Friday finds me feeling fantastic. I have the day off work, for once the sun is shining, and I'm shortly heading out with a friend to go fruit and veg picking. I've never been to pick my own foods (other than the ones I grow myself) so I'm excited about gathering and gorging myself. I'll be targeting strawberries, raspberries, and any vegetables on offer. Hopefully, jams, pies, and chutnies will come of it later today.
This week there have been a few blog posts around about picking your own foods, both the sort you get from a farm and the kind you find in the wild.
- Habeas Brulee has staged an exhibition in Brooklyn's wonderful Prospect Park to gather wild burdock root. She gives both a link to a guide to finding your own burdock as well a recipe for something to do with it once found.
- Brownie points has gone on a soft fruits search and came up with handfuls of raspberries. She also gives a guide for Portland, Oregon residents who want to go on their own searches.
- For those of you in the UK, the BBC food site gives a history of the rise pick your own farms, and the pick your own website (which is what I used) lets you find the farm nearest you. It searches farms in several countries - UK, US, Japan, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.