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The Wild Kitchen: Summer Bounty

  • Gartur Stitch Farm Gartur Dykehead, Port of Menteith, FK8 3JY UK (map)

Head into the woods with us to learn all about seasonal foraging!

Don't be fooled by our cool, wet summers, Scotland has an abundance of food growing wild just outside our doorsteps. Our summer foraging workshop will focus on the greens, early berries, flowers and roots readily available in Summer in Scotland.  Kat will also show you her super secret chanterelle mushroom patch!!

We will focus on identification and uses of wild plants that can be easily found in the landscape of the UK.  The farm sits in a unique position at the border of upland and lowland geography, so we will give you the tools to start foraging in your own neck of the woods!!

ABOUT THE DAY:

We will arrive at the farm for a hearty breakfast before we spend the morning in the woods foraging.  There will be walking, but with plenty of tea, coffee and cake to keep us going as we gather ingredients for the afternoon.  Then we will head back to the covered woodshed and studio for an afternoon of eating.  We will sample a range of recipes made from the ingredients we've foraged, as well as making a few useful botanical products for the home. There will even be some botanical cocktails to try, if you are so inclined. 

You will be able to take away the plants you forage for use in your own kitchen and home apothecary, as well as an extensive recipe pack and a very full belly!!

MATERIALS:

Please bring a pair of good walking boots or wells and dress for Scotland in summer (ie probably wet and changeable). Also, please bring cloth bags or baskets for foraging on the day. 

ACCOMMODATION:

Travelling from far?  Gartur Farm is located on the historic Cardross Estate with a range of self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation.  Contact Nicola on 01877 385223 or enquiries@cardrossestate.com for more information. Lochend Chalets and The Lake of Menteith Hotel are also nearby. 

We also offer a BnB in the house itself, please contact Kat at hello@garturstitchfarm.com

LOCATION:

Located just off the A811 near Arnprior, we are just 14 miles from Stirling and Milngavie.

Public Transport: Collection can be arranged from Stirling Rail Station. 

Earlier Event: July 28
Learn to Crochet
Later Event: August 25
Intro to Sourdough Bread