Highbush Cranberry Wine – 2010

KevinForaging, From the Cellar, From The Wild, Highbush Cranberry Wine, Wild Fruits, Wine11 Comments

Last Wednesday evening, upon light prompting [read: suggestion] from friend Valerie, I headed back into the bush to pick another round of the abundant crop of highbush cranberries. I’d picked 20 lbs already. I really didn’t need more. But only a few days prior, I’d been out to En Sante Organic Winery and Meadery [who are going to be undergoing … Read More

Highbush Cranberry-fest

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits, Wine6 Comments

I’d had enough of reading about Karlynn‘s foraging successes, especially having spent far too much time harvesting far too few berries of the low-bush variety. Rather than a sheet pan one layer deep of low-bush, roughly the same amount of time spent picking highbush yielded 21 lbs of fruit. As you can see in the photo, highbush cranberry grows rather … Read More

Root Cellar Update: December Garden Veg

KevinCanning & Preserves, From the Cellar, From the Garden, Root Cellar, Winter Veg4 Comments

Well. Success. I’m very grateful that the principles of cellaring are not rocket science or prohibitively expensive. This is my first winter with a functioning root cellar for veg – built in a corner of my conventional concrete basement – and every last item in there is providing valuable education for how to manage my cellar moving forward. So here … Read More

FROM LOCAL FARMS – En Santé Organic Winery & Meadery

KevinApple Wine, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, From the Cellar, Highbush Cranberry Wine, Kevin TV, Saskatoon Wine, Wine4 Comments

A simple hard truth about living in Alberta: vinifera grapes don’t grow here. [yet]. As a self-professed wine snob, that hurts the feelings a little. For a time I felt pretty good considering the Okanagan valley ‘local enough’ to get my wines, but a recent drive reminded me that 14+ hours isn’t really all that local anymore. Not even all … Read More

Pouilly Fuissé and Chorey les Beaune

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Yesterday was quite the wine day. I tasted my way through 43 or so South American wines, only to follow it up with an evening of a couple bottles of French wines with some guests. The first was the Pouilly Fuissé I’d been meaning to crack. I bought this wine to educate myself about what to expect from Pouilly Fuissé … Read More

Mmmm…pesticides.

KevinBlossoms, Food Politics, Foraging, Foraging - Other, From The Wild, Greens & Stuff, Mushrooms, Wild Fruits8 Comments

Dear whoever will read this, [this letter has been sent to the mayor and a number of city councillors] I would like to add my voice to all the others asking the city for a non-essential or cosmetic pesticide ban. I’m a local food writer heavily involved in the urban agriculture and foraging communities. I lead groups of Edmontonians to … Read More

Low-bush Cranberries

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits8 Comments

At a recent farm stay over the weekend, the smell was everywhere – that pungent, somewhat stinky odor…not of manure, but of fall cranberries. I looked, and looked, and looked – nothing. Until I looked down instead of up. I’m good and used to harvesting high-bush cranberries, and even have some planted in my yard, but have never come across … Read More