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Feast & Forage: A Wild Foods Cooking Workshop

Join us for an Immersive experience to creatively use wild foraged foods.

We will take the day to forage and glean locally, learn how to make wonderfully wild foods through fermentation and pickling, cooking and preserving and creatively adding in the weedy wonders and integrating the healthy vitality into your daily life. 

Each seasonal class will vary with the wild foods that we find but we will be exploring the range of wild culinary delights.

Come explore the abundance of edible plants in the Blue Ridge with Herbalist, Cook + Forager Colleen O’Bryant.

Our time together will cover the entire forage process from forest and field to table.

We’ll be in the forest, rivers and mountains near Sperryville to identify local wild edible plants. Learn sustainable and ethical harvesting through practical techniques, preservation and cooking. 

We will walk along fields, rivers and streams to gather and then head back to the outdoor “kitchen” for a collective cooking experience.  You’ll take home some of the herbal goodies we make plus a recipe guide for you to use at a later date. 

Our foraging areas are mostly on the Indigenous land of the Manahoac and Shawnee tribes and we will donate 10% of the ticket to support indigenous healers and the BIPOC community.  

Join one or all of our seasonal adventures from 10 till 2:30-3ish.  All plants are subject to change! 

Spring Workshop - Saturday April 16th 

Dandelions, Evening Primroses, Sassafras, Violets, Nettles, Clover, Wild Onions, Garlic Mustard and fantastic fungi

Summer Workshop - Saturday June 18th

Mimosas, Wild Flowers, Berries, Elderflowers, Milkweed, Day Lilies, Mugwort, Purslane, Quickweed

Autumn Workshop - Saturday October 15th 

Sumac, Juniper Berries, Spicebush, Dandelion Roots, Chestnuts, Burdock, Paw Paws and wild greens 

For the forage we will explore local farms and around the apothecary and then make our bounty delicious with easy preps and brews, infusions and playful recipes that you can take home with you. 

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Please register early.  Also we are happy to do private events on your land or homestead, reach out through email  hello @ 

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Customer Reviews

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Feast and Forage Classes

My husband and I have attended two of Colleen's "Feast and Forage" classes and have been supremely pleased with both. Colleen's tour around the property to discuss edible plants, uses, and means of preparation is very insightful and really opened our eyes to the very same things that are growing on our property, but we never recognized as such. The lunch that is given at the end of the class is fantastic! The foods have many of the same ingredients seen on the tour and are exceptionally tasty. My husband, who is a great cook, came away with a lot of excitement to try to recreate those recipes at home. On top of all this, Colleen, her helpers, and everyone who attends the class just seem to have such a positive and friendly attitude that you can't help but enjoy yourself. We'll be doing this again for sure!!!

Old Ways for Modern Days

Wild Roots Apothecary is a step back in time: dried herbs and flowers hanging in bunches from the ceiling, shelves stacked with beautifully crafted teas, salves, tinctures and other herbal remedies to support the realities of our busy modern world. Colleen is a wisdom keeper of the old ways, but also has the pulse on current herbalism trends. Her ‘Weed Walks’ are a fantastic way to dive into some local plant medicine (it’s even more magical in the rain!). The apothecary is also overflowing with beautiful books, journals, hand-made crafts with a dash of the mystical!!! A true gem.

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