Since we don’t use herbicides, we’ve been pretty ruthless pulling these weeds out by hand. (One of the most frequent tasks that I assign my kids as punishment is the “100 Weed Penalty” – and I need to see the roots, please!) This year I thought I might leave a small section of my yard a weed sanctuary – as if they need encouragement! -- and see what I can add to my salads. I suppose there’s no way to contain the seeds, but if I put send them to the corner near a fence the blow factor might not be too bad.
Speaking of local foods, check out this cool Local Foods Wheel – it’s available now for the San Francisco Bay and New York areas. As it rotates, the window highlights local foods that are available at different times of the year.
Here’s a list of some local foods that are available now or will become available in the New York area in the coming weeks.
Winter Root Vegetables (in root cellar)
Abundant Variety of Eggs
Bluefish season begins
Spring Pasture Butter
I’m very eager to get some peas and spinach into the dirt outside, but we’re just beginning to thaw out. Soon, though. Very soon!
Note: Before eating any weeds, make sure that your weed is identified correctly, that you know what part of the weed is edible and whether it needs to be cooked. Make sure it is free from pet waste, salt or other snow melting compounds and herbicides. Wild Man Steve Brill is a great source of information and he's always giving tours around the New York area. Visit his site at http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/.