Wild, Foraged, and Indigenous Foods at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, 4/14/12

Our modern-day American diet relies on only about 30 plant species, while 200 years ago a Native Californian’s diet would have included about thousand. Many of these plants are still available free for the gathering along with many “weeds” introduced from other continents. This Saturday, come to the Farmers’ Market from 10 am to 3 pm for free tastes of wild, foraged, and indigenous foods, speakers, cooking demonstrations, plus all of the wonderful weekly farmers and prepared food vendors.
Spring is an especially abundant season for foraging. Come try samples of various edible wild plants such as miner’s lettuce (pictured), chickweed, wild radish, dock, nettles, thistles, a coffee-like bay nut drink, and possibly even acorn treats!
Presenters include the Foraging Society with Kevin Feinstein (Feral Kevin) co-author of The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area; Alicia Funk, co-author of Living Wild-Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada; Farrell Cunningham, Native Californian/Maidu Indian, speaking on “Tasting the Land: Local Health for Humans and our Habitat;” Tanya Stiller; the Seva Foundation; Emilia Sumelius-Buescher; and Kyra Epstein.
[Photo by Dawn Endico]

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