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10 Wild Foods to Harvest This Spring

10 Wild Foods to Harvest This Spring
Here are our top ten recommendations for easy to forage and delicious to eat wild edibles.

Violet Jelly & Syrup

Violet Jelly & Syrup
Wild violet season has finally arrived in the Ottawa Valley after endless snow, rainstorms, and massive flooding. Their happy purple faces are har...

Dandelions as Food and Medicine

Dandelions as Food and Medicine
Ah, the humble and tenacious dandelion. How city dwellers hate it, engaging in futile yearly battles to eradicate it from their lawns and seemingl...

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate
The Ottawa Valley is covered in a thick blanket of perfect white snow. Snow-covered trees, ice and snow-covered lakes, and ground so covered in sn...

Foraging & Eating Dryad's Saddle Mushrooms

Foraging & Eating Dryad's Saddle Mushrooms
There is one mushroom I am often asked about every spring and fall.  It is a gorgeous mushroom at its prime, undergoing a transformation from an al...

Berry Picking in the Valley

Berry Picking in the Valley
  If I could sum up this summer so far in one word it would be “drought”, the water levels in the river are down, and the bush is a tinder box.  ...

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario
We spent the Canada Day long weekend catching crayfish in Brennan's Creek in front of the house. It's a good, wide, shallow creek full of mud, roc...

Spring Oyster Mushrooms

Spring Oyster Mushrooms
I was out for a walk in the woods with my buddies last week when I spied with my mushroom vision some perfect wild white oyster mushrooms growing ...

Rooting Around at the Farm

Rooting Around at the Farm
We spent the afternoon and evening at my parents farm on Sunday harvesting dandelion and burdock roots as well as sugar maple logs for growing edi...

Forest Chai

Forest Chai
Chai tea is a delicious way to start working with local plants. Tailor your own chai recipe with aromatic herbs native to the forests of your regi...

Plum and Pear Liqueurs

The pears are so ripe on my tree they are falling in droves, thudding loudly on the metal roof of the garage and littering the pathway to the gard...

Fruit and Root Summer Iced Teas

I must not be the only out there who can't have caffeine so I thought, why not share a favourite summer ritual of crafting delicious iced teas usi...