When I first moved to Ninilchik I was amazed at the abundance of wild edibles that were just waiting to be discovered and harvested right in my own backyard. My mother, Marlene Blough, used to make salads out of wild cucumber (also known as twisted stalk) dandelion greens and fireweed shoots.
She also made cream of thistle soup, fried elderberry blossoms and steamed fiddle heads. This spring when the fireweed shoots were still tender, we enjoyed a fireweed pasta salad.
Speaking of wild edibles, Linda Swarner sent an invitation for Ninilchik neighbors to attend "Harvesting for your Health" nutrition classes today at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at 33955 Community College Road in Soldotna. She invites us to come and learn how to forage in the forest.
The one hour class sessions end Aug. 2. Participants may attend one or all of the sessions. Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension Service will give instruction on how to harvest local wild plants as well as fillet fish.
For more information, call 262-3111 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library has a summer reading program and a children's story time and crafts every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call the library for hours and details.
I recently talked with Dionne Bassett who has come from Syracuse, N. Y,. to work here in Ninilchik. She was introduced to our town last July when her roommate from college (former Ninilchik resident) Maria Knox invited her to come and play the violin for her wedding. After finding employment, Dionne and Maria's sister, Kristy Knox, drove up from Syracuse this spring and work together processing fish, cleaning rental units and doing office work. Dionne said that she enjoys it here, and it is fun meeting new people from all over the world.
While here, she plays the violin for the worship service at Calvary Baptist Church.
She said she especially likes the fact that life here is lived at a much slower pace than what she is used to and she is fascinated how life revolves around the tides rather than the clock.
She also said that though she is far away from New York, she still feels at home here in Ninilchik
Have a good week.
Vicky Daniels can be reached by phone at 567-4434 or by email at email@example.com
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