Plant ID walk & talk ending with tailgate taste Wild Root Soup

We will take a short trail walk around the park, visiting the field, stream and forest. When we return to the parking lot we will taste some wild root soup. Some ingredients I hope to be able to have in the soup are sunchoke, day lily, queen anns lace, solomans seal, evening primrose, spice bush berries, wild rice, ground cherries in mushroom broth. As with our Wild Recipes at Irvine we have our resident chef Jamie Kemp to thank for the soup. If I get real crazy I might harvest some cattail root and see if I can't squeeze in some bread to go with it, might end up being chestnut flour bread. Is anyone interested in getting soaked and filthy and harvesting some cattail root? Bring your own bowl and spoon.


Please do not hold a reservation if you are not able to attend. There will be food prepared and I would prefer to have an accurate head count before we meet.  


Kind regards,

Eric

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  • Martha S.

    Im glad everyone liked the pie. Persimmon pie is next, as I found a bunch today! BTW, the flower with the winged stem we saw along the river appears to be Helenium autumnale, Sneezeweed.

    2 · September 24, 2013

  • Randy T.

    Foraging wild food is some gangsta s**t!! Hahah... luv these meetups! Always learn new things and the people are very nice and welcoming. Soup was excellent and the pie as well.

    2 · September 23, 2013

    • Randy T.

      Ok.. I'll be sure to sign the sheet next time. I also fixed my name, I realize the R was too general. Thanks again!

      1 · September 23, 2013

    • Jamie k.

      Randy, thank you for not letting me call you "Rob" forever. Sorry.

      September 23, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I had a wonderful time .. thank you Eric and Jamie for the event, the wonderful day, the wild root soup-bread-tea-etc. and everything you did so this was such a great day – you two are marvelous .. thank you Nick for the nut tasting, cordage lesson, and support .. thank you Martha for the pie, support, etc. .. thank you Bean, and happy farming .. thank you everyone for visiting, teaching, and enjoying foraging.

    4 · September 23, 2013

  • Beth

    Thank you thank you for a wonderful hike and brilliant soup!

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Tami E.

    I couldn't think of a better way to spend an afternoon - chatting with super friendly and knowledgeable people on a beautiful walk, learning about each other and plants along the way, topped off with a delicious, hearty and beautiful root soup, out-of-this-world paw paw pecan pecan pie and other nibblie treats.

    4 · September 22, 2013

    • nina b.

      What's coming up next? ...I had to miss yesterday:(

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice group, knowledgeable plant people, yummy food.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Noah W.

    Had a great time and learned a lot! Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge with a newbie.. Food was fantastic and I'm looking forward to the next gathering!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Jamie k.

    And Martha, the pie was to die for!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Jamie k.

    Thank you all for coming out for a lovely afternoon. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the stew, and I am humbled by your compliments.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Cindy

    I enjoyed every minute - Eric and the other leaders possess a treasure trove of plant knowledge. And the soup, bread, pie and goldenrod tea were AMAZING!

    4 · September 22, 2013

  • MommaKC

    Have a great and informative time. And the soup, bread and tea were delish! Thanks

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Tami E.

    Jordan, second entrance: Map And Directions

    First Entrance to Park, Sherwood Farm and Park Office
    2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
    Baltimore, MD 21234

    Second Entrance to Park, Willow Grove Farm (Main Visitor Entrance)
    2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
    Baltimore, MD 21234

    Map of Cromwell Valley Park

    Directions for Visitors:
    Take the I-695 beltway to Exit 29.
    Turn left at the first light onto Cromwell Bridge Road.
    Turn left onto park entry road at 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road. Signs say, “Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Farm, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.”
    Follow the road across the bridge and park in gravel parking lot on left.

    View map and get directions from mapquest.com

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • nina b.

    I can't make it!:(

    September 22, 2013

  • Ariel

    Plans changed, I can't make it either. Enjoy!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pass my soup to the next bowl... Turns out I can't make it..

    September 22, 2013

    • Jamie k.

      Sorry to hear that, Elaine. Thanks for letting us know.

      September 22, 2013

  • Ian

    If anyone is in the cockeysville area that needs a ride, I'm happy to offer three seats in my car. Just call me at[masked]

    September 22, 2013

  • nina b.

    Not sure yet if I will be able to make it

    September 22, 2013

  • Star

    I'm also carless in Baltimore city of anyone is driving I would also love a ride!

    September 18, 2013

    • petecooke

      Star, I'm picking up Cindy at Greg's Bagels tomorrow around 1:40pm. If you still need a ride, let me know.

      September 21, 2013

  • petecooke

    It's supposed to be sunny and 70 tomorrow but it's still raining in Baltimore. Hopefully the trails won't be to muddy.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It seems I will be able to attend.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mangy White B.

    Ok folks here is a last reminder to bring bowls, spoons and cups tomorrow for the soup and tea. Also, here is the list of ingredients.

    Queen Ann's Lace root
    Burdock root
    Evening Primrose root
    Soloman's Seal root
    Day Lily root
    Lotus root
    Jack in the Pulpit root (sliced dried and crushed)

    Wild rice
    Ground Cherry's
    Spice Bush berry's (dried and crushed)

    Mushrooms that made the broth and some chunks
    Porcini
    Shiitake
    Eryngii
    Black Trumpet
    Bolete
    Oyster See ya'll tomorrow

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • nina b.

    Awesome!

    September 21, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Looking forward to participating in my first Meet up! & I know it's probably late in the game since it's a hot weather plant but i was wondering if anyone had any tips or knew where i could forage or buy Purslane! i had it earlier this summer, and lately have been craving it again like crazy! Any help would be appreciated.

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Randy T.

      Count me in as well!! Yum.

      September 20, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Yes, sounds good

      September 20, 2013

  • Jamie k.

    Also....if anyone wants to bring a pumpkin pie for sharing, I'll give you a hug.

    2 · September 18, 2013

    • Martha S.

      BTW, most were still not ripe. Next weekend and the weekend after!! PAWPAWS!!!!

      1 · September 20, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Ohhhh I truly hope to make this event .. pawpaw pecan pie sounds wonderful .. as does pumpkin .... we have some small very ripe paws I can bring if we don't have to eat them tomorrow.

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Regina M.

    I'm sorry to say that I won't be able to make the meetup on Sunday :( I'm just returning from being away. I will be looking forward to the next one. Sorry too that I will miss the root soup

    September 20, 2013

  • Cindy

    I would love a ride Pete, I can meet you at Belvedere Square, just name the place. My cell is[masked] in case you can't find me. I do not mind leaving when you need to.
    Thanks!
    Cindy

    September 20, 2013

  • petecooke

    Cindy/Star,

    I live in the city near Belvedere Square. I can give you both a ride if you still need one. I'm not sure how long the event is going to last but I have to leave around 3:45.

    Pete

    September 20, 2013

  • Randy T.

    Cool... coming out and bringing the kids and dog!

    September 20, 2013

  • Susan

    I am registered to attend this meeting - but need to cancel for personal reasons. Please make my space available for someone else. Thanks!

    Susan

    September 17, 2013

    • Jamie k.

      Sorry to miss you again, Susan. Maybe we'll eye up something closer to you next time.

      September 18, 2013

  • Dustin F.

    I have two chicago hardy figs i can trade for other fruit or nut trees or native perennial food plants at the meetup sunday. i took root cuttings from a large established tree in the spring. it is 20+ yrs old and vigorous. i will also be bringing seeds like motherwort, st. john's wort, bee balm, lobelia inflata, nicotina rustica, etc for trade.

    2 · September 18, 2013

  • Cindy

    If anyone is driving from Baltimore City, I could use a ride to and from this event. My phone is[masked]-0972.
    Thanks,
    Cindy

    September 17, 2013

  • Steve H.

    My Yes is really a Maybe ... as it depends on when others leave our place after the party.

    September 16, 2013

  • Martha S.

    I may have a chance to forage Saturday too between jobs and may bring along some more food to go with the soup and bread. The more food, the more fab, right? I just wish I could forage some cacao beans around here!

    2 · September 16, 2013

  • Brian M.

    nuts, outta town.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Dustin F.

    are you charging for this event? no price is listed.

    September 16, 2013

    • Mangy White B.

      no charge, gladly take donations if offered

      September 16, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Sorry but because I work when the Ravens are in town, I will not be able to make it.

    September 13, 2013

  • Jackie

    I need to be out of town on the 22nd.... Was really looking forward to this event, especially the cattail stuff. So I've cancelled my RSVP.

    September 12, 2013

  • Regina M.

    I'm just coming back from vacation the Friday before, and I have voluteer work all day Saturday, so I might and might not come.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined today and look forward to meeting the group...

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Jamie k.

    I'll be making the stew :0)

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Gabriel H.

    cant wait.looks awesome

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Jon

    probably too late in the season for good cattail root

    1 · August 30, 2013

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