2014 Midwest Wild Harvest Festival

August 21, 2014

m, swinging

I’m all signed up and excited to attend the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival, September 12th-14th at Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.  It’s three days and two nights of foraging fun at Badger Camp.  I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I attended something like this.

Below is a photo from a foraging weekend near Lacrosse, Wisconsin.  Sam Thayer is in the left of the photo.  He and his wife Melissa, are two of the organizers of this festival.  A fun added benefit for me, and for the rest of the campers, he said modestly, is that my pork will be served at some of the meals.

I don’t think it’s too late to sign up.  If you are interested in wild edibles, this will be a weekend you won’t forget.  I hope to see you there!


Nessie in Wisconsin?

June 30, 2009



My childhood career choices vacillated between Sasquatch hunter and Loch Ness monster hunter.  So imagine my surprise when I saw this behemoth surface on a Wisconsin lake.  I snapped a quick picture before it dove.

I wouldn’t want to estimate it’s size because you wouldn’t believe me anyway.  However, I will no longer be enjoying Wisconsin’s waters.  I’m not going to divulge the location of this monster as Wisconsin’s tourism industry is huge and I wouldn’t want to hurt it.  And perhaps this leviathin is a herbivore.

Sightings of this Wisconsin Nessie are not without precedent.  Jay Rath has a chapter in this book, “The W-Files,” devoted exclusively to lake monsters.

“At one time or another, many Wisconsin lakes have boasted their very own saurian monster.  In 1867, for example, Lake Michigan’s sightings were so convincing that the Chicago Tribune announced, ‘that Lake Michigan is inhabited by a vast monster, part fish and part serpent, no longer admits of doubt.’  But despite the publicity lake monster stories once received, today they are largely forgotten.”

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