Wednesday, 14 May 2014
What can i say about the wonderful day we had at the Spring Forage at the Slieve Aughty Centre in Loughrea. I think you'll agree that the wonderful pictures taken by Trevor Moody Photography speak for themselves!
We were very lucky to have had renowned forager, Mary Bulfin (Wild Food Mary) as our guest forager on the day. Mary was also assisted by local Galway Foragers, such as; Enda McEvoy; biologist, Barbara Buckley; Conor Cockram & Ulrich Hoeche; along with herbalist Joerg Mueller from Solaris Tea.
After a brief introduction the foragers, led away the crowd in three groups in search for wild edible plants. Meanwhile back at the ranch, the very attentive Jenny and the staff of the The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen rallied around to ensure that the hungry foragers would have an array of delightful organic dishes upon arrival.
Two hours later, the foragers arrived back, beaming from ear to ear with their new found knowledge on wild foods.
Their finds included; Common Hogweed, Wood Sorrell, Blackthorn, Spruce shoots, Hairy Bittercress, Pignuts (Fairy Potato), Nettles, Broad Leaf Plantain, Sweet Cicely, Wild Blueberry (Fraochan), Beech Leaves, Dandelion, Three Cornered Leek, Chickweed, Silver Weed, Wild Primrose Flowers, Gorse Flowers (Whin), Sheep Sorrel, Wood Sorrel, Wild Pea (Vetch), St.Georges Mushroom & Violets.
The famished crowd were then presented with a delicious display of Farmhouse Cheese and Breads, Venison Pie, Salads picked from their Garden, Beetroot Hummus, Dressings, Relishes and Pickles, and delicious Wood Fired Pizza from their clay oven....YUM!!
After all that, i did not think i had any room left for dessert, until i saw the delicious array of desserts which our members brought along. I couldn't resist! It would have been rude to say no.
And so we came to the end of the day feeling content and happy with our fantastic adventure at the Slieve Aughty Centre, and still a few days later i am reminiscing, with my only regret being that i did not stay the night. When the crowd had left, the committee's final words over a glass of Vino, was "We'll be back!"
A big thank you Esther, Jenny and the Crew for their wonderful hospitality. To our insightful Foragers....thank you. Last but not least, to you our Members & Guests for coming along. Till July, Take Care, Kind Regards, Maria and the hardworking Committee.
If you like these photos, then i would highly recommend our very own Slow Food Member Trevor Moody if you are interested in web design, graphic design and of course photography.
If you are looking for a forager to take out a small personalised group, please either contact Barbara Buckley on 0879171414 or Ulrich Hoeche on 0876775015.