New England Acorn Cooperative

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Category: Acorn Community

Acorn activities by Cooperative members and other acorn aficionados

Acorn Festival Fun at D Acres!

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.  

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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…

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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…

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Then we had cookies!

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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.

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It was nuts, and good fun – thank you EVERY ONE!

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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

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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!

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What is a “good” acorn?

Always glad to see friends, especially when they are toting 200 lbs of nuts!

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Tim and Danielle have already amassed a nice cache of tree corns and we spent the day sorting, swapping stories,  and doing an inventory of NEACooperative equipment.

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We also ran a float test of their most recent haul…nice fat reds!

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DON’T MISS an opportunity this coming Saturday – October 22nd  to walk with Tim  at the Bradley Estate in Canton and talk about the New England Oak tree ecology we are so lucky to have.

Tim will  be sharing well-considered techniques and tools for finding and gathering “acorn-ocopia” of good eating acorns. You’ll be primed to bring an ancient and powerful nutrition to your table this season, picked by your own hand.

REGISTER at the Trustees website. See you there!

 

 

 

Acorn Gathering

Rainy day today, time to catch up a little on the blur of recent sunny days!

 

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acorn scouting…

 

 

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new gathering friends…

 

 

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new variety of acorns… (anybody recognize these?)

Want to join the party? Learn where to look for the best acorns, and how to tell the good from the bad! Join us October 22nd at the Bradley Estate in Canton for an Acorn Walk with Arborist Tim Ryan.

Registration t the Trustees website.

 

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