To characterize myself as an enthusiastic forager would be an understatement. So, it’s with open arms that I embrace this season of prime foraging on the West Coast.
Unquestionably connected to harvesting, scavenging, and rummaging, foraging is the ultimate treasure hunt. The prizes I collect are just the beginning.
Foraging fills my buckets with a bounty of food and objects unavailable in stores. It helps me create one-of-a-kind meals and gifts for my family and friends and reduces my environmental footprint. On a deeper level, the act of foraging feeds my soul with a kind of calm that I am hard-pressed to replicate in other aspects of my life.
Whether I’m searching for late summer blackberries along a dusty, abandoned logging road; gathering apples from century-old trees in an abandoned homestead site; or ambling along the beach looking for brightly coloured sea glass, foraging is a moving meditation.
There’s a peace that envelops me the minute I embark on a foraging mission. It’s a pilgrimage that connects me to the earth and invokes vestiges of my ancestors’ hunter-gatherer past like nothing else. Foraging compels me to pay careful attention to my surroundings and requires me to be open to whatever materializes in my path. When I’m actively foraging I notice details that would normally go unnoticed in the rush to check off items on my never-ending “to do” list – like the level of the tide, the dance of sun and shade on the foliage, and the sounds of insects.
Foraging is luxurious and calming. It’s the ultimate analogue activity – a perfect and productive respite that feeds my family and my soul. Give it a try this summer. Here’s a list of foraging options to get you started:
- Sea asparagus
- Sea glass
- Wild flowers
- Fruit from abandoned homesteads