A Dandelion Song

I sing a song of gladness!

A song of old!

A song of new!

A song of always was,

and never knew!

Only Dandelion saw,

the songs of now.

A honeybee lands

making yellow heads bow!

(c) 2012 Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

A Bit of Dandelion a Day, Keeps the Gallbladder Surgeon Away!

Walking lightly, with respect and benevolence, is needed in the world, at this time. Or is it?

Maybe we have those folks who like to use up and destroy, and on the other hand, folks who want to make no impact and tread lightly. Cool!

The honey bees tread lightly on Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale), but the Dandelions are not light earth walkers, they are tough as brass, and deeply rooted, pulling up earth minerals and whipping up the digestive system into action. Full of life they are!

This life, zing, food and nourishment they give to our pollinators, they give to us too. Leaf infusions for kidneys, roots for liver, all parts for stomach and intestinal health, and even glorious food for our own trillions of organisms that live in our digestive systems. Have you tried pulling their roots up from the earth? They grow back stronger than ever. Do you spray your lawn to be rid of them? Their roots go dormant, waiting. They are purifiers of land and soil, as well as our bodies. Good for hair, teeth, skin and nails too! They capture all the sun that they can and gift us with wonderful, carotene filled flower wine. The latex in their stems even remove some types of common warts! Fast growing leaves are a good addition to salads, and a bit of Dandelion a day keeps the gallbladder surgeon away!

Enjoy the gift of Dandelion, and the more you wrestle the Lions, the stronger and faster they will grow for you, and if you play with them, soon you will be roaring loudly with thanks!

(c) 2012 Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Meteor Showers Forecast Odd Pickler Gatherings

Meteor Showers Forecast Odd Pickler Gatherings…well, okay, let me start at the beginning of this one.  I am Summer Michaelson, aka Gertrude Snicklegrove, a local Herbalist and Pickler in the Southwest Washington area. I make teas and pickles, and teach people how to make their own tea and pickles, as well as heal their own body complaints with tea and pickles. It all may sound a bit contradictory until you take a class, but life, as I know it, is art. Art is always inspired by Spirit, period. Comes from Spirit. There is nothing I can personally make in life without the hand of Spirit, and life is art. Who’s art?

Well, as serendipitous events conspire to put a large grin on my face, especially in moments of disheveled appearances, this last Saturday I had a birthday, the 21st, the day of meteor showers. In fact, it was a sunny and glorious day, a day of pulling up many dozens of dock plants to make medicine of their roots, and raspberry cane plantings, and pickling springtime woodland medicinal s from my forages with friends in the forest. So I am dirty, sweaty, and all about the duties of an Herbalist and Pickler in the rare, hot spring Pacific Northwest Sun, when I run out of a key ingredient in one of my preserves…good ol’e apple cider vinegar. So hence, I carried myself, with urgent force to the grocery store, cringing at the prices, knowing I have some home-made apple cider vinegar almost ready at home…but alas, the reality, seasonal woodland treats will not last that long. I rush in the store, not even fully conscious, with my projects on the kitchen table and backyard in mind, wanting nothing more than to grab my vinegar and run, and I pass by a cute little table with pickled sauces, and a friendly man asking if I would care for a taste. Well, lost in my mind and wanting out of the store quickly, I say “no thank you” and go about grabbing my items. I start to get in the checkout line, but decide, since I actually took the time to go to the store, to pick up some beautiful beets, so I rush in that direction. I pick up a gorgeous bunch of beets and a bunch of local ramps for a splurge, then head back to the checkout lines, once again, passing by a taste testing table. This time, the gentleman catches my attention! He sees my beets with their beautiful greens, and he asks me what I plan to do with the beets. I tell him, I will make beet kvass! He asks what I will do with the greens. I respond that I will put them in a soup or pickle them, they will not be wasted going into my house!

This was my introduction to a famous, local Pickler named Hank. His tasting booth was of his very own pickles and sauces he makes in his food certified kitchen located in his garage. HE made them, not some factory. He asks me to take a taste of his offerings. Then the most wonderful thing happened. He wasn’t cold selling his product, he lit up and explained his art, his process for it, how he and his wife got started (imagine this, sharing pickles with friends), and he went in long detail about the process of how he makes these pickles. This is what happens when you meet an artist. Hank, of Mama Nano’s is an artist, producing a product with soul. Sometimes kindred souls will just spot each other in a crowd, and pick each other out instantly, and it’s nothing that we ourselves do, it’s that hand of something greater than ourselves out there.

I find it funny, very funny indeed, how Picklers meet…have you ever wondered? Not only did I meet with Hank, learn about his pickles, and taste the most incredible pickled sauces I have ever tasted, another Pickler stopped by! For much over an hour, in a middle of a busy and large store, strange Picklers conversed and convened, like some caravan of mysterious people carrying and exchanging pickle secrets extraordinaire. The funny thing is, in the end, no large company can ever master the arts in a factory system of the smallest of the small, the artists of pickles. Pickle artists come in all shapes and sizes, ethnicity and age, and all of them have a very real glint in their eyes.

I received a gift on my birthday that could never have been planned, scheduled, executed on my own. A spontaneous pickler convention in the midst of a busy commercial setting, and me, walking away with love in my eyes for life, for the Spirit, for everything! Thank you for my precious birthday gift! Thank you and thank you!!!

I would like, if there is interest in our buyers club, to do some group orders of Mama Nano’s, at a great price! I bought a couple of jars for tasting, so hollar at me if you want to have a taste, and I will have the jars heated up this Monday. I love buying from local farmers and producers directly, whenever possible, because not only is healthier, it is full of art and soul and every kind thing we would like to see in the world!

Summer Michaelson, CH

(c) 2012, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

“What’s in the Pantry…the Medicine of Olde” Workshop at Neighbor’s Market!!!

“What’s in the Pantry…the Medicine of Olde” is still the primary medicine for the majority of people around the globe. Learn the art and craft of beginning medicine making, and health prevention and nutrition the “Wild Way”, the “Easy Way” and the truly “Sustainable Way”. Learn about some of the core plants to identify and have on hand to treat a variety of complaints. Learn about your Self, your Body, as a step to make informed decisions, so you know when to seek help and when not to. Come, reclaim the knowledge and deepen your intimacy with the world through your own medicine and nutritional making! We will make herbal infusions, poultices, syrups, salves and so much more!

Date: Sunday, April 29th, 2012
When: 2:00PM-5:00 PM
Where: Neighbor’s Market!
Cost: $35
What to Bring: A dish to share, as well as your own mug, fork, spoon, plate!

To register, send a message to reserve your space!

Summer Michaelson, CH

Order Cut-off TODAY! Pre-order Goodies!!!

Hi Folks!

Azure ordering cut-off is TODAY, at 4 PM, for delivery next Monday, April 30th! Pickup is between 2-8 PM, along with coffee and tea orders! We have some pre-orders and splits to offer this month as well!

1) Creative Outlet fresh, organic, pastured and local eggs at $6 a dozen! This is by pre-order only so they can be here by Azure Delivery Day!
2) Redmond’s Sea Salt for $2.20 a lb! Includes divvying and a bag donation! 🙂
3) Lummi’s Wild Island Fish Ordering Deadline is this Friday, April 27th!
4) An incredible blog post I wanted to share from a friend:
http://summersperspective.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-risky-life-ensured/#comment-197
5) I will have samples available of a combination pickle/salsa/tomato sauce for taste testing that are produced by a local pickler. They are incredible and tasty, and if people like, this local pickler will sell to our buying club directly at the price he offers to larger grocery stores! How’s that for awesome! I will be writing a blog post soon about my meeting with a fellow pickler, and how I love to find local folks growing/producing food with soul! So if anyone likes the samples and wants to get in on a group split, we can get the same price stores would get! 

As always, thank you, everyone for your support of this voluntary local buyers club!
(c) 2012, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Authentic, Mouthwatering Mexican Cuisine Workshop!

Here are more details on this incredible class, our instructor of the mouth-watering tamales!

Mexican Food! – Delicious, Healthy and Economical!

Come and learn how to make tasty, authentic Mexican food from scratch! The menu includes beef tostadas, refried beans, red rice and salsa. We will learn how to make corn tortillas from scratch with organic corn masa. Our instructor, Elizabeth, will show us in step by step detail how to make these authentic Mexican foods, Weston A Price style! This class will finish with a gluten-free communal supper, so please bring a gluten-free dish to share, as well as your own mug, fork, spoon, plate and napkin. I expect this class will fill up super fast as did our last class, and class space is limited!

From Elizabeth “I have been cooking these basics and more for over 30 years having learned them first hand from various Mexican women who were my other ‘Mothers’.”

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012

When: 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: Southwest Washington, information sent with registration.

Cost: $35.00

What to Bring: A Gluten-Free Dish to Share, as well as your own mug, plate, and utensils.

April 2012 Medicinal and Edible Herb, Pickling, Foraging, Mexican Cooking Workshops and Local Buyers Club Updates!

Hello!

This April, there are many workshops planned at a variety of locations! Descriptions below, send an email to register! Lummi’s, Azure and Coffee/Tea Updates at the bottom!

Olde Fashion Pickling Bash!

Immerse yourself in this hands-on workshop with Pickles! You will leave this workshop with a variety of methods and some of your own, home-made pickles! Together, we will play and explore in the world of pickling, taste lots of fun stuff and experiment! I will share some of the secrets of Hungarian and Ukrainian Pickles, and we will learn about this living art-form and the beneficial effect pickles, especially live pickles have on our bodies! This class is potluck, so please bring a dish to share, your own mug, fork, spoon and napkin! To register, send an email with the workshop date you would like to attend!
Dates: Friday, April 20th, 2012 AND Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

When: 2:00-5:00 PM
Cost $35
What to Bring: A dish to share, as well as own mug, fork, spoon, and plate!

Late April Foraging Enthusiasts Class!
This class will take place in two close locations (locations disclosed with full registration). We will tromp together locally, exploring and identifying the gorgeous edible and medicinal landscape we live in, and finish the class at my home where we will have a local, “Wild Soup of the Week” together. Please bring a dish to go along with our soup meal, as well as your own soup bowl, mug, fork, spoon and napkin! For students that do not have transportation, please give prior notice of this, and we will arrange carpooling between locations! This is another, dress for the weather class!

Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2012

When: 12:00-3:00 PM
Cost: $35
What to Bring: Dress for the weather, a dish to share with our “Wild Soup of the Week”, your own mug, soup bowl, fork, spoon and plate.


Authentic, Mouthwatering Mexican Rice, Beans, Tortillas and more class!
There will be more details coming out about this class shortly, but this is something that is going to be as superb as our last tamale making class! Our instructor, Elizabeth, will show us in step by step detail how to make these authentic Mexican Foods! The class will finish with a communal supper, so please bring a dish to share, as well as your own mug, fork, spoon, plate and napkin. More details will be coming out about the class shortly. I expect it will fill up super fast as did our last class, and class space is limited. Accepting registration for this class now!!!

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012

More details shortly and with registration!


“What’s in the Pantry…the Medicine of Olde”
is still the primary medicine for the majority of people around the globe. Learn the art and craft of beginning medicine making, and health prevention and nutrition the “Wild Way”, the “Easy Way” and the truly “Sustainable Way”. Learn about some of the core plants to identify and have on hand to treat a variety of complaints. Learn about your Self, your Body, as a step to make informed decisions, so you know when to seek help and when not to. Come, reclaim the knowledge and deepen your intimacy with the world through your own medicine and nutritional making! We will make herbal infusions, poultices, syrups, salves and so much more!
Dates: Thursday, April 26th AND Sunday, April 29th, 2012

When: 2:00PM-5:00 PM
Where: East Town and Uptown Vancouver, location disclosed with registration!
Cost: $35
What to Bring: A dish to share, as well as your own mug, fork, spoon, plate!

All the local buying club stuff and news below! If you want to join in on anything going on, send me an email with your questions or for drop point information!

Lummi’s Wild Island message from Barbara J!
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Hi everyone, 


Just a quick reminder that the Lummi Island Wild group buy is only open for another couple of weeks — you’ve got until April 27th to place your order for this wonderful fish from the award-winning Lummi Island Wild.  Please pass this along to any of your milk folks or friends that you think might to jump on this opportunity, too.  We should have delivery the first week of May and people would just need to be able to meet the truck at my house to pick up the fish.

 https://www.lummiislandwild.com/login.cfm — log in using ”  ” as member name and ” ” as password — place your order right on the website (discount will be calculated at checkout). (Summer’s note, email for the name and password so as to protect local privacy).

Only two US fisheries made the list of the “World’s Greenest Seafood” from a thousand choices and Lummi Island Wild up near Bellingham Washington is one of those two!  You can visit their website to see what is being said about them in the news at http://www.lummiislandwild.com/news.cfm .  Lummi Island Wild is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices.

Thanks!!

Barbara J.

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Azure Standard order deadline coming up! Order cut-off is Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 4:00 PM for delivery Monday, April 30th, 2012. Pickups are 2PM-8PM. Email me if you would like to join our drop.

Food splitting question….Would anyone like to split a box of Organic, Pink Lady Apples with me, 20lb box for $20.40? If you do, hollar!

For the Coffee and Tea Buying Club, we will need to get our orders to Pat Wilson of Koya Designs fairly soon so that we can get an order together to be here in time with Azure Delivery. I’m sure an email will be sent out shortly, but wanted to get everyone who is participating with this a heads up! If you’re interested in really fine coffee and tea that is organic and from a local roaster, and you like the idea of saving some money by buying as a group, send an email and either Pat or myself will send you the coffee and tea list!

May all the blessing we share with one another, ripple though our families and community always! Thank you all for you’re support!!!

Summer Michaelson aka Gertrude Snicklegrove

April Herbal Workshop Specials!

Each time you refer a new friend for a paid workshop, receive $10 off of any workshop of your choosing!

$135.00~ DIY Herbal Kits in beautiful, hand-made and fair trade baskets from Ghana. Each basket comes with instructions for a variety of herbal creations, along with my favorite home-made recipes. They come with everything you need to get started, you provide the men-strums. They also include an attendance to a workshop! Spread the word! These baskets make beautiful gifts as well as great for home-schooler’s, aspiring herbalists, or for anyone who has a hankering for traditional, home-made medicines!
Summer Michaelson
Community Herbalist
https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/

Lummi’s Wild Island Orders Due Soon for Delivery at the End of April!

Hi Folks!

Sending this notice again for Lummi’s!


There’s lots of catchin’ up to do, and I apologize I haven’t had much time for computer this week, so much has been going on! One of the changes that happened this last month is the combining of the Bridgetown Coffee and Tea orders once again with Azure Delivery! Pat Wilson, of Koya Designs will continue to take and place the orders, but now you will be able to pick them up with Azure!

For those who are unfamiliar with Bridgetown, they are a coffee roaster company in Portland that are fair trade and organic, with superb brews. Buying together we get a discount, and a list of items will be sent out prior to next Azure Day. 
My friend and neighbor, Barbara has organized a new fish drop with a company called Lummi’s Wild Island. If you’re out of salmon from the summer’s Illiamna delivery, this is an option to look into!! Also, they’ve got yummy black cod, sea scallops, salmon burgers and wild roe! Check ‘em out, and place an order if interested! Again, this is a group buy deal that allows savings on fresh, wild seafood! Delivery for late April!!!! Barbara says:
“Feel free to share this info with anyone in the Vancouver/Portland area that you think would be interested and would be able to pick up the fish when it is delivered.  
(send a message if you would like the log-in details for Lummii’s!)
I’ve also gotten some questions about our Illiamna fish deliveries…they are still happenin’, no worries! When we hear from them later this spring, we’ll need to plan on gettin’ half the deposit money to them by June 1st. Will get current prices when we get closer, but it was excellent last year with even a refund! Anticipate delivery in August for Illiamna.

Great Gertrude’s Sustainable Soup!

All kinds of talk lately about sustainability in the news, good food systems, bad food systems, food rules, food should’s, food should not’s, food wars, global warming, methane, processing, inspections, food bigotry, food morals, food that will send you to bleak places. Those who know me, know that I love talkin’ food and natural, God-given medicines. Sorry folks! There is no way a human being can live on earth with a zero footprint, but we sure can live with lots of love, locally, and participate in the give and take of life! The teachings of a great compost pile silences petty agendas…and a soup can heal the body, soul and planet! 

Great Gertrude’s Sustainable Soup!

Simmer some leftover bones, any bones, chickun if you’ve got it, but any will do! Add a dash of apple cider vinegar that you’ve got sittin’ around from your fresh, raw, local, aging apple cider or neglected kombucha. Throw in the ends of edible veggies like onion skins, old garlic stems, bolted lettuce, winter squash skins, pulp and seeds, and anything else you got. Simmer for many hours or a few days, whatever you have the patience for, then strain your goodies out! There’s your broth!

Return broth to fire or stove top, and add in your leftover chopped beets from two makin’s of beet kvass, bull thistle roots and stems (cleaned, and stems peeled), any edible roots lying around, simmer. When close to done, add seasonings, herbs, a pat of butter, chopped dandelion leaves, chopped bittercress, violet and nettle leaves. Them’s a good Great Gertrude’s Sustainability Soup! Costs hardly a thing, full of abundance and local environment and leftover thingun’s that are superior in nutrition and full of only the dogma of life, livin’ and being! You are what you eat! Eat freely!

(c) 2012, Summer Michaelson, CH

Spring Foraging Intensive of Seasonal Edible and Medicinal Plants, this Friday, April 6th, 2012!

Reserve your spot for this hands-on Foraging Intensive and Workshop! We will meet the plants themselves, dig, collect and harvest, and learn how to use them in cooking and home medicine making! Be sure to wear good outer-wear and boots, and bring a dish to share as we will enjoy a potluck together. Please bring your own mug, fork, spoon and plate! Cost for this hands on workshop is $35, location and additional information provided with registration.


Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012
When: 2-6 PM
Where: Location Provided with Registration
Cost: $35
What to bring: Outerwear, boots, a dish to share, own plate, mug, fork and spoon!
Send an email to get registered for this seasonal intensive or to set up a Foraging expedition on your property or farm, as well as host a workshop!


April Herbal Workshop Specials!
Each time you refer a new friend for a paid workshop, receive $10 off of any workshop of your choosing!

$135.00~ DIY Herbal Kits in beautiful, hand-made and fair trade baskets from Ghana. Each basket comes with instructions for a variety of herbal creations, along with my favorite home-made recipes. They come with everything you need to get started, you provide the men-strums. They also include an attendance to a workshop! Spread the word! These baskets make beautiful gifts as well as great for home-schooler’s, aspiring herbalists, or for anyone who has a hankering for traditional, home-made medicines!
Summer Michaelson
Community Herbalist