apple harvest in Colorado Springs

Round 2 of our apple harvest!

There are a couple of locations around town, one on the far north end, and one on the far west side, where I like to pick apples. They’re allllmost ready. They’re still a little green, but ready to pick before the birds, bears, and deer get to them.

If you find a good tree, you can just shake one of the main branches and the ready apples will fall off the stems.

Speaking of apples, you can also use the abundance of crabapples that are all over town. There are some on common areas which we’ve picked and no one has ever prevented us. The best kind are the large, purple ones. We still have several gallon-sized Ziploc bags full of them from last year’s harvest. They make great jam!

On our trip yesterday, we harvested about 40 pounds of apples in less than an hour. I was in the tree shaking branches while Beth and Havi were collecting. Jonathan had climbed up his own tree and was picking and eating! I’m sure more apples went into him than into our bucket.

 

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Man Eating Bugs?? Check it out on 8/21 at 6:30 at Bear Creek Nature Center

Man Eating Bugs?? Check it out on 8/21 at 6:30 at Bear Creek Nature Center

This Friday, August 21, at 6:30pm, there will be a great Wild Edibles class at Bear Creek Nature Center.

There will be 3 of us teaching that night. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about edible plants, mushrooms, and bugs. Yes, you read that right. I said BUGS!

Plus, you’ll get to sample some treats from each category.

Before you start grossing out about eating bugs, remember that there are many cultures and civilizations on almost every continent which eats bugs, either alive or cooked. I’m certainly not saying that I enjoy eating bugs, but I have done it at this class.

So, if you’re adventurous, or you just really like unique gastronimic experiences, then head out to Bear Creek Nature Center this Friday and join us for the class. I’ll be bringing a salad mixed with some wild plants and some “lemonade” made with a very tart berry which grows abundantly at BCNC. Ken will be bringing some mushrooms cooked to perfection, and Todd is the man with the bugs!

Hope to see you there.

-Tracy

The concept of ethical harvesting is really pretty simple: don’t over-harvest. If you find a stand of your favorite wild foods, don’t pick everything available in that location. Leave some there for the animals to eat, other people to gather, and, most importantly, so that the plant can continue to propagate itself in that spot. If you over-harvest, you may deplete the supply and then you won’t have your favorite wild foods there any more.

You can notice an example of that in Garden of the Gods. Wild asparagus, which has likely been over-harvested, is very rare there now, plus you’re competing with the deer and other critters that like to feed on it. So, if you harvest from a spot, leave some there. It’s simple.

-Tracy

As of this morning, all our scheduled classes on Wild Foods In Colorado are full. The class dates are 5/4, 5/18, and 6/8.

Those of you who weren’t able to register for the classes may still send in your names as registrations and we’ll keep you on a waiting list in case others drop out of the classes.

Those of you who are registered, BE SURE that if you discover that you cannot attend, please let us know immediately so we can inform those on our waiting list. Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this class. It will be a great time.

-Tracy
The weed-eating, tree-chewing photographer in Colorado Springs