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News Fri Dec 19 2008

Keeping it Real Outdoorsy

A Madison, WI-area man gets a write-up in the Wisconsin State Journal for his love of foraging for food, e.g. making his own "catnip energy drink" made of minced burdock and dandelion root. The story is truly mind-boggling when compared to how the modern forager lives: he roams floodplains and forests looking for snacks in roots and grasses while I silently complain over the ten-minute walk to the corner coffee shop to buy a muffin. He cites his south side childhood as an inspiration, "where our Italian neighbors dug dandelions and added them to the hot fat of fried bacon, heating them just to the point of wilting'." Spring's only a few months away, people.

 

art / December 19, 2008 11:24 AM

A few very long, cold months!

But I'm with you and I think a lot of other people are too. There is definitely a new-found interest in foraging for foods and the Midwest is as good a place as any!

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