Fall Foraging
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Fall Foraging

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Fall is upon us, bringing with it a new season of delectable wild foods. Nuts, seeds, and roots are the primary foragables this time of year, though some fruits appear in the fall and even persist through winter. Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we learn what foods fall has to offer the urban forager. We will focus on black walnuts and crab apples, as they are two species which are now legal to harvest in Minneapolis Parks!

Meet at the park on the corner of 3rd Ave S. and 24th St. E. in Minneapolis. (See map here: https://goo.gl/maps/wZAULiM9CLq.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.”

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Aronia: The Wild "Superfood"
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Aronia: The Wild "Superfood"

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Aronia (also known as chokeberry) has received much attention lately for its incredibly high antioxidant content. Branded as a “superfood,” it garners a high price at health food stores as well as online distributors. But why pay for it when you can pick it for free? Join Four Season Foraging and Maria Wesserle as we learn to identify (and hopefully harvest!) aronia berries. We will also discuss other wild edibles found in the area.

Meet at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and 27th Ave S. in Minneapolis. (See map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.” 

Sliding scale $15-$35. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Much Ado About Plums
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Much Ado About Plums

Rescheduled due to severe weather!

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Most of us are familiar with plums-- especially the sweet and juicy, purple-skinned variety that floods our grocery stores and farmers’ markets come August. But have you ever tried a wild plum? Small and tart, these fruits bear only faint resemblance to their domesticated cousins. However, they are still delicious, and make amazing jelly, jam, sauce, and even ketchup! Join Four Season Foraging and Maria Wesserle as we learn to identify (and hopefully harvest!) wild plums. We will also go over other fruit trees found in the area, such as cherries, chokeberries, and nannyberries.

Meet at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and 27th Ave S. in Minneapolis. (See map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.”

Sliding scale $15-$35. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Eat Your Weeds: Foraging Web Event
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

Eat Your Weeds: Foraging Web Event

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Instead of throwing your “weeds” in the yard waste bag, try eating them! Several species of plants that grow across lawns and gardens are edible and delicious, and oftentimes pack more nutrients than domesticated varieties. Join Four Season Foraging and Maria Wesserle as we learn how to identify common wild edible plants. Species we will cover include purslane, lamb’s quarters, dandelion, and plantain.

This is an online event! You will be able to watch in real-time, comment, and ask questions as Maria discusses plants through an interactive slideshow. You can also replay the video after the live airing. 

How it works: after purchasing, you will receive a confirmation email from Four Season Foraging. On the day of the web event, I will send you an email with a link to the live video. Simply click on this link at the time listed above in order to participate. 

Since this is Four Season Foraging’s first web event, there is a special one-time-only introductory price! Sliding scale $5 - $15. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Serviceberry Summer
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Serviceberry Summer

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Did you know that it is now legal to harvest certain fruit and nut species in certain areas of the Minneapolis Parks? Join Maria Wesserle of Four Season Foraging and Ryan Seibold of Hiawatha Food Forest as we learn about (and hopefully harvest!) one of those species, the serviceberry. We will also discuss recent changes to foraging and urban agriculture laws in Minneapolis Parks, as well as updates to the Hiawatha Food Forest.

Meet in front of the Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, 2701 E 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (See map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.”

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Urban Herbs
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Urban Herbs

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A surprising number of the plants that abound in urban areas and are scorned as “weeds” have awesome healing properties! Furthermore, some of the beautiful flowers that are favored for landscaping are also healthful herbs. Join Four Season Foraging and Maria Wesserle as we learn medicinal traits of common plants, and how to identify them. This workshop will focus on fewer species and get more in depth on each plant. Some plants we will cover include dandelion, rose, yarrow, and wild bergamot. Please note that we will not be harvesting any herbs, but we will have lots to discuss about them!

Due to the more technical nature of this workshop, it is recommended for ages 13+. (Adults may still bring younger children, but please be aware that this workshop will have less walking and more discussion.)

Meet at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and Humboldt Ave S. in Minneapolis. (See map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.”

Sliding scale $15-$35. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Spring into Foraging!
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Spring into Foraging!

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**The location for this event has changed! We will now be meeting at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and East 28th St. in Minneapolis. See map here. If you are registered for this event, please see your email for details.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April blizzards bring? Hopefully lots of tasty plants for the local forager to enjoy! Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we hike through Theodore Wirth Park and learn what wild edibles and medicinals spring has to offer. Plants we will probably encounter include garlic mustard, burdock, cattail, nettle, dandelion, and many others! Please note that you are not allowed to pick these plants on park land, but you will be taught how to identify, harvest, and prepare them. You will also get to enjoy samples harvested from other locations!

Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available. For more details, please email info@fourseasonforaging.com or call 612-440-5958.

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Maple Magic
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Maple Magic

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It may be hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner! Temperatures are slowly rising; soon sap will start flowing in trees. We as humans can take advantage of this! Maple trees, especially the sugar maple, are tapped in spring to gain access to the sap. Often this is boiled down into syrup, but maple sap is a wonderful product in its own right. Lightly sweet and full of trace minerals, it’s a traditional spring tonic that has been enjoyed by humans for untold centuries. Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging to learn how to identify maple trees and participate in a tree-tapping demo. Samples of maple sap will be served (provided that the sap has been flowing!) We will also discuss boiling sap into syrup.

Meet at Washburn Fair Oaks Park in Minneapolis, on the corner of 22nd St. E and 3rd Ave S. (See map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.”

Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please contact info@fourseasonforaging.com.

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Eating Evergreens
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Eating Evergreens

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Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean you have to stop foraging! Evergreens are easy to spot amongst the otherwise grey landscape, and they have a long history of treating coughs and colds, and supplying much-needed vitamins A and C during the winter. Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging to learn which evergreens to harvest and which to avoid. Also sample delicious tea and infused vinegar!

Meet in the kitchen of 4200 Cedar (see map here.) There will be a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.” We will begin in the kitchen, then take a short jaunt outside to look at some trees, and end in the kitchen with pine switchel and hot tea!

Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please contact info@fourseasonforaging.com.

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Fall Fruit Foray
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Fall Fruit Foray

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The days may be getting shorter and the weather colder, but that doesn’t mean the foraging season has come to a close! On the contrary-- fall is the time to harvest roots, nuts, and late-season fruits. Join Maria Wesserle of Four Season Foraging as we amble along the Midtown Greenway and learn what bounty fall has to offer the urban forager. We will discuss the identification, harvest, and preparation of a variety of wild fruits, including chokeberries, nannyberries, and rosehips.

Meet at the corner of the Midtown Greenway (north of Lagoon Ave.) and James Ave S. in Minneapolis. (Click here for map.) Look for a sign that reads “Four Season Foraging.” Please be on time, as we will be wandering around and you may not find us if you're late! 

Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available. This event is wheelchair accessible. For more details, please contact info@fourseasonforaging.com.

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