Fair Showcases Progress in Sustainability

The Blue Banner
April 20th, 2015

Delving into native plants, Alan Muskat, the witty founder of the “forage-to-table” movement, brought his talk “Find Dining off the Eaten Path” to the Grit stage. He kicked Saturday’s fair off with a crowd of hungry listeners, discussing new ways to forage what he called nature’s supermarket, their backyards, for common wild edibles.

Muskat worked with Mason Greenewald, a helper at No Taste Like Home, and he stood behind their booth tidying vibrant mushroom fliers which kept catching the wind and flying off. Greenewald pointed at the fliers’ photographs and excitedly said, “For every 20 feet, there are 20 things to eat in the wild.” Greenewald said No Taste Like Home hosts a variety of foraging hunts to demonstrate edibles’ common hiding spots and often finds wild plants that otherwise would only be found in specialty stores. At their booth, foraged mushrooms were all over the table.

“The whole thing revolves around the education of the free food chain available in your backyard,” Greenewald said.