Hello fellow revelers, please check out my post below on my impressions of Wildman Steve Brill’s wild edibles tour that I took in Prospect Park last month (some of the pickings remain for edification and identification purposes in my living room — my oh-so-patient partner would be rightfully impatient right about now but, luckily for me, is not). I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from someone in another part of the country as to whether there are such tours going on elsewhere, and what you all are learning from them. One of the things that surprised me was the sheer number of people who showed up for the tour. What was even more surprising was that there was enough such sizable audience to support several more of the tours this summer. Happily for all of us here in Brooklyn, there are monthly tours in Prospect Park through the end of the year (though I’m sure each is unique and worth checking out, given the movement of seasons).
So, revel friends, I am definitely looking for feedback on all things wildly edible outside the great Northeast (or even outside nyc for that matter). Perhaps what got me thinking about this is an announcement on a podcast late last week: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-702-chef-maribel-the-food-diva. It occurs early in the podcast (fair warning – the whole podcast is rather lengthy but an entertaining listen if you’re inclined), and announces that a town in Michigan is trying to ban a resident’s vegetable garden in her front yard. From what I can tell, she’s not growing lewd zucchinis — it’s just that there’s some ancient regulation about only permitting “suitable” gardens visible to the rest of the world. I didn’t hear any quick follow up on today’s podcast but the link above gives a rally cry for anyone wishing to give Michigan a piece of their gardeners mind. I’ll let you know if I place a call tomorrow.
In the don’t be meantime, please pass around my
QUESTION: for residents outside the greater NY area, are there any Wildman equivalents in your neck of the concrete woods? How about for non-urbanites? Are wild edibles passe for you country folk? Or are there tours and meetups and affinity groups for all you all too? Anyone care to share some stories of their own adventures in foraging? We would love love love to hear a review of any other wild edibles tours going on across the country. Go ahead: Austin, Beloit*, Chicago, Detroit, Eden Prairie, Fargo, Grand Forks (anyone tell I’ve got family in ND?), Honolulu, Independence, Janesville, Kansas City, Lexington, Madison, Niagara Falls, Orfordville (anyone tell I’m from WI?), Potters Grove**, Quakertown, Reno, Seattle***, Tupelo, Universal City, Vancouver, Wichita****, Xenia, Yellowstone, Zion … Gimme the dirt!!!
*Boston, you almost made the cut. This was a hard one because you’re so irresistible for so many reasons, not which of least that you rhyme with Austin. But you’re not my hometown. Sorry, you’re just not.
**Phoenix, I thought of you too. Pasadena, you too (and I do hope to see you someday soon). But, Potter’s Grove … how could I resist? It just doesn’t get the attention it deserves anymore.
***I also thought of you, St. Paul, St. Louis and San Francisco. I just always wanted to go to Seattle so I thought I’d send her a little shout out here. You do still have my heart, SP, SL, & SF. And you’re just so saintly. You’re number 1 in my book. Just not in this list. sorry.
****Weehawken, I love you too. You’ve always been there for me. And you really are very awesome, even being in New Jersey and all. We’re just a little close, you know. And Wichita has just been sitting out there waiting for so long now. I knew you’d understand.