Wild Gourd Farm

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Wild Gourd Farm

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You may have noticed some changes to the blog here. Well, it’s official, our operation finally has a name- Wild Gourd Farm.

No, we’re not changing our game plan and only growing gourds. We’ll still be tending our various garden patches with various plants throughout the St. Louis area (and have plans for two more gardens in the works). So where’s the name come from?

wild gourdEric recently found a wild gourd vine growing off the banks of the Meramec River, with several dried gourds still attached. Was it cultivated by Native Americans in the area? Did it germinate from seeds swept down the river? This find was mysterious, rare, and beautiful.

wild gordWe’re determined to grow this wild gourd variety and keep its heritage alive. We’ve split one of the gourds open and are working on germinating some of the seeds, which is proving to be a challenge.

In the end, these artifacts symbolize our approach to life and gardening- a return to self-reliance in the wilderness (urban though ours may be), following the natural flow of the seasons, always ready for a challenge.

We’re looking forward to a new gardening season with our new name. St. Louis friends, look for our produce around town, especially at the Cherokee Street International Farmers’ Market, starting this Friday, May 3rd!

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Wild Spring Salad

Harvested from the garden: spinach, beet greens, garlic chives, kale leaves and flowers, broccoli florets and flowers

Foraged in the side yard: wild onion, wild violet flowers and leaves, wild strawberry buds and leaves

Our wild strawberry and violet patch, next to our cultivated strawberry patch

Just a note: We always check to make sure our foraged foods are safe to eat. The  Missouri Department of Conservation has a great field guide organized by flower color (you’re out of luck if the plant hasn’t flowered yet), and we also like Green Deane’s site Eat the Weeds. Just in clicking around a bit we learned that redbud flowers and wild pansies are edible, so more wild salads to come!