What: A Foraging tour with ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
When: Sunday March 22nd at 11:45am sharp
Why: You need to weed through those extra food expenditures because you’re still blowing eight bucks on a bushel of greens that always ends up rotting in the bottom drawer of the fridge. It’s time to head out with friends and family into the unexplored woodlands of Brooklyn with expert forager Steve Brill. That’s right, forager.
Since 1982, Steve has been leading foraging tours throughout the Northeast, working with park departments, schools, museums, and culinary institutions. In Prospect Park, he promises to uncover edible, nutritious, and medicinal plants for you to bring home for supper. Number one on his list is garlic-mustard, which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Who knew sassafras was abundant in Brooklyn? Use the roots to make your very own (you guessed it) root beer. You’ll also find chickweed, burdock, and daylily shoots. Not sure what to do with such savories? Steve’s website wildmanstevebrill.com abounds with recipes as does his Wild Vegetarian Cookbook. Signed copies will be available. Your to-do list: bring an extra layer of clothing, closed-toed shoes, packed lunch, canvas bag for collecting your finds, drinking water, work gloves, insect repellent, and of course, a spade.
Cost: There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children. Steve generously offers that
no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Photo: Courtesy of “Wildman” Steve Brill
How to get there: Meet by the stone benches at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park. Grand Army Plaza is formed by the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, and Prospect Park West. By Subway: 2 or 3 train at Grand Army Plaza station. Q train at Parkside Ave. station and Prospect Park station. By Bus: B41 or B71 along Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza or Ocean Ave. B69 along Prospect Park West.
(95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 718.965.8951, prospectpark.org andwildmanstevebrill.com)
Wow! This is a defintely an adventure for the green thumbs! What a cool thing to do and easy on the pocket.
Thanks, Cher! Hope you can make one of my tours. My next tour this year will be in Prospect Park on 3/27 (Ill be in Forest Park, Queens, this Sat., 3/20, and Saxon Woods, followed by Stone Barns in Westchester on 3/21. My site has a complete calendar of tours throughout the region every Sat., Sun., and holiday, except during the winter.