Foraging: Free Food is Fun!

Lots and lots of chestnuts.  We've never used them before, it'll be fun working with a new food!

Lots and lots of chestnuts. We’ve never used them before, it’ll be fun working with a new food!

A little while ago we set ourselves the challenge of living on $1,000 a month from the beginning of March right through to the end of the year.  Well, being the first day of March the challenge has begun so we started our day foraging for food.

Not only did the foraging get us and the three dogs out on a Saturday morning exploring the area,  it’s also getting the creative juices flowing (no pun intended) as we think about how we’re going to use all our free goodies.  It’s fun!

This morning we found two trees laden with chestnuts that will hopefully be ready to pick within the next month or so.  We got a bag full of nectarines that aren’t quite ripe (better to get them before the cockies do, although we did leave some for other foraging folk) so they’ll go in a paper bag while we plan their fate.

Roadside nectarines in a paper bag for ripening.

Roadside nectarines in a paper bag for ripening.

We also found a decent amount of almost ripe apples that the cockies left (they stripped most of the apple trees around here, apparently they don’t like getting to close to the ground though and didn’t ruin the fruit on low branches).  Think there will be some cider brewing in the near future!  And perhaps we’ll make a strudel or two.

Much to our surprise we found some big, almost ripe apples that the cockatoos hadn't ruined so our cider dreams are still intact.

Much to our surprise we found some big, almost ripe apples that the cockatoos hadn’t ruined so our cider dreams are still intact.