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Upcoming Events for June

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


June 1st Forage and Feast

16 tickets available.

Our June Forage and Feast Event highlights Nature's Springtime wild edibles, including wild leeks, pheasant back mushrooms, nettles and more. We'll search for these on pristine trails only fifteen minutes outside Stratford before returning to Stratford Tea Leaves for a four course lunch beginning with baguettes from The Downie Street Bakehouse alongside Wild Nettle Gouda from Mountain Oak Cheese. Our soup du jour features delicious Nettle Soup followed by our main course, wild leek bulb quiche. Dessert will feature assorted pies from The Black Angus Bakery. Locally brewed craft beer from Black Swan Brewery and wines from Niagara are also included.

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: 9:45 am
Where: Packam Sports Complex
Cost: $75 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


June 2nd

15 spots left.


The Platterful Mushroom

This mushroom begins appearing in early June and can be found right through the Summer on fallen dead hardwood. They are a large mushroom with a fairly thick stem that resembles stringy cheese when crushed. Sauteed in garlic and butter The Platterful has a sweet woody taste that will entice your culinary experience and lure you back to the trails for more. We'll also be collecting Day Lily Shoots, Nettles, Pheasant Back Mushrooms, Cattail Hearts and more.

Late Spring has a basketful of wild edibles so why not join us on the trails.

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


June 8th

15 spots left.

You've seen them before. They are those sticky things that cling to your boots and lower pant legs. But wait. Before you rip them up take a second or even a third look. Because Cleavers are known as being a traditional spring tonic for a couple of reasons. First, Cleavers are what herbalists refer to as alteratives. Alteratives are herbs that gradually restore the proper function of the body and increase health and vitality. After a long, cold winter, fresh Spring Cleavers are just the thing to get the lymph moving and eliminating waste and toxins from the body. That aside, this is another tasty wild herb that makes a GREAT! pesto.

We'll foraging for these as well as Pheasant Back and Platterful Mushrooms, Wild Leek Bulbs, Nettles, Day Lily shoots and more.

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


June 9th

15 spots left.


Milkweed Shoots

By now the Wild Asparagus has gone to flower but Nature has provided us with a backup. The young Milkweed Shoots are absolutely delicious sauteed or steamed. Eaten raw they are quite bitter however covering them in cold water and then bring to a boil eliminates the bitterness and you are set to go. Like many wild edible plants we caution against over harvesting. In the case of Milkweed it is because of their importance in attracting butterflies especially the Monarch.

Beautiful trails await us only fifteen minutes from Stratford where we will also harvest cattail hearts, wild leek bulbs, Platterful and Dryad Saddle mushrooms and more.

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


June 15th

15 spots left.


The Oyster Mushroom

The arrival of the Oyster Mushroom signals the beginning of the Summer harvest of choice wild fungi. Rated by chefs worldwide as one of the prizes of the culinary world, the Oyster blesses us with its presence right through until mid Autumn. There's a sweetness about them that complements a wide variety of dishes and makes the hunt well worth your while.

Alongside the Oysters are Pheasant Backs, Platterful and Crowned Tipped Coral Mushrooms. Add to the mix Wild Watercress, Pineapple Weed, Nettles and Day Lily Shoots. It's the time of year that makes foraging hard to resist.

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


June 16th

15 spots left.


Father's Day Foraging

"Okay, so where are the featured plants and mushrooms??" Hold on a minute. We just thought how fortunate it was that Father's Day coincided with the highpoint of the Nettle season. The plants are four to five feet tall, leaves are large. Sure, the stingers are there but all you need are gloves and you're ready to make some of the best recipes Mother Nature has to offer. Including Nettle Beer! There's a field of them ready to be picked. And, of course, we'll be handing out recipes.

The trails will also provide us with Oyster Mushrooms, Pheasant Backs, Wild Watercress . . . the list goes on.

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


June 22nd

15 spots left.

Remember the Day Lily? It's still out there but the young shoots are beginning to turn woody. Meanwhile, the flower buds are starting to appear and to be honest, although shoots are tantalizing the buds are our favourite part of the plant. At first the forager experiences a nutty taste that resembles a mild green onion. But about fifteen seconds later a secondary flavour that is surprisingly peppery comes into play. Once experienced we guarantee it will stoke your culinary curiosity.

Afterward, we'll move on to collecting Wild Leek Bulbs, Wild Watercress, Oyster Mushrooms, Crown Tipped Coral and Pineapple Weed. Marriott International listed Puck's Plenty as one of the "Top 10 Adventures to Have this Summer". Join us and find out why!

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


June 23rd

15 spots left.


Pineapple Weed

When you think of weeds you naturally think . . . Garden Pests! Here at Puck's Plenty we don't regard this plant as a weed even though it can be found practically everywhere. Waste sights, sidewalk cracks, parking lots. We'll sidestep those areas and concentrate on Nature's grassy plains instead. This herb (because that's what it is) has a wonderful scent that translates into an amazing tea. Moreover, thanks to a chef we took out last year, we found that boiled in equal parts cane sugar and water, it makes an incredible substitue for maple syrup. It's absolutely delicious. Like many other wild edibles, after you see it for the first time you see it again and again, throughout the Summer. So bring paper bags, small knives, scissors and spades as we search for these along with wild watercress, day lily buds and flowers, wood nettles, not to forget fungi such as oyster mushrooms, ash boletes and pheasant back. They're all out there on beautiful trails only a short car ride from Stratford.

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


June 29th Forage and Feast

9 tickets available.

It's Canada Day Weekend and what better way to start our Country's celebrations by hiking in our beautiful forests to search for wild edible plants and mushrooms. We will be searching trails only fifteen minutes from town looking for wild leek bulbs, wild ginger, wood sorrel, day lily flower buds along with an array of Summer mushrooms. Afterward we return return to Stratford's Forest Motel for an upscale meal that includes Wild Nettle Gouda from Mountain Oak Cheese, baguettes from The Downie Street Bakehouse and delicious wild leek bulb potato soup. The main course features a combination of wild mushrooms and asparagus in a cream sauce over pasta. Our lunch is rounded off by scrumptious pies from The Black Angus Bakery. Locally brewed craft beer from Black Swan Brewery and wines from Niagara are also included.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packam Sports Complex
Cost: $75 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


June 30th

15 spots left.


Crown Tipped Coral

These delicate mushrooms appear from early Summer to mid-November and are found on well rotted hardwood. It's best to harvest them when they are white as they tend to turn bitter with age. They sautee very quickly but serve as a wonderful garnish to most meals especially fish. It is best to check their fragrance first as there are some "smelly" look-alikes that grow on the ground. You want to avoid these.

It's the time of year when the mushrooms are kicking in. Summer Oysters, Platterfuls, Angel Wings, Dryad Saddles, not to forget a wide variety of wild edible plants.

Stratford is on the doorstep of Nature's Bounty. Come along and join us! Start time: 10:00 am
Where: 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2S9
Cost: $35.00/person

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