Now if only the Yellow-foots would kick in.......
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I'm back in Canada Dec 1 - 8 and would like to pick up some more morels and admirable boletes if anyone has some for sale (50lb - 100lbs). I'll be in Vancouver and Edmonton. Thanks!
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Happy thanksgiving to all you shroom hounds,enjoy your family and friends.picked picked 4 pounds on tuesday in randle wa. of course was in the snow a bit.I can still get 10-20 per pound across the board,maybe ill look again this weekend.happy holidays Jimbo
RE: K Falls Kid - Prices in Willits are and have been 7 7 4 2 1. Thd price in Fort Bragg is 7 7 4 2 1. The flush is ending, so get'em soon.
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I'm roaming down the highway and I'll get south soon
$4 for 1's at Willits, Ca. don't you just love those buyer?
shroom kid wifes e-mail is Susiebearemail@example.com im lucky to be able to use this site(lol) drop me a line and ill give you a phone number. picked in nakusp one year under the snow was easy to see bumps. you can pick til the ground freezes hard...... some years.full buckets stay safe.
Forgive me, I have been at a loss for words this past few weeks. I think next year will be the MOTHER LODE!! HA ha lol... Truthfully I found about ten lbs. of matsutake this year all told. Half of that was number 1 and the rest were lucky to be graded number 3. What a crazy season. Found some just yesterday all flagged out in the lower lava here right at Cougar, WA. In between snow drifts. ;) I also found lobsters (can u believe that?) up aways on the hill above Swift Reservoir. As I said, crazy season. Might go hike today just for fun. The weather is warming up again and looks like rain, rain, rain, for the next seven days. Why couldn't it have done this in September? Oh well....full buckets to all and Happy Thanksgiving, MATSIGURL! PS...will keep cleaning up after the campers as long as they keep leaving their garbage everywhere. I wouldn't mind a day without seeing someone else's trash in my otherwise pristine forest. C'mon, guys and gals, take it home with you, k? THANKS
Yummmmm, am cooking a pre-thanksgiving turkey with chanterelles for 48 hours in a large but slow-set crock-pot to see how it goes. .......... Garf, I agree with hurtinalbertan about checking on the matsutake because it may act like morels do and melt the snow around it in that a pit surrounds the mushroom, good luck; Lobo
@Garf, was great meeting you this year! I would check under that snow if I were you...lol. I know I would. I am back on the east side of the rockies for a bit, but will be back to learn some more next season. Until then!
Hey dano, email me. I have a bunch of things I want to ask that aren't related to buying or selling shrooms. :) thanks!
how much do you get for picking
Hey Garf, I have decided to remember this season as the year I could pick matsutake and enjoy them on the bbq durring 90 degree weather in the middle of August. This season had little matsutake fragrance as the smell of rotting salmon overpowered everything. Discovered a couple new spots. I'll be back.
shitake mushroom. i wastrying to poke fun at duckin the bush, not the mushy, mabey i need sense of humor. shroomkid,i dont know if you have fiddleheads in your neck of thewoods but you can start the newseason off with them. ostrich ferns very good eating. i was hoping to get one last pick thisyear but it seems mother nature has her own plan and im not included. its frozen .... stiff out there.if you dont make it over here next year let me know and ill be happy to dry somewhites for you. hope you have a great winter on the rock stay warm and safe. and you diehards pick on and full buckets to all.
hope everyone had a great season and maybe next year will be a good one around here .... there were very few and very slow growing.... did hide some small ones about a week ago but they have a foot of snow on them now and its minus 13 here this morning ... if it warms up i could go for one last little look i guess... my two lab retrievers love it anyhow so a good outting ....i wonder if the foot of snow would insulate them enough so they would still grow .... right on the border of that i would think ... one way to find out ... matsu and echo you ready??? cheers and full buckets
hey Shiitake mushroom, don't worry, some of us love you and your cousins! grew some of you once too, and they were divine! :) In fact, I have a big bag of dried ones in the larder. you dry better than chanty's. i'd love to find you in the wild though...
Hey dano, yeah, it was pretty neat to run into you, so outside your home range. :) And at work! :) It was a bummer to not get into there before it snowed. But it did allow me to go check out a place I've never gotten into before, but always wanted to. Turned up nothing for a couple km's hiking, until we headed back, the other side of this tiny creek, way down the highway. i've never gone past there before. We ended up with 20 lbs of perfect chanty's total for the whole day's hunting, here and there, about 3 lbs of winter chanty's (which I really like), and a couple of pig's ears. found one of those beard mushrooms all finished, but I can remember where i saw it. :) i'm so not concerned about the picking for $ any more - it's just so nice to head out. My lady friend was happy too that we found some eventually, and totally surprised that we'd meet someone I knew of... She's still getting to know me. :) it happens all the time. here's my email: firstname.lastname@example.org The best way to stay in touch for now, till I get my new phone. Cheers! :)
Hey oregon dad, what are they payin south of cave junction? If you are so inclined to tell? Finally able to sell down here. They are paying 7-7-4-2. Not terrible, but far from reasonable. I guess my cry-babyin might have got some action started. How can we get prices up to at least 15 for ones? It should never be less. I know for fact that over seas they sell for 200-500 a lb. Not to mention the ones they auction off. I recommend a picker strike if they drop any more on price. We pickers do the most work, and keep the companies in business. I heard somewhere they paid up to 45 bucks a lb. This season. Any truth to this? I also heard that the crop this year was low volume in most areas and that they should be in demand right now. Higher demand should mean higher prices, right? Will we ever see 20 bucks for ones and twos ever again? What happend? Happy thanksgiving all. Hope your stuffing is full of queens and chanti's.
I am one fantastic mushroom iffin I do say so myself. I may be a bit chewy, especially if I have been dried but am on top of some lists for flavor and cancer cure, often you may purchase me fresh or dried at a local supermarket. I am at my best when growing wild throughout much of this earth but am the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world, just 'google' me and see.
hey shroom kid.. im at home now just got in. id like very much to run into you folks again. ground had 8 inches of snow when i left.ive opened the gateway to your patch next year drive to the washout much easier, hehe. i would be more than happy to take you on a pine pick next year. this year was a bust but wait til next year and it will change. i hope that everyone had a safe season this year. on this note ill say so long . oh ya dont pick shitake they taste bad (lol).full buckets stay safe and have a great christmas guys
Picked 7#, mostly #1's, yesterday in the Siskiyou's. Buyers are set up south of Cave Junction, off redwood hwy.
shroom buddy, many Canadians have come down with or without passports to pick pine over the years. The county may not be humungous and there is quite a bit of private property but most are too busy planting, guarding or harvesting much of each year. In the lower 48, Mendocino County has a reputation of maybe having the most pot farms in & out of doors and anyone who might be seen as an outsider could possibly contact lead poisoning. When I am carrying a load of buy-money I certainly consider other areas first before setting up where good pickers might not desire to come and work. A few locals getting small volume of only 10 lbs of buttons or more in a day is not enough volume to take the risk. If they bring the buttons up to Doris area or down to Willits, over to Willow Creek or perhaps to Trenton's place on the coast, there are often enough buyers to pick and choose from and you can keep several days pick fresh while maintaining the grade before driving them to market.
why can't some shrooms to go unpicked? some years are like that. and, besides, why spoil a quiet patch with hoards of new people? it can be hard in some regiuns to beat the crowds to even a few shrooms... here in BC, there are alot of spots that too many poeple know, and theres always the stumps and cut ends everywhere, or the moss all disturbed in the pine patches... where there are some nice quiet spots that not alot folks know about or won't drive to but are really nice productive spots, good for pro and semi-commercial guys, where we can get a hundred pounds of whatever in a short time, and maybe more if we go a bit further up the hill... like, okay, trumpet the fact the season is on, fine, but pleas doen't say exactly where. mendocino isn't that humungus, and anyone with google can take a look at the map and figure out where the trees are, and go from there... makes me want my passport now! haha! come camping and shroom cruisin! ... that'd be a sweet holiday. ... mind you, if you want to tell me where the porcini and black chantys are, I won't complain!
Your welcome. Too bad most patches are private property. Why come pick when you can't sell. If you want shrooms to eat, I'll sell them to you. Or maybe you feel it would be worth the drive to pick a few. Help yourself. The hills are loaded with buttons. I'd rather pick'em dry and clean than wet and muddy. If I have to blare my horn to start the hunt, so be it.
Garf help me this shit is killing me
You got it... Way to go you are right.
Thank you for trumpeting where the good stuff is to all & sundry, now we shall be swamped with the hoard-masses leaving very little matsutake left for our eating or selling pleasure.
Mendocino county has lots of nice matsi. Picking 10 lbs of beatiful buttons evey day. Minimal hoppers and worms. Good quality and clean. No buyers... Stop buying leftover garbage and get down here and buy quality from us hard working folks. Better get em while the gettins good. Why wait till they're all flagged out? Any buyers who's bought here knows we grow the best of the best. C'mon Terry/Q. C'mon Mike. Sevens. C'mon Rhonda. And for the companies... let Joe and John start buying. They are here but waiting on you. Someone needs to pull their head out of their butt.
B.C. still picking the pines and we have snow and cold weather just 2 hours away and want to get down there??????The company want to shut them down but still buyers are open to buy.....There still alot of biggg buttons if u find them......
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duckinthebush i found one of those myself in the bush once. There not very nice. I think there called a shittake. Watch out for those ones.
No pop in the high ground, what a shame...
There are still a couple of buyers open for biz in Powell River. Full buckets everyone!
Hey rover and mushroom bandit, we're trying to stay ahead of the snow, and get our food in for the winter - one last good stab at it. It would be a terrible shame if we just let the frost and white crap take out the last flush! :) Also, dano, if you're on here, it was a pleasure to run into you today, so far out of your range, actually at work! :) I'd like to stay in touch, so here's my email: firstname.lastname@example.org It would be pretty cool to pick together and shoot the breeze some time - let's stay in touch and maybe the morel season will come soon enough for that. :) It was also a pleasure to run into the grey van driving fellow and his girlfriend up near Shawnigan Lake a couple weeks ago. We didn't introduce ourselves, but he did know about matsiman and the "club's" refrain, Full buckets.... Wouldn't mind talking to him again too. ... So, everyone, time to head to bed and then to the jay-oh-bee tomorrow, then processing today's small haul tomorrow night. I might need to take some vacation time next week to add on to the wkend so i can get the last shrooms... too much to do after that before christmas! :) May the last buckets of the season be fuller than all the rest!
people get quite when there finding mushroms
Hey it/s awfully quiet anything still happening any buyers still open
I hear Happy Camp is happen.
Fresh beautiful #1 matsi. What can u pay? Willing to deliver for right price
Happy Veterans Day to one and all.
7 lbs of buttons this morning, felt just like old times until I found out the buyer closed. Might open next week, still some fun to be had in south BC!
duckin in the bush. the thought of what happened to you is disgusting and i feel for you... the way you told your story was so dam funny i couldnt stop laughting. hope you have better days lol.
Currently shipping beautiful fresh grade #1 gift pack Matsutakes from a nice flush in the Siskiyou. Need a few more quality pickers in S. OR & NorCal to satisfy outstanding orders. Also, Tanya from Silverdale......hit me back if your S. Oly flush is on. Regards, B.
Cranberry nice to see your not "thinned skinned "like some. Anyway, my son and I went out to see if we could find some late season Pines in what's left of one of my old patches As we were getting close to the spot I thought I saw a glimmer of white poking up from what looked like deer scratched moss. I ran and dove on it before my son could so I could say I found the first one of the season, but Something terrible had happend, somebody had pooped right on my patch and then peeed on top of the moss. I ripped my mittens off and for the first time ever yelled for help from my son, pull me up my knees are locked up and so is my aching back. immediately I thought this must be "todays youth "trying to make some kind of a crazy statement or something My son says that's totally discusting, burn those mittens. (SINCE WHEN DOES HE START GIVING ME ADVICE)I said I can't your mama doesn,t even know I borrowed them, besides I payed good money for those.Well when I got home the wife asked If I had gotten any and I said only in your dreams babes and I told her what I thought some girl had done in the woods and she said well I don't know about you, first your hearings goes and now it's your eyesight, what next and I said oh please Ihope that doesn't get taken away too. If I only had one of those 5 gallon bucket size matsi's I'd eat the whole thing even if it were grainy or pethy. I hope I don't have too many of these kind of days in a row. that was my day...catch ya all latter!
I am the real MH, at least on the Tofino TV Channel a few years ago! Anyone remember that show? ´The motherlooooaaad´ haha, yeah we´ ll see how Chris does on the USA side!
Hello, Well looks like Chris's "The Mushroom Hunter" reality tv show is going to happen. Will be interesting to see what happens.
I actually bought a 3.24 pound Lobster yesterday!
I actually bought a 3.24 pound Lobster yesterday!
Hi Matsiman. I run into that issue a lot but once taught most of them do better. I am glad you take time to educate :-)
Looking for high quality Chants clean field run 3" or smaller , buttons, Top prices paid 541-359-6970 Eugene Oregon area.
I know matsi mike is lame, but I did'nt give it much thought. Black Trumpeteer is more my game. Either way over the last twenty years pickin' and livin', I think I deserve some acknowledgement. I've hit thirty years of age and this is how I'm supporting my family. I pick from november thru june. My season ends with blacks and I. Don't do morels. Matsi's are just coming on here and i'd just like to know prices up north, and if I'm getting the stinky end of the stick at 10 bucks for 1's. I heard pines are in demand and that the price was up to 45 a pound at some point this season. Any info would be appriciated. Thanks. Hey Charlie if your out there. Hope to see you soon
pick my last 6 pines had a great season. sad to see the season end but oh well had a blast
shroomkid---I don't know if I will be around on Saturday or not---we have closed our station for the year and I am in and out now trying to get some loose ends tied up on the agroforestry pilot project we are doing before we get snowed out (and trying to get the arrangements made for the GACP training we are doing now)---if you make it up this way give me a shout on my cell phone 250-731-3998 and if I am around I can put the coffee on and catch up with you---I hope you had a good season
Two stations in Cranberry (Powell River) closed all day yesterday & are still closed today so far. One removed all signage and board, so not looking good. What's it looking like on Vancouver Island...Business as usual?
Hi all,,funny after all these years i have never had one of the monster mushrooms... lots in the 1/2 to just over 1 lb range..not this year..everyone seems to be saying how slow they are growing if they are there at all (on the west coast at least) wonder what the reason would be.. the biggest i have seen in this area was right around 2lbs and it was uglyyyy...the most we ever got for one mushroom was $90 and that was way back and it was my other half and not moi..i wasn't even there.. warming up a bit so maybe i will go look if it doesnt snow too much ...have a few that i left to grow .... was nice to meet a new buyer this year and hopefully they will come back on a good year with decent prices.. see you then ""bluefoot"" maybe if i get ambitious, in the morel patch ...full buckets
Hey Keith, nice to see you on here still. Are you going to be around on Saturday? I'm coming up with a friend to check out the old patch... :) Do you think there's still anything left worth picking, or a second flush on? if we have anything we don't want to keep, and want to sell, how late can we come round? or, just to chat? it's been a couple years. :)
There will also be a Good Agricultural and Collection Practices training that will be held at Splatsin First Nation (Enderby BC) on Tues Nov 22 and Wed Nov 23. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 20 people. To pre-register or to request more information contact: Megan Nicolas 250.838.6496 Ext. 210 email@example.com or Keith Hunter 250-720-8907 FirstNationsWildcrafters@shaw.ca http://www.firstnationswildcrafters.com/Training/GACPTrainingatSplatsinFirstNation.pdf
Greetings everyone---I hope everyone had a good and enjoyable season this year. I wanted to announce that there will be a Good Agricultural and Collection Practices Training Session at the K'omoks First Nation (Courtenay BC) on Tue Nov 29 & Wed Nov 30. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 20 people. To pre-register or to request more information contact: Jill Hatfield P.Ag 250 897-7518 Jill.Hatfield@gov.bc.ca or Keith Hunter 250-720-8907 FirstNationsWildcrafters@shaw.ca http://firstnationswildcrafters.com/Training/GACPTrainingatKomoksFirstNationCourtenayBC.pdf
cranberrydawg; that is an awesome button, thank you for sharing. All anyone needs to do is compare the finger size on both hands and it is obvious that even though the mushroom is held out just a little bit it is still a huge pine button, it looks like more than six pounds but anyone that has picked much pine can see that it is easily larger than 3lbs and you did explain necessary particulars in your post that contains the link. ................ Morelmaniac; when people first started giving warnings about Chris and his alleged criminal behavior I thought it was sour-grapes and was still willing to give him the benefit of my doubts even though I no longer trusted him due to small things he had not told the truth about to me. When I learned of an established police record that extend way back I was finally convinced that I had been wise to not trust him. .................. matsigurl; yes it is a zoo here at times and I am sure that some folks feel ashamed of postings that they made in a hurry with out re-reading it a few times first, I know that I have been guilty of such. I have sworn off posting any more here several times but have always been dragged back by curiosity and the need to share my two-bits-worth. Matsiman has most likely sweat blood over the challenges of hosting this site and allowing people to post mostly whatever they feel, at times he censors a post or two and sometimes completely deletes them, but it is his sand-box and we are privileged that he allows us to vent our feelings or share personal witticisms & wisdom's. .................... I often find myself replacing duff or moss to preserve mycilia but ..... W0W, a pitchfork or a crowbar to destroy a patches for a few buttons makes me wanna cry.
Yes sometimesw they get huge. My buddy picked one over 3 lbs. on the island. This was back on a bumper year when you could pick 100 lbs of buds a day. They do not get that big very often and it has to be deep ground. Wont be any like that this year. Too cold, too late.
I just noticed a Nov 4 posting regarding Chris Matherly. If you are thinking of doing any deals with this man I would strongly advise you to stay away from this rip-off artist. I can give you my personal stories of him or I can just send you copies of his criminal record that goes back for years, and consists of multiple frauds and more. I don't begrudge a man/woman that have made mistakes in life but this guy has never stopped his bad dealings. The mushroom community has been fully warned before about Chris and his schemes, and it seems people need to be re-informed. Any questions. Phone 1-250-782-5209 and ask for Gerry or leave a message and I will get back to you. Gerry L
i think the stations closed today .... not sure about shirley.... and now i guess if it comes i will have to contact someone in vancouver ... oh well frozen stiff here tonight .... feels like firewood weather anyhow... small crop this year ... one or two more hikes .... Shane , i saw your shrooms ... have i been there with you??? lol
Caught 2 guys using a pitch fork during the Boswell studies. Gave them the choice of talking to the sheriff or coming back the next day and straighten up their mess. They came back the next day. I showed them the proper way to pick and they cleaned up their mess. They just didn't know any better.
Stuck close to home today, didn't pick anything but few select chants to fry up & give away the rest, who can't get out into the forest anymore. The weather forecast is for for conditions that should be about as good as they get in the next day or two. If accurate of course! We have the dipping temps & fog. Love the sunshine, but it's just too dry! We need rain to help produce a decent pop of sorts. Then I will fill up my gas tank and head out to my productive patches, get out there & give er dusk till dawn!!!. On my way home today, I passed by a shroom station & observed someone heading in with a few very healthy, primo looking # 1's, so they are definitely out there! Perhaps not in large numbers, but out there waiting to be picked just the same! I have to take my own advice & put the time in & don't give up on the thrill of the hunt! Full buckets everyone!
Not meaning to ruffle anyone's fur. Hey, I can pretty much stay in the middle class picking and doing various other things that I have developed to do in addition to picking, but picking is my main focus. Spring kings were a wash the past two seasons. That was hard. Usually make my summer there if the morels pass me by. Snow. Snow. Snow. Snow more matsis above 3000 feet?-) Hit the south part of the central Oregon Coast Saturday and headed north for about a hundred miles (I hold no matsi permit for any dune areas this year). A few fly agarics, numerous Suillus (including brevipes and lakei), various Lactaris (rufus and where's my book, I know that one) few matsis, no T. portentosum or canaries, stunted baby kings in several locations, exercised my commercial mushroom permit on six baskets of C. formosus (just took them off the dryers - over 6 pounds - a very good days take selling retail by the ounce - kinda makes those non-fresh months work a bit better - yes I have an approved kitchen and insurance), found many very odd things that don't belong in the woods were there as well. Mushrooms I understand, people are just freaky.
3.28 is not a lie boys i picked one 2.88 everything is biger up north lol
A crow bar for picking? Dumber than a bag of booters! That's a new one for me. Seen some beauts in my day and brings back some funny memories. A bunch of years ago my partner and me 4x4 up this old road and came across a tv set some moron through in the bush. We perched it on top of a stump in plain view of the road and I holed the screen dead center with a branch end. Went through my pickings and found a nice big #5 and inserted it in the tv. Should have took a picture. Five days later the tv was still there and mushroom gone. Anybody got any good ones to share. Sure beats the mud slinging.----Powell River Jack
Hey Cranberrydawg we all know your a character, that picture does look a little enhanced I've been pulling pines outta the ground since 1959 when I could jack rabbit over windfalls and have never seen anything like that. But then again I hear they grow them big up north of the border. Now if i did see one that large I,d probably have a heart attack well anyway you help make this sight darn entertaining and your always good for a laugh so please keep posting and I like that motorcycle shirt where's the cycle?
chicks are so sensitive
Awww Shroom Chick...come back girl...we sure miss you...
The crow bar is in Powell River, and you what - you didn't get them all!
To the so called picker that left their crow bar in the bush, I have it and if you would like it back leave a message. I would love to put it were the sun doesn't shine. You totally ruined a patch that I have been picking for over twenty years!
It WAS 3/4 the width of my chest...however that is not my chest in the picture, that is Karl's. I took the pic, and I do take fish pics too...plenty of 'em...wanna see some? Anyway the buttons ain't growing worth a damn on the south Island if anyone is interested. They are out there, but as small as I have ever seen them. Probably why I posted that shot...just dreaming folks, sorry.
Anyone know what the price for matsi is in northern cali?
( I will try this again.) cranberrydawg, Something weird about that picture. It makes the mushroom look like its three quarters the width of your chest. Is it because of the mushroom being closer to the camera? Who ever took that picture should start shooting fish pictures.
cranberrydawg, Something weird about that picture. It makes the mushroom look like its three quarters the width of your chest. Is it because of the mushroom being closer to the camera? Who ever took that picture shoot start shooting fish pictures.
And on a lighter note...thought it might be a good time to re-visit some monster buttons from the past. For those of you you haven't seen this pic check it out. I believe it was 3.28 lbs or somewhere around there. Sold it to Karl (in the picture) about 7 yrs ago. I think it was 8 bucks a pound at the time. Plucked it out of the Cranberry of course...in a deep needle zone that always seemed to produce behemoths like this one. Wrestled a 5 lb #3 out of that exact spot the year before. http://matsiman.com/gallery/cranberry_dawgs_3_pound_plus.htm
Hey pickinpox where oh where on the olympic Penninsula did u see the buyers? I'ts a big area and I have seen none .
hey matsigirl just wanna say i enjoyed your posts this season.i will go hunt the pine 1 or 2 more times this year.good lord willing and the snow dont fly.stay warm this winter.and yes you do live in beautiful country.
have ran across mushrooms before that were so close to matsu that is was very hard to tell the difference in the looks ... but the smell is totally identifiable ... very unfortunate and i hope this person makes a full recovery ... there is so many different kinds of mushrooms it is incredible and i take pictures of lots ... probably lots that i walk by are edible but i look for chantrelles ,, matsu ,, and the odd king bolete and red capped ,, morels if there has been a close fire .... as for making a living as a picker .. on a good season i have done it for two or three months ... not getting rich in money but rich in the enjoyment and freedom being in the woods all day and seeing nature brings ... i have had months where i have made quite a few thousand but is that it??? nope... gl full buckets
Hello shroom chick, and everyone else, thanks for posting about the poisoning. It is doubtful, quite honestly, that it was the pine mushroom that poisoned him. it is far more likely that is the almost identical Amanita smithiana, which is known to grow on Vancouver Island. Here is a really good link for everyone to take some time to look at, about mushroom poisoning: http://namyco.org/toxicology/poison_syndromes.html Some good info here. I hope he gets better, and can get back out there again. I know it is always good to eat only one or even a part of one, mushroom, when you are not yet familiar with it. I learded that with boletes. thought I couldn't tolerate Leccinum, but it turns out i just cooked up way too much that first time. I;m still leary of them, and will generally leave them in the forest... but, the true Boletus are find with me, specially if I dry them. Good luck and full buckets! :)
Mee To wants to know if there are Buyers inB.B..?Let me know anyone,Bella Coola has some buttons popping,Buttons are huge too..Is that mean season is over or What????
I believe Powell River Jack and Powell River Randy to be two of the good guys. I appreciate your opinions... :) didn't get to go out picking today. Was raking leaves all day. Endless Leaves. I wish I had a leaf blower up in the woods sometimes. That would take care of those leaves that sit there just like a matsi! haha full buckets, matsigurl
Hi shroomchick. Matsiman does his best but he cannot babysit this board 24 hrs a day.... He is a good man!
i am out of here!!!!!!!!!!! if anyone does not understand what that means... well, leave a message... I am checking... but NO LONGER participating with this bull shit,,, matsiman should really CRACK down on the shit here and take note of how other forums are run..!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks girls and guys, the good one of you, the rest of you, well... here is a story YOU should heed to: in courtenay-Vanisle, yesterday a guy went into the bush to find pines...... he did find, took them home, cut them op and made dinner... never had pines before.... obviously loved them...... well, his stomach did not like them.... he was emergency helicoptered to Victoria overnight where he is in critical condition in hospital..... Kidney failure.... remember...this: every shroom is edible........................... at least ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck to all of you.... I am gone from here... just tooooooo much gargabe. SC
It looks as though the buyers on the Olympic peninsula have all disappeared today??? Oh well I guess I'm eatin them instead, they came they bought all the chantrelles, they bought pines for a few weeks and now they're gone...
any boston bar pickers, can you post the price please..... thanks
Took my bear bait (Wife's Minature Poodle) Budweiser, for a jaunt in bush today. It had been a week since I was there last and place is flagging big time. I fulfilled promises to neighbours and supplied chants and pines to all. Nice day, nice hike, nice solitute and no bears for Budweiser. Tomorrow? Why not!!
I am not gonna be buying pines for a bit here on the Oregon Coast, we just have no market :-(
Awesome! Chris Matherly of the Morel Mushroom Hunting Club is eagerly attempting to lure more people into his get rich schemes. A bit of a background check should tell one all they need to know about Chris. Well, matsigirl, you apparently have a lot more to learn before you can support yourself at this game. If you want a house on snob hill, you have to own a multi-national company and have pickers that work for you. If your mortgage is not too big, it is being done. The extra $240 a month this year over last that the financial industry is taking out of my pocket through my gas tank is not helping any at all. It is hard to support myself when I only sell fresh market and when I restrict myself to mushrooms because the fresh mushrooms are not always there. Rule #1: Information = money. All other rules flow from this fact. Most of the problems in this industry result from people not understanding or acknowledging this fact. So: DON'T GIVE AWAY YOUR INFORMATION! Don't give away your patches. Not to your friends, not to celebrity chefs, not to mushroom clubs (the clubs need some info but not enough to take away from making cash) and not to wannabe celebrity mushroom foray leaders; Don't tell people when the pop is on in your area; Don't tell people about niche markets that you discover. Real-time information is the only thing a picker has that no one else does. Those of us that know how to analyze and think can find mushrooms when others can't. Nice surface matsi pop west side Oregon Cascades last week in very localized areas, for example. There are those of us, acting individually, that chose not to deal with certain buyers and the buyers could no longer get the mushrooms. The buyers gave the information that they gathered from the old pickers to newbies they brought in that would be loyal to them at least for a while. That was a generation ago. As to reporting as soon as the first matsi shows up, forget about it. There are many hobbiests and glory pickers that know the beds and wait until they can make a big haul before they go out. Let them check the areas that didn't come on, just like you did. How much is your time spent scouting and watching the crops worth?
Well said Matsigurl Peace & Full buckets to all!
hi all any buyers in cave junction yet any info would be appreciated happy trails
Hey I think it would be cool if we all could just get along. Let's always wish well to our fellow man and if they ain't worth listening to, then don't. The more response you give, the more bullshit that seems to get slung. Anyway, if anybody on this board thought they could actually make a "living" picking mushrooms, they are living in a fantasy land. I am just happy I "get" the opportunity to take a few weeks every year and really get back in touch with my paradise. I always end up broke and sometimes even in debt by the time it is all said and done BUT I have been purified. Every time. It is what I think "peace" is all about. And that's all we want mostly, right? A little bit of "peace"...full buckets and smile 'til the snow flies, matsigurl
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Schroom dog, there are still 2 stations open that I know of in PR, but the prices paid out are low. I am finding lots of large healthy Chants, not so many Pines and none in days.
HEY WHO SAYS STATIONS ARE DOWN PR SOLD MINE TODAY FOR 13/13
There are still a few on the 90 road, and I mean a few! The price in Randle last night was 12 at one buy station and $8.00 at another, go figure!
The dunes permit was a bust unless you paid the lowest price. Many people have not made their money back this year as pines were late and prices on a downward trend already.
All buying stations shutdown today in Powell River. No reasons given. Guess that's it here. Better this way then getting hosed with the one way pricing to the basement.
Hey all.I am virtually a rookie picker that has dabbled in it here and there for a few years and decided to go out yesterday on Van.isle and found that contrary to what others have said I found Chantrelles (at least where I was) were in abundance. I picked a half a cloth grocery bags worth in 4 hours and even found a few pines and could still see my truck.Maybe I'm just lucky.Love to read all your'e msgs!Good luck and Cheers!
It looks like I found all the missing matsi's yesterday. : - ) Along with them, I'm sure we discovered a truffle. It is white. does anybody know how to tell a false truffle from a real truffle and what a girl is to do with one?
greetings, went mushroom picking up around pemberton and found some pine mushrooms and lots of King Bolete (Boletus edulis) Boletus variipes and others which made for a few good meals. actually, we’ve just found what the locals had left for us and had missed picking in the woods since we’ve got there quite late, only had about 90 minutes before darkness. lots and lots of typical “holes” left in the ground from already picked pine’s all over... it looks like a good harvest this season? so, i’ve had my share for the season and won’t be going again. hmmm, the weather looks gorgeous for friday with sun all over... good luck and have fun on your hunting trip(s)! cheers & peace. :)
Howdy Folks. Looking for dried admirable boletes - +20lbs. Drop me a line if you have some. tom at wildgourmet dot com. Thanks! -Tom
I have been finding a few chanterelles on the logging roads @ 600' level, but they are thin. Enough to have a few meals. I don't sell many mushrooms, as I mostly just like to have them for myself and to share with friends and family. I'd just like to know if anyone has been finding many matsies around mt adams or mt st helens? I have my patches that I hit, but money is tight this year, and I hate to make a 200 mile round trip for nothing. (other than a nice drive). Thanks! And I am glad that a friend recommended this site. It seems to have a great group of people. Full buckets, and stay safe!
zed, it happened and IS happening, the 23rd was apparently the first temperature dip (trigger) in the majority of areas (except randle which popped exactly then) the heat bubble after that penned (created nodes) and the mycelium then produced fruiting bodies which are still being picked. I am the guy that mentioned it on this board, with a reference to the weathernetwork and the information a harvester can use to help predict crop formation. have a look at the simple forecasting section here and the mushroom studies here as well, the information makes it possible to predict if you are willing to do some math and review information, instead of begging on here for someone to tell you where its actually happening. cheers buds
who pick all my mushroom in northern bc and now wer is all the mushroom now lmfao can people pls stay home next year stay home and pick your nose lol and plus people that com 2 northern bc and lev there garges behind pls tak it home with u and people that go in other patch should tax lol people that com 2 northern bc they lev there garges go in other people patch com on people it cost us money 2 find areas 2 made money pls go find yr own spot so i say we should tax them
Fishing: Used to be that fishing boats went out every day al the time. They didn't make a lot of money per fish, but they had the volume. Then over time, the fish got less and less and the boats got bigger and more mechanized. and the regulations got tighter and tighter and the fish got fewer and fewer.... WELL.. you see where I'm going..... The same thing is happening to the trees...... AND the same thing is happening to mushrooms.... Fewer mushrooms, fewer places to pick, regulations, price fixing, and of course supply and demand and the price starts to escalate. That in retune attracts more picker for fewer and fewer shrooms. and soon the control is in the hands a of a few BIG companies. This is the American Dream at its conclusion. All the energy is controlled buy the multi nationals, Same for Food, same for manufacturing, same for communications and governments...... and you are left with the crumbs. But hey your still FREE.... more people less FREEdom.... "garf" has the right idea. Life is short.... JUST THINK ABOUT IT!!
heres how good our season has been ... i am making cedar fence rails and firewood ... usually i spend two or three days a week picking and if they are good and a decent price EVERYDAY... there is a fraction of what i usually see and most patches are barren ... that is for this area and i still go out and look... checked two places that produced big last year on the weekend and found 4 mushrooms... they are way . way behind or not coming at all ... just a fact .. not worried , not concerned because i still enjoy my walks ,it just isnt cutting it for a living this year is all... and i did get a pic or two that day i said ... on a brighter note my poker game is still improving ... lol full buckets and enjoy ...until then the woodpile beckons ....
Zed, shroom Chick; Matsiman made the 'Mad Morel Bull Board' and asked us to post nonsense there instead of here but do we listen to instructions? Then he made the 'Matsiman Message Board & Forum' when crap got very bad on this board and there are currently 521 registered members there. I for one would prefer that he close out these boards where we do not listen to instructions and eventually make everyone register.
speaking of bs id like to hear from the phantom picker . how did your year end. i enjoyed your posts they were entertaining.if your not too busy picking lets hear from you on other board,you were a blast,mabey you come back for some more fun.lol. good call forest shits ok until it gets old
shroom chick...That depends when you were there...i haven`t been out for a couple days cause of the flu
Just wondering what we missed out on this year by not getting our permit for the florence dunes, Is it a good season or a repete of last year?
Crescent Junction Oregon used to be the place to sell matsutake, this because of the large amount of competing buyers. Often the best prices came after midnight or the wee-hours because pickers would hold their pine while shopping different buyers for the best prices. That is probably what caused the retro, a buyer would get you to sell to him and the next day he would pay you the difference in price shown on your receipt from him if it went up after you had sold. The peak of pine prices paid to pickers happened the year the Japanese Emperor's son got married and millions with Japanese ancestry needed to have matsutake which is also known as "the Emperors Mushroom" for the celebrations. As time goes by the younger generation is not so traditional with the need to use matsutake for annual celebrations, fewer buyers in the Japanese marketplaces equates to less demand for the mushroom. The preferred matsutake used to be the brown variety that grew in Japanese forests, with air pollution allegedly coming from China causing deforestation of prime growing areas brokers turned to foreign pine product and the not so preferred white matsutake grew in popularity. There is also a preferred phallic shape which brings higher prices but is not so common here. With current pricing that is allegedly unlawfully controlled it is difficult now to imagine that one pound of number one or two pine could be sold back then by a picker for more than six hundred dollars in Crescent Jct. Prices were lower the further you were from there and I heard that the peak in Canada was perhaps 1/2 to 1/3 of Crescent pricing. Some pickers would select a designated driver to drive their pine from Washington State and California just to get in on the feeding frenzy. Some enterprising individuals would buy pine and then drive it hundreds of miles, I even met one who drove them down from BC just to re-sell them at Crescent. I personally experimented and kept Crescent Junction area pine for 10 days before selling them at Randle as #1 grade, it can be done. The people living in Crescent Junction got tired of the all-night noise created by the constant coming and going, a sell-by curfew was established and if you were not in a selling line at an official buy station by 10:00pm when they blew the horn, then you could not sell that day and needed to leave. I expected the price to peak again if the Emperor's son was to father a son but alas this never happened, or at least I never heard of one. I laugh a bit when I hear people complain of somethings because most of the pioneers who knew where the matsutake grew do not commercially pick any more or bother with all this trivial drivel happening currently, other ventures are more profitable. Matsiman receives emails of all of our posts as soon as we post it. I can visualize him reading some of the postings and wondering how foolish we are when he has spent countless hours of research and many years of effort to get that information to us for free if we only take the time to read this site and learn from one who has been-there-done-that.
here is gps coordinate for pine #2. N46.477532, W-121.873226. good luck.
Hi Zed , I apologize for lack of respect some people are observing here . I tell you , they are some people that just like to argue and start trouble , regardless of the issue at hand ., I used to acknowledge their bullshit however now I do just ignore them , I think that if we all just ignore those posts they will eventually disappear onto oblivion , were they justly belong .
i agree with Zed about this being an imformation site,but alas there are people who post what they believe is happening for them or not happening,and we shouldnt judge.we are old timers and should know better than to believe everything we hear. to some people a pop may only be a good day pick 10lb. while others of us may consider that a jaunt in thebush.ive seen thegood and the bad the big bucks and the pittance.we must realize that newbies see things differently,we know that the buyer doesnt really care if you make money only that they do . 100 pickers 1lb each who made money?i can and will bs with the best of us as im sure you can also.you can only take what they say as not sure but mabey. then you have the guy who will go out of his way to mess you up tell a story and disapear home. just remember that for next year.i do bb and area and know it very well but this year you couldnt count on anything.they seem to be starting now but it may be too late for big crop.i was finished for the year until i heard guys picked late 25years ago ,so off i went balls to the wall geuse what the pines started. i think what im saying is nobody knows for sure.sorry about the rant . full buckets, stay safe
When I started picking I took 3 safeway bags and went out in the bush. I picked every mushroom I seen and took them all to the buyer, Who laughed. He went through them and found two pines. That was the first time I new what pine mushrooms look like. I never asked anybody where to go or any of these other dumb questions. I took pride in learning everything myself. I did not learn by hanging around a buying station or asking questions. In fact when somebody would pass information on to me, I would say "At least now I know where not to go, because everyone else will be there. Everyone who knows me, I am very much a loner in the bush picking mushrooms. I spent years before mushrooms in the bush prospecting. I can write a book on bear experiences and do not carry a rifle or bear spray or any other animal protection. If I am going in the bush I feel it is my responsibility to get along with the animals and nature. I love to see the bears and other animals in the bush. That is there home, and I am just visiting. Anybody who wants information and gets B S instead deserves it. They either do not belong picking in the bush or are just to lazy to get out and find out themselves. The mushroom patch is full of B S and that will never change. That is what makes it so colorfull and fun. There are a lot of pickers over the years that I have seen who claim they have picked 20 or more years and have some good picking spots, but the way they got them is by hanging around and listening at the buying station or campfires. What I am saying is this ; Some of us take pride in learning from nature about the bush and its ways. If you want to know something about the bush, ask nature and have the patience to let it tell you. Not man.
@ zed ...I think it sometimes can be a matter of where we live ,, I live in the south puget sound,,and our chanterelle season has been rockin , growing everywhere places I have never seen em.. as far as matsi's ,found a few ,,seems to be a matter of the mushroom beating the cold ....I dohno ,,but I do agree with bs reports ,,it to bad ...we will see when I get back from the mountain patch weather or not ;)
Pineking, are those yours at Lila's? nice #1s she told me that buying is not assured as her buyer from the mainland is playing games with her...
Zed, you hit the nail on the head.. way too much garbage. maybe the webmaster should have an interest to keep it on the up. Perhaps he should not let this forum be run by liars and cheats and perhaps one should have to register with data which can be confirmed to post so there would be some accountability. The forum should be for information exchange! If one does not wish to disclose locations, that is fine. But to make it a personal peg board with simply said "crap and lies" is not acceptable. this said, I will check for some buttons today in Mid Island. Shroom Chick I am sure some would be exposed
perhaps some may be mis understanding what i am getting at. i am an experienced picker (20 years) and the areas i pick i know better than most. i am try to get across is that i cant stand dishonesty and BS on this board. i dont think there is any place for it. i did not name names you know who you are... perhaps that is why you are so defensive?did any of you slagging me read my post? or what i have posted in the past? i think it is funny that various people will post about an area "popping" or hitting hard and it is just bunk. what is the point of that? i think everyone on this board appreciates the people like boletus joe, etc. that post some honest commentary on their area. so here is what i know. central vancouver island no pines yet. chanterelle not a great year. can i be any clearer or would you like my log book for the past 2 months?later zed.
Hello everyone! I just wanted to see if anyone has been finding any Matsies in the gifford pinchot lately? Thanks!
11-1-11 Most beautiful weather, most mushrooms (#1's) so far this year, most 1's in a date on the calendar (until two weeks from now). Definitely a day to remember in an otherwise uneventful season...full buckets and stay on the trail, matsigurl
anyone that relies on this board to decide weather to go pick or not, just doesnt have a clue then. Do us a favour and stay home zed!
hey zed if someone told ya to jump off a bridge would you do that too
OK Zed, hand hold your own self, post what YOU KNOW!
so where is the guy that predicted the big pop in BB on the 22nd and 23rd of october - it is november and from what i gather it has not happened. where are all the guys who said it is popping on the island (late october).... i have not seen it. one thing i wish for next year is that those who post BS dont post it here.... some people rely on information here (i am no longer one of those people) but i have been burned in the past.... spent a lot of time, wear and tear on my vehicle, and gas chasing some buyer a%^hole's rainbow. on another note i really appreciate the honesty from the likes of garf, keith, cranberry, etc. .... maybe i will try one more crack at the illusive VI pine have not seen numbers since 2004 and i am getting anxious. later zed.
It's all but over here, I picked around 25 lb's all season!
Hello, Checked a hood patch today for pines should have been producing but nothing. Where plenty of Chanterelles at about 2500 ft. Anyone having any luck in nw Oregon?
Price being pushed down on Oregon coast owing to supposed Chinese pop. Looks like more pocket picking afoot. China is way done!
stay warm forestharvest
Thanks for the encouragement Shoegy, It just dipped to zero & possible snow by weeks end so here's hoping! I am finding very small buttons here & there, but most people are going over the same patches desperately searching. I keep running across a lot of destructive raking, which ticks me off. Here's hoping that in a week or twos time, we do get a big pop happening out this way! Full buckets everyone!
They are paying $10/7/4 in Forks
well it started and ended same day for me. yes we found pines, but on the way up travelling at 50km around corner 20meters was a big rotten fir across the entire road,was just about daylight and BANG. took out front end of wives van.still nobody hurt,so went for last pick and behold mushrooms. enough in different places that it looks like,mabey,kinda sorta,not sure,hopefully they are gonna come on for a short season. full buckets,stay safe
Here, matsi matsi matsi....c'mon don't be scared... full buckets :-) matsigurl