Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels
Pineapple Weed
Wood Sorrel
Summer Oysters
Crown Tipped Coral
Yellow Cracked Bolete
Chicken of the Woods

For our "forage only" events participants meet at 10 am, 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 2S9. We then travel 15 minutes by car to trails outside of Stratford where we harvest wild edible plants and mushrooms in season. What you find you take home. Recipes will also be provided. The treks last
approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

To reserve a trek we accept interac money transfers and Paypal. An electronic gift card will be sent to you along with a receipt. For more information phone 519-271-3726 or email us at pucksplenty@gmail.com.


Upcoming 2017 Events for July

August ~ September ~ October

July 22nd

10 spots left

Lambs Quarters

You want healthy? This plant's got it, containing more iron, protein, calcium and vitamin B1 & B2, than raw cabbage or spinach. It's slight nutty taste makes it wonderful addition to pasta dishes or simply steamed with rice. They can be found just about everywhere, escpecially waste sights and open fields. Along with Lambs Quarters we will be foraging wild watercress, wild ginger, pineapple weed . . . not to forget wild fungi such as oysters. ash boletes, gem studded and pheasant back. To paraphrase Robert Frost, The woods are very dark and deep but we still have promises to keep. Promises like Nature's wild and wonderful edibles.

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


July 23rd


The King Bolete

9 spots left

At this time of year we are on the cusp where mushroom hunting turns exciting. One of the more highly prized fungi in the Bolete family is The King. The cap has the richest of flavours while the stalk holds many more surprises especially when cooked into soups and stews. Last year, on a newly discovered trail, we found scores of them nestled in the lush green ground cover of the forest. You won't want to miss hunting for these "choice" edibles that will drive your culinary senses wild. Along with the King Bolete we will search for oyster mushrooms, gem studded mushrooms, ash boletes and more.

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


July 29th

8 spots left

Staghorn Sumac

Want a refreshing yet healthy Summer drink? Try Staghorn Sumac. Gather the red flowers (shown here), rub gently to bruise, soak in very cold water for 15 to 20 minutes then strain through cheesecloth. There you have it. A wild substitute for pink lemonade. Another way to enjoy this plant is to make sumac spice or powder. Use it over chicken, fish or rice pilaf. Sumac is available right through until mid Autumn. If you want to test its ripeness wet your finger, rub the plant and taste. If it's tart it's ripe.

All of this can be found on beautiful forest trails just outside of Stratford. Learn the ancient art of foraging with noted naturalist Peter Blush, harvesting other wild edibles such as wild watercress, wild ginger, oyster mushrooms, King Boletes and more.

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


July 30th

15 spots left

Jewel Weed

We all know the minor hazards of hiking the wild. Certain plants such as nettles can leave an irritating reminder that they share the forest as well. Fortunately Nature provides a nearby antidote. Jewel weed or Spotted Touch Me Not shown here strung out across our path (that's my dog Liam in the background) is a soothing cure. Simply gather some flowers or leaves, squeeze the juice over the rash and it works in minutes. Jewel weed is also a healthy edible especially the young shoots that are as good as any cooked green.

The trails in southwestern Ontario are among the most beautiful in the Province. Join us as we search for these as well as oyster mushrooms, King Boletes, wild leek bulbs, Ash Boletes and more.

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


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