All posts by Matt McInnis

Matt McInnis

About Matt McInnis

If Matt McInnis were to construct his idea of a perfect dinner, it may include the weeds from your front lawn, that strange looking fungus growing off the tree at your neighbor's house, and a local fish most often relegated to chum. With a passion for the foraged and unusual he is always looking forward to the season's next treats. A native Mainer, Matt is a co-owner of North Spore Mushroom Company based in Westbrook, where he cultivates a range of speciality mushrooms and grows spawn for home mushroom cultivators. Matt has worked as a photojournalist covering social and environmental issues abroad, as well as the daily narratives of the people of Maine. He is passionate about bringing wild foods to the table along with plenty of wine and laughter. Follow him on Instagram @northsporemushrooms

Maine’s Other Lobster

2016 has been a doozy of a mushroom foraging season.. Drought conditions have made for some pretty low-key mushrooming expeditions this summer. A handful of chanterelles here, a dry chicken of the woods there; mostly just the dried remains of last years flushes. For most mushroom species the summer of 2016 will go down as […]

What’s Wild, Yellow, and Smells of Apricots?

Behold the chanterelle, golden and elegant.  A mysterious fungus that sends mushroom hunters and slugs alike on a hunt through the duff of oak groves and hemlock stands, fending off mosquitos that hang and whine in the muggy July air. Culinarily, there is nothing like a freshly picked golden chanterelle. The bruised tonnage that reaches New […]

Collecting Wild Rose Petals and Making Lassi

It was a few years ago, while ambling along the back roads of Mount Desert Island, that I stumbled upon an estate sale of a florist that had closed it’s doors decades earlier. The shop was housed in a tiny one-room building beside a residence and appeared like it was relegated to the status of a junk drawer for the […]

The Black Trumpet

Matt McInnis

If Matt McInnis were to construct his idea of a perfect dinner, it may include the weeds from your front lawn, that strange looking fungus growing off the tree at your neighbor’s house, and a local fish most often relegated to chum. With a passion for the foraged and unusual, he is always looking forward to the season’s next treats.