Service berries were something I knew nothing about, until moving to Steamboat Springs about 11 years ago. Since my discovery, it’s been an August goal to collect some to enjoy in a variety of ways. They look and taste a lot like a blueberry, though slightly less sweet and can be identified by a little star at the bottom of the berry.
One of my favorite mentors, Susun Weed, taught me the value of including wild food in our diet each day. An easy task this time of year, but even in winter, there is always a pine needle to chew on, rich in Vitamin C. Wild food offers more than physical benefits; I find that when I connect with Nature regularly, life is more peaceful and less stressful.
In past years, I have often made service berry vinegar in pretty jars to give away as holiday gifts. But this year, I was in Essentrics training in Montreal during the best service berry-picking time, so there were only a few left in my favorite haunts. I’m glad the bears got their share.
When you don’t have many berries, a service berry martini is perfect! And an equally perfect reflection of one of my favorite mottos, “all things in moderation, including moderation”. Give thanks today for all your blessings, including wild food.