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Recently, we partnered with Sean Rowe to offer unique foraging experiences in the Catskills for guests and visiting musicians. We’re excited that Sean will be filming an upcoming series, Can I Eat This, at AutoCamp where each episode he and a guest singer-songwriter will venture out to forage seasonal varieties, cook them up back at camp, and play a cover song together in the Airstream.

Sean brought this experience to guests during the Gone Upstate weekend on July 19. Guests ventured out on the same expedition to learn to identify and find delicious wild edibles.


Back at the AutoCamp Clubhouse, Sean provided an immersive cooking demonstration and sampling for anyone to try. Afterward, he strapped on the guitar and performed an intimate set of songs on the lawn! It was the perfect Upstate weekend.

Watch a trailer of the first Can I Eat This episode, where Sean forages with clawhammer banjo aficionado and Brooklyn based musician, Taylor Ashton. The two venture to nearby Falling Waters preserve, conveniently located near AutoCamp Catskills.


Stay tuned for the full episode soon! In the meantime, check out Sean’s summer foraging list below.

Top 5 Wild Edible Plants of the Summer (That you’re probably not eating!)

By Sean Rowe

  1. Serviceberry (Amalanchier spp.)

Where to Find: Local parks, commonly planted in cities

Part Used: Ripe berries 

  1. Smooth Sumac (Rhus Glabra)

Where to Find: Forest edges 

Part Used: Ripe fruit 

  1. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Where to Find: Well drained soil, full sun, fields and meadows 

Part Used: Shoots, flower buds, flowers, pods and young silk can be eaten (cooking is highly recommended for all parts)

  1. Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Where to Find: Forest understory 

Part Used: *Ripe fruit only. All parts are toxic except for the ripe fruit.

  1. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) 

Where to Find: Forest edges 

Part Used: Ripe fruit 

Ready to forage? Book your own Upstate adventure. For a limited time, use code FORAGECATSKILLS to reserve your stay at AutoCamp Catskills.

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