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Little Summer Moments

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

School is finally out and we have officially moved to the farm for the summer!

catching bubbles at the farm www.cubitsorganics.comHooray! This means my family is on vacation but I am most certainly not.  This is the time of year where I get to fret about tomatoes and take notes about radishes while they blow bubbles.  It’s lovely and full of little moments of relaxation and picking wold flowers but is a lot a delicate balance of work/parenting/daily life/and niceness.

Baby Wearing Girasol Snow Flame

In pursuit of a few more little moments we headed off to visit my parents, aunt and cousins at their trailers on Mill Lake in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Boat ride on Mill Lake, Parry Sound, Ontario

Boat rides, lake swing and fire works are all import and parts of summer. We also saw the important developmental milestone of walking down the road in a big group of kids to buy candy from the marina.


Eating kinder surprise eggs on the Canadian Shield. What a good idea.


Kinder surprise on the Canadian Shield #kindermom

It’s the little things. Like chocolate on rocks and having a traveling hammock for second cousins.

traveling hammock

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Foraging: Brewing Sumach Iced Tea

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

We spent summer drinking iced tea made from foraged sumach bobs. We’re enjoying it well into fall this year and have even frozen some of their fruit, known as drupes, for a vitamin C boost later this winter.

Staghorn Sumach

One of my brothers was under the impressions that the gorgeous red blossoms of sumach trees were toxic and they’re far from it. You can eat Sumach. Not only is it perfectly edible, the lemony taste and high levels of antioxidents and vitamin C makes sumach quite satisfying brewed into tea.

Sumach Berries

Here in Ontario, there’s a few weeks left if you’d like to make your own this year. First you’ll need to find a nice group of staghorn sumacs.  They’re easily located by their bright crimsom drupes. It’s easier with clippers but it’s not hard to pick entire bunches with your bare hands. Pick enough until you have enough to fill a jar or jug to brew your tea in.

Clipping Sumach

After a quick check for insects, cover them with cold water and weigh down the floaters with a jar or plate. It’s important to use cold water as warm water will release too many tannins and make a bitter drink.

Brewing Sumac Tea

Now we wait. I let it steep over night, leaving the pitcher sitting out on the counter or in the fridge.

Once the water has turned a nice red colour, strain it through cheese cloth or a coffee filter as there are many fuzzy little hairs a strainer would miss. Then sweeten to taste. I use a light simple syrup of a 1/1 ratio of organic sugar and water although local honey would work fine.  Just a few tablespoons of each, heated on the stove for a minute and added to the pitcher of tea.  Then I add a bunch of ice and enjoy.  It’s great on a hot day or a cool evening and a great healthy drink.

I’ve found that kids really like making it. Rebecca just likes eating and drinking flowers right now but even our 12 year old friend David thought it was cool to find a plant and make something from it.

Have you ever made tea from Sumach bobs? If so, how do you make it?

Foraged Foods

Have you ever made tea from Sumach bobs? If so, how do you make it?

Here’s a great link about sumach: