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Piedmont Picnic travels north: Old and new wild food friends

Over the last couple of weeks, this half of Piedmont Picnic Project went on a great northern adventure – heading up to the Ottawa River on the Quebec-Ontario border in Canada, just like I have done every year as far back as I can remember.  This place holds some of the earliest foraging and wild food memories for me – fishing for walleye, chomping on teaberry leaves, and shoving as many little wild blueberries as I could in my mouth. This year, I couldn’t wait to see if all of the foraging we’ve been doing with Piedmont Picnic would have sharpened my eye to find more wild edibles that I may have never noticed before up there.  And, as always, it did not disappoint.

So what did I find?  Plenty of the old classics like blueberries and teaberry plants (aka wintergreen)…


But also edible plants I knew from foraging in North Carolina, that I hadn’t noticed before up north…  like milkweed and juneberries. My family was skeptical of a new berry at first, but those that were brave enough to taste the juneberries were sold!

#Milkweed in bloom along the #OttawaRiver. Piedmont Picnic goes north.
#wildfoodlove #foragecanada #foraging #eh?

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I was also excited to find plants I had seen growing up but not known they were edible or other plants I had only read about and never seen in person – like fireweed and beaked hazelnuts!

Finally, the best part was sharing old traditions with the next generation – like finding “red light” moss (aka British soldier lichen) or how to bread walleye using the family recipe for a fish fry.

#tbt to #britishsoldier #lichen on the #ottawariver last week! Or as we called them growing up #redlights. Piedmont Picnic goes north!

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Just like every year previous, I am glad to be home, but I already can’t wait to go back next year.

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  • Reply
    Denise Palmer
    August 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    So beautiful! Love the post! Pics are so sweet! Love those chubby little hands.

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Awww thanks! You’re talking about my hands, right? 😉 hehe!

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