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Violet Jelly & Syrup

Violet Jelly & Syrup
Wild violet season has finally arrived in the Ottawa Valley after endless snow, rainstorms, and massive flooding. Their happy purple faces are har...

Dandelions as Food and Medicine

Dandelions as Food and Medicine
Ah, the humble and tenacious dandelion. How city dwellers hate it, engaging in futile yearly battles to eradicate it from their lawns and seemingl...

Chaga Medicine and Sustainability

Chaga Medicine and Sustainability
Chaga is earthy, dark, and mysterious with centuries of mythology and folklore behind its use from British Columbia to Russia and China. Throughou...

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate
The Ottawa Valley is covered in a thick blanket of perfect white snow. Snow-covered trees, ice and snow-covered lakes, and ground so covered in sn...

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario
We spent the Canada Day long weekend catching crayfish in Brennan's Creek in front of the house. It's a good, wide, shallow creek full of mud, roc...

Spring Oyster Mushrooms

Spring Oyster Mushrooms
I was out for a walk in the woods with my buddies last week when I spied with my mushroom vision some perfect wild white oyster mushrooms growing ...

Plum and Pear Liqueurs

The pears are so ripe on my tree they are falling in droves, thudding loudly on the metal roof of the garage and littering the pathway to the gard...

Sunday Dinner: Pork with Apples, Bacon, and Whiskey

Now that we've moved to small town Ontario to be closer to family, my mom and I have been trying to make Sunday dinner a thing as the farm is only...

Fruit and Root Summer Iced Teas

I must not be the only out there who can't have caffeine so I thought, why not share a favourite summer ritual of crafting delicious iced teas usi...