The Permaculture Podcast

    1822 – The Fruit Forager’s Companion

    My guest today is Sara Bir, chef, writer, and author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, from Chelsea Green Publishing.


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    Using her book and those experiences as a place to start, we explore her interest in wild fruit and foods, including first falling in love with the paw paw, and about how shared experiences, in the forest or around the table, bring us together.

    You can find Sara on her website sausagetarian and her book at Chelsea Green.

    I also recommend following her on Instagram, if you’re on there, as she posts some really great pictures about food. Just as with her website, you’ll find her there as sausagetarian. While you’re there also be sure to follow the show permaculturepodcast to see more of what goes on behind the scenes.

    I’m also giving away a copy of The Fruit Forager’s Companion to a Patreon supporter, you’ll find that in the feed there and available for entry from Tuesday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 12.

    Talking with Sara, as you hear from the stories I shared today, reminded me of all the different connections I have with food from particular flavors like the applesauce, crafted through culinary means, to those moments that matter with my children. Standing by the trail side with my son picking berries, or sitting in the grass with my daughter munching on violets. Or now, in this moment, of when I was a child and would sit at the edge of my parent’s garden and pick strawberries.

    Food, whether foraged, gleaned, or purchased from farm or market, give us time with ourselves and others. Food is nourishment for our body, our spirit, and our community. Finding something to eat, whether simply untended or truly wild, weaves those threads with the wider world, as we taste the soil and season in what we gather.

    What are you foraging for? What are your favorite fruits? What are your favorite fruit memories?

    Let me know. Leave a comment in the show notes, call 717-827-6266,, or send me a note in the mail.

    The Permaculture Podcast
    P.O. Box 16
    Dauphin, PA 17018

    From here, the next regular interview is the second conversation with Victoria Redhed Miller to talk about the art of craft distilling.

    Until then, spend each day eating from and creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.

    Summer Road Trip

    I’m planning a trip to Indiana and Kentucky to record in-person interviews with Sam Sycamore of The Good Life Revival Podcast and Jereme Zimmerman to discuss his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti. If time allows and schedules align,  I have some other interviews along the way as well.

    To make that happen, however, I need to raise a few hundred dollars for fuel and lodging. You can help launch these in-person interviews by visiting or sending something in the mail.

    The Permaculture Podcast
    P.O. Box 16
    Dauphin, PA 17018

    If you do send something, please be sure to include your mailing address so I can send you a note from the road.

    Sara Bir (
    Sara on Instagram
    The Fruit Foragers Companion (Chelsea Green)


    1. JeffJeff
      August 19, 2018    

      I was just in the Wind River Mtns in WY and on one of my hikes I came across thimble berries,. There are kinda rare and only recognized them from my experience in the UP of Michigan.

      • September 5, 2018    

        Do you eat them out of hand or make a jelly or jam out of them?

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