It might still look like winter out there but things are stirring in the hedges and woods. Superfoods springing up all around.
Saturday March 10th sees our first foray of the year, time to get up close to nature, Ecofarm Gort, book through website or contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone at moment as I’m off in Australia enjoying sub-tropical storms)
Sunday March 11th sees us back in Clareen Offaly, places available, as above book through website or contact me by email.
Workshops during October were disrupted by storms and so I am offering a extra date in December, Sunday 10th @Nenagh. This will be in conjunction with the good folks @ Steeples and include a farm forage at Shanbally followed by lunch and workshop at Steeples, book through steeples or call Mary 087 7418536.
First dates for 2018,
There will be more dates and detail added later.
Eco farm @ Gort Co. Galway, book with ecostayireland.com
SATURDAYS @ ECOFARM 2018
SUNDAYS @ Wildfoodmary Clareen
More dates and detail coming in November, book your own date with Mary 087 7418536.
A fun day with transition year students today,here is just a selection of plants we worked with.
We also enjoyed some Wild Damson brownies (Gluten and dairy free of course) and Nettle Lemonade.
We saw flowering Hazel with it’s big male catkins and tiny pink female flowers, which is the part that becomes the Hazelnut.
We tasted a Garlic flavoured Cabbage, and found scented Sweet Violets.
We found Sorrel, loaded with vitamin C and learned about some common natural pain killers.
We identified wild foods packed with Protein and many other nutrients.
We dug for Pignuts met the resident donkey, dogs and animals.
Thank you all for a busy fun day,
Extra date 2017.
Mary has added an extra workshop for 2017.
- Sunday December 10th @ Nenagh, run in conjunction with Steeples this will be a farm, wood and wetland walk followed by indoor lunch and workshop. Book with folks @ Steeples or through Mary 087 7418536 cost €50 includes lunch and tastings.
2018 dates, here are some dates for 2018, more will be added.
- SATURDAYS @ ECOFARM GORT.
- March 10th
- May 12th
- September 22nd
- October 13th
- SUNDAYS @ CLAREEN
- March 11th
- May 13th
- September 23rd
- October 14th
Mary offers workshops to schools, primary, post primary, College and private groups, just call to discus your own specially tailored event. See below for some scheduled dates.
Workshops can be themed around such topics as fun with wild flowers and plants. Biodiversity, Natural health boosters, wine-making. Fungi… So if you are looking for an unusual gift or a fun educational/cooking experience contact Mar
- PLEASE NOTE: workshops subject to minimum of 6 people, max 15.
To arrange a workshop for your family or group, home or away, please contact Mary.
Saturday June 27Th 11 a.m, this special workshop will take place @ Derrinlough the house where I was born, took my first steps into nature and learned so much from my Mammy Jane.
cost €30 per adult, includes a tasting lunch of wild and organic foods.
The old fashioned roses are so fragrant just now and I’ve been working on ways to capture their fragrance so it can be enjoyed in depths of winter, very happy with this recipe for Rose Petal Jelly. In this recipe the petals are never boiled and retain their essential glory. Rose petals are also used as a remedy for many things.
- Viral infection,
- Hormone balance,
- Dry skin,
- Feeling unloved,
I can’t think of a better food to soothe a battered heart.
Rose Petal Jelly.
5 large handfuls of fragrant rose petals,
juice of 3 lemons,
1.2 litres filtered water (1,200mls)
2 teaspoons rosewater (optional)
1kg jam sugar.
Have small jars clean and warm ready before you start to make. Put all ingredients except the petals into a stainless steel saucepan, bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 5 mins or so, test for setting point.
Meanwhile slice the petals into small pieces.
When setting point has been reached turn off heat and stir in petals.Pot while hot into jars distributing the petals evenly between jars. Seal as quickly as possible. The petals will infuse in the hot liquid, giving their heavenly scent and colour to the jelly.
The jelly freezes very well and is best in small jars so it is used quickly after opening.
I am also making a glycerite from petals and will report on progress over the summer.