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Foraging Classes with Merriwether

Join foraging expert Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen of Merriwether’s Foraging Texas has he roams the land of Vista Brewing, revealing the hidden foods and medicines growing here.

Spend time outside on Vista’s 21 acres rediscovering what your ancestors knew, that there’s food everywhere, not just on store shelves and farmer’s markets. This adventure will use all of your senses and involves experiencing these useful plants in their normal, wild settings so that you’ll be able to properly identify (and eat!) them on your own later on. Merriwether will also detail the numerous ways he incorporates the plants into his family’s day-to-day diet and medicine chest. Come and release your inner caveman, foodie, survivalist, or hippie!

We’re offering two unique classes on Saturday, Aug. 31.  For tickets, please visit our ticketing page.

  • 11 AM – 3 PM: Medicinal Plant Workshop ($100 per person, 12 spots available)
  • 4 – 5:30 PM: Plant Walkabout ($25 per person, 20 spots available)


11 AM – 3 PM: Medicinal Plant Workshop
In the medicinal workshop the students will learn how to use wild ingredients to heal ailments. Students will make and take home:

  • A muscle pain relieving salve
  • A goldenrod tincture for improved circulation
  • Oxymel (vinegar/honey/herb) to fight winter colds and flu

All ingredients, jars, tins, etc, plus a copy of Merriwether’s Hill Country Medicinal Plants booklet will be supplied for each student. Please bring a notebook and dress appropriately for working with open flames (no dangly sleeves or jewelry, etc)


4 – 5:30 PM: Plant Walkabout
Walk Vista’s 21 acres and discover the wild plants of summer! Merriwether will detail culinary and medicinal plants found in our part of the Hill Country. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including long pants and sturdy walking shoes.


August 31st
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Vista Brewing
13551 FM 150
Driftwood, TX 78619 United States
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