Well it seems here in Western Massachusetts that the fiddleheads and ramps (wild leeks) are up before the asparagus in my garden. Yesterday I took a much needed break from glazing, firing kilns and all the preparations for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Terri and I went to a very special, hard to get to place along the Green River. We traversed little brooks, balanced carefully over fallen tree bridges, ducked under brambles, and got stuck with thorns. We came home with three deer ticks on our bodies, lots of scratches, and over three pounds of fiddleheads*, and a bunch of wild leeks! It was an adventure, which was well worth it!
A dinner of shrimp and pasta was made with a hearty serving of fiddleheads sautéed in olive oil and wild leeks!
Yes… this serving dish is available on the Pottery Trail!
*Please note when picking wild edibles to not over-pick! Three heads are the MOST that should be picked from one plant. Wild leeks grow in patches, the MOST that should be picked is 5% of a patch. They are bulbs and do not grow back!
Ok… so the Open Studio/Holiday Sale is over, and was a great success… now it’s time for that neglected etsy shop. Time, time, time… just need a lot more of it!
There have been some great reads on other potter’s blogs about etsy, namely John Bauman and Ron Philbeck . I really like the idea of etsy… it is just a new kind of work to me… taking lots of photo’s, being a little bit of a story-teller in describing my pottery, and last but not least, listing, and re-listing, and re-listing again. I think it’s just the learning curve. I will eventually do it with ease.
Take a look at my foodieceramics etsy shop here! I’m having a sale… FREE SHIPPING in the U.S!!
I’m making a new little baking dish with handles… it would make a great brie baker. Also making an old favorite… long serving trays with handles, and of course mugs! Here are some pics of them drying. I’ll hopefully have them glazed in two weeks.
Thought I’d post a picture again of the trays drying, but this time side by side with them all dressed and ready to go. It’s always nice to see the before and after together.