We had a fantastic forage walk in Prospect Park on Saturday, in the first real chill of October.
A lovely bunch of people attended - from New Yorker South Africans to native Rhode Islanders and Upper East Siders, a strong Brooklyn contingent and a very enthusiastic and interested 8-year old - Scout - below, who was appointed the official puffball-fetcher. At the beginning of the walk she pronounced, I don't like mushrooms. By the end she was knocking back shots of hot hen of the woods soup, calling it "delicious." Also a fan of the rosehip jam and barberry bread.
So I was happy.
And I think everyone who wanted a puffball got one.
Lots of hawthorns in fruit, a native Sichuan/Szechuan pepper tree (Xanthoxylum americanum - the Chinese species are simulans and piperitum), lambs quarter seeds, plenty of pokeweed and elderberry bushes (for spring), and a lot inbetween.
The next walk is November 15 in Central Park's Ramble.