Goumi Berries

Elaeagnus multiflora Goumi berries (not gummy bears) are one of our favorite springtime treats. They’re beautifully bright red with silver speckles and are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Plus, their seeds have significant amounts essential fatty acids. Not to mention, they’re ripe at the very beginning of fruit and berry season (May around here), and they’re […]

Herbal-Infused Vinegar

pouring vinegar over herbs in a bottle

Wild greens popping up in the forest and fields are among the first heralds of springtime. One of our favorite things to do with these mineral-rich plants is to make herbal-infused vinegar. It’s easy to do and offers lots of health benefits. What’s more, it’s a tasty way to preserve the freshness of early spring. […]

10 Perennial Vegetables We Love

native perennial wood nettles

  Some vegetable plants come back year after year, without needing to be replanted. No beds to dig, no soil to prepare, just a little weeding and mulching from time to time. Sound too good to be true? Perennial vegetables are pretty amazing. They can be a wonderful addition to any food system, be it […]

Perennial Primer

  Perennial crops are some of our favorites. They’re the starlets of the permaculture world for many reasons.  Not the least of which is that once they’re established, they keep giving and giving with (usually) less maintenance than annuals. There are tons of different perennial crops, from giant trees to tiny ground covers. Indeed, each […]

How to Make Maple Syrup

buckets collecting sugar maple sap to make maple syrup

To make maple syrup, collect sap from sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum) and cook it down. This is done by placing small tubes (also known as “taps” or “spiles”) into shallow holes in the tree’s trunk; they direct the sap into buckets or other receptacles. After collecting it, pour the sap into a large pot […]