When I told Ben we were going to forage for dinner, he was skeptical. My sister, who lives in Deep Creek Lake, Md., was going to guru us around her 5.5-acre property, teaching us how to feed ourselves if we didn't have the\u00a0Rovr Cooler. We thought we would be traveling far and wide,\u00a0digging through decomposing tree stumps, and scaling branches to get to their fruit. In reality, we never lost sight of the house.\u00a0Reade, my sister, told us you often step over highly nutritious greens to get into the grocery store to buy less nutrient dense lettuce packaged in plastic. There is a wide variety of edible plants, and if you're outside, there's probably one within arm's reach. Below is a recipe for a salad made from the backyard, and a few hints and tips to start foraging on your own!\r\n\r\nPictured in this photo is\u00a0Reade holding a wild strawberry, and Roxy holding a blade of grass. It is a steep learning curve when foraging, always go with someone knowledgeable, or bring a lot of books!\r\nSpeaking of books, here are a few to get you started!\u00a0You can also try out PlantNet, a mobile app that helps you identify native wildlife.\r\n\r\nNot only can you eat plenty of things you are probably stepping on, there are many plants with healing properties. \u00a0Pictured above is yarrow, which is traditionally used for anti-microbial and styptic (helps staunch blood) properties.\r\nIt's always good to forage with a buddy! Looking for plants can take you well off the beaten path, and two brains are better than one for getting back to the trail. It is also good to forage with mesh or loosely woven cotton bags (not pictured) to spread spores from any mushrooms collected.Pictured above are mature wine caps (Stropharia rugosa-annulata). Picking the younger, smaller ones can lead to a delicious side dish or salad topping. Don't forget your mesh bag!In our amateur\u00a0foraging hour, we found the\u00a0highly sought after morel mushroom! The taste lives up to the legend, did someone say umami?\u00a0Ben said umami.\u00a0 Featured in the\u00a0salad above is:\r\nLocal lettuce (grown in the garden)\r\nWild violets (leaves and flowers, purple and white)\r\nSheep sorrel (lemon taste)\r\nWood sorrel (lemon taste)\r\nChickweed (high in omega 3s)\r\nDandelion\u00a0greens and flower\r\nArugula (very spicy)\r\nGarlic mustard (eat your invasives)\r\n\r\nWe found all these things in Reade's backyard and ate a wonderful salad after only a few minutes of walking around. No grocery store needed.\r\n\r\nMake sure you are positive on your identification before consuming, it's best to do some research or have someone who is confident in their skills before consuming. You are responsible for your own foraging safety and health! Thanks Reade!\r\n\r\nLike the gear\u00a0we\u2019re rockin\u2019 ?\u00a0 Check out the clothing from\u00a0La Sportiva, \u00a0featured in the images above!