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.

*porcupine

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!