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24 Jan
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24 Jan
We've said goodbye to 2016 and many, many lovely days on the rocky shore. Benign weather, a long summer and autumn, spectacular moons created ideal conditions for foraging. We explored new stretches of coast in Wexford (incl. Blackhall), Galway (North Beach, Inishbofin) and Cork (incl. Roberts Cove, Oysterhaven), and visited all our favourite places along the Waterford Coast. As has been the case in recent years, some seaweed species were slow to "come in", but then, lasted well into the year. If you are using the foraging guide on p.22/23 of The Sea Garden, you'll find that the season is somewhat longer in most cases. Sleabhcan (Porphyra species) in particular has produced two growths in spring and again in autumn. We found sea lettuce (Ulva species) to be scarcer in 2016 in general, and so found ourselves using gutweed (Enteromorpha) instead - good in salads and as a topping on wraps and sandwiches. We dried some, but like sea lettuce, it tends to lose colour after a few months in storage. But not nutrients apparently. Research on the uses and benefits of seaweed continues to throw up positive news - the wracks in particular are getting unusually good press! We use bladderwrack quite a bit in savoury dishes, and feedback from several of our foragers was very positive towards the delicate raw tips of young plants. It is especially nice - if unexpected! - in our Orange and Gingercake (recipe p.71). The Sea Gardener Food products range expanded to include Dried Dilisk and a Cranberry & Hazelnut Gluten Free Bar - reached new retail outlets in the year and they continue to do well in the Supervalu Food Academy, even with the growth of several new bar products. We are working on some new ideas and always trying to come with genuinely innovative foods, to meet a real need. No interest in adding another food to the long list of products already there. And we will always stay with our principle of making natural foods, with the best ingredients, local as far as possible and avoiding industrial-scale production, which leads down the road of adding chemicals to extend shelf-life and meet the narrow criteria of such systems. The best part of what we do is meeting people who are interested in food, especially wild and natural food, who love to share stories of Waterford and Irelands food heritage, especially around seaweed and people who simply love being in the outdoors. Thank you all for your support and we wish you a peaceful and healthy New Year.
24 Jan
Tides and Moons are perfectly aligned in the coming year, so we will be out foraging throughout the season from March to October. We are fixing dates for private group requests at the moment and then we will be announcing dates for forages, talks, demos ...all things seaweed and rocky shore. As always, we look forward to being part of these food festivals: West Waterford Festival of Food - April 22 & 23 World Oceans Day Celebration - June 10 Waterford Harvest Festival -September 9 & 10 Bia Bo Finne, Inishbofin - Ocotber Contact us directly for private group or family bookings. Tel 086 8124275 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
09 Oct
Our last Seaweed Forage and Tasting for 2016 takes place on Sunday, October 16th. We've chosen this date to coincide with the Hunter's Moon, when there will be a good low tide. Meeting outside Mother McHugh's Pub in Fenor Village at 11 am, foraging at a nearby beach, followed by a seaweed brunch tasting, we will finish around 1.30 pm. Several edible species of seaweed will be identified and you will learn how to distinguish these from non-edibles, how to use them in a variety of ways, how to use seaweed to enhance your garden soil and how to use seaweed in skincare. The small group will allow plenty of time for questions. To book, use the Paypal link here. You will then receive an email with more details about the forage.

About Us

We are passionate about seaweed - foraging for it, cooking with it, sharing our knowledge and experience with others, sustainably using it, recognising that it is part of an important and quite amazing ecological web.

Marie Power, aka, The Sea Gardener, grew up on the Copper Coast of Co. Waterford and leads walks, give talks & workshops on seaweed and rocky shore ecology for people who want to know more about this indigenous health food.

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