Tag: vintage crafts

Masters of Cottage Industry: The Eugene Saturday Market

The Eugene Saturday Market is a treasure trove of Crazy Useful Things.

Crazy Useful Thing of the Day: Yeast

Yeast cells

Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is a species of fungus in the Saccharomycetaceae family that has been instrumental in human food production for millennia.  It occurs naturally on the skin of some fruits, such as grapes and plums.  It is believed that it was first used… Continue Reading “Crazy Useful Thing of the Day: Yeast”


Ailanthus silkmoth

If there are over 8000 species of insect known to be edible, why don’t we eat more bugs?

Crazy Useful Thing of the Day: Cod

Image of cod

Cod is a name that refers to the two species of fish in the genus Gadus, in the Gadidae family. They are the Pacific cod (G. macrocephalus), and the Atlantic cod (G. morhua).  Of these, the Atlantic cod is by far the most intensively… Continue Reading “Crazy Useful Thing of the Day: Cod”

Word of the Day: Osier

The Welsh Cyntell, basket by Ruth Pybus

The name “osier” refers to a number of species of willow tree that produce long, narrow, flexible branches that are especially valued in basket-making.  It can also refer to the branch itself (also called a “withy”). The best-known of the species is the common… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Osier”


Wax stoma with wax crystals

How much wax does the average American eat in one year?