-   ABOUT US  -

For nearly a decade, Gentleman Forager and Forest to Fork have been building a strong, recognized, and respected brand in the mushroom industry. Our mission is to grow the best mushrooms in the world and to revolutionize the way mushrooms are integrated into consumers lifestyles.


Forest to Fork provides premium wild and specialty food products for wholesale and retail sales. From wild foraged mushrooms and plants, to our own locally cultivated exotic mushrooms, specialty greens and micro greens, we provide sustainable and healthy food products to restaurants and innovative chefs of all levels. We also offer classes, weekend events, guided outings and wild food dinners. 

“Wild and Local” and “Farm to Table” are the fastest and most impactful food and trends today.  LOHAS – Life of Health and Sustainability – is used to promote a wide array of products, with one of the most individually meaningful being healthy eating.  Forest to Fork is the nations leader in this movement that celebrates health and happiness...we like to throw a healthy dose of fun, food, music and laughter too!

- ABOUT "Gentleman Forager" -

Behind Forest to Fork is the "Gentleman Forager", Mike Kempenich. With more than 40 years of foraging experience, Mike’s background also includes:

  • Cloning and cultivation of wild mushrooms

  • Instructor for the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin Extension’s Wild Mushroom Certification classes

  • Contributing content writer and photographer for The Minnesota Harvester Handbook

  • Member of the Wild Mushroom Advisory Committee – Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health

  • Member of the Minnesota and North American Mycological Societies

We feel it is our direct responsibility to ensure that everything we sell is a true wild product, harvested in a sustainable manner or, that it is grown without the use of pesticides and chemical agents in the event it must be farmed.


Our foraged products from the forests are harvested by pickers who are skilled at both proper identification and sustainable harvesting practices. We believe strongly in every person’s obligation to be an outstanding steward of our woods and waters in order to ensure that legacy is enjoyed by future generations.