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New product, new home


Gaia’s is happy to announce the addition of our new product – Spruce Salve.  Made with spruce pitch, which has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, this healing salve can be used on cuts to protect against infection and to provide relief from skin irritations such as eczema.  Contact me for more information or ordering. In other news, I (and therefore the business) have moved to beautiful Nelson, BC.  Victoria treated me well but it was time for a change and the […]

Spring 2015


Well, apparently I missed 2014 altogether.  Photos from last years morel harvest have been added to the site.  It was a short season but the mushrooms were extremely prolific.  Myself and a small crew took a float plane into the middle of the burn and spent 3 weeks filling our baskets.  With high prices and a massive flush, everyone was happy. As spring 2015 is upon us in the west, I’m close to heading out to the bush to have […]

Home again


Well, another morel season has come to a close.  It was an adventurous season, covering the Northwest Territories from Kakisa to Edzo to Fort Smith in search of the motherlode.  We drove through snow at the 60th parallel, chased bears up trees, were driven out of the campsite by another forest fire and ravaged by relentless, insatiable mosquitos.  All in the name of Morchella. In addition to morels, I managed to harvest a personal supply of strawberry leaf, spruce tips, […]

Morel season 2013


The journey has begun for another morel season.  As per usual I can’t discuss the specifics of my location at this point but I’ll be somewhere in the boreal forest at least.  Due to the distance from markets, fresh product will not be available this year.  Everything will be dehydrated on the spot and preserved for year-round enjoyment.  Check back soon for photos from the patch…..

Winter Ramblings


Welcome to the newly refurbished website. Currently, I am enjoying some down time with family and friends in Ontario, doing the Christmas thing and exploring the possibility of bringing more business to this part of the country.  It seems the foodie movement and demand for local, sustainably produced foods is ramping up here, as it has been in the west. 2012 marked what was probably one of the worst mushrooms harvests on record.  Well, maybe there aren’t actually any records […]

Time to regroup


After a not so successful morel harvest, I am taking some down time to focus on the business end of things. Harvesting will resume in the fall with a variety of forest mushrooms as well as some rosehips and various tea substitutes. In other news, our dried mushrooms are now available at The Bench Artisan Market in Penticton as well as Picone’s Fine Foods in my hometown of Dundas Ontario.

Morel season 2012


The most wonderful time of the year!  My journey begins today as I head out in search of the great morel.  For security reasons, I can’t divulge the exact location but I can ensure a crazy adventure and bountiful harvest.  Stay tuned for updates and photos from the patch.

New Merchants


Gaia’s dried mushrooms are now available at the Tin Roof Market in Cook Street Village in Victoria.  101-1075 Pendergast St. Also, this summer, find our products at Monkey in the Garden.  This is an amazing organic farm/roadside bistro located in the Nicola Valley just south of Spences Bridge.  Passionate people, creating wonderful food.  Check them out! http://www.monkeyinthegarden.com

Retail products now available


Gaia’s currently has 25g packages of dried morel and lobster mushrooms, as well as 30g packages of stinging nettle tea available for retail sale.  Find them at Niagara Grocery, Fairfield Market and Aubergine Specialty Foods in Victoria.  Our full line of mushrooms should be available soon.

Branding and logo design


It has been a pleasure working with Margaret Hanson on the branding, logo design and website for Gaia’s Wild Foods.  Her hard work and artistic vision has been invaluable to the development of the business.  I plan to continue working with Margaret on retail packaging design, as well as the continued development of the website.  Check out some of her other projects @ www.margarethansondesign.ca