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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Dishes May Include:
Meatless Kefdedakia Meatballs and Snowballs
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:
A gift of oak leaf kombucha from Adelaide inspired us to take some of our own ongoing (green tea) kombucha brew into the woods with young red and white oak leaves.
We experimented with freshly picked washed leaves, fresh leaves that had been blanched (steeped briefly in boiling water), and dried pressed leaves. The best tasting results came from the blanched, and is as pretty as kombucha can be…
(perhaps a look only a kombucha mother could love)…
If you can’t plant a tree, at least go out and hug one – they literally make it possible for us to breathe – among other things.
Thanks to Bill Whipple, Tom Celona and the folks of the Nutty Buddy Collective, the New England Acorn Cooperative has 18 special oak saplings to plant this spring. If all goes well, they will be producing acorns the size of golfballs in a couple decades.
In honor of Arbor Day, two of these special oaks are going to the Eleanor Bradley Estate to be planted as part of an educational walk on the grounds tomorrow with Tim Ryan and Danielle McDonald. The rest are shared out to cooperative members throughout New England, along with a plethora of acorns collected and shared by Trustees Horticulturalist of the Ames and Bradley Estates Jeff Thompson – thank you Jeff!
Permaculture students of one field or another, we are following suggestions that it is also the “right” time (lunarly) to plant ’em for the planet. Thanks to Myles Green and Alvin Kho for sorting nuts (and sharing acorn bread, fresh juice, and lovely yummy cheeses) last week in preparation.
“Between New Moon and Full Moon… you can plant any plant that produces fruit and seeds. In the orchard, plant trees. Planting by the moon phases Calendar for April 2017”
Cycles of the moon have influenced planting historically in cultures all over the world… Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes:
New moon also the time to plant ideas… What do you think?
Thoughts become things…get growing!
Check out what the Nutty Buddies are up to with their Acornucopia project, indeed a go!
…and pretty cold too, HAPPY SOLSTICE! A perfect time to catch up on all the news that is fit to print since the October Workshop. Its been a busy and abundant acorn harvest season.
Maine friends brought down many bags in early fall, Rusty Acorn Farm experienced an acorn mast year in New Hampshire, Oaklore in Vermont reported good gathering there (though a short season), and the Commonwealth’s Cooperative members are still doing well, particularly around the ponds – where there are still some to be found. Tim one-upped us on the acorn weasel and is now driving an 18″ bag-a-nut ( making short work of nuts on lawns and pathways). He and Danielle also contributed drying racks to the Coop, thank you both!
The Cooperative’s Acorn Flour Mill is in operation! We were delighted and humbled by the outstanding support and service we received from C.S. Bell Co. (online and over the phone) to make the mill ready for acorn flour production. They were knowledgeable, thorough, respectful of our budget, and had excellent suggestions for optimizing what we had. The mill is our first industrial piece of equipment (& she is loud) and is available to members who have 50lbs or more of dried (leached or unleached) acorns that need milling. What a little workhorse she is, and what a great company to work with – thank you Dan and Kiki at C.S. Bell Co! We are happy, happy customers.
More recently, through meet-ups organized by the Resilience Hub we’ve connected with new Maine and Massachusetts based acorn hunters, foragers, and food forest advocates. Thanks to Lisa and Elaine for opening and creating the opportunities, big ups to Evan Morgan for delicious Corn Acorn biscuits.
MORE PEOPLE …and life changing loaves of acorn bread for a potluck with Boston Food Forest Coalition members. These folks have and are doing amazing work in Boston neighborhoods – check them out! So much to learn and share as the days grow longer now..
Finally! First batch of 2016 flour is milled and ready to send westward in thanks for Harvesting Howard’s Acorn Chips and Bye You Bug :-)!
Our newest Cooperative member Myles Green brought folks together for a jam (and turkey) packed Friendsgiving, centered around hulling an enormous and beautiful basket of acorns.
Myles has been working with acorns for a number of years ( studied with Arthur Haines among others) and will be doing a workshop on acorn processing at the Northeast Organic Farming Association NOFA Winter Conference, January 14th. Registration is through NOFA. More details will be posted on the Events page when the final schedule is set.
We missed the needed number to bring this to Hingham December 5th :-(… YET, here’s another chance to see it Thursday February 9th at 7:30pm in Hanover, MA – if you help Norwell Farms efforts to book it by visiting http://bit.ly/2dArEks (link to Gathr Films) & reserve a seat today!
SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy.
Hanover Mall Cinemas 10
1775 Washington Street
Hanover, MA 02339
Thank you to all who participated in the acorn gathering walk at the Cabot Bradley estate on National Nut Day, and to the lovely Danielle for capturing great images of the intrepid gatherers out in the rain, doing an acorn float test, and discussing the health and wealth of the oak ecology in these parts with Tim, the Acorn Arborist.
Acorn quality discussion & gathering in the rain.
More Acorn information, demonstration, and inspiration than you can shake a stick at.
Thank you everyone for Joining Us!