The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to offer a workshop about cooking with wild edibles for adults, ages 18 and older, on Thursday, October 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation.

“Many of us don’t stop to think that some of the weeds we remove from our yards may be a nutritious food source,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “You won’t look at weeds the same way after this workshop.”

Trailside senior park naturalist Joe Filo will show you how to collect, prepare and cook familiar backyard greens. Participants will sample delicious foods such as acorn bread and sassafras tea, and take home some recipes utilizing plants familiar to all of us.

The fee for this class is $15 for Union County residents and $20 for out-of-county participants.  Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits. For information about the Wild Edibles Cooking Class or other programs and upcoming events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.