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  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:37 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wild Abandon Salad Greens, part 2

    Five-finger Ivy
    I keep hearing folks claim that five-finger ivy isn’t edible, but we continue to eat it and enjoy it. Perhaps there are various varities about? Ours tastes wonderfully lemony.

    All of the mallows, including Rose of Sharon, are edible. So is every hibiscus. Time to add some soothing leaves to the salad.

    Wild Mustard
    Pepper grasses are setting seeds. They are part of the wild mustard family, which contains only edible species. Some are too bitter to eat, and some are too sharp for some folks, but they are all edible, so find some wild mustards around you and have a taste test. Who knows what amazing salad additions you will discover.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wild Abandon Salad Greens

    Here are photos of just a few of the many greens we are putting in our wild salads these days. Come harvest with us and we will introduce you to lots of others including wild oregano, chickweed, wild madder, ground ivy, wild mint, bergamot, sorrel, lemon hearts, and garlic mustard.

    Although we prefer to cook amaranth (and the whole stalk is edible, so no preparation is needed), we do add a little to summer salads

    Lamb’s Quarter
    Sister to amaranth, lamb’s quarter needs preparation, as the stalk is too tough to eat no matter how long you cook it. We also prefer the greens cooked, but do add some to our salads.

    ~ Wild Abandon Salad Greens, Part 2 ~

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:24 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Nettle Nirvana

    Be careful of the nettle. It is fierce this year. The goats don’t mind, but my ankles do.

    Do the goats look like they are getting high from eating nettle? It seems that dried nettle can be smoked for an interesting adventure.

    Some of my nettle has pink flowers and dark red stems. Pretty. Is it a variety or just reacting to the full sun that hits it all day?

    Here is a great view of nettle flowers, showing why the species name is dioica, which means “in two houses.” The male and female flowers are clearly separate and different, in two houses, in fact. The males do their thing and die, while the females go on to make nettle seed, which we harvest and add to our cooking pot when making rice or oatmeal.

    We don’t pick nettle while it is flowering. But we do pick comfrey in flower. Just cut the entire flowering stalk and hang it individually to dry. So lovely.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 8:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Cherry Ecstasy, Part 2

     Cherries are plump and red and beautiful.

    Pick up cherries. Eat them out of hand.

    Eat them over ice cream. Eat them in salad.


  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:33 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Cherry Ecstacy

    I love cherries. Do you? There are two wild cherry trees near my house that usually give me a few days of cherries. This year the trees are so covered in fruit, that one gets hit in the head while bending down to pick up the cherries on the ground. And we have been eating them for more than a week now, with no end in sight! Yummy. Yummy. Yummy.

    Look up. There are lots of juicy cherries!

    Look down. There are lots of juicy cherries!

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:45 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Baby Goat Joy

    As you remember, I believe that baby goats are the most joyous beings in the world. Share the joy in person or through these photos I snapped while out on goat watch.

    Prince Charming is our newest wide-eyed addition to the flock. He was born last week.

    He loves to help us with our chores and follows faithfully at our heels like a hoofed puppy.

    Ixchel and Cinderfella are slightly older. They were born a month ago. Here they are with their mother.

    And here are the teenagers – Isis Fawn Star, Stella Dawn Star, and Alexia Dark Star – running amok, as usual.

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:37 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Green blessings of abundance to each of you on this fine solstice day!

    We celebrate the longest day. We acknowledge the growing dark. The sun king dies. Millions of tree leaves stretch to the sun. What has been planted and tended now develops and ripens.

    We wish you could come to the farm to play with the baby goats. There are wonderful classes this weekend – A Day with the Trees on Saturday and Hands-on Great Remedies on Sunday – and there is still room for you to join the goats and us. 

    And if you can’t, here are some photos of our new babies to delight your heart.

    I will be teaching at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors the weekend after that (July 1) and hope you can join me for a special weed walk. We’ll participate in talking stick, learn how to commune with the plants, talk about green blessings and even pick a wild salad for our dinner with wonderful art and permaculture folks. 

    Meanwhile, the wild cherry tree is throwing cherries at us. Seriously. Come on! Let’s pick (and eat!) some. 

    Watch out for the nettle. It is large and lush and flowering profusely. Too late to harvest now. But we keep a patch that we cut monthly for soup, so we always have some edible (non-flowering) nettle on hand.

    The second week of July is the time to kick back and relax with the goats, your inner goddess, and green blessings. Green Witches play together for four days of sisterhood, singing, and fun. This event includes a special trip to Gretchen Gould’s Herb Hill, where we will harvest St. John’s/Joan’s wort flowers and many other medicinal plants and turn them into medicine. There are still a few places left if you are thinking of joining us. 

    Of course, we will be making wild salads at all these events. It is summer solstice, after all! Here are a few of the many plants we are enjoying in our solstice salad. 

    Green blessings are absolutely everywhere.


  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:18 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wild Salad

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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:06 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Poke Sallet

    Poke Sallet, I am told, is an old French word which means “cooked green.”

    Poke sallet is a fleeting pleasure, for the poke greens must be very young – not much more than shoots – to be safe to eat.

    You can see that the shoots I have picked are not much taller than my hand span.

    Preparation is simple: I cut the poke shoots into bite-sized pieces and put them in a saucepan.

    Meanwhile, the teakettle is put on to boil. When it boils, I pour boiling water over the cut poke shoots in the sauce pan and put that on the fire and bring it to a boil and discard the water, which contains substances that inflame and irritate the entire digestive system.

    I do this three times – discarding the water each time– before I am content to finish cooking the poke greens to the desired tenderness. It is traditional to serve Poke Sallet with bacon fat or “drippin’s.”


    ~ Wild Salad ~

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:59 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Daylily Leeks

    All daylilies are edible, but not all lilies are safe to eat. Although I use the abundant and common (throughout the northeast) orange-flowered ones in this recipe, any color day-lily will do, wild or  cultivated.

    Daylilies make so much of themselves that they often crowd themselves out. Harvesting some of the stalks at the beginning of the growing season will improve the health of the plants and may increase the size of the flowers.

    Here are a bunch of daylily shoots ready to prepare. They certainly look a lot like leeks, a close relation, but their taste is much sweeter and only a wee bit spicy.

    Cut the daylily shoots as if they were leeks. The thin slices can be added to salads for textural crunch and sweetness, or lightly sautéed (like the cattail shoots) and served as a side dish.

    Many recipes call for using the daylily roots rather than the shoots. While they do taste good, I rarely eat the roots. They are hard to dig up; while it is simplicity itself to break off shoots.  And, I find the roots far too laxative for my system. Sensitive folks may even feel some loosening in their stool from eating the shoots.

    ~ Poke ~

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