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Steve Mills

How About Foraging? Foraging for food, and other things.

Posted Friday, June 7, 2013, at 11:12 AM
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  • It has been my experience that if you can find an old homestead where the house is no longer there, you can find some interesting things that aren't being harvested by anyone. I have gotten apples, cherries, wild plums and several other things that way. Have to ask the property owner of course! As long as you are respectful, you usually don't have any trouble. Especially if you offer them a jar of home made jelly from whatever you have picked!

    -- Posted by SoldierMom on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 12:33 PM
  • Obviously you have not tried MY jelly. Turned out more like a drink.

    Those old homesteads are also good places to find heirloom plants and flowers. Same as you said about asking the homeowners though.

    I rescued trees and shrubs from a nursery that had gone out of business two years prior. When I contacted them they thought they were all dead (and they were close) but I put them in the infirmary and had enough to outline my half-acre lot in Murfreesboro.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 12:53 PM
  • BY the way, the plant in the picture has a minty smell and taste but not as strong mint as my regular mints. Maybe it escaped from a previous owner's garden. I might like it better in the fall or dried.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 1:27 PM
  • Here in Wisconsin, if you forage, it is for morel mushrooms. In the spring the morel sprouts from the earth from unknown places. Few know the secrets of the morel. If you should wander there, it could make the Hatfields & McCoys look like a cake walk. Wild Wisconsin morel mushrooms sell for about $30.00 per lb.

    That said, if I could forage in Tennessee, I would walk the Bell Buckle Lane, I would pick buttercups, I would go to an old friend on Central Ave. and there smell the honeysuckle that grew wild on the fence.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Sun, Jun 9, 2013, at 9:56 PM
  • Sounds like you are foraging for memories moonwalker. Betcha don't forage for red-bugs (chiggers) but you probably have something similar up there, blackflies?

    Speaking of morels, you might want to check out this fellows page about fungi. He is from Wisconsin http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 10, 2013, at 9:59 AM
  • Thanks Steve, I will ck that link. You are so right about the memory thing, seems the older we get the more precious our memories grow.

    As for that chigger thing, been there done that!

    I left Tn. in the 60's and I am still scratching. ;) Here in Wi. it's deer ticks, 'skeeters' that have their own landing pads, usually me, and carpenter ants so large they have formed a union.

    All things said and done, this beautiful state is second to none. But my Tennessee roots will be with me always.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Mon, Jun 10, 2013, at 12:06 PM
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