As I noted in previous posts; If you walked down the street, and someone offered you a free voucher for a punnet of plums, a free bag of salad, a plate of fresh sea food from the supermarket...would you accept it? So, if you’re rambling down a bridleway, strolling down a beach, walking through a park, and the same food is there, infront of you, and all you have to do is bend down, or reach up and pick it....why would you not? http://foragersnook.blogspot.com/2012/01/foraging-why-would-you-not-do-it.html
On a more “eco” view of your surroundings, we read every day about food miles, carbon footprints, degradation of soil with mono-culture, pollution of the waterways with nitrate run off. So just as turning your heating down a bit, buying or growing organically, and walking instead of driving, you could consider a spot of foraging as adding to “doing your bit”. Picking free, unfertilised, un-transported food which if picked carefully will grow back again, year after year with no additional input or cost to the environment.
You could also consider it a perfect excuse to get out of your car, get into the countryside, get fit and active, and for doing so you get the reward of a delicious basket full of fresh, seasonal, nutritious produce. We’re actively walking the North Down’s Way this year to map out it’s foraging potential for fellow ramblers and trampers. http://foragersnook.blogspot.com/2012/01/sunday-detling-to-boxley.html
Whilst I note there are a number of “professional foragers” – the legalities on selling what you pick are more complex, and my thoughts and blog are in no way dedicated to using foraging to actively save you money, nor allow you to make any money either. (although if you are eating once a week the things you’ve picked, have made a jar of chutney, instead of having bought it, or started foraging more actively for sea-food rather than buying it in season, you obviously may save a few pennies, but consider that a bonus, rather than part of your retirement plan) http://foragersnook.blogspot.com/2012/01/she-sells-sea-shells-on-sea-shore.html
We work full time, and treat weekend foraging as noted above; it’s there, it’s delicious, if it isn’t picked it will most likely be trampled on, or left to rot, and it’s often picked to be eaten right there as trail food on our walks and rambles, or used to inspire us as to what seasonal delights we will cook that night to make good use of the free bounty before us, with hopefully the odd jar of chutney, jam, or pickle to keep, to remind us of the passing seasons, and what to return to look for next year.
And if you stumble upon a seasonal glut that no one else seems to be picking, then don’t forget to share and swap it with friends, and family like we do. http://www.facebook.com/groups/glutclub