Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Cape Breton: A Forager Finds Home
As John Lennon wrote in his song about his son, "life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." In Earlene Busch's case, it happened when she ordered a curly maple bedroom set made in Cape Breton by a local craftsman.
After looking around for land, she came across a 100-acre property overlooking the North River and St. Anne's Harbour that had woods loaded with native mushrooms as well as a spring that could supply water. On the crest of the hill she built an inn modeled on a traditional Cape Breton barn and used wood salvaged from an original barn on the property, naming it the Chanterelle Inn after her favorite mushrooms.
Next was a to-die-for creamy wild mushroom and fiddlehead soup, followed by an applewood-smoked chicken with fresh corn on the cob and sautéed garden greens. The local shiraz poured with it was terrific, and sitting on the deck made us feel like we were having a private picnic.
North River Kayak Tours that morning, to be followed by a mushroom foraging expedition with Earlene that afternoon.
It was tough to tear ourselves away after that, but the all-powerful itinerary said we must…I would have happily stayed for days, talking politics and walking the hills with Earlene.
Read the other posts in this series: Arriving in Nova Scotia, The View, Redux, Talk about Good Stuff! and Stirrings of an Artisan Economy.