Foragers & Herbalists: The Reluctant Assassin – Foraging for Big Game in the Hudson Valley

November 30, 2022

By Mark Eis As a kid in upstate New York, deer hunting was a sort of autumn background noise that I generally ignored, a ritual undertaken by the kids still […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Preserving Your Harvest Part 2

October 31, 2022

By Merrie Witkin Last month’s column discussed ways to preserve fresh herbs.  This month we discuss storing and using dried herbs, including in herb mixtures.  Over the past few weeks […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Preserving Your Harvest Part 1

September 29, 2022

By Merrie Witkin It has been a tough summer for Hudson Valley gardeners, with high temperatures and the longest drought (at least in Southern Ulster County) I can remember. With […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Fattoush – Middle Eastern herb and bread salad

August 31, 2022

By Merrie Witkin Every culture has its ways of using leftover bread, the sacred staff of life, and summer bread-embellished salads are a popular means of doing so. Panzanella, the Tuscan bread […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Stuffed Wild Grape Leaves

July 29, 2022

The perfect finger food: Stuffed wild grape leaves (dolmades) By Merrie Witkin  When John Le Carre coined the phrase “ the constant gardener” as the title for his  2001 political […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: When Mint Comes into its Own

June 24, 2022

When mint comes into its own  Come June, mint is popping up full force in my garden. That is okay, because it  comes in handy for cocktails on the patio […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Pansotti (pot-bellied ravioli) stuffed with foraged stinging nettle & garlic mustard 

May 23, 2022

By Merrie Witkin  When I started writing this column, stinging nettles (urtica dioica) were not anywhere  on my radar. But I am blessed with an eagle-eyed gardener who knows his […]

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Foragers & Herbalists: Orzotto with Fresh Greens

April 25, 2022

by Merrie Witkin Orzotto verde con Piselli (Barley cooked risotto-style with fresh greens and peas)  I had hoped that this column would be all about ramps, the wild leek that […]

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Foragers & Herbalists # 4: The Springtime of Wild Chives

March 22, 2022

by Merrie Witkin As the snows of winter recede, most of us look forward to our favorite springtime rituals— walking in the woods and fields and seeking out early spring flowers, […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Why Herbs Part II

February 18, 2022

By Merrie Witkin  When we last convened during the snows of January, I was waxing volubly about the benefits of cultivating herbs. This month, part II of that discussion focuses  on […]

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