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This time of year, pick-your-own berry stands can be found in nearly every suburban and rural part of the country. Pay a flat fee or a couple bucks per pint, and you can pick 'til your heart's content. It is also the time of year for foraging. Wild berries (at this point mostly just wild strawberries and some eager raspberries) add color to roadsides and forest floors. But apparently, foraging is not reserved for pastoral land or the sides of highways. In fact, a small community of foragers is emerging nearby FOOD52's very own test kichen, on the streets of Brooklyn.
In an article for Serious Eats, Lauren Rothman chronicles her foraging endeavors in Windsor Terrace and explains why foraging seems to be the new fronteir of foodie-dom. There is truly a staggering amount of food, whether in urban greenspace or in forests, that we walk by on a daily basis. A little knowledge of local botany goes a long way - it can open you up to new tastes, save you money, and help you to connect with your environment, manufactured or pastoral.
The Urban Gardener: Foraging Berries in Brooklyn from Serious Eats