Dine on the wild side
Learn about edible wild mushrooms and plants Saturday and Sunday at Canaan Valley State Park at an informative session sponsored by West Virginia Mushroom Club, the Mycological Association of Washington and the New River Valley Mushroom Club.
Participants will learn about collecting wild edibles, then hike along gentle trails to collect samples. Gary Lincoff, author of the "Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms" and "The Joy of Foraging," and William Roody, a Randolph County resident and author of "Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians," will discuss the specimens collected.
The schedule also includes sessions on growing shittake mushrooms, storing, preserving and reconstituting mushrooms and a cooking demonstration and tasting.
Costs per person are $35 for Saturday's session, $20 for Sunday's session, or $50 for both sessions. Children under the age of 12 are free. Fees do not include lodging or meals.
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Alexis Nelson, age 10, of Crab Orchard was among the 54 winners in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids contest, sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious and the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture.
Nelson was selected to represent West Virginia for his recipe Golden Moroccan Butternut Stew. More than 1,200 entries were submitted by youths, aged 8 to 12.