Monday, April 23, 2012

more wild eating



We made a lovely and delicious violet salad with the flowers and the greens from the violets growing in our back yard. The gully that was once a major eye sore in our yard, has now become the home of the most amazing assortment of wild edible plants. I harvested almost all of the garlic mustard the other day to freeze for later in the year. It was so easy. I just sauteed the greens in butter for a minute,then let them cool, and stored in freezer bags. They will be a great substitute for frozen spinach in many recipes. Next on the urban farm agenda, chickens. My town just passed legislation to allow chickens in the city. We are planning to raise a few from chicks and hopefully some day have a few eggs each morning fresh from the hen house. I find that the garden is the best classroom a child could have. What a lesson it is to be able to identify, harvest, and eat wild plants at age 5 and 7. I think they love our wild garden as much or maybe more then the one we planted. Who knew that I could experience farm life on less then 1/20 of an acre of land right in the middle of the city. 

This is what wild mustard greens look like.

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2 comments:

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

Yay for wild eating, so awesome!!!

And a double yay for chicks, what an experience. Our chicks should be arriving this week :)

naturally crafted mama said...

hurray for foraging in your city yard!! i'm looking forward to your future posts as we are slowly working on turning our postage stamp of a yard into a more sustainable parcel in the suburbs :) thanks for stopping by and sharing!