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Fine Dining: Wild Salad

Every day when I get home, or before lunch on weekends, I put my daughter in the Ergo carrier or pull on her boots, and we go out to the field to pick greens. Most goes into salad, which we enjoy with simple chutney vinaigrette or oil and vinegar at least once every day. Others we sauté.

The pleasure I glean from gathering, washing, arranging, and eating is immense. Knowing that the earth is feeding us of its own plants and short, bountiful season is both gratifying and awesome. And to know that for most of my life I marched past these free wild vegetables makes me almost regretful.

If you’re on the West coast, and probably even if you’re not, five of my favorite greens are undoubtedly familiar to you, and I’ve got photos and descriptions in my guest post at Cold Creek Homestead.

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  1. January 19, 2015    

    That must be amazing to pick your own greens whenever you like! I live in new york city, so the closest I have is a light-deprived herbs struggling in my low-lit apartment. I dream of having a garden some day where I can grow my own vegetables – someday!

    • January 19, 2015    

      Hmmm…I was prepared to tell anyone that they too have edible plants outside their front door, but NYC might be a little tough for that! Glad to hear you have some herbs. When you get out of the city be sure to bring a field guide and bring some edibles back with you!

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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