Once in a blue moon, we post something so late…its almost not OaK: Belated and BIG THANKS to awesome hosts and participants of the 1st Annual Acorn Festival at D Acres Permaculture Farm & Homestead December 2017.
After the fantastic Farm Feast breakfast, the mighty acorn was celebrated from soup to nuts with a gathering walk, processing tools & demonstrations, acorn dishes & oak’d drinks to sample, and recipes to review: it was a celebration to re-new appreciation for an ancient food.
Our walk around the local oaks to discuss judging a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and considerations for care in the areas one gathers from – confirmed that wildlife had thoroughly gleaned this harvest at D Acres! Fortunately, we had acorns from the Commonwealth, Maine, and Vermont in tow…
So we were soon back in the beautifully warm D Acres kitchen space for hands-on experience with the “float test” (sorting good from bad), cleaning, and cracking open the acorns with hammers, stones, and the DaveBuilt nut-cracker…
Then we had cookies!
And bread, and pudding. Acorn books and recipes were perused, contests were won for largest and smallest acorns and art. See the Resource Page for the presentation/how to.
It was nuts, and good fun – thank you EVERY ONE!
We look forward to new friends and recipes at the table for the 2nd annual ACORN FESTIVAL at D ACRES, following the fabulous Farm Feast… Meantime, may your 2018 be full of good people and nuts!
xox Deb & Daniela
btw, was fueled back to the Commonwealth by the best cup of brewed beans to be found around – don’t miss a chance to check out Lucky’s Coffee Garage on the green in Lebanon on your way to or from D Acres!