Summer Forest Foraging Feast Celebration at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, New York-USA

June 25, 2023

Threatening thunderstorms remained at bay— 

Jessica Rose Lee, community herbalist and forager schooled us on urban foraging as the definition offers is an intimate study and interaction with the living world around us, singling out a weed, berry, or mushroom.  Learning its name and properties, to include its nutritional value, what it tastes like, and where it grows. 

This was a segway to the most important part—how to creatively cook with it and preserve it!  

Then, we each prepared salad dressing in a glass jar to take home, made with organic apple cider vinegar saturating a plethora of wild bitter greens.  The jar is placed in a cool dark place for about a month,  then the greens strained and removed.

Add a bit of local raw honey and olive oil, and voila!  We learned that the organic apple cider vinegar serves as a solvent used to extract the herbal properties of the wild greens. 

Jessica prepared a special medicinal tea for us, made with the bergamot herb-a member of the mint family.

We enjoyed it with Uncle G’s Bees local raw honey. 

We had a blast talking about all things wild & edible, as the photographs suggest!

Guests attended from various towns within the tri corner areas of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Dutchess County, New York and Putnam & Westchester, New York. 

Ann Marie Robustelli
at The World Peace Sanctuary