Thanks Joe, maybe I shall go on up there, well not yet anyway. I remembered since my last post that the earliest that I photographed morels in Ashland was the last of February and recall that someone (perhaps COW) posted finding them in the Roseburg area in February a time or twice.
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shroomkid; I have seen posts in the past where the naturals are usually on by this time of year in places like Roseburg or over the hill in the fog-belt with Butte Falls and Gold Hill soon after. I personally have found bark-bed morels in mid to late March in Ashland, Medford areas. Lots of luck.
have it on good authority that the first morel in Ontario has been picked just two days ago. possibly the earliest on record. And they're worried the season will last a week. thinking about heading out to a close fave spot to see if they're early here on the westcoast too. I only ever get a few, when it's not a burn, so a few for the morning omellette or souffle would be great! good luck this year! full buckets
to A' or slim, should I use a different bait for matsutake then for morels or were yo speaking of something else? I have been told at times that my breath already smells baited but I cannot see any diferance.
A', I sure hope that you are right about your first morels I am waiting with bait-ed breath, what type of bait do you use, lol. After reading that post yesterday of someone seeking to learn about picking I got to reminiscing of how some people got their start with commercially picking mushrooms. I have heard several stories of how pickers have taken in some sweet young thing to teach them about mushrooms (especially matsutake) and then regret sinks in later or the next year when she brings her boy friend to the patches and leaves nothing much for the teacher. I know of one in particular who enticed several men at differing times to show her the ropes and the teachers are the ones who got screwed. Now years later, she sends her own picking crews to those and other places that trusting pickers shared with her. Smart on her part but dumb on the part of those who got distracted by hormones.
Golden Lobo there is no snow here and should see my first morel this next week. just like last year!
This well be a year you well have more then you know what to do with Slim Pickins
carly, where were you two years back when I really needed such help due to the high volume of mushrooms and my bad back. ......... Tinker, we may have more fallout than we realize, we just haven't started glowing in the dark yet, heh heh.
I don't think we have any nuclear fallout,lol,but if we did, it wouldn't stop the mushrooms from growing.They just wouldn't be fit for human consumption.
Hello! I am a lover of mushrooms and the outdoors, and am in search for a job picking these delicacies! I ama hard worker and would love the oppertunity to learn and save up for school! If anyone needs a positive pickig companion let me know! Carly_dara@hotmail.com
I fear it may be another poor year for morels, could it be due to things such as nuclear fallout or toxins like what has been happening in Japan with matsutake?
what rover said. anyone made their million yet? (depends what you use for currency eh). btw, as most may already know: don't overlook small burns or second year burns. stay safe, happy pickn and discover something new !!! !! !
I hope to do some successful Matsutake Mushroom research down this way and need to pay closer attention to recording temperatures in likely areas. I also ought to take into consideration the temps in letters for our Canadian & European friends. I had not even finished unpacking in Wenatchee and now I am worn out already from the move and unpacking processes down here. I found our dual thermometer since making the last post, currently in the shade of our back patio it is 23 C or 74 F. People warn me here that it gets about 117 F which might be about 45 C in summer. During my years stationed at Torrejon Air Base in España I spent 14 days with my American Boy Scout Troops at summer camp near El Ronquillo in Southern Spain where they reordered it being at least 50.56 C or 123 F each day of the 12 days we were there, but then I am much older now and tire easily. .......... Like Carla, I don't much care for the snow any more either. I have driven in snow in numerous states & provinces as well as Spain, Austria & Italy but it was the endless winter of 1973-74 while stationed in Korea that caused me to start disliking cold and snow. When you walk a police dog on patrol from midnight to sun-up it makes for a lo-00-ong night, plus with the constant wind known as 'The Hawk' coming in off the cold Yellow Sea over and above the -59.44 or -75 F that it got down to that winter during February. Christmas morning it was minus 40 F and I thought that was cold because it was colder than the winter I cut timber in Wyoming, but I was wrong. ....lots of clothes layering under a goose down coat and parka over the top, quilted bunny pants and then bunny boots on my feet ....and do not expose any portion of your body to the Hawk.... lol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_boots The native Koreans were acclimatized to the weather and looked a bit askance at us foreigners. Now I was up near North Korea but further south it is warm enough that they raise tobacco.
Carla; It is difficult to take when I am in the Quartzsite or Yuma areas, I have been coming here for many years to 'vend' during the winter months. Following my marriage we moved to Wenatchee last year but it was just after the natural morel season and now I am down here where not even the SoCal season is any good this year due to the drier than usual weather. Each morning in the house it has been at 72 F but this morning it was 73 and that is with the windows open and fans on, soon it will be time to turn on the air conditioner This weekend we will be back up at the house in Flagstaff area where we recently had about three feet of snow. I really do not expect much of a morel crop up there due to the predominance of pummy-soils but like most anywhere there are soil islands that are different and then the ability to hold the moisture is always necessary unless we were to get daily rain and that is about as likely as snow falling at the domicile of Old Scratch. By the time morel season starts the daily temps here will be higher than 101 F. Thank goodness there are plenty of prime burn-sites for morels in the more Northern 48 where historically the greys come on in goodly supply. I don't care to chase the conica unless I wish to dry some, its the greys that get my saliva flowing and I plan to get up there to obtain my share this summer. IS the plan to go on the road still viable or will Arlis be doing that part this year?
Brrr Poor Lobo, I hate snow ....
hey 'A', almost three feet of white fluffy stuff at our place in Flagstaff from this past storm and it was almost melted & here comes a new storm. 84 & cloudy down in Yuma today which is about ten degrees cooler than yesterday. Hope it does not dry back out too quickly again this spring but that is most likely due to pummy-soils which are similar to the good matsutake areas in the Cascades areas but very poor for morels.
Well looks like Chris is selling foray spots for 100 dollars? Seems like a good deal to learn new spots. Wonder how his national tv series is going?
Hey Bill, its not just you blow and make bottles...its not easy. Most pickers know what I mean! 1000lbs a day, yeah its possible but hard to say at the moment unless you have flown over the fires, saw whats there and know what to look for, and have topo maps and a big bank acct to gamble with. Then theres also the weather at the time of the "pop", competition (this year will be fierce) yeah hopefully the price will be high for pickers but you never know. Either way, good luck, dry them all and sell dry in december! Oh yeah and stay out of my patch hahaha! Good luck everyone!
If it stay's hot back east there morel well be here and gone in a week.
maybe that guy should be called "bs54"...Good luck with 1000lbs a day buddy!!!
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Rozites Power, there have been people looking for some of what you have, just look back in the postings made since the first of the year.
I have many kg of morels, chanterelle, matsutake, lobster and swolen-stalked Cat to sell from Québec. Some people are interested ?
bh54 what r u gonna do w/a serious buyer 2 months before the season starts? Blow smoked rings up each others ass?
I To have to add my 2 bits .... 1000 lbs. a day.... You and what army?.... The Brittany fire a few years back (and that was a good one).... The buyer I was selling to averaged about 1200 a day for awhile.... and that was at a camp that had a massive dryer going ....plus fresh market... 24 hours a day... and like "rover" says...there were no fires last year...... Just your costs for fuel for a dryer alone will break most swiss banks....... All I can say is good luck buddy. Your going to need it.
Bh54 don't count your chickens before they hatch mother nature will dictate how many mushrooms you get it's always a gamble there are many variables weather and how the fire burnt and what percent of a fire will produce etc. there aren,t many fires in b.c to pick this year so there will be a lot of competition amongst buyers which hopefully will translate to a good price for morels.But picking shrooms is more of a lifestyle than a way of getting rich as most long time pickers will tell you and also field buyers ,sometimes it's a pickers year sometimes it's a buyers year and sometimes nobody does good.I don't know why you think an experienced buyer would want to work with you there are tons of experienced field buyers around already do you have something special to offer and how can you be sure you can get 1000lbs a day.No one knows what they are gong to get each day it's always a surprise.
bh54, I agree with Mtn Morels, this is not a get rich business unless you have deep pockets and millions of Loonies & Toonies to gamble with, if you hope to get rich buying for the MAN then I shall light a candle for you and wish the best of luck to ya.
horacewayne, did you get any of this storm and the deep snow? Maybe there will be enough moisture for a conica crop when spring comes...
This coming season will have black morels for sale picked in B.C. hoping to have at lest a 1000lbs. fresh a day. I will also be able to dry them on site looking for a serious buyer that i can work with
boy-0h-boy thisin board iz dead this time '0' yare, mr webbit, me thunk that yu n alice were hibernating in the ape cave, haz spring sprung already an ya crossed over the devide to yakinma?
Hey bill if you want to make "really good money" you better find something to do besides buy and sell mushrooms. You'll find out, How do u make a million in the mushroom biz? Start with 2 million. lol.
I'm late, I'm late for a really imported fire date. There well be black one's and brown one's and green one's and red's and gray's one's and if your lucky you may find yellow one's as well. By the way has anyone seen Alice,you no Alice when she is ten feet tall.
hello looking for some help here i am setting up a buying station this season in bc and moving north with the season. although i have had many yrs. exp. picking have had no exp. buying looking for someone with exp. to work with me. have intentional buyers already . with the right help this will be a very profitable year. if you are interested in making some really good money and have some knowledge of the biss lets talk bill
horacewayne; matsiman has spent untold hours researching for this site and shares his expertise for everyone to read and learn. I find that the more I learn the less I known about what more there is out there to learn about mushrooms... I made my mushroom site about the time I met my wife, to share learned information. Some folks complained because they might have shared in interviews with me similar information that my research had turned up and felt that I was stepping on toes. So I repented and pulled much of it and with current revisions and no time to finish the site due to what seems to be constant packing & unpacking of boxes. I may sound crazy at times but the same parallels appear to abound in all areas of research endeavors or religion or what-have-you. Just like the dangerous women you allude to I have battle scars from such myself. I was married twice to women who failed to keep covenants & promises they made with me and it took 22 years of celibacy prior to finding someone I feel I can trust. I pray that I have not made another marriage error, thus far it is fairly smooth sailing and I hope to get out soon for another season of fire morel research.
horacewayne; I'm hip. I went about 22 years with dancing around dangerous women who lied and cheated in their attempts to capture my flag. In early November 2010 I stopped off in Flagstaff for a free Singles Dinner while en route to Tempe for a Singles Conference. Long-story-short-version, met my future wife, escaped to Tempe for the rest of the weekend and then Yuma as well as my favorite hot pools in SoCal but spent the rest of spring 2011 married & shoveling snow in Flagstaff. Then in spring we transferred up to Wenatchee WA, but the winter weather there was much harder on her OA commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease, so back to Arizona again. Thought I would find a mushroom foraging gold-digging partner and fell in love with someone who has never been able to walk.... go-figure.... the best part is fantastic conversation with a lady who is not into deceit.
hey Isabella mushroom-think you called me last week but your number did not come thru on phone- i just got again off MM here so will call- Lobo_ I have been picking just long enough to realize that picking is like dealing with a beautiful , dangerous woman-as soon as you think you have something figured out or a secret spot-WHAM!....you will be surprised and have 10 years of theories laid to Sh**t.... Been damming some springs to divert water to some yellow spots-will be fun to see if it works....also expecting a (possible) big snow here Sunday that could be a game changer for the high country Arizona burns....don't worry-there is more burns here than you can shake a stick at...
Looking to buy a few pounds each of dried porcini, chanterelle, hedgehog, winter chanterelle or any other choice varieties (don't need morels) icculus_1 at hotmail.com - must be able to meet in person near Victoria
You are so right horacewayne, and often just when I think there is no more to learn about mushrooms or any other thing there is someone who knows more than I do or who can shed light on the subject from a different perspective and new clarity is opened to view. One constant I have seen is foragers often get angry if a person publishes a location that they thought only they knew about or did not desire others to know of. A widow in North Idaho was approached several times by mycology thinking folks to get their hands on her deceased husbands mushroom log book but she refused them all, her husband had told her that others needed to learn patches on their own. Often the patches have been there for eons and keep getting discovered by folks who either forget them or die and thus a new person comes along and like Christopher Columbus they discover what has already been discovered numerous times previously. I am of the opinion that none of us would learn much if it were not for kind foragers who help newbees learn the ropes, we all have a starting point and I for one have many people to thank for sharing or confirming the validity of information that I discovered on my own. My gratitude goes first and foremost to Laury Pierson who opened my eyes to the wonders of wild mushrooms in a college biology course titled "Mushrooms, Molds & Man" back in 1977 if memory serves me correctly, prior to that I had been taught to avoid wild fungi as though it was a plague. One other thing that I find interesting is that folks tend to throw others off the scent of where a 'flush is on' by publishing how good some other area is flushing or where crews have been seen picking. Or they may do so to watch reactions as others scramble to get to the area where mushrooms are allegedly happening and sit back to laugh when they know from experience that it is too early.
Nice to see the support and good mushroom hunter science that keeps Matsiman an active bookmark for me- I have been out checking 2 big yellow spots here near Sedona and it still seems cold - these areas are sub-irrigated and sometimes flush even in dry years- I don'tknow the areas down south that burned in Az last year, but the milder winter nights near the SE border create the early flushes ( i think)...The high mountain areas here from 7500 ft. to 10,000 ft. usually don't flush til May, and by then there is usually so many other parts of the country that are wetter and better I have seen few records of big black harvests , though there are some records in the Az mycological society....If you ever happen to come thru Az in August, a good monsoon year can make shroom hunting amazing (over 7k ft. to 11k.)
storyhunter; I have documented what you desire to do since 1995. As for where the morels can be found and at what time of the year, the earliest I know of starting north of the equator they may be found in many areas including Mexico, the season follows up the left coast thru SoCal to NorCal and SW Oregon in the left half of North America. After that the morels start happening all over the NW & Canada and into the interior areas. There is a spring flush that starts often in states such as Georgia in February or March that moves north as weather permits on into Canada in the right half of North America. In late year and during our winter months south of the equator morels grow in Venezuela as well as other related countries moving south with the warming weather. This year has been so dry that areas of California that may sometimes flush in late November and on into spring have been basically a non-happening for morel volume. Right now I would suggest looking at SW Oregon as well as NorCal, however it ought to be sporadic at best due to La Niña. Good Luck..............
Hi there, my name is Olivier. I'm a seasonal migrant worker (for more than 12 years) and a writer. I want to go on the spring morel circuit this year in the Pacific Northwest to pick mushrooms and record people story. I'm interested in people who make a living mushroom picking, or buying. Their lifestyle, their relation with nature, their relation with each other, their thoughts on natural resource management. Either circuit pickers or locals. If you have any hint where is the earliest place I could find morel pickers and buyers (Shasta is my only hint so far), or if you would like to tell me your story, you can contact me at omatthon at hotmail dot com. thank you all, and good season.
There is photo evidence that morels have flushed in quantity here in the past but only when there was a different weather pattern, it is often a very expensive gamble to drive down just for morels. If you want warmer weather, a nice vacation and can afford the pricy petrol then Arizona is a good place to visit. Expect the soils to be too cold and dry for very many morels in areas where they might be expected to flush. In watching for quantity of morels look to where the snow pack is normal or heavy and wait for spring. Last years late warming in areas I researched in the Blues & Rockies caused the Black Naturals to hesitate and be late so that by the time the soils warmed up enough the flush mostly went straight into Blond Natural production in many areas.
idaho jim; I agree with the former posting by horacewayne. In past years 'Wayne in Sedona' has been kind enough to share a bit of wisdom on how, where and when the morels flush in Arizona. Even before I moved to Flagstaff I had done research here in my travels from Idaho. We are currently in the second year of La Niña, last spring was very late and wet in places further north of here but quite dry in Arizona. This winter it has been even drier, even to the north where it was so wet last spring. Look at the lack of winter snow pack and you can figure on there not being many morels. Yes the spring rains help but if this spring repeats last spring then a colder & wet pattern will not bring on the crop. In my years of research I documented times I heard reports of numerous morels being found..... it is a matter of perspective, numerous to one person may only be a gallon or two or less and no commercial venture is logical. The same thing has happened over the years in numerous other Arizona burnsites, they look very good with fantastic indicator plants growing in the spring but they are basically too dry by the time morels ought to flush. Last spring the burnsite by Flagstaff had heavy rains and flooding during the monsoon season and then stayed mostly dry last spring and summer. Even though Yuma has had 88 degrees in the daytime it is nothing to get excited about for fire morels i9n the mountains and often just enough naturals to get people excited who don't know flush.
Just a sincere word of advice- It has been a DRY winter here in Az- I am the most experienced AZ picker I have ever met-sometimes my pics are lifted for the Az mycological website- It could still happen here, especially higher up- usually not til May- If you have visions of dollars and full buckets I expect you will be disappointed.....If you have time and want to camp, explore a beautiful state, and be in the sun, come on down....
idaho jim; you may wish you had saved yer gas money, it costs much more here than Idaho.
leavin for arazona have buyers for dry any buyers for freash morals please let me know were
Mtn Morelz; ye R so rite, it wer 88 degrees F inna shade yesterdy but a bit cooler today, meby-so them merkles will be willin to jump in me bucket jus to cool off.
what happened in AZ? Too many postcardz from paradize? lol
hey shroomerfurlife-to meet on a thursday is best for me and the restaurants- I can also give you a few tips on the big city north/west of you - I am only a part time buyer/picker. I know several restaurants/ resorts/ chefs you could make a couple hour run to if you have a break....give me a heads up of a couple days if you have product as i am pretty busy here in Sedona...I will be coming out into th field in a few weeks further north as season p[rogresses....I know the Whites really well and will share some info if you need, especially in a couple months as it hopefully flushes up there