Early in May, the oaks, hickories, maples, and other trees, just putting out amidst the pine woods around the pond, imparted a brightness like sunshine to the landscape, especially in cloudy days, as if the sun were breaking through the mists and shining faintly on the hill-sides here and there.
I wanted to share a few photos from the talk I held at Miskovski Landscaping in Falmouth, Mass two weekends ago on Mother's Day. It came together so nicely, and I was able to collect and chat about a bunch of delicious spring plants and leaves and shoots. Afterwards, with everyone's help to bring it all together, I served Wild Ramp Gnudi, essentially Italian dumplings very similar to gnocchi, but with flour instead of potato. The ramp filled gnudi went over a foraged green salad and had a spruce tip dipping cream yogurt on the bottom of the plate. I liked how all the flavors came together in the dish and it was a warm snack for a cold and rainy Spring day. Thanks to all who came and braved that wild weather!
The ingredients I gathered and talked about were Japanese Knotweed, Nettle, Garlic Mustard, Wintercress, Milkweed shoots, Yarrow, Ground Ivy, Ramps, and some others. It was so sweet to see the the turnout of people, and especially heartwarming to see the kids take such a huge interest in wild food. It was wonderful to share knowledge with all ages, but the little ones soak up information like a sponge. It is my hope that they will continue to stay interested in wild food and continue to learn its importance in our diets and as forms of healing and medicine. After all, if we can reinstill this teaching and art in the younger generations, it creates more meaningful awareness for nature and all it has to offer. Here are a few photos from foraging shindig held at Jenny's Edibles and Blooms, a wonderful place in Cape Cod to get all your garden starters. Jen and Paul are such lovely people and I highly recommend visiting them at 393 Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth, Mass.