rack, bottle, age, drink, rinse, and repeat....quite simple really 😊. I can’t wait to try this recipe here in Denmark with the European variety to see the difference. Full recipe available next summer when our book comes out!! #fermentation#getfermented#mead#elderberries#forage#fermentingaculture
Saw palmetto berries have always been a part of traditional medicine. It was called "the Spring of Life," which Ponce de Leon would later misinterpret, giving rise to the fabled "Fountain of Youth." Native tribes of Florida such as the Seminoles have always relied on saw palmetto berries for food, however, Europeans often found the taste of the berries unpalatable.
Jonathan Dickinson (who later had a State Park named for him) was among a shipload of Quakers who were shipwrecked on the coast of Florida in 1696. They were captured by the Jaega Indians, who were believed to be cannibals. The men and women arrived at St. Augustine and were taken to the wigwam of the chief who “seated himself on his cabin, cross legged, having a basket of palmetto berries brought him, which he eat very greedily.” These Quakers, while with the Indians, nearly starved to death. The only food given them were fish and saw palmetto berries. They likened the taste to rotten cheese steeped in tobacco juice.
The Quakers did eventually learn to tolerate the berries and the boiled juice of the saw palmetto helped feed. In fact, they saved the life of Dickinson’s infant son as the berry is loaded with oil and sugar.
Historically, Saw Palmetto was taken with nettle root and pumpkin seeds. Native American medicine men also reputedly kept a medicine bag of Saw Palmetto around to make antiseptic and a tonic, and to treat a wide variety of conditions, including impotence, inflammation and infertility, and as an expectorant.
Saw Palmetto has historically been used to treat infertility in women and underdeveloped breasts. It has also been used to increase lactation, mitigate painful menstruation cycles, and reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. It has even been used as an appetite stimulant.
A crude extract of Saw Palmetto was used for at least 200 years for various conditions including asthenia (weakness), recovery from major illness, and urogenital problems. In modern day, it is well known for its male health benefits.
Be careful when harvesting the berries--not only is there a $500 fine for collecting wild ones, but they are also a favorite home to rattlesnakes!
Oh me? Just havin' a snack on my hike in the woods. I would later chew up a leaf as a cure for a painful tingling on my finger as a result of touching some unknown plant with some pretty incredible defences. .
So excited to have this collaberation come out. @sunflowerknit used our yarn to design a beautiful shawl. The texture is great and really shows off what pur yarns can do 💞🙌👌. Great work ash!
Check it out wool and lovers!
#Repost @sunflowerknit (@get_repost)
coming this friday... pattern 2 in @fromfieldtoskin's inaugural #forage collection is the #burdock shawl! @circlerlamb's wool will fix that silly notion you might have that meat sheep can't have nice fleeces 😉
speaking of @circlerlamb's wool, romy has some really wonderful quilt batts in the farm's online store. i came back with two twin-sized batts after my ontario trip back in may, and one of the finished naturally dyed quilts already lives with my twinsy @danacarly and her hubby @logancyril! the other one is destined for my couch/bed/getting dragged around the house like a cape once i finish it up... 🐑