The Brattleboro Food Co-op (BFC) is sponsoring a series of four wild mushroom foraging workshops this summer and fall. Led by Justin Garner, a clinical herbalist and founder of Sweet Flag Medicinals, each workshop will focus on whatever edible fungus is popping up in that particular month. Precautions will be taught for harvesting wild mushrooms, as well as cooking instructions and some on the ecology, natural history, flavor and medicinal value of the different species.
• Maximum: 20 people
• Cost: $30, $25 BFC shareholders (except the last workshop on Sept. 26)
•Dates (highlighted mushroom species for each workshop are in parentheses, but the prevalence of each will depend on the vagaries of the rain gods):
- July 29: (chantarelles & black trumpets). This forage will be a small excursion, mostly for friends & family, but a few spots are available; 5:30 - 8:30 PM
- August 26: (lobster mushrooms); 5:30 - 8:30 PM
- September 9: (hen of the woods - maitake); 5:30 - 8:30 PM
- September 26: (hedgehog, oyster, matsutake) with Ari Rockland-Miller, The Mushroom Forager. This workshop will cost $50/$45 BFC shareholders, and run 10 AM - 2 PM.
• All workshops will start and end at the Co-op.
• Each forage will take place at a different location.
• Rain or shine. Folks are instructed to dress appropriately.
The 4th Workshop on September 26th will be an extended event with wild mushroom expert Ari Rockland-Miller, aka The Mushroom Forager. It will include cooking demonstrations of the different mushroom varieties found during the forage.
Mushrooms & Agroforestry: These foraging trips are part of the Brattleboro Co-op's series of workshops on mushrooms this year that is co-sponsored by Tad Montgomery & Associates. The broader intention of these events is to promote economic development through an enhanced relationship with our forests in the Connecticut River Watershed.
To Register for one of the workshops contact BFC Shareholder Services at: (802) 246-2821. Spots are guaranteed upon payment of the registration fee. Refunds are available until 24 hours before each workshop.
For More Information contact Tad Montgomery: (802) 251-0502 or eco@TadMontgomery.com.