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If you’ve ever handled black walnuts you know how well they can dye your hands, countertop and many other things you may not want a deep brown color.  Dark brown yarn is lovely. The first step is to carefully harvest your walnuts.  I always use gloves to do this as the fruit is a bit […]

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Acorns!

The acorns are ripe! They look a bit smaller than usual to me this year. Maybe the dry, hot weather? Check them over carefully to get good ones. So how do you get the good ones?  You are looking for nuts that aren’t super bitter, don’t have a lot of worm holes in them and are a light […]

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Waking up last week and seeing snow my first thought was how beautiful it all looked and my second thought was that it was time to pull out the orange simple syrup from the candied peel adventure.        

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The sumac is ripe!  The tiny lemony berries from this plant are widely used in the middle east as a spice to sprinkle on top of hummus, in a blend called za’atar and to make a zingy lemonade. Be sure to accurately identify this plant as poison sumac has similar leaves but white fruit instead […]

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As a new student to the University of Washington I have been taking a lot of walks to get to know the campus and give my mind a break between classes.  Imagine my joy at finding the place a forager’s paradise.  I tried to pass up the fat succulent acorns scattered across the sidewalks by […]

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Hello interested readers and urban farm enthusiasts, My name is Helen, and I am UFH’s foreign correspondent, also known as Diana’s daughter. I have come here to tell you about my experiences with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) during my gap year between high school and college. WWOOF is an exchange between hosts […]

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Hiking up Mt. Champlaine with my husband and daughter I noticed a gleam of blue on a bush to the side of the trail. Wiping the sweat out of my eyes and looking closer I found to my joy that it was a blueberry bush covered with berries. Wild blues are sweeter and more intense […]

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Wild Huckleberries

On our last day in Glacier Park we went to the Two Medicine area near East Glacier. Along with a distant moose and gorgeous scenery I was happy to find lots of ripe wild huckleberries. These tasty little berries are wild cousins of the blueberry and have a similar flavor. This flavor has been seized […]

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