In the Minnesota wilderness with "Mushroom Mike" Kempenich, certified wild mushroom identification expert
Although most people think of the Pacific Northwest when they think wild mushrooms, it may surprise you to learn we have the same species available right here in Minnesota, from May through October. In fact, we even have a few very rare edible and delicious species that are unique to us! We also have another advantage. As beautiful as mountains are they make for a serious workout, often at higher elevations that are additionally physically taxing. Foraging wild mushrooms in Minnesota means all of the beauty of our pristine forests, remote wilderness areas and more than 12,000 lakes--- but almost none of the more difficult terrain. Whether you are completely new to foraging or a more seasoned hunter, we can create an exciting and memorable adventure for you!
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Your adventure begins at 9 a.m., meeting Mike at a pre-determined location. For over 5 hours you will be guided through the forest, learning about Minnesota mushrooms, flora and fauna. At the conclussion of your trip, Mike will personally inspect all mushrooms to ensure edibility for your home use.
Cost: $79 (3 person minimum)
If you're a slightly more seasoned mushroom hunter, this is the trip for you! You'll spend a full day foraging with Mike in the Minnesota forests and leave understanding more about mushrooms, with tricks for finding them, and how to make your own hunts more successful.
Meet Mike at a pre-determined location and spend the next 8-9 hours in the woods with him. Learn how to make your own hunts more successful as Mike educates you on the "why's" and "where's" of pinpointing wild mushrooms in Minnesota.
Cost: $125 (3 person minimum)
Several times per year The Mikeology Store offers 2-day overnight adventures in the Minnesota wilderness. If you're looking for a unique and more rugged experience, this is it
Meet Mike at the base-camp in one of his many pre- scouted locations in the northern half of Minnesota in the evening and enjoy happy hour! Spend the following day in the woods picking and learning with Mike and his crew and enjoy your afternoon lunch in the field while discussing the mornings hunt.
That evening, enjoy a gourmet meal showcasing the wild mushrooms foraged that day while sitting around the fire with your beverage of choice and telling tall tales. Sunday morning brings a quick breakfast and a return to the woods for more foraging until early afternoon, when we wrap things up, inspect all mushrooms for edibility and say goodbye until next time!
Cost: $180-$240 based on location (meals above included)
Every Sunday from July untill November (weather permitting) The Mikeology Store offers a guided hunt in the morning, followed by a delicious mushroom BBQ in the downtown Minneapolis warehouse district at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill. Alan Bergo, Sous Chef of Heartland Restaurant, brings his mushroom centric cooking talents to the patio each week with special guest chefs from other top Minnesota restaurants throughout the summer. Creating a casual social atmosphere, these events provide a fantastic opportunity to meet new and interesting people, forage for wild mushrooms and delight in a spectacular BBQ featuring your day's finds!
Cost: $60 guided hunt and BBQ, excludes drinks
BBQ only: $15
Learn about mushrooms while you forage, then have your mushrooms prepared as part of a one of a kind dining experience personally prepared by one of Minnesota's top Chefs at their Minneapolis/St. Paul restaurant!
Cost varies by restaurant choice, call for specific options and prices.
Your client will experience a unique adventure. This environment creates the perfect setting in which to conduct business, with none of the normal pressures of the office settings and semi-social gatherings. You will have all the time you need to really get to know your business partners and to make a lasting impression as an original thinker. Your trip will be catered to meet your exact needs and is organized on an individual basis to ensure the most memorable impression possible for your client.
We also offer packages which team Mushroom Mike with nationally recognized hunting and fishing guide Matthew Bruer of North Country Guide Service. These package trips offer the ultimate opportunity to create lifelong memories while hunting black bear, ruffed grouse or ducks in the mornings and evenings and foraging mushrooms during the day. Fall is the best time of the year for mushrooms and these trips are absolutely incredible!
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