Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels

Please note: The mushrooms featured on our events reflect their normal growing season.
Weather conditions, which we have no control over, can affect their growth.

Hypsizygus Tessulatus
Pleurotus Dryinus
Fall Oysters
Grey Trichs
Lepista Irina
Shaggy Manes
Blewits

These events are "go" rain or shine.

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




Upcoming Events for October

July 2024 ~ August 2024 ~

September 2024 ~ November 2024 ~


October 5th Forage and Feast
Water Buffalo Bourguignon

2 tickets available.

On this Autumn morning we take to the trails in search of the wild edibles of Mother Nature. Edibles such as Wild Watercress, Wild Carrot along with the mushrooms of Autumn: Blewits, Lactarius, Velvet Foot, Gem Studded Puffballs, Lepista Irinas. The list goes on and on. Then around noon we travel back to Stratford for a delicious lunch featuring Wild Nettle Gouda, baguettes from the Downie Street Bakehouse, Leek Soup followed by Water Buffalo Bourguignon with mashed potatoes. Dessert: A light pear flan.

Of course you will have a choice of red or white wines from the Niagara Region along with locally brewed craft beers.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex
Cost: $95 per person.

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


October 6th (Bright, ON)

12 tickets available.

Hen of the Woods

Hen of the Woods, also known as Maitake, is one of the largest wild edible mushrooms outside of the Giant Puffball. They can weigh up to several pounds and are quite easy to identify, looking like a large mass of fused caribou antlers. Highly prized in both the Culinary and Medicinal communities. They can be grilled like a steak or chopped into smaller pieces and added to pasta, soups, stews . . . OR . . . simply sautee them in garlic and butter. Hen of the Woods also contain chemicals that help fight tumors, stimulate the immune system, and lower blood sugar levels.

We will be searching for these as well as Honey Mushrooms, Gem Studded Puffballs, Pear Shaped Puffballs and more.

As an added incentive, all participants will receive a large Hen of the Woods from Shogun Maitake.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Bright, ON area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 6th (Barrie)

9 tickets available.

Mushrooms!

It's Autumn and what did you expect? 'Tis the season of mushrooms. Lobsters, Lapista Irinas, Pear Shaped Puffballs, beautiful Blewits and more. It's a wonderful time for fungi, all sorts of colours and tastes. Join us as we fill you in on how to harvest and prepare these wonderful wild edibles.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Barrie, ON area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 12th

19 tickets available.

Velvet Foot Mushrooms

These mushrooms begin to appear in late September and last right through the Winter until March. Velvet Foot (also known as Velvet Shank) evolve from a network of veins beneath the bark of dead hardwoods. They grow in clusters, have sticky caps and very active white spores. That stickiness dissipates in the cooking along with the spores. Velvet Foot make a wonderful addition to risotto and pasta dishes. One great advantage to the Velvet Foot is that they are so easy to dry and store. Simply leave them on the counter for a day or two until they turn black and store them in a Mason Jar. When you are ready to use them again just reconstitute them in water and Voila!.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Cambridge area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 13th

11 tickets available.


Honey Mushrooms

Honey Mushrooms are one of the most favourite fungi of Eastern Europe. Also found throughout North America they appear in great clusters over and inside decaying hardwood. Their name says it all about their taste. A sweetness rivaled by few other mushrooms. Luckily for the avid forager these "choice" beauties can be found from mid-August until the end of September.

We will be searching the Avon Trail outside of Stratford for these as well as Summer Oysters, an assortement of Boletes, Angel Wings, Wild Watercress, Wood Sorrel and more.

Start time: 10:00 am. Duration: approx. 3hrs
Where: Cambridge area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 19th

17 tickets available.

The Lactarius

Lactarius Delicios is an Autumn mushroom that stands out on the forest floor only because of its colour. Orange! Highly prized in Polland these fungi will compliment any meal.

On another subject we've only just begun to scratch the surface (so to speak) on wild herbs but there are plenty that Mother Nature has to offer. Three herbs from the Mustard Family are on the agenda. Wild Watercress found in shallow creeks and streams, Marsh Yellowcress growing in damp foothill areas and Peppergrass along waste sites and roadsides. The deeper we go into Autumn Watercress becomes more peppery while Yellowcress and Peppergrass are milder but quite pleasant. All three can work wonders in various recipes including stuffing for your turkey.

Along with the Lactarius Mushroom and wild herbs we will be foraging for mushrooms such as Blewits, large tasty Lepistas as well as Pear Shaped and Gem Studded Puffballs.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Bright, ON area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 20th, Double Events, Cambridge and Barrie

The Blewits, Barrie, ON

16 tickets available.

Our dual event also includes the beautiful Blewit and others such as Lepista Irina, Pear Shaped Puffballs, Lobster Mushrooms, Velvet Foot and more.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Barrie, ON.
Cost: $40.00/person


The Blewits, Stratford

13 tickets available.

Imagine you are a novice mushroom hunter and come across a mushroom that is strikingly blue. The first thought that comes to mind: "Keep walking." Ah, but that would be a mistake. For these radiant fungi are rated "choice" by National Audubon's Field Guide to Mushrooms. They are meaty, large and a plus to any meal. Thankfully we can find them right here in Stratford, many a time growing alongside such wonderful edibles as the Lactarius Deliciosus and, later in the Autumn, the Lepista Irina and the Fawn mushroom.

After our local search we will move on to trails only fiftenn minutes from town to collect Honey and Oyster Mushrooms along with wild edible plants and herbs.

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

Join us and out why!

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Stratford area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 26th

6 tickets available.

Pear Shaped Puffballs

These are one of our favourite species of Puffballs. The size of button mushrooms their texture is quite meaty and their taste harbours a hint of sweetness. Sauteed in butter and garlic of course! We will be hunting for these "choice" mushrooms along with other fungi such as Fall Oysters, Grey Trichs, Blewits and Lepista Irina.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Cambridge area.
Cost: $40.00/person


October 27th

15 tickets available.

Lepista Irina

One of our favourite mushrooms of Autumn. These beautiful mushrooms have a slight sweetness to them. They are quite meaty meaning you can either sautee them or roast them. Found under conifer trees, these fungi grow alongside their sister mushrooms, The Blewits. We will also be searching for other mushrooms such as Velvet Foots, Grey Trichs, and Pear Shaped Puffballs.

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

Join us and out why!

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Stratford area.
Cost: $40.00/person

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