Recently I took a bike ride to collect some wild yarrow and blackberries. Yarrow is an herb with lots of uses and benefits. The blackberries were about 20-30% ripe, so I was able to collect about a cup. They're really tart, but also really tasty!
I also recently got an email from a Wild Foodies group in Philadelphia about the plant of the week, Rose of Sharon. I hadn't heard of it, and when I saw a picture, I recognized it as a plant that my landlord has growing up and down the edges of his property. I found a recipe to stuff the violet, pink, and white flowers in goat cheese and bread and fry them. That seems tasty, but I also want to find a recipe that doesn't completely hide the taste of the flower. I believe the leaves are edible as well. There's food all around us!
I found this praying mantis hanging out in my Kale a couple days in a row. Good luck or something, right?
Then I found these melting, drippy mushrooms growing on my straw bale garden next to some watermelon and pumpkin seedlings. It was a hot day, but I've never seen that before. Trippy!
At work the other day, I was playing with a little butterfly or moth. It looked a bit like a monarch on the top of it's wings, but with the wings up, it looks more moth-like. What do you think? He wanted to eat my finger. Silly guy!
A few nights ago, some friends of mine with the SAGE Coallition threw a cookout/concert in downtown Trenton at the Gandhi Garden (219 East Hanover St Trenton, NJ). Vita and the Woolf played an awesome set, and Ruff House brought the funk! It was a great time!
Vita and the Woolf
I also recently harvested a bunch of Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrot) flowers to make a jam. I need to collect a bit more, but I'll post pictures when that's finished. It's suppossed to be very tasty, so I'm excited to see how it turns out.