Don’t Miss Out — Come for a Mushroom Walk!

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of of the year: you practically can’t move without seeing mushrooms! Here at Fundy Spores we’re relishing this overlap between late-summer species and the early onset of some autumn varieties.

Of course, this window won’t last forever — join us for a mushroom walk before it’s too late!

We’re currently registering for Wild Wednesdays and Sunday Saunters! On guided mushroom walks in Annapolis County,  we will seek out edible and health-promoting species, and discuss the potential artistic uses and important ecological roles of the various specimens we encounter.

Scarlet Waxy Caps for web

To keep group size manageable, we suggest contacting us soon to reserve your preferred date. If you would like to organize a group walk on a different date (on your land or a favorite local trail), reach out and we’ll work with you to make it happen!

Details:
Wild Wednesday Walks & Sunday Saunters
5:30-7pm on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm Sundays
September 17, 20, 27, & October 1st
Location: All walks are scheduled for the Deep Brook area: we will meet in the parking lot at the Fundy YMCA (1043 Hwy 1, “Cornwallis”) and then drive together to the nearby hiking trail.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please contact us and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk (Sept 17, 20, 27, Oct 1st)
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do get in touch and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

Bellybutton Hedgehog for web

There’s only a few more weeks left, so come by and visit us at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market to pick up seasonal mushrooms for your favorite late summer/early autumn dishes, your copy of the latest edition of Mycomania, mushroom ink for artists, and of course, health-promoting mushroom tinctures!

Hikes and Spikes: it’s fall on the East Coast!

Hi folks!

Last night’s Wild Wednesday was a fantastic adventure into a local forest; we found hedgehog (AKA  “sweet tooth” or “bellybutton”) mushrooms and spotted a quintessential quill pig*!

The fungi were abundant, and it was a joyful experience — if you’d like to join us next time, get in touch soon to reserve your place!

**Special Announcement** We’ve added a “Sunday Saunter” for Sept 10th at 12pm (noon), weather permitting. To sign up, drop us an email or visit our table at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday (Sept 9th).

Learn what features of mushrooms make each species unique, discover some of our local edible, health-promoting, and otherwise fascinating fungi, and maybe even visit with some of our wilder neighbours.

Don’t miss out! The time is right to catch this season’s splendor, and (as though this needs saying), we can’t expect the weather to always cooperate.

Word nerds unite:  we spied a nicely “squamulose”  (featuring small scales) young  Destroying Angel, along with others ranging from buttons to fully-grown specimens.

Full details for our Mushroom Walks series:

Wild Wednesday Walks & Sunday Saunters
**NEW TIMES* 5:30-7 on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm on Sundays
Throughout the month of September (excluding Sunday Sept 24th)
Various locations in Annapolis County. We will meet at an easily-identified location and proceed to the hiking trail as a group.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please respond and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk and/or preferred location (e.g. “Close to Bridgetown” or “Close to Bear River”) if applicable.
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do contact us and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

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Walk with us on the wild side!

Hello everyone!

Exciting news — we are now registering for Wild Wednesdays! Each week in September we are offering guided mushroom walks in Annapolis County (various locations). Together we will seek out edible and health-promoting species, and discuss the potential artistic uses and important ecological roles of the various specimens we encounter.

To keep group size manageable, we suggest contacting us soon to reserve your preferred date. If Wednesdays don’t work for you, write us anyway and let us know when you’d like to go out. If we receive enough interest, we will add dates!

**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT**
September 6th’s walk will be held in the Deep Brook area: We will meet in the parking lot at the Fundy YMCA (1043 Hwy 1, “Cornwallis”) and then drive together to the nearby hiking trail at 6pm.

Details:
Wild Wednesday Walks
6-7:30pm
September 6, 13, 20, 27
Various locations in Annapolis County. We will meet at an easily-identified location and proceed to the hiking trail as a group.
Cost: $35 per person. Group rate, for 6 or more participants, is $30/person. Maximum group size is 10 people.
Terrain will be mild-medium in difficulty. Registrants should wear good walking shoes and have confidence in navigating tree roots, rocks, moss, and other aspects of typical Nova Scotia forest trails.
Payment can be made via Interac email (fundyspores AT gmail DOT com) or in person (cash only, please) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders market. Payment must be received to complete registration and hold your space.

To sign up via email, please respond and include the following information:
– Your name (and number in your party, if registering for a group)
– Preferred date of walk (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27) and/or preferred location (e.g. “Close to Bridgetown” or “Close to Bear River”) if applicable.
– Your method of payment (Interac security code if paying by email, or request to arrange payment in person).

We would like to ensure Fundy Spores workshops and events are as inclusive as possible. If you have physical mobility restrictions, and/or require assistance (e.g. an attending carer, interpreter, or assistance animal),  please do contact us and we will make our best effort to accommodate you.

Looking for friendly fall fungi?

Hi folks!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by the Medway Community Forest Co-Op‘s first annual Forest Products Market this weekend! We had a great time & saw some fantastic work by local artisans!

This summer’s been a busy one, and we’ve heard from a lot of folks that they would like us to re-run our “Making Friends with Mushrooms” workshop — so please join us on August 28th for an encore presentation of this beginner-friendly talk and Q&A!

Mushroom Mondays Poster August for web small

(Download a pdf for your fridge or community board here: Mushroom Mondays Poster August)

Highlighting local species that are easy to identify (including some excellent edible and medicinal mushrooms), “Making Friends with Mushrooms” aims to take some of the fear out of wildcrafting, and to encourage an active relationship with your local forest fungi.

In other news, we’ve sold out of Issue #1 of Mycomania! Don’t miss out, grab your copy of our Prohibition-themed Summer edition before it’s too late!

We’d also like to give a shout out to all the lovely people who’ve come by our market table with photos (and in some cases, examples) of mushrooms to show us. Your enthusiasm for chanterelles, chicken-of-the-woods, fly agarics, corals, and other local species is wonderful!

Want a peek at the mushrooms we’ve been seeing lately? Check out some of these beauties!

Small orange mushroom in birch for web

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Scaly vase chanterelle for web

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Now that we’re getting deeper into this region’s main mushroom season, look forward to “Wild Wednesdays” — each week, an excursion into the nearby woodlands to discover the diversity of local edible, health-promoting, and other fascinating fungi! Early registrants may have a chance to influence where the week’s walk will be held, so book now to save your place. Also, be sure to contact us if you would like to host a group walk (up to 10 people — bring 5, and you participate for free!) in your woodlot or local park this autumn. All of our walks are $35/person.

Don’t forget to drop by and see us each week at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market, Saturdays from 8-1 in the market square: it’s your chance to indulge in a cup of Chaga tea, re-stock your tinctures, pick up some delicious local mushrooms, and add new colour to your palette with our earth-friendly artists’ ink!

Hope to see you in Bear River on Monday!

Mushroom Monday & Mycomania #2 – Tomorrow!

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget : Monday July 31st (tomorrow) is Mushroom Monday! This month’s topic is “Mushrooms and Art“. Local species that can be used by artists, the numerous and varied ways fungi are featured in art-making, and the holistic benefits of fungi and art will be highlighted!

Mushroom Mondays Poster July small for web

We’re also pleased to announce this will also be the launch of Mycomania #2, the Summer issue!

Mycomania #2 cover photo for web

Hope to see you there!

 

The Artful Mushroom

Hi Everyone!

We’re happy to announce that this month’s Mushroom Monday topic is “Mushrooms & Art”! Join us in Bear River to learn about all kinds of ways mushrooms are used in various art practices, local species that can be beneficial to artists, and how fungi and art can be part of holistic self-care practice.

For inspiration, check out this beautiful piece by our dear friend LeyAnn Meau (the radical artist behind our logo, the drawings of the mushrooms on our labels, and the greeting cards we have at our market table):

“Good Ideas”

Interested in using mushrooms in your own art practice? The black and brown inks LeyAnn used are our very own Tippler’s Bane and Chaga Mycomediums.

Hope to see you on Monday, July 31st!

(Need a copy of the poster for your fridge or community bulletin board? Download the pdf here: Mushroom Mondays Poster July)

Mushrooms for Health event this month!

Hi all,
Hope you’re getting out and spying the season’s first blooms of wild mushrooms! Here at Fundy Spores, we’re continuing to work to bring you the freshest and tastiest cultivated ‘shrooms around, in addition to our tinctures, artists’ mycomediums, delectable dried mushrooms, zines, and fresh-brewed hot Chaga tea.

Our first Mushroom Monday was well received, and we’re looking forward to June’s event — won’t you join us? This month’s theme is “Mushrooms for Health”: we’ll be talking about local health-promoting fungi, the fundamentals of using mushrooms for health, and the interconnectedness of human health and ecological wellbeing.

Date: June 26
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: 1888 Clementsvale Road (next to Sissiboo Coffee) in Bear River
Cost: $20, no one turned away for lack of funds (please don’t deny yourself this workshop if $20 is out of your price range, we’d rather you came and paid what is manageable for you!)
Bring a mug and enjoy a nice hot cup of Chaga tea!
For accessibility info and more details, visit the Mushroom Mondays page .
Download a copy of this poster for your fridge or local community board here: Mushroom Mondays Poster for June.
Hope to see you soon!

Artists’ Mycomediums at Work!

Hi folks!

Just a quick blog post today to share some fantastic photos of a recent project a local mycophile did using our Chaga mushroom pigment. It turned out great!

This small suitcase, previously covered in vinyl, was set out for pickup on what our friend calls “good garbage day”.  After removing the torn covering, they gave the wood underneath a treatment with our Chaga stain.

Love to see one person’s trash become reclaimed and turned into such a treasure!

Hope to see you at the Farmers & Traders market tomorrow in Annapolis Royal!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our summer series, Mushroom Mondays, in Bear River! The next one is June 26th (theme TBA, check back soon)! And if you’re interested in hosting a mushroom talk, give us a shout!