Ontario Foraging, Foraging, Wild edibles, Wild Mushrooms, Stratford restaurants, oyster mushrooms, morels
Young Lactarius Mushrooms
May Apple
White Pine Bolete
Otter Creek off the Avon Trail
Thames River Trail
White Coral Mushrooms
Fall Oyster Mushrooms w/husky Faolan

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 September

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July ~ August ~ October ~ November


September 3rd Forage and Feast
Chanterelle Ragout with Rosemary Focaccia

14 tickets available.

Let's face it, our favourite mushroom is the Chanterelle. Known for its hidden sweetness, this delicacy is easy pickings for any gourmet meal. And for that it qualifies as our featured main dish. But first we visit the trails where Oyster Mushrooms, Puffballs, Boletes to name but a few await us. We'll collect these along with wild ginger, wild leek bulbs and watercress before returning to Stratford Tea Leaves where a hearty four course meal awaits us. The menu begins with Truffle Gouda from Mountain Oak Cheese accompanied with baskets of fresh baguettes from The Downie Street Bakehouse. A light wood sorrel soup is next on the agenda followed by the main course, Chanterelle Ragout. Dessert will be provided by The Black Angus Bakery while beverages will include craft beer from Black Swan Brewery and wines from Niagara. An Autumn afternoon can't get better than this.

Start time: 9:45 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex, Stratford.
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


September 4th

15 tickets available.


The Giant Puffball

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 in the wilderness of Hullett Marsh as we search for these along with Summer Oysters, Angel Wings, assorted Boletes, Wild Oregano and Wild Mint.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0.
Cost: $35.00/person


September 5th

15 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. Hen of the Woods, Shrimp of the Woods, Honey Mushrooms and Puffballs and more. Find out why The Australian included Puck's Plenty in their article on wild food earlier last year.

Start time: 10:30 am
Where: To be announced.
Cost: $35.00/person


September 10th

15 tickets available

Lactarius Deliciosus

Also known as the saffron milk cap and red pine mushroom, Lactarius Deliciosus are one of the best known members of the large milk-cap genus Lactarius in the order Russulales. The cap and stem are a striking orange turning bluish green as they age. Highly sought after in Poland there are a myriad of ways to prepare them. Here are a few recipes we recommend: Frixos Personal Chefing, Lorraine Elliott, Not Quite Negella, Polish Salted Mushrooms.

We will be searching for these right here in Stratford before moving on to trails fifteen minutes from town to collect other wild fungi such as Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Velvet Foot, Gem Studded and more.

Find out why Marriott International listed Puck's Plenty as one of the "Top 10 Adventures to Have this Summer".

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex, Stratford.
Cost: $35.00/person


September 11th

15 tickets available.

The Bear's Head Mushroom

The Bear's Head is a member of the Hericiaceae family, or Tooth Fungi, and is found on living and dead deciduous hardwood trees. Found young they are considered a delicacy and labeled as "choice" by many chefs worldwide. They pair well with potatoes, leeks, meats, truffle butter, and apples. But take care as they do not have a shelf life and should be prepared the same day they are found. Besides the Bear's Head we will also be searching for other mushrooms such as Comb Tooth, Summer Oysters, a variety of Boletes, Honey Mushrooms and more. Also included will be wild edible plants and herbs like Wood Sorrel, Wild Ginger and Wild Watercress.

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


September 17th

15 tickets available.

The Comb Tooth

When you're walking through the forest and come across a branched, whitish mass on a fallen log you might think it was a patch of Winter out of nowhere. In reality it would be the Comb Tooth, another choice mushroom that has a melt in your mouth flavour. Like the Bear's Head they have no real shelf life so they should be consumed the day you find them. They can be anywhere between six to ten inches in length which would give anyone a sizeable meal. You can't find mushrooms like this in the produce section of stores and you will not experience a taste like this unless you go to the wild. Along with the Comb Tooth we will be searching for Bear's Head (another tooth fungi), Honey Mushrooms, Summer Oysters and much more.

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


September 18th

15 tickets available.

Pear Shaped Puffballs

The first of our series of weekday events feature one of Autumn's finer tasting fungi, Pear Shaped Puffballs. About the size of Button Mushrooms, the Pear Shape is listed on the taste scale as "Choice". With a firm white interior, it is delicious sauteed in butter and garlic. These mushrooms can be found clustered on and around the dark and decaying remnances of harwood stumps. We will also be searching for Comb Tooth Coral, Lepista Irinas, Velvet Foot mushrooms and more. Wild plants are also on the agenda featuring Wild Watercress and Wild Ginger.

Why not join us on trails in and around our lovely town of Stratford.

Start time: 10:00 am
Where: Packham Sports Complex, Stratford.
Cost: $35.00/person


September 24th

13 tickets available.

Blewits

That's right! They are that blue. Considered a delicacy in France, the Blewit is a meaty, slow growing mushroom that is excellent roasted or sauteed. They made their arrival to our 2021 season in mid-September and continued to show up right through November. You can find the Blewit under closely grown conifers in dark areas of the forest.

Along with the Blewits we will be searching for another member of their family, the Lepista Irina.
Same shape and texture but white.

Start time: 10:00 am
Meeting place: Packham Sports Complex, Stratford.
Cost: $35.00/person


September 25th

15 tickets available.

Lepista Irina

Yet another meaty fungi, the Lepista Irina is right up there on the list of our favourite mushrooms. Like the Blewit, you can find them under conifers from September through November. We will also be searching for Comb Tooth Coral, Velvet Foot mushrooms Blewits and more. Wild plants are also on the agenda featuring Wild Watercress and Wild Ginger.

Why not join us on trails in and around our lovely town of Stratford.

Start time: 10:00 am
Meeting place: Packham Sports Complex, Stratford.
Cost: $35.00/person