Foraging

Additional dates added for mycopigments workshop by Leslie Seaton

A couple months ago, I posted about a mushroom dyeing workshop in October with Alissa Allen of Mycopigments. I've taken her class in the past and really enjoyed it!

Alissa let me know she's added a few new dates - she'll be teaching her workshop on Oct 4 or 5 (sorry this had wrong dates when first posted - 4th and 5th are correct!) in Ballard. Check out her flyer here

Upcoming Seattle food events on Slow Food Seattle site by Leslie Seaton

A little Fresh-Picked-style post right now up on the Slow Food Seattle site. Some very cool events coming up in the Seattle area this month, including a free fermenting class, free nature walk with beer brewers, symposium on native food systems, talk on uncommon apples, cheese & cider celebrations and more. Check it on out.

July encounters with flora and fauna by Leslie Seaton

I am about to post another "three years ago today..." post, and felt like I ought to just insert a quick "not three years ago" note just to break it up a little. I'll be posting more in-depth galleries of each of the below, but here are some highlights of the flora and fauna I met in July, including seals, raptors, chimps, a really aggressively affectionate elk, grizzlies (ok the bears were just via second-hand tales), peanut butter trees, berries, bees (of course).

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Mushroom dye workshop w/Alissa Allen of Mycopigments this October by Leslie Seaton

I might have shuttered Fresh-Picked but, as promised, I am still unable to resist telling people about interesting events. Here's one!

Alissa Allen teaches classes in making mushroom and lichen dyes (mycopigments). I took her class in 2013. I will admit I haven't actually taken the next step of making a mushroom dye, but there is often an extended incubation period for me between interest and action. Sometimes years. 

Images and some Vines from that event are above (complete gallery with captions here), and if you are interested, you can sign up for her event on October 8 in Eatonville. She'll have a special guest - Liann Finnerty - there to talk about silk design and everyone will get a silk scarf to practice on. The class I attended was great, very informative, and this is a pretty unique opportunity, so worth taking a look!

Check out the event and register here! And again, you can see the complete gallery of the class I attended here.

Three years ago today: Berry Picking Class with Langdon Cook by Leslie Seaton

Langdon Cook red huckleberry class on Bainbridge Island. Better Knowing a Berry circa 2011. I had met red huckleberries before this class, but this is when we really got acquainted.

This look back is giving me berry nostalgia. My berrymania burned bright and hot in the past three years but this year I have picked nary a berry. I am torn between wanting to make time for berry picking in coming weeks and NOT wanting to make time to process picked berries. I do enjoy foraging so much, but this year, feeling a bit torn about hobbies that create their own chores (a downside to wild food collection).

Recent developments at the Seaton household (a resurgence of berry-oriented smoothie-drinking) might be now creating some additional motivation for finding time for berries, but I think whatever plans I do make, I might have missed out on the stars of this slideshow: I generally have experienced that late July red hucks are especially wormy (at least from my favorite spot).

One can usually flush MOST of the worms from the fruit (keep them submerged in water until the worms all - shudder - crawl out looking for air, skim the top, discard, shudder more, repeat). But you can't flush the KNOWLEDGE of worms in your berries from your mind as easily so I'm sometimes...reluctant to risk late July red hucks.

But there's always blackberries. And mountain huckleberries. And although I keep ticking them nervously off on my fingers, there are still several (some! not enough!) summer weekends left. So there might be some berrymania, or at least berryenthusiasm to be had.

Click here for the full gallery and to learn more about red hucks and some other local (edible and not edible) berries.