A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to celebrate the launch of EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing by Maggie Harrsen at Foragers City Grocer. Maggie, a Virgo, and I, an Aquarius, both grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Delaware Valley, the region was one of the three original counties in Pennsylvania, and is renowned for its natural scenery, farmland, and colonial history. I grew up skipping rocks on Neshaminy Creek, and often times miss my outdoorsy and curious spirit animal, a fox, in industrial, skyscraper laden New York City. According to sources, Maggie’s spirit animal is the dolphin, which she fully gets to embrace in her new home on Long Island, NY.
The book release featured microgreens from good water farms. The fresh produce was placed atop Susty Party Eco Ware, doused in aromatic olive oil, and tossed with salt. Complementing the organic and earthly delights, I reveled in a glass of Channing Daughter’s Wine’s Tocai Friulano. We spoke about the merits of pressure cookers, quinoa and juice cleanses. Many of the other event-goers and I also agreed that Kale was having it’s moment right now but that Swiss Chard would be next!
Recipes include Buddha Bowl, Kale hemp smoothie, Lemon balm and chamomile sun tea, Mung bean and rice cleanse, Basil sunflower seed pesto, Watermelon arugula microgreen salad.
I highly suggest you treat yourself to a copy, HERE.
Maggie’s guide is meant to inspire comfort, health and contentedness. She aims to help one support a lifestyle of harmony between body and mind while living in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. Made in collaboration with good water farms, the 60-page part cook-book, pseudo-chapbook is a resource for igniting one’s true nature through nourishing photographs, words, and recipes. Maggie Harrsen is the chef cum photographer cum Shaman who works closely with the relationship between nature and self. Her atmospheric work explores a sensitivity to the environment and often reflects an ecological awareness.
Maggie’s affect is calming, gentle and serenely inspirational. Although I was in the middle of Chelsea, on a crowded corner of New York City not too far from Penn Station, I felt at ease. It was as if Maggie floated into the book signing on a cloud of patchouli, lavender, coconut oil and the sounds of Krishna Das. It is amazing how Maggie’s seemingly “simple” outlook on life’s plain treasures can be so complex and alluring.
“Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.” ― Lao Tzu