Monday, May 23, 2011

The mushrooms are here!

That's right folks! Brown tops (brown morels) haven't come to our little neck of the bush in quite some time. It takes a perfect combination of moisture (rain, melted snow) and heat (20+C) to make them come up.

Here's a pic from our first haul.

That's my nephew holding them, they look so much bigger in the hands of a 4 1/2yr old lol

In other news, there's finally a stall at the Strathcona Farmer's Market selling local organic flour. That means, I can try to make a 100mile bread!
It starts with a natural sour made from the flour and goes from there... :)
I didn't pick up any when I was there this weekend, and next sat is the mycology course, so i wont have any in my hands until June 4th.

Here's their blog if you wish to check them out... Gold Forest Grains

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Books!

To me anyways :)

Mushrooms of Western Canada, which I need for my mycology course at the end of this month....
Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada. Yay foraging!

Both are from Lone Pine Publishing, a great company that has a wide range of everything Canadian.

So, in addition to my cheesemaking adventure this summer, I would also like to get out in the bush more and do some plant id and foraging. I'll just strap my kid to my back (or leave her with Grannie for a bit) and explore the wonders of the always beautiful Aspen Parkland and Boreal Forest... :)