I love the abundance of good foraging everywhere I go– whether it’s walking Amelia to school (plums, cherries, nettles, poppies…) along footpaths/ greenways in town (elder flowers, berries, more nettles and plenty of other herbs) or the sides of fields and country roads– hedgerows full of berries, sloes, and haws. I’ve had to learn about new fruits since I arrived. There are local TV shows about eating foraged foods, and plenty of recipe books for these free goodies.
I love this allotment (garden plot, for Americans!) guidebook, organized by months. It tells me exactly what to think about, a month at a time all year, for growing things in my own garden year-round. It’s exactly what I need, and I have just been loving the garden/ sustainability/ foraging section of our local book store. I would love to get all of Alys Fowler’s books, too!
This was my birthday present from my butcher: a potato-based country wine, made with raisins and oranges. His son made it under the guidance of the grandmother. Awesome, right? It tastes really good– like a light port wine. Jeff has a batch of parsnip wine that is tasting really wonderful, and will hopefully be ready in about a month.
This is Jeff’s most recent book purchase, which I heartily support. Good, old-fashioned country fun!
What are your favorite local foods?