Last weekend we celebrated the end of the Farmers’ Market. The idea that the Farmers’ Market has an end date sort of startled me when I first moved here. In California, the Farmers’ Markets meet year round, for the most part. And ironically, Autumn is the season of the most abundance and variety at the Market, but we know that won’t last. There is already a crispness and a chill in the air and a few sightings of snow! We took this opportunity to stock up on a few items to see us through the dark winter months that are fast approaching. John also took some beautiful photos so that you can see the abundance and variety for yourself.
This winter will, I hope, be a time of rest and renewal at the French Lowe household. As the year ends, we’ll be looking back at what was accomplished and what we hope the New Year will bring. The New Year is often a good time to take up a new hobby or a fresh approach to an old one.
With this in mind, I recently took a look at a new book from Storey Publishing, Backyard Foraging, by Ellen Zachos. Ms. Zachos is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about foraging for wild foods. For those not familiar, foraging usually refers to the harvesting of plants (sometimes referred to as weeds) from their natural habitat. Ms. Zachos is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about foraging for wild foods.
The book is organized by parts of the plant that you can harvest (i.e. leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, etc.), with one chapter devoted to plants with many edible parts. For each plant, Ms. Zachos tells you the sort of habitat in which the plant will be found, how to identify the plant, and some things you can make with that plant. It is a really cool book. Foraging is a pretty daunting idea to me, but if I decide to take it up, I will be sure to use Ms. Zachos’ book as a guide.