What is Mulberry Madness?
The Baltimore Orchard Project holds Mulberry Madness every June. 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.
We have bountiful harvests around the city every year and managed to harvest over 250 lbs of mulberries since 2014! Mulberries are delicious, good for you, and might even grow in your own backyard. The 2017 Harvest Coordinator, Kevin Muhitch, wrote up a brief history of the mulberry for our blog.
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
June is an exciting time of year for us and we want to share our plans for next year with you. Keep an eye out of forthcoming information on 2019’s Mulberry Madness events.
Though the harvest season is short, we are looking for volunteers to become Harvest Captains! You can sign up using this google form. A harvest captain is someone that volunteers to be a point person for BOP. We’ll reach out to you when we’re scheduling a harvest to ask that you spread the word to your network. No experience with fruit trees or harvesting required!
We also encourage Baltimoreans to find mulberry trees in their neighborhoods, harvest the berries and enjoy their unique flavor. Tweet about the mulberries you find, harvest, prepare and eat at #mulberrymadness
Bird in Hand – Mulberry Pastries
Atwater’s – Waverly Farmers Market
Blacksauce – Waverly Farmers Market
Michele’s Granola – Waverly Farmers Market
Cafe Jovial – Mulberry Brunch
Dovecote Cafe – Mulberry Baked Goods