Dining Wild: Foraging Wild Plants

June 15, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Would you like to learn about the edible world all around us?

Wild asparagus, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, oyster mushrooms, fiddleheads, wineberries! These are just a few of the wonderful foods available just outside your door.

Join Maplewood locavore Dan Lipow for a wild food foray. This walk on the grounds of Grasmere Park surrounding the Durand-Hedden House is a chance to learn how to identify, harvest, and sample the bounty our local ecosystem has to offer. The event will be guided by seasonally available wild foods. After the harvest, return to Dan’s camping kitchen where we’ll learn how to prepare and enjoy our wild-gotten goods.

Things to Bring: Sturdy trail shoes or boots – waterproof is good. No sandals (there may be poison ivy, bugs, and thorns). Clothes you can get dirty in; long pants and long sleeves are also a good idea. Also recommended: insect repellent, sun hat or rain gear, as necessary.

Hunting for a last minute Father’s Day or teacher gifts? Check out the Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, hand blown blue birds, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, and more, such as the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965.

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The Natural Environment

Next Event

April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM

Shuttles, Spindle and Flyer Wheels: Hand spinning and Weaving in the 21st Century

The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.


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