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.