This June, the Baltimore Orchard Project is launching Mulberry Madness Month! We are hosting mulberry harvests around the city to promote the goodness of mulberries, and the awareness of something even more important: the need to re-imagine a 21st century food system that must gear up to feed 9 billion people world-wide.
Baltimore abounds with mulberry trees. (Despite what we learned in the nursery rhyme, mulberries grow on trees, not bushes.) You can see them lining our streets. Adorning our yards. On the forest edges of our parks.
Though mulberries are small, they have tremendous health benefits. They are a great source of antioxidants, provide immune system support, promote healthy blood sugar levels and are a good source of protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber, and iron.
And amazingly, they can be found free for the picking throughout our city.
Mulberry Madness is designed to:
- help Baltimoreans enjoy all the delicate fruits that are ripening around us (with too many falling to waste on our sidewalks and lawns!)
- expand the choices that make up our dietary palette
- enable our ability to eat more locally
- reduce food waste
- help us imagine a renewed food system that is good for people, planet and prosperity
On June 11th, at 5:30 pm, Baltimore Orchard Project is holding a mulberry harvest in Patterson Park to demonstrate how to harvest a mulberry tree. Please meet us at the pagoda at 5:30 pm.
Join us on Tuesday, June 23 from 6-8pm outside The Corner Charcuterie Bar for mulberry tastings, fast facts and fun giveaways.
The week of June 22, 8 restaurants in Hampden including Aromes, The Charmery, newly opening Dangerously Delicious Pies, The Arthouse, The Corner Charcuterie Bar, Café Hon, Ma Petite Shoe Café and The Food Market will be showcasing original mulberry eats, including mulberry ice cream, mulberry pies, mulberry sauces and mulberries drinks, all sourced from local, volunteer-harvested mulberry trees.
This first annual Mulberry Madness Month is part of the Baltimore Orchard Project’s #FunkyFruit Campaign designed to promote the expansion and diversification of the foods we eat and how we eat them as a way to increase human health and food accessibility, reduce waste and promote sustainability in the 21st century.