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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



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Upcoming 2017 Events for September

August ~ October ~ November


September 2nd Forage and Feast

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Early September and just imagine what Nature has to offer on the trails. Wild leek bulbs, Day Lily tubers, puffballs (big and small), Bolete and Oyster mushrooms. Such a plethora to tempt the palate. And yet there it is, ripe for the picking. Join us in the forest only 20 minutes from town, learning to identify and prudently harvest these delicious wild edibles. A few hours later we return to Stratford where an upscale meal awaits us. Baguettes from The Little Green Grocery, Gouda Nettle from Mountain Oak Cheese, wild leek bacon or wild leek quiche from Linley's and pear pies from The Honey Tree. 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: $70 per person.

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


September 3rd

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May Apples

One of the sweeter tasting wild plants is the May Apple. They begin to grow in early Spring and soon develope a single green fruit. Over the course of the season it grows to the sized of a kiwi and in early September turns yellow. This signals it's ripe for the picking. They have a delightful taste eaten raw and can also be boiled into a wonderful syrup. We'll be searching for these along with wild ginger, wild watercress, giant puffballs. Summer oyster mushrooms, King Boletes and more on trails 20 minutes from Stratford.

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


Labour Day Foraging

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Labour Day Foraging Event

September is one of the best months for wild mushrooms. From the Summer Oysters (left) to the Giant Puffballs (right), the varieties can only tweek the culinary imagination. Although some of Summer's plants have begun to wane the forest greenery remains lush providing a stark contrast to the whites, oranges and yellows of wild fungi in season. This is when Mother Nature makes your fruits of labour all that easier to find.

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


September 9th

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Variata Russula

This member of the Russula family is identified by its greenish cap with purple tones. The gills are attached meaning they look separate from the stem as opposed to "free" gills which flow from the underside of the cap into the stem as though the cap and stem were one. This is an important part of wild mushroom identification to help tell the edible from the non-edible. Other identification include spore prints and bruising.

Learn the art of wild mushroom hunting then take your bounty home and enjoy their incredible tastes.

Beautiful forest trails are home to the Variata as well as Summer Oysters, Giant Puffballs, White Pine Boletes, etc. And they're only a fifteen minute car ride from Stratford.

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: $35.00/person


September 10th

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Wild Pears

There are several trails on our intinerary, all of them quite beautiful. One in particular comes to mind as we set out to find several varieties of mushrooms. Steep slopes, winding paths and lush greenery are the order of the day and at one point we enter century old orchards long ago turned wild. The air is scented with ripe pears and apples that hang well within reach of hungry travelers. It's quite a bonus to a journey that eventually brings us to darkened wood, home to highly sought after fungi such as Lactarius Deliciosus, Summer Oysters, Giant Puffballs, Russulas and more.

To get an idea of our treks you can read a recent article by writer Keph Senett that appeared in Harrowsmith this past March.

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


September 16th

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The Delectable Day Lily

We've noted all season about the benefits and uses of The Day Lily. Even though the shoots have hardened and the sweet tasting flowers have disappeared, the tubers are what we turn to next. Their taste has both a hint of radish and okra, making them a perfect addition to soups and stews. Besides these wild edibles we'll be collecting wild watercress and wild ginger and of course we'll be harvesting all types of wild mushrooms such as Giant Puffballs, Gem Studded Puffballs, assorted fungi of the Bolete Family and more. All found on beautiful trails only 15 minutes from Stratford.

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


September 17th

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The Shaggy Mane

One of the top rated mushrooms at this time of year, the Shaggy Mane is a mushroom hunter's delicacy. Usually found throughout the month of September these delicate fungi make an ideal side dish to any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. There's a lovely sweet taste to them that comes out when sauteed in butter along with garlic. The trick is to collect them before their caps begin to turn black. At that point they are no longer edible and actually taste like ink!

You can find these gems on lawns, in fields and waste sights. So join us on walks in and around Stratford and then follow us out to the countryside only 15 minutes from town where we'll search for other enticing wild mushrooms.

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


September 23rd

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The Admirable Bolete

Our September 23rd event will be a true lesson in mushroom hunting. Last season, on a certain trail, we found remnants of The Admirable Bolete, one of the highly prized members of the Bolete Family. The Admirable is one of the largest Boletes and easily spotted inside the waning ground cover of Early Autumn. Photos and descriptions will be provided to each participant. Even better, what you find you take home!

During our search we will also collect Giant Puffballs, Pear Shaped Puffballs, Lion's Mane and Lactarius, as well as edible plants like wild ginger and wild watercress.

Late September is full of colours both in the trees and on the ground.

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


September 24th

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The Lion's Mane

Yet another "choice" mushroom that appears in early Autumn is the Lion's Mane. A member of the Coral Family, it is not only known for its exquisite taste but for its medicinal benefits that include improved cognitive function, nerve regeneration, improved digestive function, relief from gastritis and works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Whew!
We find this fungi growing from decaying hardwood and so it can be easily spotted inside a tangle of trees. Of course we'll be hunting for other wild fungi such as Velvet Foot Mushrooms, Pear Shaped Puffballs, Boletes, Blewits (they're really blue) and more. So join us on trails only fifteen minutes from Stratford. It promises to be a glorious hike.

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


September 30th Forage and Feast

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We're arriving at the pinacle of the wild mushroom season and with it comes the lure of adventure and the enticement of culinary delicacies. Edible fungi are everywhere, from tender Velvet Foot bursting from dead hardwood to the vibrant blue coloured Blewits that dot the ground on darkened forest floors. Recipes for these tasty morcels are numerous and we will be featuring but a few in our wild lunch menu. Gouda Nettle from Mountain Oak Cheese, baguettes and salad from The Little Green Grocery, the main course of mushroom quiche from Linley's followed by tasty desserts from The Honey Tree. Locally brewed craft beer from Black Swan Brewery and wines from Niagara are also included.

Join us on a 2 1/2 hour hike along Nature's beautiful trails where you will collect your own bounty of wild edibles. Then return to Stratford where an upscale lunch awaits you.

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

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


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