Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels
Ash Bolete
Milkweed Pods
Boiled Milkweed Pods
Need we say more?
Watercress Soup
Cockscomb Coral Mushroom
Chanterelles

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


Upcoming Events for August

June ~ July ~ September ~ October


August 4th

15 spots left.

Chicken of the woods

There aren't many "look alikes" for this gem. The orange and yellow markings just about jump out at you in the forest. Usually found on dead, decaying hardwood, Chicken of the Woods has been rated as "choice" on the culinary scale. Sauteed, the taste is similiar to boneless chicken breast, a tender and juicy addition to any meal. With the month of August there will be plenty of other wild fungi about. Fleshy oysters, delicious King Boletes, sweet tasting Pheasant Back, highly desirable gem studded and more.

See for yourself and find out why Marriot International listed Puck's Plenty as one of the "Top 10 Adventures to Have this Summer".

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35 per person.

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


August 5th

15 spots left.

Nature's Medicinals

Back in the 1800s a Native American, Joe Pye, became famous as a natural healer who used the plant shown on the right to cure typhus. He became a legend of the time and folks began referring to this amazing plant as "Joe Pye Weed". Primarily used as a tea, it serves as a diuretic, stimulant, tonic, astringent, and relaxant. To the left we have the turkey tail. Also prepared as a tea, the health benefits are far too numerous to list here. But if you follow this link Turkey Tail it will give you an idea of what Nature has to offer.

We'll be searching for these wild medicinals as well as the edible varieties such as oyster mushrooms, chicken of the woods, wild watercress, wild ginger and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


August 6th

12 spots left.

Summer's Tasty Offering

We continue to feature this highly sought after fungi but the Oyster Mushroom deserves the recognition. Listed among the favourites of chefs worldwide, the fleshy texture and sweet taste makes it all the more desirable to the palate. Oysters begin to appear in mid-June and, depending upon the weather, come and go all the way through the end of September.

We'll be taking to trails only 15 minutes from Stratford to search for these as well as Turkey Tail Mushrooms, Boletes, wild watercress, wild ginger and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


August 11th

15 spots left.

Mushroom Hunt, Steckle Woods Kitchener

Imagine a wild forest teaming with mushrooms. A forest right smack in the middle of a thriving city. Steckle Woods makes its home inside the limits of Kitchener, Ontario and one of the beauties of this piece of land is that trees are allowed to decay naturally. In turn, the dark stumps and fallen trunks yield a plethora of wild fungi. Oysters, Boletes, Puffballs large and small. The list goes on. So bring your paper bags, knives and cameras as we hike the trails and learn the art of wild mushroom hunting enjoyed by our ancestors all those years ago.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Steckle Woods, Kitchener
Cost: $35.00/person


August 12th

15 spots left.

Chicken Fats

That's what they're known as. Some call them Slippery Jacks. Others, White Pine Boletes. Whatever their names they start appearing, usually under white pines, in mid-August and last until the first real frost of Autumn. The odd thing about their taste is . . . there is no taste. That is, unless you dry them which brings out an earthy flavour that works quite well if you mix them in with other mushrooms. These will be on our list of things to find which will also include other tantalizing fungi such as fleshy Summer oysters, pink bottoms (field mushrooms), King Boletes, Ash Boletes, and more.

The forest is home to many healthy and delicious wild edibles. Learn the art of foraging on trails only 20 minutes from Stratford.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


August 18th Forage and Feast

SOLD OUT.

By mid Summer the Bolete Family of mushrooms are beginning to appear on forest floors. From the smallish brown Ash Bolete to the statuesque King Bolete, they are one of the better "finds" of the mushroom world and are easily identified by their yellowish pours under the cap. The trails are also host to other delicious fungi such as the Summer Oyster, the Giant Puffball and the crown tipped coral. Following our foraging trek we will return to Stratford for a lunch of seasonal wild fare hosted by The Forest Motel. Our four course meal will take place under a banquet tent alongside a beautiful lake. What better way to spend a Summer afternoon.

Included in the menu will be locally brewed craft beer, wines from Niagara and dessert prepared by The Black Angus Bakery.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packam Sports Complex
Cost: $70 per person.

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


August 19th

15 spots left.

Lactarius Deliciosus

Highly prized in Poland, these wild mushrooms of striking colour are quite abundant here in southwestern Ontario. Under the right conditions hundreds can be found in a single day deep inside the dark forests of conifers. Luckily for us, they come and go right through until the end of October. It will be an adventure you won't soon forget as we collect these along with Summer Oysters, Gem Studded Puffballs, King Boletes . . . wild fungi, each classified as "choice" on the culinary scale.

Puck's Plenty tours has been rated as one of the top foraging adventures in the world by Marriot International and Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Join us on the trails and find out why.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


August 25th

15 spots left.

Here they come!

It's the puffball season as the monsters of the fungi world make their appearance once again. The Giant Puffball is another mushroom rated as "choice" and we've found several recipes to prove it. Our favourite is the Puffball Pizza. It's amazing!

We'll take to beautiful trails that skirt lakes and streams and meander through darkened wood, home to an assortment of other mushrooms of late Summer. Wild edible plants will also be in abundance such as wild watercress, day lily tubers, wild ginger and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


August 26th

15 spots left.

Pear Shaped Puffballs

The Pear Shaped Puffball is another delicacy of late Summer that thrives well into Autumn. You can find them in great clusters on old hardwood stumps, some even spilling onto the forest floor. About the size of a button mushroom they are perfect for soups and stews or simply sauteed with butter and garlic. We'll be searching for these as well as the Giant Puffball, the Lactarius Deliciosus, the fleshy Summer Oyster and more on trails only 20 minutes from Stratford.

Read The National Post article on Puck's Plenty to get a taste of who we are.
Then join us on the trails!

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person


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