Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels
Giant Puffball
Maitake (Hen of the Woods)
Wild Ginger
Honey Mushrooms
Wild Watercress
Yellow Cracked Bolete

These events are "go" rain or shine.

To sign up and reserve tickets we accept either E-transfer or Paypal.

For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events for August

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September ~ October ~ November ~

August 5th

13 tickets available.

Staghorn Sumac

One of our favourite spices is za'atar, a Middle Eastern gem made of marjoram, oregano and sesame seeds. But the magic ingredient that sets this spice apart from all the others is Sumac, adding a lemony flavor that goes "wild" in any recipe you may wish to enhance. Sumac also makes a wonderful tea and amazing syrup (imagine Maple Syrup with a citrus hint). The beautiful trees grow right across Canada delivering their fruit to harvest throughout August and September. Along with Staghorn Sumac we will also be foraging for other Summer plants such as Wood Sorrel, Wild Watercress, Joe Pye and Pineapple Weed. Not to forget the mushrooms. Summer Oysters, Boletes, Crown Tipped Coral and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Stratford area.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 6th

15 tickets available.

Angel Wings

These delicate fungi are a smaller version of the Summer Oyster and will appear on stumps and fallen branches of hardwood throughout the Summer and early Autumn. They have a mild sweet taste and are best consumed when they are white. Angel Wings don't last long as they will begin to fade brown within a day or two. Still, they are a fine compliment to any meal. Sautee very lightly for only a few minutes.

We will be out on the Avon Trail looking for these as well as Summer Oysters, Two Coloured Boletes, Gem Studded Puffballs, Wild Watercress, Wood Sorrel and more.

Start time: 10:00 am. Duration: approx. 3hrs
Where: Stratford area.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 12th Forage & Feast
Wild Mushroom Bolognese

3 tickets available.

Mid August features several types of Boletes including what some call The Wild Porcini. This family of mushrooms is quite easy to identify simply because it has no gills. Instead there is a "spongy" substance that bruises olive to blue when touched. They are quite delicious especially when harvested young. These will be one of the many mushrooms we will forage for along with Wild Leek Bulbs, Wood Sorrel and Watercress. After our foraging segment we return to Stratford where a four course meal awaits us. Our opening course is homemade Hummus from Vincenzo's Grocery in Kitchener, served with sliced baguettes from the Downie Street Bakehouse followed by Wild Watercress Soup. Our main course will be a Wild Mushroom Bolognese. Dessert: A light peach flan.

Locally brewed craft beers as well as red and white wines from Niagara are also included.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex
Cost: $90 per person.

Tickets can be purchased through e-transfer or PayPal. For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com

August 13th


Chestnut Bolete

Along with the Chestnut Bolete we will also be foraging other fungi such as Summer Oysters, Angel Wings, Chicken of the Woods and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: To be announced.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 19th
Giant Puffball Hunt at Bright, Ontario

15 tickets available.

Because of the demand we are scheduling a duplicate event for the Puffballs. We will be meeting at the Chesney Wilderness Area then driving to a 100 acre parcel of Crown Land a few minutes away where we will search for Puffballs, Summer Oyster Mushrooms, Turkey Tail Mushrooms, Wild Ginger and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Barrie, Ontario.
Cost: $35.00/person

Giant Puffball Hunt at Barrie


One of the great celebrities of late Summer, the Giant Puffball demands attention if only for its size. So far our record find was an 18 pounder back in 2016. I don't think we can do much better than that. Outside of its dimensions the Puffball is also rated as "choice" for taste the world round. They will be easy targets in the forest so why not join us as we search for these along with Summer Oysters, Angel Wings, assorted Boletes, Wild Oregano and Wild Mint.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Barrie, Ontario.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 20th

8 tickets available.

Summer Oyster Mushrooms

This popular member of the Oyster Mushroom Family appears in late June where it continues to grace hardwood forests right through until late October. Its fleshy texture and mildly sweet taste makes it the perfect article for any recipe calling for mushrooms.

To be sure there are other fungi to be found. Assorted Boletes, Puffballs and more. Find out why The Australian included Puck's Plenty in their article on wild food earlier last year.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Stratford area.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 26th

11 tickets available.

The Ghost Pipe

At first glance it appears to be an odd plant of some kind. It is! An edible plant that has a similiar taste to asparagus. They can be found in hardwood forests in clusters. Sauteed gently, the Ghost Pipe can be yet another delicious wild edible you can add to your menu.

Along with these, we will be searching the forest floors for Giant Puffballs, Angel Wings, an assortment of Boletes as well as tantalizing plants including Wild Ginger, Wild Cicely and Wild Lemon Balm.

If you want wild, we've got it.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Cambridge area.
Cost: $35.00/person

August 27th Forage and Feast

12 tickets available.

Our second Forage and Feast event of August will feature fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms from Pacific Wild in BC. We open the meal with a combination of sliced fruits, Wild Nettle Cheese (Mountainoak, New Hamburg), Homemade Hummus (Vincenzo's Grocery, Kitchener) and Baguettes (Downie Street Bakehouse, Stratford). Our Main Course, Chanterelle Quiche with a side dish of salad greens featuring wild herbs. Dessert: A light Peach Flan. The meal includes a choice of red or white wines from Niagara as well as locally brewed craft beer.

It all begins Sunday morning, meeting at the Chesney Wilderness Area 25 minutes from Stratford. From there we drive a short distance to a 100 acre parcel of Crown Land where we will search for mushrooms such as Summer Oysters, Turkey Tails, Boletes and Angel Wings. Along the way we will collect Wild Ginger, Wood Sorrel and more. We then return to Stratford Tea Leaves for our meal.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Chesney Wilderness Area, Bright, ON
Cost: $90 per person (no HST).

Tickets can be purchased through e-transfer to this email address. For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com