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The Bedford Post Inn (Teens/Adults)

at "Wildman" Steve Brill - Bedford

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Bedford, Westchester County
954 Old Post Rd.
At Old Post Rd
New York, New York 10506
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 35

What you'll learn in this nature class:

The grounds of Bedford Post Inn include cultivated areas, a forest, trail- and roadsides, and a swamp — all excellent places for late summer foraging, keeping us busy with lots of herbs, greens berries, and fungi.

This is an especially productive place for mushrooms, especially if there's been generous amounts of rainfall beforehand. We could find gourmet chanterelles, as well as many different bolete species, chicken mushrooms, green quilt russulas, milky mushrooms, and black trumpets, all especially delicious.

The sunny borders between woodlands and open areas provide good habitat for wild herbs and greens. We'll look for lemony wood sorrel, spicy poor man's pepper, and string bean-flavored Asiatic dayflower. Garlic mustard, is taking over the forest, with abundant ripe seeds, and leaves that are good to roast, like kale chips. The walnut-flavored seeds of jewelweed will be popping out of your hands too, and you can use the juice in the stem as an effective home remedy for any kind of skin irritation, or to prevent poison ivy rash.

Ramp bulbs are at their peak now, even though the leaves, which expensive restaurants sell in the spring, are long gone. All you have to do is recognize the seeds and their scapes to know where to dig, and there's enough here that we've been able to harvest them sustainably for years.

This is a great time for wild berries. We'll be looking for last of the season's tart wineberries, an Asian species of raspberry. It's the peak of the season blackberries, which are so good, they'll make you want to throw out your iPhone (-: , plus elderberries, great cooked and sweetened in recipes that call for raisins.

The 3-hour foraging tour of Bedford Post Inn begins in the upper parking lot at 954 Old Post Rd., Bedford, NY

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.
  • 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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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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