We have Wild Herb Days planned for Sunday, June 10, 12:30-4:30, Wednesday, July 25, 11:30-3:30. and Wednesday, August 29, 10:00-3:00.
We’ll begin each day with a plant walk, and we’ll harvest plants to use while we walk. Exactly what we make depends on what’s “out there,” but chances are that we’ll focus on nettle on June 3, which will probably mean making a very special kind of frittata known as a “leetata,” or perhaps a soup, and likely also a nettle vinegar. Or maybe we’ll sauté milkweed blossoms. We may also make a wild spring salad, or a pesto, or a tincture, or a medicinal oil…. It all depends on what’s abundant, but we will definitely make a few marvelous preparations with the wild plants we find, because that’s the best way to learn about the plants.
On July 25, we’ll probably find yarrow, hypericum (a.k.a. St. John’s wort, a.k.a. St. Joan’s wort), and catnip. We may even find goldenrod. We’ll probably make catnip infusion (yum!) and tincture something, or make a medicinal oil, and we may even make stuffed grape leaves and milkweed pods….
On August 29, we’ll make some marvelous beverage, probably sumacade, but we may make our signature catnip infusion as well, and we’ll probably tincture goldenrod, which should be abundant by then, but we’re also going to be launching our Hands to Hands service project to make salve for homeless people in the Greater Boston area. We’ll use the hypericum oil we make earlier in the summer (during Wild Herb Week and possibly also during one of our earlier Wild Herb Days), and we’ll also use some other healing herbs to make an amazing all-purpose salve. As usual, we’ll make enough that each household we’ll get to go home with some, but this time, we’re also going to make a lot of extra salve to distribute to homeless people. That’s why this Wild Herb Day will go for one hour longer at no extra cost to participants!
Where: Littleton, MA (exact address on registration)
How Much: $45 per family or household for each Wild Herb Day. This assumes that families and households make herbal products together and share them.