French Broad Food Co+Op

New Apothecary Classes at the Co-op!

 
April 2, 2020 Thursday
The Herbal Home
Using common household ingredients, assorted herbs, and a few essential oils…we can create simple and effective house cleaning products to aid in your spring cleaning! Not only are these without harsh chemicals and packaged without excess plastics, they are also wonderfully effective at cleaning and smell delicious. In this class, we will create an herbal all purpose cleanser, a scouring powder for tough jobs, and everyone will take home a peru balsam wood polish. We will also discuss other items to keep on hand to deter pests, clear drains, and help with stains and hard to clean items.
 
 
May 7, 2020 Thursday 6-8pm
Foraging the Wild Weeds
Spring is here and we will take a short city walk to discover the abundance of common plants available almost everywhere. Nettles, plantain, violets, dandelion, burdock, and others are abundant and available to most of us, even in the city. We will discuss good wildcrafting practices, tools to make your gathering easy, and how to work with these wonderful weeds. Take home recipes to begin bringing a little wild back into your kitchen and your life!
 
 
 
June 4,2020 Thursday 6-8pm
Herbal First Aid
Come learn how to create your own home or car first aid kit to keep you and your family prepared for whatever the summer brings. We will discuss common complaints, such as poison ivy, rashes, headaches, sunburn, travel sickness and a host of other issues and the plants and formulas that can help. Take home a topical antibacterial skin spray and a skin soother salve to get your first aid kit off to a good start!

 Suggested donation of $10 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You will take something home to add to your apothecary from each class.
 

View our event calendar for dates and times, and contact us with any questions at hbc@frenchbroadfood.coop

Apothecary Skills Class Update

Immune Support and Syrup making

Every year we seem to be bombarded with a new group of viruses and flu. Luckily, we herbalists have a wonderful array of plants that can help. I cannot stress enough to be prepared! In the spring and summer, when so many of these plants are in their season is when we should think about preparing our winter medicines. Drying herbs, picking berries, and tincturing the wonderful fresh abundance of the season is not only fun and connects us to the seasons and the land, but gives us the wonderful health benefits of these plants when we need them.

One of the stars in cold and flu prevention and treatment is certainly elderberry. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra or Sambucus canadensis) is both delicious and has anti viral properties. Elderberries are terrific as a tea and a syrup. Here are recipes for both:

 

Elder Echinacea syrup

1 cup elderberries

½ cup echinacea angustifolia root

2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger (or 1 Tbsp. dried)

4 cups water

2 cups raw local honey

Place 4 cups of water into a pot with the herbs. Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain out the herbs and add 2 cups of local honey and a splash of brandy or whiskey (if desired). Mix well so that the warm elder echinacea decoction blends thouroughly with the honey. Store in the fridge and take 1 Tbsp. daily during cold and flu season.

I love to make an elixir with the above syrup. Add 2 ounces of the elderberry syrup with 2 oz. of Herbs, Etc. Deep Health formula. The deep health blend contains a blend of both mushrooms and adaptogens. We know that stress can make us sick, it depletes our ability to fight off viruses and infections, so this is my everyday during the cold season support. 

 

Rosemary Gladstars’ Nutritive Tonic Berry Good Tea

2 parts dried elderberry

2 parts dried rosehips

1 part dried blueberry

1 part dried hawthorne berry

Blend all berries together and add 1 Tbsp. per cup of water. I like to infuse this one a bit longer (an hour or so) to get more goodness. I also love to add aronia, goji, and or bilberry to this for extra antioxidant support. If desired, add lemon juice and or honey to taste. Deeelicious!

Apothecary Skills Class Update

A wonderful group of folks have been attending the monthly apothecary classes here at the co-op and so much has been made and shared. I thought I would share some recipes for those of you who were not able to attend. Enjoy!

Assorted blogs and podcasts  that we love

Sustainable Herbs Project- A wonderful body of articles and info tracing our beloved herbs back to their source. It has amazing information on what we can do as consumers, as herbalists and as teachers to protect these plants that we love and how to protect the farmers/wildcrafters who provide them.
 
United Plant Savers- A wonderful organization focused on the preservation of medicinal plants. Any herbalist will benefit from the list of at risk plants, in depth articles, and even how to create your own botanical sanctuary.
 
Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
 
 
Castanea blog
 
 

Chickweed Pesto Recipe

With the warmer than normal weather we have had, my chickweed patch has been abundant! Chickweed loves to grow in the cooler seasons…it actually thrives fall through spring, disappearing in the heat of summer. This is part of chickweeds medicine too, it is cooling. One of my favorite hot rash allies, it makes a wonderful salve blended with comfrey, yarrow, or plantain. As an herb, chickweed is rich in minerals and vitamin c. It makes a lovely and delicate herbal vinegar to add to salads or greens. Chickweed is also useful in tea or tinctures for those with heat…infections, inflammation, fevers. She cools things right down.

My friend Lupo shared this pesto recipe many years ago. It has become a favorite wild nourishing food!

Chickweed Pesto

3 cups of chickweed
1 ½ cups walnuts1 cup parmesan (or feta)
2-5 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. olive oil

Blend all ingredients, except olive oil in a blender or food processor. Slowly drizzle in chickweed until incorporated. You may have to stop processor and scrape down edges once or twice to get it all consistent. This is such a wonderful fresh tasting pesto. Excellent on bread, as a veggie dip, or on pasta or potatoes.

Enjoy, and remember to eat something wild everyday!

by Melissa Fryar

Apothecary Skills Class Update

A wonderful group of folks have been attending the monthly apothecary classes here at the co-op and so much has been made and shared. I thought I would share some recipes for those of you who were not able to attend. Enjoy!