Springtime in a Bottle: Plum Blossom Cordial

Sweet and fair, she craves not Spring for herself alone, To be the harbinger of Spring she is content. When the mountain flowers are in full bloom She will smile mingling in their midst. Mao Zedong As a prairie ex-pat, the early spring blossoms of the Pacific Northwest never fail to amaze me. Flowers in February? […]

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Gathered with Love, Handcrafted with a Touch of Magic…

Gather Victoria is proud to present its first collection of wild edibles and medicines for market. Inspired by the fragrance, flavour and medicinal power of evergreens, we’ve wildcrafted a selection of small batch, artisanal festive delights: aromatic infused sugars & finishing salts, forest cocktail bitters & conifer syrups, delicious elixirs & winter woodland teas filled […]

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Eating Wild: Community Supported Foraging

 Most of us equate food security with supporting community gardens and urban farms. But there is a vast cornucopia of nourishing free food already growing abundantly in our parks, neighborhoods and backyards—right now. Food that could be meaningfully and significantly supplementing the dietary needs of community residents and families—vitally enhancing food security. That’s why we […]

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Wild Violet Ardor: Whipped Honey Butter

“Don’t let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.”       Anthony Trollope For those in the mood for amour, there is a lovely little woodland aphrodisiac blooming right now – the violet. Today we associate this demure little beauty with primness and old lady perfumes – but it has not always […]

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Drink: Lavender Leaf Lemonade

It’s been a beautiful, flowery spring here on Vancouver Island. As a happily displaced prairie person, I’m still flabbergasted by the parade of flowers here this time of year. Crocuses and snowdrops in February, frilly cherry and apple blossoms in March and then look out for the daffodils, tulips, camas, bluebells, daisies, honesty, forget-me-nots, buttercups […]

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Lowly Weed to Superfood: The Ultimate Garden Upcycle

Across old Europe country cooks waited eagerly each spring for the first wild greens to emerge in the countryside. Served in fresh salads or cooked up into delicious pies and sautéed dishes, these greens were consumed to revitalize the body after winter. Today we regard these beneficial plants as ‘weeds’ and work tirelessly to eradicate […]

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