Foraging with the Roo Apron

This sunflower stand is not as plentiful as it was midsummer, but there are still so many blooms you couldn't even notice the bunches I gathered!

This sunflower stand is not as plentiful as it was midsummer, but there are still so many blooms you couldn't even notice the bunches I gathered!

A little while ago, Roo Apron gave me one of their aprons to review.  I've been posting a little bit about my experience with it on Instagram, and now it is time to do a full review here!

I've used the apron quite a bit in the garden, but I wanted to showcase how useful it has been as I gathered all the things I needed for the wreaths and garlands and other things I've been making to get ready for the A Forager's Home Shop to open.  

For most of my wreaths I've been gathering common things found along the roadsides.  They are a real reflection of my neighbourhood at this time of year.  Pine and fir cones, dry grass, Russian Olive (a beautiful silvery tree that has rather invasively established itself in this area), and some sunflowers from a stand along the roadside that someone probably planted at one point and is now self sustaining.  

The Roo has a huge front pouch, and many other pockets in the top.  The bottom of the main pouch is closed only by a fold, so when you undo the clips your bounty can just slide out the bottom into whatever container you want.  So easy.  It also adjusts perfectly, and easily to your body.  I was a bit nervous about this part because typically aprons are made for people with longer torsos than me and I usually have to tie the neck strap up, and/or fold over the waist to make it work, but this easily adjusted to me without doing anything like that.

A nice note greeted me on receiving my Roo Apron!

A nice note greeted me on receiving my Roo Apron!

One of the other great things I found is that when you are on your way home from foraging, you can just leave everything in, take the apron off, plop it on the seat of your car and everything stays put.  

It's also nice to have a durable, conveniently located pocked to stash your shears or knife in when you are roadside foraging instead of just walking with a sharp implement in your hand.  I already feel like I look weird enough to passersby as I'm on these foraging walks, and I don't need to add to the picture by keeping my knife out!

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This apron has been a really useful tool for me, and it's something I am going to be using for a long time in the future.