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Harvest, Mill, & Celebrate Wild Abundance
Before the Summer Rains
Desert Harvesters is co-organizing Tucson events to plant, harvest, mill, and celebrate local wild foods in the month of June—the peak of our native bean trees’ harvest season.
Why is this happening in hot June and not the cooler fall?
Because many of our essential native wild food plants are now in the process of pumping out incredible fruit, seed, and bounty in preparation for the first summer rains, which typically begin sometime between June 24—Día de San Juan—and July 4. This way, when the rains come, they will enable the seeds to germinate and grow abundantly—especially where the rain is planted, or harvested, with the seed.
Pre-rain harvests (of mesquite in particular) are also the safest high-quality harvests in the low desert.
These events will give you the opportunity to taste and enjoy delicious desert wild foods; learn how to significantly elevate the quality and flavor of your harvests; and enable you to align more closely with the Sonoran Desert’s seasonal cycles in a way that enhances our shared home and biome.
Come to our Guided Harvest Tours at 5 pm and 6 pm, Thursday, June 16— and then go harvest!
Then, with or without harvested mesquite pods, join in at our Mesquite Milling & Wild Foods Fiesta from 4–7 pm, on Thursday June 23—celebrate and share the variety and bounty of wild Sonoran Desert foods, culture, and community!