Foraging For Wild Edibles

A Unique Experience

Merging your interest in wild foods and foraging for wild edibles/mushrooms, with the bounty of our region.  Our guides will take you into the woods, help you slow down, and build an array of wild edible foods for you to try, or from which to prepare elegent foods.

Example Foraging Experiences....

Wild Vines, Roots, Fruit, Nuts, Bark, Seeds, Leaves, Mushrooms and other Edibles

Private Property and Public Forests

Foraging Time: 3-4 hours
Travel: Some required, seasonally
Cost: $425 per group of eight
Availability:  Contact us directly to schedule a private group. Or, join our every other Saturday class at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.  Guests not staying at the resort are still welcome. Call Salamander at (540) 751-3160 
I joke that our guides can build a nutritious meal out of what's growing in the cracks of your ordinary parking lot.  And it's not far from the truth.
It takes most wild edibles hunters months or years to comb reliable references, online resources and to pester their own friends for enough info just to learn just the basics about wild edibles foraging. And still most people don't get comfortable enough to dive in.

Maybe we ought to have our heads checked, but we believe taking curious and adventurous people into the woods in pursuit of these culinary treats is a high calling.  Virginia offers a surprising number of tasty treats in a revolving array through most of the year.  Give us a buzz, and let's talk about whether this is the right adventure for you or not.

Example edibles: Acorns (and how to leach/prepare/make flour), walnuts, plantain (a green, not a fruit), ramps (an amazing wild onion), paw paw fruit, wild raspberries and other berries, smilax vine and many more.

Morels, Morels Morels!!

Private Property and Public Lands

Foraging Time: 3-4 hours
Travel: Some required, seasonally
Cost: Starting at $425 per private adventure
Tricky to time.  Please inquire.
Our guides have access to both their own predictable patches of morels, and have established repeatable regional patterns for finding morels on uncharted lands, and this is the focus of our time with guests.
Summer/Fall Mushrooms

Chicken Of The Woods, Hen of the Woods (oyster) and Wild Chanterelles

Foraging Time: 3-4 hours
Travel: Some required, seasonally
Cost: $395 per group of eight

Late spring through fall brings us repeated/extended emergences of these delicious mushrooms.  You'll feel like a kid again on an Easter egg hunt or combing the beach for shells. A successful hunter can fill a small bag with these amazing mushrooms.

All mushroom hunting carries risk of mis-identification and this is what keeps people away.  But we've narrowed our quarry down to those with fewer dangerous mimics, and we'll teach guests how to approach mushroom foraging with caution.  Despite our confidence in mushroom ID, we do not recommend eating the mushrooms we forage without expert identification.

Ready To Get Started?

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