Fungi foragers

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Growing up with a Chinese mother and grandmother who both cooked a lot of Chinese food meant that I grew up eating a few different varieties of mushrooms. Although I'm by no means a mushroom connoisseur, wood ear, shiitake and enoki mushrooms have been commonplace in my diet for years. However, a mushroom-foraging class this Saturday hosted by Soil Born Farms and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op could change all that. Husband-and-wife team Bob and Barbara Sommer, who run the Sacramento Area Mushroomers group, will lead a class and mushroom-hunting expedition on the American River Parkway. The class costs $35 ($25 for Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op members) and begins at 9 a.m. at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch (2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova). Call (916) 736-6800 or visit for more information or to register in advance.