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Sheldrake Lake (Teens/Adults)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Mamaroneck

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Mamaroneck, Westchester County
685 Weaver St
Btwn Lakewood Ln & Bonnie Way
Larchmont, New York 10538
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 35
Teacher: Violet Brill

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this foraging class:

March 24, 2019

Sheldrake Lake is great for early spring foraging. Right out of the parking lot, the group will collect garlic mustard, a nutritious, tasty, garlicky green with a root that tastes like horseradish. The leaves are great in salads, but they also make an outstanding pesto. You can even coat them with herbs and roast them like kale chips.

Other tasty greens growing along the trails, and as "weeds" in cultivated areas, include dandelions, hairy bittercress, winter cress, curly dock, bitter dock, field garlic, violets, and chickweed.

All the wild root vegetables are in season now, and they're doing great at Sheldrake. Violet will show everyone sweet, peppery, and radishy common evening primrose, which has the additional benefit of thickening soups and stews.

Wild carrots, more chewy than the commercial subspecies, thrive here too, and their superior flavor and texture make them ideal in carrot soups, stews, cookies, breads, and cakes. Burdock is an invasive Eurasian plant with a large taproot. You can use it for soups or stews, pickle it, or marinate and bake it to make Vegan Beef Jerky.

There's even a possibility of wild mushrooms on this tour. Oyster mushrooms, tree ear mushrooms, and enoki mushrooms have appeared in this park in early spring in the past.

July 28, 2019

Sheldrake Lake is great for mid-summer foraging. Right out of the parking lot, the group will collect garlic mustard, a nutritious, tasty, garlicky green with a root that tastes like horseradish. The leaves of the first-year plant make an outstanding pesto now, and you can also coat them with herbs and roast them like kale chips, while the seeds of the dead second-year plant will spice up any dish.

Other tasty greens growing along the trails, and as "weeds" in cultivated areas, include wood sorrel, lamb's quarters, curly dock, bitter dock, purslane, Asiatic dayflower, and lady's thumb, all with their own flavors.

Most roots are out of season now, but not burdock, an invasive Eurasian plant with a large taproot. You can use it for soups or stews, pickle it, or marinate and bake it to make Vegan Beef Jerky.

Berries will be in season too. The wineberry, an invasive East Asian species of red raspberry, should be at its peak, and blackberries should be doing well too, despite all the competition from the iPhone!

If it's rained enough, summer mushrooms, such as chicken mushrooms, boletes, russulas could be around too.

Please Note:
  • Participants should be dressed for the weather, and be aware of very bad subway service. Trains are often canceled due to track work.
  • No sandals (there are mosquitoes, thorns and poison ivy). Everyone should have plastic bags for veggies and herbs, paper bags for mushrooms, which spoil in
  • Plastic, containers for berries from late spring through fall, water and lunch, and extra layers when it's cold. Digging implements and pocket knives are optional.
  • Please bring plastic bags for vegetables and herbs, paper bags for mushrooms, drinking water, and a pen (to sign in).
  • Dogs are permitted. Children are encouraged to attend.
  • There's no smoking whatsoever at any time.

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If you can't attend the class you signed up for, please call or email "Wildman" Steve Brill a day before the start of the class. No-call/no-show creates an inconvenience to all participants since we can’t tell if absentees are having transportation issues, and this delays the start of the tour/class.

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School: "Wildman" Steve Brill

Foraging expert Steve Brill has shared his foraging wisdom at schools, museums, parks departments, environmental organizations, and with scout troops since 1982. He’s written three books and an app, stars in a DVD and maintains a website.

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