Category: Summer Blog Posts

Wild Fruits of Summer

Share…If you grow a garden or have access to a farmer’s market, the summer often brings an abundance of delicious fruits, from strawberries to melons. But the forgotten fruits of summer, are the gems of the wild. A few of my favorites include blackcap raspberries, manzanita, gooseberry and elderberry. Blackcap Raspberry Growing easily in shaded […]

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Manzanita Recipe Winners

Share…Manzanita is my favorite wild food in the summer.  Here are three recipe winners from the 2014 recipe contest – a Manzanita Energy Drink by David Ward, Egg in a Manzanita Nest by Leah Walsh, Manzanita Tortillas by Shanan Manuel and Manzanita Crackers by Summerthyme Bakery. Manzanita Energy Drink 1 ½ cups of apple juice or other […]

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Manzanita Madness – Gathering Time

Share…Manzanita Madness   This is one of my favorite wild food moments, when the Manzanita berries are ripe and ready to pick.   Manzanita, an abundant evergreen shrub that grows throughout California, is often overlooked. However, its berries have a long history of use as a food, both as a cider and a sweet sugar […]

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The Case for Native Food Crops

Share… This is an excerpt from an upcoming article to be published by the Rachel Carson Center for World Food Day, October 2013. -Wild Local Food, Alicia Funk Although “nature” is a word used commonly with reverence, much of our real, daily connection to the natural world has been lost. With a changing climate, a 75% […]

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