DownEast Magazine
| by Michael Burke

Professor of English Michael Burke wrote an essay he’s always wanted to write—on fiddleheading, and it appears in the April 2018 issue of Down East magazine. Burke’s essay follows a fiddlehead forager, Colis Blood, into the woods and then traces his bounty to a fiddlehead processing plant in Wilton. “Some fiddleheaders go foraging for the income,” Burke writes, “Others—like Colis, who is retired with a pension—take their foraging seriously but are mostly in it for the love of the landscape or the solitude. It’s a bit like fishing, but for ferns.”

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