OK, I admit it, I LOVE my profession. Being a videographer gives me an opportunity to meet many amazing people and learn about their work, about their passion for what they do. And being a naturalist, making this promo video for West Coast Wild Foods was a true delight. Just witnessing these guys’ incredible knowledge of the forest and their foraging skills was really amazing experience. But what really made this project unforgettable for me was seeing how carefully, ethically and sustainably the forest edibles are harvested and how some of them are crafted into delicious products.
West Coast Wild Foods is the result of a lifetime spent in the mountains and forests of British Columbia exploring and learning about the wonderful wild mushrooms and other wild foods that our beautiful province has to offer. Owners Jeremy Budd and Austin Glen say:
“From our roots as wild mushroom harvesters beginning as teenagers to our foundation in the wild mushroom industry working in the field as buying agents, we have grown into the premier wild mushroom company in Canada.
In the beginning we concentrated specifically on morels and we traveled year after year searching the country for them. From the Northwest Territories to Southern BC we harvested, bought, dried and processed our own morels before selling them to a growing group of customers.
We in turn have gained a reputation throughout the world for the quality of our morels, the key to this is our intimate knowledge of this mushroom and how to retain its quality through the drying process. We have designed an all-natural drying system that is emissions free and uses only air and wood heat.
Over time we have grown our business to include many other types of wild mushrooms, and also wild greens. In 2012 we began researching and learning how to create our own Maple Syrup from BC Maple Trees, we are truly a Wild Foods company. Our focus now is in bringing this ever changing and growing line of wild food products to the public. As we learn and grow we look forward to sharing our discoveries and our vision with you.”
To find out more about West Coast Wild Foods, please visit: http://www.westcoastwildfoods.com