Congrats to Eva on Her First Truffle!

         After many months of training, practicing, and hunting,  Our sweet pup Eva finally has found her first Truffle! We are SOOOO proud of her! 

         Eva is a Lagotto Romangolo that came to us all the way from Serbia, specifically King of the Truffles Kennel. We then did a number of training classes with the Truffle Dog Company. Victoria is an amazing teacher and together her and Alana have been so helpful to us on our truffling journey. 

          The species of truffle we have found so far is called the Imaia Gigantea. Imaia is pronounced “ee-ma-ee-uh” as the truffle is named after the Japanese mycologist, Sanshi Imai.  So far, this truffle has only been found in the Appalachian mountains, and Japan. 

         Back in February Luke and I had read this article on Outside magazine online and  immediatley knew that truffle hunting in our backyard was something we definitely were interested in doing. We then ordered Rowan Jacobsens book Truffle Hound, and when it arrived we couldn’t put it down. Soon thereafter Eva had arrived to our doorstep at 3am brought to us from a kind pet nanny from Romania. Eva integrated into our little family with ease, and we couldn’t be happier with our little truffle hunter.

        If your curiosity is peaked, you can come and smell the truffle salt or purchase truffle from us at our farmers markets, or go visit our friends at Red Fiddle Vittles.

         This is just the beginning for Eva on her truffle journey! Tuber Lyonii & Tuber Canaliculatum both can be found in our region, so the hunt is on!  Eva celebrated her first birthday this September and has a lot to learn before her skills will be on par with the big dogs. She is still a puppy for a bit longer and it’s so cute watching her skills blossom. 

Recommended Reading List for Aspiring Foragers in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Hello! If you have come on any walks, hikes, or visit us at any of your markets we may have recommended you certain books to read. Here is the list of our top 11 favorite foraging books that can help you on your journey, like they did us! 

Mushrooms of the Southeast  by  Todd F. Elliott &  Steven L. Stephenson 

Mushrooms of the Carolinas  by  Alan E. Bessette , Arleen R. BessetteMichael W. Hopping 

All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora

Mushroom Demystified  by David Arora

100 Edible Mushrooms by Michael Kuo

How to Forage Mushrooms Without Dying  by  Frank Hyman 

Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Mycoremediation by  Tradd Cotter

The Fungal Pharmacy by  Robert Rogers  (Author), Solomon P. Wasser  (Foreword)

Foragers Harvest by Samuel Thayer

Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer

Trees of Power by Akiva Silver

2022 Summer Foray Classes / 4M Festival

Summer is just about to begin and we couldn’t be more excited for all of the mushrooms that soon will  pop their sleepy caps up through the leaves and into our baskets and bellies! 
We are proud to announce our summer mushroom foray schedule:
Join us for a stroll in the woods where we find different mushrooms and plants, but mostly mushrooms, and identify them together, with a focus on edible & medicinals.All locations are TBD till a few days before hand, and email with directions will be sent out to you.Bring water, a basket or bag, and your walking shoes!
Sylva ForaysWill be within 45 minutes of downtown Sylva, Nc.3rd Saturdays  2-4 pm June - October 
Saturday June 18th 2-4PMSaturday July 16th 2-4PMSaturday August 20th 2-4PMSaturday September 17th 2-4PMSaturday October 22nd 2-4PM
Asheville ForaysWill be within 45 minutes of downtown Asheville, Nc.3rd Friday 9-11AM June - October 
Friday June 17th 9-11AMFriday July 15th 9-11AMFriday August 19th 9-11AMFriday September 16th 9-11AMFriday October 21st 9-11AM

*****You can reserve your space on any or all of our forays here. ******  Be sure to sign up early as spaces are limited!

We are excited to be presenting at the 4M festival on September 3rd 11-6pm  brought to you by our friends at Jackson Arts Market in downtown Sylva, Nc!

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