At the Vegan Fair you get to meet lots of different people and their products. You’ve already read about sustainable and vegan hairdresser Puur Couleur, the initiator of the magazine Dutchvegan, vegan dietician Manon and the 2 sisters behind the skincare products brand Leafon. Now it’s time to introduce Sanne to you, from the website Greendreamster. Sanne is a forager, coach and on her website you can find food inspiration and recipes.
What do you sell at the Vegan Fair?
“At the Vegan Fair you can taste and buy my homemade jams, chutneys and syrups from wild picked fruit. I love making jam and it’s fairly easy to do. The taste depends on 3 important ingredients: the quality of the fruit, the balance between sweet and sour and the love and care you put into making the jam. It’s a process: you have to taste and let it simmer.”
How did wild crafting become part of your lifestyle?
“Foraging is something I discovered when I was young. My grandmother knew all about plants and herbs. And as a child my mom took me with her looking for berries for preparing jam already. An interest for nature is something I always had. It’s so easy for me to remember which plants are edible and what kind of dishes you can make with these plants. As soon as I’ve tasted a plant, it sticks with me.”
What do you love the most about wild crafting?
“It’s just so amazing to feel in touch with nature and consciously enjoying the seasons. Some of the edible wild plants you can find only for a short time during the season. And it’s never on the same date. It all depends on the weather circumstances and other influences. One year I’ll find apples, the other year plums. And herbs are available every year. In Spring I look at blossoming trees for example. It can tell you whether it’s going to be a good year for specific kinds of fruit. If you are interested then you can join one of my wild crafting walks to experience nature through my eyes. I can teach you about edible plants too during one of those walks.”
How often do you go foraging and where?
“That depens on the balance between my free time and work. During a walk I always look around to see what is growing and where. And if I see something edible, that just makes my day! It doesn’t mean though, that I take everything I see. It’s important to have great respect of nature. So I only pick something if I will definately eat this and when there’s a lot of that specific plant or herb growing. During Spring and Summer you will find lots of edible herbs, lovely for in a salad or pesto. In Summer and Autumn I’ll search for nuts, berries and plums. In Winter there’s not a lot of foraging to do and I think it’s important to give nature a chance to grow again. My favourite spots in Groningen are my backyard (behind my house), Stadspark and alongside ditches.”