New England Acorn Cooperative

A Gathering Place for the Acorn Community

3rd Annual New England Acorn Festival

The 2019 Acorn Festival opens Sunday, December 8th at 1PM with acorn talk & tour through beautiful paths of D Acres. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology, health, and other forest news. We will identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently (with a light footprint) and how to process for human consumption.

Festival activities and contests are FREEWe use eventbrite registration to gauge how much food to prepare –  so please REGISTER!

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere. Been inspired? You can bring a submission for one or all of the acorn contests (see categories below).

COME EARLY FOR D ACRES ALL YOU SHOULD EAT FARM FEAST BREAKFAST (call D ACRES 603-786-2366 for breakfast details)

Acorn contest submissions may be entered on the day (12/8/19), and will be voted on by the day’s participants.

CONTESTS include:

• The Biggest (& Smallest) Acorn (s)

• Acorn drawing / photo (please bring in frame that can stand on table)

• Acorn poem / song (please bring typed copy for perusal by participants)

• Acorn sculpture or collage

• Acorn dishes/recipes (please bring printed list of ingredients for taster’s food sensitivity concerns)

Questions, or want to contribute to the celebration? Please use the eventbrite platform to communicate about this event, thanks!

The New England Acorn Cooperative is a young and burgeoning network of acorn enthusiasts from New England and beyond. We hold workshops on processing acorns, provide equipment for acorn-enthusiasts to process their own harvests, host acorn and wild-food dinners, and act as a support and educational network for anyone interested in oaks and their beautiful fruits.

Acorns at “The Cooking Place” in NYC!

Our acorn mentor Marcie Mayer will visit NYC’s Fairway’s “Cooking Place” on Thursday December 5th to teach a workshop on cooking with Acorns!
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Come see what she is up to, sample the difference between Greek and New England acorn flour, and hear what she’s been up to. Besides developing and marketing recipes with acorns, Marcie manages the exportation of acorn caps for traditional leather tanning in Germany and Turkey. The longer she works with acorns the more applications become apparent and she is now cooperating with a major natural cosmetic company to use the byproduct from acorn flour processing in cosmetics and elsewhere. Join her for some superfood fun!

The first six people to sign up for the class will also receive a FREE copy of Marcie’s book, Eating Acorns.

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Dishes May Include:

Meatless Kefdedakia Meatballs and Snowballs

 

Register for the Fairway Cooking Place event  at Eventbrite, see you there!

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Acorn Gathering & Processing Workshop

ACORN WORKSHOP
Sunday,  October 6th 2019 

Join us Sunday October 6th at D Acres in NH to share acorn lore, food, and FUN. Sunday’s activities will include an acorn gathering walk, and  demonstrations and how to process for human consumption. Make a day of it! (call ahead (603) 786-2366 ) COME at 10AM FOR D ACRES ALL YOU SHOULD EAT FARM FEAST BREAKFAST 

Sunday October 6th 2019 Acorn Workshop opens at 1PM with an acorn walk through beautiful paths of D Acres. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology and the practically universal cultural heritage of eating acorns. We’ll identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and what “a light footprint” means.

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere. The Cooperative also offers the use of the Davebilt nutcracker to the community at D Acres that day.

Acorn Event is FREE, please call ahead to register (603) 786-2366 .  ALL You Should Eat Farm Breakfast is 7:30-11am – check website for generous pricing.

Thanks for 2018

Slide1What a year,  thank you every body.  May 2019 be full of good people and things for all of us.

Keep calm and carry an acorn.

International Oak Society

While our work is with the woods in our neighborhoods, we are also members of The International Oak Society – which provides scientific, social and archival services for the naturally international Querc-y community. InterOakSoc

We treely are all connected… Climb aboard!

 

Acorn Festival Thanks and Fun

Wonderful folks came this weekend to share, celebrate, eat and compete with mighty (& mini) acorns!

Thanks to D Acres for hosting;  Jesse, Jeff, Myles, Ana, Rochelle and Deb for making it come together;  & all festival participants for curiosity,  kicking in, and continuing to share what you learned this Sunday about the science,  social, nutritional, and natural fun of this fruit of the oak!

Following an outstanding “All You Should Eat” D Acres Farm breakfast, activities included: a mini processing workshop,

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Browsing books and acorn articles,IMG_4514

Coloring paper acorns and oak leaves,
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The BIGGEST & LITTLEST (tied for tiny) Acorns!

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Acorn Art Contest Voting…

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Processing points.

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Gourmet acorn and wild mushroom soup a la Jeff,  acorn crackers, two acorn breads, acorn cranberry autumn olive crisp, and acorn pudding,

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Myles making beautiful plates!

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Triple Cap Row -a board game with red vs white acorn caps,IMG_4607

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A treasure hunt for golden acorns,

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Community cracking and shelling acorns,

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Acorn Angels,  Yule logs and THANKS to donors for supporting the Cooperative!

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Wishing you all healthy happy holiday celebrations. Keep calm and carry an acorn!

Community acorn equipment to share, foods, and thanks.

It’s a hard nut to crack! That is why one of the Cooperative’s goals is to acquire, care for and share labor-saving equipment for some stages of acorn processing. At this stage, it’s cracking!

Next Sunday (12/2)  at the 2nd Annual Acorn Festival at D Acres – is also an opportunity for anyone to bring acorns that need cracking and use the Cooperative’s  DaveBuilt nutcracker – FREE!

Please message the Cooperative on FB  to schedule a time slot to process your acorns while you sample savory and sweet acorn recipes, vote on acorn art submissions, enter for raffle prizes,  play acorn games, and join the treasure hunt for a golden acorn! Participation is free, please register so we know how much food to prepare, thanks!

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Thanks and thoughts

Grateful for recent opportunities to break bread with friends and family,  and to learn from those who just observed the 49th National Day of Mourning. Check out the links and  start a conversation today  to shift our national mythology. 

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2nd Annual New England Acorn Festival

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ACORN FESTIVAL TICKETS

 

Calling all Acorn aficionados, enthusiasts and oak-nut neophytes – its time to celebrate the fall of them in New England! Join us at D Acres in NH to share acorn lore, food, and FUN. Sunday’s activities will include acorn arts and crafts and acorn food/recipes,  acorn art, contests and demonstrations of acorn gathering and how to process for human consumption. Make a day of it! (call ahead to) COME at 10AM FOR D ACRES ALL YOU SHOULD EAT FARM FEAST BREAKFAST 

The 2018 Acorn Festival opens at 1PM with an acorn walk through beautiful paths of D Acres. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology and the practically universal cultural heritage of eating acorns. We’ll identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and what “a light footprint” means.

1:00-3:00 PM Arts and Crafts table for kids and inside demonstrations of acorn processing and storage methods, using equipment found in most households.

3:00 PM Contest Submission deadline and Treasure Hunt

3:30 PM Prizes awarded

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere. The Cooperative offers the use of the Davebilt nutcracker to the community.  Been inspired? You can bring a submission for one or all of the acorn contests (see categories below).

Contest submissions may be entered on the day (12/2/18), and will be voted on by the day’s participants.

PRIZES will be awarded for:

  • The Biggest Acorn / Smallest Acorn
  • Acorn drawing / photo (please bring in frame that can stand on table)
  • Acorn poem / song (please bring typed copy for perusal by participants)
  • Acorn sculpture or collage
  • Acorn recipe (please print instructions for your creation AND bring cooked sweet or savory dish that can be sampled by judges)

Workshop Wonders & Thanks

What a great couple of weeks of acorn workshops! Good folks at the Easton Foodie Group, Freedom Food Farm and D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead got cracking & worked through a goodly portion of our”demo” acorns (pictures below).

Thanks to a very generous donation, we’ve got plenty of acorns to work with tomorrow at our last workshop this month with the Boston Food Forest Coalition. Join us, or come by after if you have acorns to crack, the Cooperative is making the Davebuilt available to anyone who would like to use it after the workshop too. Contact us about other opportunities.

Whats in your pocket?

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Its good luck to carry an acorn in your pocket!

Save the Date: Sunday December 2nd!

Join us for the 2nd annual New England Acorn Cooperative Festivaldetails soon!

 

Freedom Food Farm Acorn Workshop

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D Acres Acorn Workshop

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Easton Foodie Group

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Thank you to everyone who came and shared!

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