Autumn Foraging Tour at Sticks and Stones Farm with Wildman Steve Brill

Foraging Tour at Sticks and Stones Farm

with Naturalist/Author “Wildman” Steve Brill

Sunday, Oct. 2


Wildman Steve Brill foraging for edible mushrooms at Sticks and Stones Farm. Photo contributed by Sticks and Stones Farm.

“Wildman” Steve Brill has been leading foraging tours for years at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown, a 60-acre organic sanctuary famous for its stone and moss gardens. This stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats—a mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, and fields, and wetlands—all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. Steve Brill comes to the farm to lead tours three times a year -early spring, summer and fall – as each season offers different wild edibles to scout and collect.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, naturalist/author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous wild food and ecology tours at Sticks and Stones Farm. Bring a paper bag and small trowel, wear good walking shoes and a hat, carry a water bottle, and apply insect repellent.

Annie Stiefel from Sticks and Stones has a message for anyone interested:

“Nuts are at their peak now, and we’ll be on the lookout for black walnuts, shagbark hickories and white oak trees, all delicious, and unavailable commercially. Autumn fruits will also be in season. We’ll be looking for wild raisins, which taste like bananas and prunes; American hackberries, which taste like the candy coating of M&Ms; flavorful wild apples, hawthorn berries, somewhat similar to apples; and common spicebush berries, an allspice-like seasoning. Herbs, greens, and roots such as sassafras, lamb’s-quarters, burdock, common evening primrose, field garlic, sheep sorrel, mullein, and wild carrots may also be in evidence.

This is a great time for mushrooms, especially if there’s been lots of rain beforehand. We’ll look for honey mushrooms, chicken mushrooms, hen-of-the-woods, honey mushrooms, puffballs, meadow mushrooms, and oyster mushrooms.”

The house boat is one of the rustic residence available to guests looking for a quiet retreat.

While you’re at Sticks and Stones, enjoy the farm stand which is open 7 days a week in the main barn from 7am until dusk. Organic tomatoes, haricot verts, garlic, banana fingerling and Yukon gold potatoes, sorrel, Swiss chard, herbs, Trombocino and yellow squash can all be found at the farm now. Visit the moss and stone shop,  experience the 54′ labyrinth, and check out the cabins for rent.

The 30-minute talk and 90-minute tour begin at 2:30 PM, Sunday, October 2, at Sticks and Stones Farm at 201 Huntingtown Rd. in Newtown, CT. Wear good walking shoes, bug repellant if desired, bring a small trowel, paper bag and knapsack.

The fee is $25/adult, $10/child under 12. Please bring cash. Please call (203) 270-8820 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up.

Questions? Call or email Annie at and visit the website at

Visit for more information about “Wildman” Steve Brill and his foraging tours and book.

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