Monday, September 26, 2016

Northeast Autumn Events

The edible berries of Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
These are the days of lemony Staghorn Sumac infusions, drying bundles of sunshine-imbued Goldenrod and scanning the forest floor for the minty morsels of Wintergreen. When I peer from my morning window at the mountaintops in the distance I see a horizon of green with brushstrokes of red and yellow and copper. On my hikes I find my feet slipping and sliding over fallen leaves that cling to damp lichen covered rocks. My evening runs are no longer by the light of the setting sun but by the deepening blue of the early night and I finish in darkness. Welcome Fall...your arrival is always so bittersweet because you simply don't stick around long enough, but perhaps the awareness of your brevity is part of what makes you so beautiful.

This is largely the last harvest for us, foragers, and the last of, in my opinion, the comfortable hiking let's get out there and embrace it! I am leading a number of events during this month of October to help you do just that...I hope to see you out there!

Homegrown Festival, Milford PA
Saturday, October 1st
11 am - 7 pm at Holy Crepes
Come devour delicious savory and sweet crepes and pick up a signed copy of A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail. Various local artists will be featured throughout town at local businesses, celebrating the creativity energy of Milford
Cost of festival: free

Milford Readers and Writers Festival
Sunday, October 2nd
11 am at Grey Towers
Pick the brains of your local nature writers at the Nature Writer's Panel located on the beautiful grounds of the Grey Towers Estate
Catskill Mountain Club Annual Dinner, Mt. Tremper NY
Sunday, October 2nd
5 pm at the Emerson Resort
Enjoy a delicious meal and the company of others who have a deep love for the Catskill Mountains. After dinner, I will be offering a presentation about my botanical hike on the Finger Lakes Trail and my further adventures in the Catskills mountains
Cost: $40 (includes raffle ticket)

Tusten Mountain Trail Hike, Narrowsburg NY
Saturday, October 8th
10 am at the trailhead on Crawford Rd.
Join me and the Delware Highlands Conservancy in a beautiful 3 mile loop along the Tusten Mountain Trail complete with old growth Eastern Hemlock and mountaintop views. Along the way I will highlight the edible and medicinal plants that we encounter.
Cost: free

Keystone Trails Association Annual Gathering, Emlenton PA
Friday - Sunday, October 14-16th
This will be a weekend of hiking and camraderie in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. I will be giving a presentation on Friday evening about my botanical hike on the Finger Lakes Trail.
Visit the website to register and for more information on cost of gathering (lodging, meals, etc)

View from a firetower along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Return to the Catskill Forest Preserve

Trail through the Catskill Forest Preserve 

It had been nearly a year since I had laid my body down on a hard lean-to floor in the blackness of the night after a day of hiking with dreams of feet upon trail yet again the next day. Everyday life has a way of making that kind of time pass without even realizing it is passing. I'm sure I'd know it if I awoke one day and realized I had spent an entire year on the trail. I suppose writing a book and falling in love also has that effect...the rest of the world falls away.  Speaking of partner and I also hadn't yet had the opportunity to take on an overnight trek together although we had been talking about it since nearly the day we met, also one year ago.

I searched for several days for the perfect route. The Appalachian Trail...too crowded. Nearby favorite trails....sure to be accompanied by other campers enjoying the primo spots on a summer night.  My mind naturally went to the Finger Lakes Trail, remembering my 60 nights of solitude last summer...but wouldn't it be nice to go somewhere I hadn't yet explored? My last week on the Finger Lakes Trail included some of the most beautiful terrain I had encountered along the entire trail. I remember reaching the end of the trail in Claryville and although I was tired, still wishing that I could walk just another day's worth of miles further in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Blaze on a Birch

That was it. I would make a return to the Catskill Forest Preserve but to explore a section of trail neither of us had yet traveled. I unearthed a map that had been gifted to me by my childhood dentist, dated 1989, along with a yellowing New York Walk Book from the same year and planned a route. Of course I did make a point to check online to confirm that the trail hadn't been consumed by the woods over the last 20years.

Our route through the Catskill Forest Preserve 

Much to my delight, this route would not only include two days in the Catskill Forest Preserve but a taste of the Long Path, New York's other long-distance trail of 357 miles. Our plan was to hike a 4 mile route to Batavia Kill Lean-to, summitting Blackhead Mountain along the way. That plan - like most hiking plans - was stymied after driving 2 hours under bright blue skies only to arrive at the trailhead in a deluge. Luckily our black cloud lasted for only an hour which we waited out in the truck. With less time to hike, we hiked 1.5 miles straight to the lean-to where we dropped packs and headed for a nearby vista which was reportedly more picturesque than the wooded summit of Blackhead anyway.

Looking back towards lean-to while en route to vista (trail descends straight down at the end of that green tunnel)

The short hike to the vista was strenuous, going straight-up even if it was only 400 feet. The view was rather overgrown but at least it got our blood pumping. At the top the temps cooled dramatically and the wind picked up, spraying light mist over our bare arms and legs....when the black cloud threatened to return so we scrambled back down to the lean-to. I spent nearly two months hiking in the rain last summer...I would avoid it at all costs on this foray.

Batavia Kill lean-to 

It rained for all of an hour and the black cloud retreated for the night, leaving sunset colored pink and orange fog in its wake and a cool night free of bugs. By the time the night stole the light, the clouds cleared revealing a sky so filled with stars it was dizzying to the senses. Lightning bugs joined in the golden flickering revelery as did two tiny eyes of a mouse that appeared now and again to see if we had dropped any crumbs. That night we laid down in the blackness of the night to a forest so quiet I am convinced that all the crickets and toads must have left for a party on the other side of Blackhead Mountain. Remarkably...just a few hours on the trail and an evening in a lean-to with my love had left my mind equally unoccupied.

The next morning was reminiscent of fall and mind you this was a day when the downtown temps of Hunter, New York were 88 degrees. The sky was brillant blue and air was crisp for the first time in weeks. We wore long shirt-sleeves while sipping morning coffee and marveled at how it hinted of autumn to come, reminding us to soak up the summer, hazy heat and all, because before we know it, the leaves will be falling. It was a perfect day for hiking.

View from a vista

On this day we did a 3 mile route, following the Long Path over Acra Point. Although we climbed up on our way, it was gradual for the Catskills, and the trail was pristine. Paper Birches (Betula papyrifera), Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum), Striped Maple (Acer pennsylvanica), and Balsam-firs (Abies balsamea) lined the trail. Large boulders covered in rock tripe dotted the woods and mounds of soft green moss carpeted the trailside. The Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) had evidently just bloomed, the Asters (Aster acuminatus) were growing tall adding whorls of leaves onto their stems, and the Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) were just beginning to ripen. It was high summer here in these mountains.

Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)
Cherries (Prunus spp.)

Common Wood Sorrel leaves (Oxalis montana)
Reaching Acra point was by far the pinnacle of the hike. We had stopped to lunch at another vista believing it to be the summit, atop a large rock with a view of the valley below. It had been lovely...but paled in comparison to this view.

View from Acra Point

Another view from Acra Point
The large flat rock was perfect for laying atop in the noon-day sun. We lazed about nibbling ripe blueberries and gazing out at the layers of green mountains. I hadn't seen a view this remarkable since I had been in Asheville. The woods surrounding Acra Point offered a stark contrast of darkness to the clarified light of Acra Point's silver-grey flat rock. The forest floor was a carpet of rusty colored evergreen needles and moss of every color. We rested here and drank up the beauty of this mountain, filling our reserves before walking the last 1.5 miles back to where we began in the parking lot.

As we descended, the trail leveled out following Batavia Kill Stream and the temps rose even in the shade of the woods. Tiny flies and mosquitoes returned happy for a taste of our newly christened hiker skin. It was as if we were descending from somewhere far further away than a mere 1000 feet.

Batavia Kill Creek

Driving home that late afternoon, we marveled at how the rest of the world looked renewed. Sights we had passed along the drive that we had failed to notice in our haste to get to the trail now caught our attention...tiny backyard farms, crumbling barns and dilapidated country inns, snaking gravel country roads that led to yet more places unknown to us....and that night we even noticed the sound of the crickets through the thick walls of our bedroom when we turned off the air conditioner, our skin already acclimated to the balmy summer air. That is indeed the magic of a good doesn't end when you leave the trail but rather accompanies you home, affecting all of your perceptions and coloring them with the beauty of where you have been.

Scott and me at Acra Point

Monday, July 4, 2016

Northeast Summer Events

I am pleased to announce that the botanical adventures will be continuing through the Summer months! The greens are abundant and the flowers are in full bloom with new faces appearing daily, so what better place to be but in the woods and on the trail! I will be traveling throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, so take a look below to see if there is an event in your area. I am continuing to add new events, so please do check back at my Facebook page, for updates. If you would like to schedule an event with me, please shoot me a message there. I hope to see you on the trail!

WHPC 90.3 FM - Natural Nurse Ellen Kamhi, an interview with the Botanical Hiker
July 6th 12:00 pm and July 10th at 11:00 pm

Plant Walkin' and Cider Drinkin' 
July 17, 1- 4 pm
Join me at Cider Creek Hard Cider for a walk along the Finger Lakes Trail where we will identify wild edible and medicinal plants. This easy 1 - 2 mile hike begins and more importantly...ends at the tasting room where you can enjoy a cold cider and wild edible refreshments. Pre-registration is required and group is limited to 25 people, visit the Facebook link below for more details and to register.
 Location: Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo, NY
Cost: $20 per person

Susquehanna Sierra Club and Triple Cities Hiking Club Outing
July 24, 1:30 pm
Become a member of the Susquehanna Sierra Club or Triple Cities Hiking Club and join in the fun! I'll be leading a plant walk at 1:30 on the nearby Finger Lakes Trail. At 4:00 reconvene in Greenwood Park for a vegetarian potlock.
 Message me at Facebook if you are interested in joining.
Location: Greenwood Park in Lisle, NY
Cost: Membership fee

Festival of Wood
August 6 and 7, 10 am - 5 pm
Find me at the Delaware Highland Conservancy table. This organization does incredible work for our regional wild lands! Learn more about our protected lands, how you can get involved and pick up a signed copy of my book, "A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail"
Location: Grey Towers in Milford PA
Cost: Free

Plant Walk with Skylands Sierra Club
August 13th, 10 am - 1pm
Join me for a walk inside one of New Jersey's state parks where we'll identify our local edible and/or medicinal plants. An inside scoop...this hike will include a waterfall and the water-side loving plants!
Group is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required
Contact David Alcock to register: to register
Cost: $20 per person

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Picnic
August 27, 12 - 4:00 pm
Here I will be leading an hour-long easy hike along a woodland trail on the 119 acre Lemons Brook Farm. There will be a community potluck, live music, and activities for children of all ages. Come join in the fun!
Pre-registration is required
Visit this link to register:
Location: Lemons Brook Farm in Bethel, NY
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Adirondack Mountain Club Monthly Meeting
September 15, evening (time to be determined)
Join me for a presentation about my hike along the Finger Lakes Trail and N NJew York's edible and medicinal plants
Contact me at my email or on Facebook if you would like to attend.
Location: Binghamton, NY
Cost: Membership fee to Adirondack Mountain Club

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lackawaxen Foraging

It has been a busy Spring to say the least. I've done a good job of filling my days with plant walks, vending at various herbal and trail fests, and sharing in your love for the plants and your enthusiasm for our long distance trails. In my downtime, I have been galavanting through the woods, along the rivers, and over the mountains with my love's hand in mine. This is all such good good that I give my gratitude daily for the joy that is my life these days. does leave little time for blogging...but there is so much to blog about...where do I begin?

The Delaware River along the Finger Lakes Trail - if you were to follow this river south, you would eventually reach where the Lackawaxen River joins with the Delaware and where the tiny town of Lackawaxen sits.
Let's begin with Lackawaxen. 

This is where you say..."Lacka-what?" Lackawaxen is as little known as it is small. It's a friggin' speck of sand on a map, or rather a cluster of civilization in the northeastern mountains of Pennsylvania. We have three businesses on the main drag and they are all owned by the same person, these consist of a sports shop (and I don't mean tennis rackets and basketballs) with lots of stuffed heads mounted on the walls, a cafe with a beautiful view of the river, and a convenience store providing bread, eggs, milk, and well what else do you need? I didn't let my cat outside for the first month we lived here because I was scared she would get picked off by the bald eagle that nested on the cliffside outside our front door. I got over that when the trees leafed out but she still doesn't go out at night due to the pack of coyotes we opened the door to one evening. 

So we don't have much of the sophisticated here in Lackawaxen...but what Lackawaxen does have besides bald eagles and coyotes, is...plants. Okay, that's an understatement...a botanical wonderland divided only by the confluence of the Delalaware and Lackawaxen rivers and the occasional winding road.

Gooseberries (Ribes spp.)
Just two weeks ago, the Gooseberries (Ribes spp.) appeared, which mind you, if you don't know just where a bush is and when it's going to fruit, it's likely you may never spot an actual Gooseberry bush bearing gooseberries. The woodland creatures enjoy them so much that they are gone long before they are ripe enough for our picking. There are numerous species, some native and some non-native, and are quick to hybridize, therefore offering a wide spectrum of flavor, from disgusting to delicious. These here were sweet and flavorful but with high astringency. 

Mayapple leaf (Podophyllum peltatum)
The Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) with their large umbrella-like leaves have already put out their waxy white flowers and are on their way to sporting small egg-sized fruits. Mayapple has two forms. The first is that with a single leaf atop a single tall stalk, the other is that with two leaves atop a forked stalk. Look for those with forked stalks to find a juicy fruit that is edible when ripe. Be certain the fruit is yellow, then slice in half, scoop out the seeds and discard, then scoop out the edible flesh of the fruit from the inedible skin. Eat only the seedless flesh of the Mayapple fruit, as other parts are mildly cathartic to potentially deadly.

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) fruits

In this sunny, dry spot against the rockface, Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is already beginning to fruit, relatively early for this small tree. Staghorn begins with cones of yellowish-green flowers that give way to these fuzzy fruits that taste sour as lemons. Harvest a single cone and submerge in a pitcher of cold water, mashing the fruits with a large spoon or spatula once in water. Allow the cone to steep for 2-4 hours and remove. Strain the pink liquid through a clean bandana (that you don't mind dying) to remove the tiny hairs, sweeten to your taste, and sip. Sumac is loaded with Vitamin C, an important vitamin to replenish during the hot summer months.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) underside of leaf
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), as a non-native invasive often gets a bad rap, but we should remember that it is a highly medicinal plant with a lesser known spiritual side. This plant begins small, bearing just a leaf or two, but by summer's end, will be a tall arching cane over four feet tall bearing these alternately arranged, deeply lobed leaves with silvery undersides. The aromatic leaves are highly effective in aiding digestion when steeped in a tea and consumed before or after dinner. Pagan practitioners also enjoy a cup before ritual to encourage astral projection. Why not try a cup before bed to enliven your dreams? Use just a few leaves to one cup.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

These Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) leaves quickly landed in a pot, going to feed a host of plant people, perhaps a few of you reading this blog! This particular community of Stinging Nettle resides along the Lackawaxen River and was so prolific that it may as well have been a forest unto itself. Stinging Nettle is actually a non-native nettle that has naturalized here in the states. This Nettle has opposite leaves as opposed to our native nettle (Laportea Canadensis) which has alternate leaves. However it matters not which nettle you have as both of these are edible. Harvest the leaves before the plant has flowered then steam, simmer, or saute to eat as you would a green vegetable or puree into a hummus or pesto. 

Besides the plants found throughout the area, I have been enjoying discovering a host of nearby trails such as the Tusten Mountain Trail, Indian Lookout, and various trails with names unknown to me. I will save tales of these treks for another blog post as I don't want to keep you gazing at this computer screen any longer. Get outside and breathe it in, soak it up, feel it through and the through, and give thanks for these long days of Summer while they are here. Also, be sure to check back for details on my guided hikes that I'll be leading on some of these area trails!

Atop the cliff behind my house (yes, the one with the bald eagles and coyotes...and of course many, many plants!)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Northeast Spring Events

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepius incarnata)
I am excited to have a full schedule of book signings, plant walks, and presentations lined up for the Spring here in the Northeast. My newly published book and second in the Botanical Hiker Series: A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail will be available at all events. Thank goodness Spring is here to warm our bones, drizzle us with rain, sprout our woodland medicinals and, yes, even our common weeds, and beckon us back onto the trail!

Medicine Wheel Fest at Lusscroft Farms (Wantage, NJ)
May 14th and 15th (Saturday and Sunday) 10am - dusk
Join me on a plant walk at 1 pm on both days of the fest and pick up a signed copy of the new book at any point in the day at my booth. There will be variety of botanical workshops and craft vendors to the tune of foot-stomping local music. This is a celebration of Spring in the Medicinal Wheel Garden at Lusscroft Farm.
Cost is Free

Herbal Hoedown at White Hawk Ecovillage (Ithaca, NY)
June 4th (Saturday) 9:00 - 6:30
Join me for a edible and medicinal plant walk on the grounds of the fest and pick up a signed copy of the new book throughout the day at my booth. There will be host of botanical experts available to share their knowledge with you through various plant walks and workshops as well a wide selection of local botanical goodies for purchase.
Cost is $20 - 60 sliding scale with work/trade opportunites available

Plant Walk with the Sierra Club at High Point State Park (Montague, NJ)
June 11th (Saturday) 10:00 -12:00
Take a ramble around New Jersey's highest point and learn about our local edible and medicinal plants. Hike will be easy/moderate with lots of stopping to admire the plants, so be sure to bring your camera and notebook as well as your hiking shoes
Contact Dave Alcock at to register
Cost: $20 (group is limited to 20 participants so be sure to reserve your spot!)

Finger Lakes Trail Spring Gathering (Montour Falls, NY)
June 17th - 19th (Friday - Sunday)
This is a hiking-filled weekend with fellow members of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (check out their website to join if you are not already a member I will be Saturday night's keynote speaker leading you along New York's 1000 mile trail as I experienced it during my 2015 thru-hike. I will also be leading a hike on Saturday through NY's one and only national forest, identifying the botanical beauties along the way.
Cost is affordable and varies according to chosen lodging options (Registration closes 5/20 or at the limit of 180 people)

More plant walks, classes, and book signings to come! These will be listed here at the blog or on my facebook page at . Hope to see on the trail or on the festie fields!

A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail

A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail - published by Pisgah Press 2016

I am so very thrilled to announce that my second book in The Botanical Hiker Series: A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail (Pisgah Press 2016) is now in print and available for purchase. It was a long winter of researching and writing and dreaming of seeing the familiar faces of Violet, Trillium, Bellwort, Chickweed, and others that are the first to appear in spring. However over the last nine months--a new guidebook was born and just in time for the foraging season!

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) - A valuable woodland medicinal that enjoys the cool of  the waterside in shaded woods. It is rich in thymol which is an organic compound found in its aromatic oils. Thymol is antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal. This make a trailside encounter with Bee Balm very handy when in need of first aid. Pluck and steep the leaves to make an infusion that may be used both internally and externally. (Full description and recipe may be found in the guide)

A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail is a backpacker's practical guide to identifying, harvesting, and utilizing the useful plants found along the Finger Lakes Trail and throughout New York state. All of these plants may also be found here in our Pennsylvania and New Jersey rock strewn mountains, deep river valleys, grassy meadows and farmfields. Many of the plants are common weeds of the eastern United States and woodland medicinals found throughout the Appalachian mountains.

Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) - A common weed of roadsides and meadows. Its leaves, flowers, and long slender seedpods (also called siliques) are all edible. Why not try this recipe, preparing the dish as you would sautéed kale or collards :

Dame's Some Greens
1 handful of Dame's Rocket leaves
2 handfuls of non-bitter wild greens
5 Dame's Rocket siliques, diced (or the seeds from 5 siliques)
1 small shallot slivered
2 t olive oil or 2 pats of butter
1 squeeze of lemon or dash of rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
A few Dame's Rocket flowers to top dish (optional)
(Method of preparation included in the book)

The guide is perfect for both the budding plant enthusiast as well as the blossomed botanical expert who desires to learn yet new ways to utilize and prepare familiar plants. Besides botanical and habitat descriptions, each plant in the guide is accompanied by a color photo and showcased in an easy-to-prepare, wholesome and delicious recipe which may be prepared on or off the trail. Quick Reference pages in the back of the guide lend a hand in the field, grouping plants according to habitat, food and/or medicine, and plant parts used.

Deviled Eggs and Violet

Veggie Bruschetta with Wild Greens Pesto 
Presently, the book may be purchased here at the blog through Paypal and very soon at an outfitters or independent bookstore near you! Stay tuned for the next blog post in which I'll provide a schedule of upcoming events of book signings, plant walks, and presentations throughout the Northeast.

Woohoo! Now step away from this computer and get to hiking and botanizing!

The Finger Lakes Trail through Hunter's Creek State Park

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Southeast Events

Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)
This is just one of the wild edibles presently speckling our lawns, roadsides, and garden edges. Its triangular leaves, square stems, and lavender flowers make the most delectable pesto when blended with a heavy pour of olive oil, chopped walnuts, crushed garlic, and shredded parmesan cheese.

Happy Spring my fellow plant enthusiasts and hiker comrades! I must apologize, I have been a lil' delayed in getting this post up, but the truth is I have spent the last so many months in a winter of writing, pouring all my energy into getting the next book on the shelves. In between your warmer weather forays into the woods, keep checking back here at the blog for the release of, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail. It should be available in the next month!

The good news is, now that the purpose for all that writing is coming to fruition, I'm hitting the trails and the herb and trail festivals again...presently in the Southeast. I had the pleasure of seeing a number of you at the Mother Earth News Festival in Asheville this past weekend. Thank you to all of you who attended my talk, Eat Wild: Identifying the Wild Edible Plants in your own Backyard. For those of you who purchased a guide, I hope you are already nibbling on those Violet leaves, Wild Onion shoots, and Dandelion flowers adorning your lawns. For those of you who were too busy hiking to attend, I'll be leading a number of other events in the Asheville area this month. Check out the schedule below:

A Mountains to Sea Trail Plant Walk
hosted by Diamond Brand:
April 12th, 1-3 pm, Diamond Brand Outfitters in Arden, NC
Cost: Free
Join me for an easy walk along NC's long distance trail, identifying the edible and medicinal plants along the way. Be sure to bring your cameras and a notepad (or for the tech-savy, your smartphones!)
Book Signing
hosted by Diamond Brand Outfitters in Arden, NC
April 14th, 3pm - 6pm
Get your wild edible and medicinal plant questions answered, talk trail, and get a signed copy of,
A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail
The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Appalachian Trail
at Hot Springs Trail Fest
April 16th, 12-1 pm
Learn about the plants found throughout the Southern Appalachians, swap hiker stories with thru-hikers, and enjoy some foot stomping music in the beautiful town of Hot Springs, NC
Cost: Free
Urban Wild Foraging: Identifying the wild edible and medicinal plants in your backyard, city streets, and urban thickets
hosted by Villagers in West Asheville, NC
April 26th , 6:30 - 8:30
Join me for a presentation on our local wild plants and a plant walk through town. Herbal snacks and tea provided.
Cost: $15 - 25 sliding scale

Spring Herb Fest
at the WNC Farmer's Market
April 29th - May 1st, 8:30 - 5 pm 4/29 and 4/30, 10 - 3pm 5/1 
This is Asheville's 27th annual Herb Fest. Vendors offering every plant imaginable, as well as herbal products and goodies will be on site. Come pick up a signed copy of, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail!

After these events I'll be heading back up to the northeast where a slew of other hiker and herbal fests will be in full swing...our flowers are just beginning to show their faces there, so by this time we'll be celebrating their full arrival.

I'll also be sure to fill you in on my woodland ventures, mountaintop views, and little known trails in my new home of Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. I know, I know, "Where in the world is Lackawaxen?" On the map, it's about as tiny as a single Wild Mustard seed, but as far as it's beauty goes, it's Daylily blossom big.