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Wild Food Mary

Foraging, education, wild liqueurs – as seen on RTE (Lords & Ladles, Dermot's Secret Garden) & the Irish Times

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Walks and Workshops

Information on Mary’s guided walks and workshops

Gifts

How about a gift voucher for a workshop with Wild Food Mary.

Workshops take place throughout the year, midweek and weekends. The day begins with a welcome cuppa and introduction. Then it’s off out a-gathering and identifying plants fungi, berries, herbs. Lunch is of best local organic and foraged foods and guests are welcome to help out. Afternoon is spent swopping recipes and ideas with possibly a second short forage.

Hannah and Lucy discovering wild foods at Roundwood house,
Hannah and Lucy discovering wild foods at Roundwood house,
Transition Year workshop samples
Transition Year workshop samples
Blackberry friands with hazelnut crackle, yummm
Blackberry friands with hazelnut crackle, yummm
Ready at last, Beech Leaf Liqueur
Ready at last, Beech Leaf Liqueur

Vouchers available now in 25 euro and 50 euro or more.To book please email me with value of voucher, your address or address of recipient, then pay by bank transfer or postal order.

Vouchers are valid to end of 2015 and redeemable against workshops and/or Liqueurs etc.Workshop dates posted here in mid January and subject to numbers. Minimum 4 maximum 16 people.

 

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November forage, Roundwood house, laois

Hannah and Lucy discovering wild foods at Roundwood house,
Hannah and Lucy discovering wild foods at Roundwood house,

November first, you might think it too late in year to go foraging.
Not so, on Saturday a group of guests and I gathered for a wild food talk, forage and dinner.
The talk focused mainly on mushroom hunting, how to forage safely and sustainably and how to include and inform children, also the benefits of mushrooms, not just in our diet.
The walk, in grassland, garden and under magnificent trees yielded 5 different edible mushrooms and plenty not for the pot, but beautiful in themselves.
We also collected fresh greens and some berries then headed back to the warmth of the fire to enjoy a sip of my Damson Vodka and relax before dinner.
Dinner was sublime, one delicious course followed another, with our wild finds combined with best of local produce.
The mood was relaxed, old friends and new sharing a special meal.Our two chefs, Paddy and Ted joined us for a well deserved desert. A nightcap sip of my Beech Leaf Liqueur rounded off the evening beautifully.

Thank you to Mama nature for her beauty and bounty.
Thank you to everyone for a great day and to Hannah,Paddy, Amilee and Lucy for the welcome at Roundwood.

 

Roundwood House forage

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Beautiful sunny autumn day spent in Slieve Blooms with Hannah and Paddy of Roundwood House and friends. Big thank you to Lorraine O Sullivan for great photos and Corinna Hardgrave for mention in Sunday Times food article on October 12th.

Last minute forage places.

Hello fellow foragers,

it looks like a great weekend to be out and about. 4 places have just become available on tomorrow’s forage (Saturday Oct 11th) if you would like to join us please call Mary on 0877418536, meeting half ten.

Also don’t forget Wexford, Janestown Nature reserve on next Sat Oct 18th. and

Saturday Oct 25th in Offaly.

 

Canal bank walk Sat Sept 20th

Now we are enjoying misty mornings and sunny days, perfect for Autumn’s  harvest.This year that harvest is bountiful with really good crops of Damsons, Sloes, Crab apples and plenty of lovely mushrooms in the woods. A stroll on Saturday yielded Princes (Agaricus agustus) Hedgehogs (Hydnum repandum)  and Amethysts (Laccaria amethystea) not to mention several different Boletes.

Saturday,  Sept 20 th there is a canal bank at Clonony, if you are interested in joining please contact me or Carol Bergin ; cdbergin@gmail.com

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Walk on the wild side

Wild food walks
August 5th, Tues 11am, Cloneen, Clareen, Offaly.
Sept 13th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, Clareen,
Sept 20th, Sat, Canal walk at Clonony, Cloghan, Offaly.
Sept 27th, Sat 11am,Slieve Blooms,
Oct 11th, Sat 11am, Slieve Blooms,
Oct 18th, Sat 12 noon,Janestown Nature Reserve, Wexford.
Oct 25th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, clareen, Offaly.

Nature is shaping up to reward any gatherer this year as there is an abundance of Damsons, Blackberries, Hazelnuts, Elderberries and who knows how many fungi, come along and join in, it’s a great time of year to get busy with hand made gifts, what could be better.
Book through Mary on 087/7418536, all workshops dependant on numbers.

June Forage Dates June 2014

3 dates for June,

Sunday june 1st at Clareen Offaly.

Saturday June 21st at Clareen Offaly.

Saturday June 28th at Clareen Offaly.

Come along and  get to know your hedgerow and how to use wild plants and fungi.

Enjoy a tasty lunch of wild and organic foods.

places limited to allow best experience, 

price 25 Euro per adult.

Book with Mary on 0877418536Image

 

Dates for May 2014

May 4th, Galway slow food event,fully booked.

May 10th, Jamestown nature reserve, Ennisgorthy, Wexford book with Will on (087) 2052266.

May 17th, Offaly forage,book with me on (087) 7418536.

The countryside is ablaze with wild flowers and all kinds of wonderful plants see and enjoy, not to mention the sublime Morels and St.George mushrooms, so come out and enjoy getting up close with your local hedgerow.

 

Time to go a gathering April May 2014

New Dates for Walks and lunch,

Fresh green growth is everywhere,spring flowers are appearing, it’s time to go a gathering.If you would like to get to know more about what’s available all around, how to cook it preserve it or even make simple home remedies. Join us for wild food walks and talks, lunch of wild and organic foods included.

Cost is 25Euro per person for walk and lunch.

In order to offer best experience numbers are limited so book early.087/7418536.

Pignut
Pignut / Fairy Potato / Prata Sioga

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April 12th Saturday.Offaly.

April 21st Easter Monday. Offaly.

April 26th, Saturday. Offaly.

Dates for May and June to be posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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