Foraging for Food, Medicine, Connection with Local Plants
Come learn about foraging while walking in the fields of the Wenham Food Project Farm. There we’ll meet wild weeds and cultivated plants, learning their uses for food and/or medicine. Foraging is an ancient tradition that brings you into close, intimate connection with the foods you eat and every day plant medicine. We will discuss resources, safety, identification, and methods of harvest and preparation. If you are interested in ways to take better care of your health naturally and sustainably, this is a walk you won’t want to miss! Bring a notebook, camera/phone, and a friend. A handout with some recipes is included.

Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, August 29   6:00 to 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 28 1:00 to 2:30 PM   Saturday, August 17 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Location: Food Project Farm 78 Larch Row, Wenham, MA 01984
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Cutting up herbs

Farmers Market Pestos
Pesto simply means “paste” and delicious pestos can be made many different ways—with various herbs and vegetables, with or without cheese, and with or without nuts. See a demo of a pesto made with herbs and veggies available at the Beverly Farmers Market, and get some ideas for making your own flavorful pestos that never get boring, in this informative 15-minute presentation by Ania Gruca and Iris Weaver.
FREE Monday, July 22, at 6:00 PM.

Ania Gruca is a local herbalist who grows her own herbs and draws on her cultural ancestry to inform her work.
Iris Weaver is a local herbalist and foraging instructor who has been eating the weeds her whole life.

Herbal shrubs and vinegars in pretty bottles


Herbal Shrubs and Vinegars to Cool Your Thirst
Herbal shrubs and vinegars have been used for thirst-quenching, tasty drinks for centuries. While shrubs are fruit and vegetable-based, the addition of herbs adds to their flavor and health-enhancing benefits. Vinegar-based drinks are marvelous for thirsty adults and kids, and easy to make. Learn about making your own shrubs and herbal vinegars you can use for mocktails, cocktails, mixed drinks, vinegarade, and more! We will learn about herbs, ingredients, and methods, and you will go home with 4 oz. of a delicious shrub! Handout and recipes included.

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 to 2:30 PM
East Regiment Beer Company, 30 Church St., Salem, MA 01970
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Preserve Your Herbs—Drying, Vinegars, Syrups, and More
It’s summer and you have all these great herbs from your garden or the farmers market. What do you do with them? How do you keep them vibrant and tasty and ready to use throughout the coming holidays and winter? Learn how to properly dry herbs, and what you can make with them that will enhance your cooking or make great gifts. We will discuss herbal teas, vinegars, syrups, herb blends, infused honeys, and more. Handout and recipes included.

Wednesday, August 14 7:00 to 8:00
East Regiment Beer Company, 30 Church St., Salem, MA 01970