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User_Name:
Budthewiser
Date:
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time:
07:02:09 PM

Messages

Anyone have prices for Hazelton, Kitwanga, Terrace,or the Zoo?


User_Name:
mush
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
09:08:50 PM

Messages

pine prices...... anybody!


User_Name:
Budmiser
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
03:41:07 PM

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matsis are getting pink gills I threw and kicked more than I picked on south van Is so now the price go's up ? (joe should have raised the price earlier) he could have got some volume too bad


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
02:58:02 PM

Messages

Thanks so much Just another Van Isle picker. Those were awesome berries for sure :>)


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
02:55:58 PM

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Thank you for the compliments and your insights into the GACP Training. There are a lot of people who have worked very hard to bring this to where it is and personally I think it is something that one day will become as normal as the food safe handling classes for people working in the food preperation businesses. It really does concern me seeing how some people bring in food for sale and how little regard they have for safe handling practices of food they are trying to sell to enter into the public food system. wildside---check your email. There is a session coming up in Crestone that I sent you the contact person's information for.


User_Name:
picker
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
10:53:33 AM

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Or also my email enjoymushrooms@gmail.com Any info would be great! Thanks


User_Name:
picker
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
10:51:07 AM

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Hey folks! Anyone please has Shellys number in Powell River...yeah the buyer! Im also looking for Butch and Shirley...Im sure they are there or on their way anyways. Phone numbers please??? Thanks!!!


User_Name:
bigfoot
Date:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Time:
07:14:36 AM

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DID the nash run for the last time this year brought the wife shy has not been in the patch may be 10 years shy still had one last pick in her it was a happy sad day never seen so meny cowboy hats are flags they were the 2 dollers a pound pines the joe,s did not get anyway its done in terrace so i hope you all win the loto and see you in 2011 i hope it will be a better year by all you shroomers


User_Name:
Shroom gal
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
10:47:30 PM

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Hey, searching for Gord, Shrooms still happening in Nakusp, good amounts still for this late in the season although more 3 and 4 starting to show. Most pickers making decent $ finally! Weather has been good, some areas just getting good while others slowing. For more info email me at hewat@telus.net or ph# 250 265 - 4147


User_Name:
mushroomdave
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
08:24:27 PM

Messages

any other prices out there?


User_Name:
mushroomdave
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
08:22:00 PM

Messages

hey zed 9 lb in powell river tonight


User_Name:
OregonRose
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
07:41:19 PM

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To: Ontherez... There are buyers in Coosbay & Reedsport.. Most buyers set up where the Clusters are for buying.. Like, Brookings, Cottage Grove, Winston & Sutherlin.. From what I understand, buyers are not allowed on Res.. Unless a tribal member. I too am Native, not enrolled though.. I published a book on the merchantable mushrooms in Oregon & Douglas County, and of course, the Pacific Northwest.. I am picker/buyer/author... Drop me a line. email: oregonrosemck5@msn.com


User_Name:
wild side
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
06:22:15 PM

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Just another Van Isl Picker, well said! I wholeheartedly agree regarding Keith and all the great work they're doing. I visited him last spring and was impressed with how and what the GACP is doing. It would be great for that education and info. to reach further. Keep up the tremedous efforts First Nation Wildcrafters. Happy Halloween & Happy Trails.


User_Name:
searching for Gord
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
04:12:35 PM

Messages

anyone know what is going on in Nakusp area for pines/buyers right now?


User_Name:
Sacrebleu
Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time:
08:47:24 AM

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This is for the US pickers to consider. Have you ever tried selling on ebay? Here is a couple of examples of mushrooms being sold on ebay. http://stores.ebay.com/Chefs-Best-Foods http://cgi.ebay.com/Fresh-Matsutake-Mushrooms-3-Mix-3-pounds_W0QQitemZ280567820146QQcategoryZ115722QQcmdZViewItem#ht_699wt_878


User_Name:
ontherez
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
07:37:39 PM

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i'm in coos county from brookings area and through the years, picked all the way from brookings to philomath and back. i'm currently scouting for buyers in eugene area, and prices. or at least phone numbers. can n.e. body help me? and also gota throw in for fun, y dusnt ne body pick or buy closer to lincoln county area? ive got huuuuggggeeee patches there, i'm enrolled siletz indian so on tribal ground my id is my harvest permit. rain forrest mushrooms is a farm and not actual buyer, yadda yadda yadda. would love a little input on both these things. followed this site for 6 years or so but first time i,ve posted. thanx for all the good input through the years. u guys rock!!!!


User_Name:
zed
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
06:08:52 PM

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can anyone give the real price for pines and who is buying on vancouver island? thank you zed.


User_Name:
Chantrelly
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
03:03:14 PM

Messages

Hello, fellow mushroom pickers. Its sure been a long time since i've been to this page. my boyfriend comes on here everyday. So, I thought i'd come and make a post. Found lots of Chants this season. dried them up. Gotta go picking some more to stock up for winter. Even found a few pines this year. The first since we've lived here. Fixing up a Cushman Trackster to go even further up the mountains. I've only been picking for over 6yrs now. I like it. Good exercise. I complain about the hills sometimes. but am happy when i get home with those bags of mushrooms. Have a good Halloween everyone. Be safe. Oh right, and Happy Picking. :) Later..


User_Name:
905210
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
10:57:13 AM

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Correction on my previous post. We were paid around $2.00 per lb not kilogram.


User_Name:
one of the button bunnies
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
10:54:21 AM

Messages

Sooo excited..... heading to Powell River tomorrow for my annual mushroom picking trip... I heard that the prices are slowly going up and the mushrooms are plentiful. And by the sounds of it, so are the cougars and bears....... Should be an interesting stomp in the back yard this year.


User_Name:
905210
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
10:51:19 AM

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Matsutake enthusiasm grows in north of Finland http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Matsutake+enthusiasm+grows+in+north+of+Finland/1135229845896 They pick them with gloves! Hannele Rinne from Oulu kneels on the moss and carefully digs up the mushroom. Its cap is at least ten centimetres wide and completely opened up. This puts it in the D class, earning the picker two euros a kilo. >Mushrooms of the A class,< with enclosed caps and firm stems bring in EUR 20 per kilo or 28.4048 CAD. (Todays conversion rate) C/P From a "different" article of the same year...(http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Elevated+levels+of+caesium+hamper+

export+of+prized+matsutake+mushrooms+to+Japan/1135230562237 The export enthusiasm that sprang up over the matsutake in Finland this summer has been tempered by the fact that the mushrooms tested in Central Finland still exhibit elevated levels of the radioactive isotope caesium-137, even 20 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. WHY were we paid only 2.00 or similiar for the same mushrooms without the radiation? First published in print 26.8.2007


User_Name:
Mushroom Hunter
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
10:08:57 AM

Messages

My apologies, I'm not on this thing all the time.....Well I don't live in Nanaimo and I'm also not the buyer, I only drive my mush there. Its on Haliburton St, Nanaimo. Sorry I don't know the guy's number.


User_Name:
Just another Van Isl Picker
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
09:28:08 AM

Messages

Yeah Kieth has been doing good thus far with the wild foods and I hope he continues to do well. The reason why it upsets local buyer/pickers is because he normally pay's more for mushrooms/berries then the local buyers do, but upsets some pickers because he will only buy from people who has gone through the Good Agricultural and Collection Practices training and handles the food carefully as to have no contamination in the food. If any one wants product that is free of contamination, food safe handled, and wasn't picked near area's that was herbicide sprayed, I would suggest contacting Keith. I cant say the same for any other buyer as they will buy from anyone who walks in the door without question as to were they came from or how they were handled. I have recently sold some Salal berry and Oregon grape berries to him. We have had several conversations on the subject of traceability and responsibility. I feel he is well on his way to making a great example for other businesses. I also suggest taking the 2 day course if you have a chance to. Great Job Keith!! :)


User_Name:
wild side
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
05:22:56 AM

Messages

I encourage any of you to attend the Good Agricultural & Coll... posted above if you can. learn abit about it as its growing in popularity. i was pickin southern Van. island a few weeks ago and heard FirstNationWildcrafters are gaining momentum with selling wild foods. (upsets a few local picker/ sellers but those are the facts). i also forgot how steep and dangerous some of those grounds are. the fog was drinkable. peace.


User_Name:
mountainflattops
Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:
04:24:19 AM

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Regarding my earlier post about other countries in the pine mushroom game here are acouple of things I came across 1 st from Sweeden then from a Japanees blog page Abstract The commercially important mushroom matsutake has been considered uncommon in Sweden by most mycologists and has been unknown to the Swedish public. Between 1849 and 1997, 81 matsutake reports were registered in Sweden. A field study in 1998 resulted in 121 matsutake localities, of which at least 30% were prolific, producing 30-200 fruit bodies ha-1 in the far north of Sweden. Using DNA sequencing of rDNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) it was shown that Japanese and Swedish matsutake (Tricholoma matsutake and T. nauseosum) should be treated as the same species. The oldest name is T. nauseosum, but it is suggested that the name T. matsutake should be conserved. This study has stimulated private companies to investigate possibilities for commercial export to Japan. From Sankei Kansai sted by: ujiyasu | September 22, 2010 The pine mushrooms which came over from Sweden On 19th, imported pine mushrooms from Sweden has begun to be sold in a department store of Osaka. As for them which were harvested in north Sweden, Japanese pine mushrooms and 99% are equal. Pine mushroom is a very expensive cooking ingredient in Japan. The pine mushrooms from Sweden is very cheap. And they were purchased at once by many people. Pine mushrooms is imported into Japan from China. However, as for them, a Japanese does not have popularity with the danger of the soil pollution and an aspect of unripe collection technology. Pine mushroom is called goliatmusseron in Sweden. Most Swedes are surprised to hear that this is eaten in Japan. Just some interesting notes to ponder as to how many countries are in the game now


User_Name:
for real
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
10:44:35 PM

Messages

Mushroom hunter you posted a buyer at 12.lb in naniamo soooo where is it and what is his number ,,or are you just full of B.S.


User_Name:
2010 reality check
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
07:48:48 PM

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klt i will try one more time. I could care less what your cartel friends do or do not pay for product or where they sell at. None of that has any bearing at all on what I sell my mushrooms for. Put that into your supply and demand diatribe.


User_Name:
jackpine
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
06:04:47 PM

Messages

I think that somebody is playing games talking about 12$ a pound in Nanaimo please post location and phone #


User_Name:
Just Curious
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
12:05:15 PM

Messages

Bucket O' Mush,did you even read Whysell's post?If Joe is charging $100 per pound,how could you possibly think the pickers are getting thier fair share of the pie at a buck or two a pound?As far as the Joes making this industry profitable...where have you been the last few years?It's anything but profitable.


User_Name:
klc
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
07:45:34 AM

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2010 Reality Check....your the one who is mis-informed. What makes you think its the pickers who determine the price per pound. I don't think you read Me's post. While the pickers & joes were fighting the last couple of years ...countries around the world stepped up to the plate and suppied JAPAN (et al.) with their demand. Supply/Demand...look it up ...thats what determines world prices and world markets.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time:
06:57:48 AM

Messages

ok heres one that i have found this year and i find it to be true in this area at the very least... sounds like other areas have the same problem.....the little pin worms are the hardest to detect that i have ever seen ,,,, no holes and the stalks are firm all the way around top to bottom.... they are very hard to grade out unless they are cut just below the cap and we all know how much they like that.... when you do cut it is even sometimes hard to see the pinholes ... they are very miniscule this year on a lot of them.... just i usually pack out a few wormies and sometimes none but this year a way more.... i hate extra weight for nadda,,,lol .... when you do cut the good ones squeak almost and the wormies crunch.... geez maybe i'm just blabbing ..... full buckets and for people who respects and does a good job i hope you make it..... please respect wherever you pick ... we didn't make it lets not ruin it ..... ger


User_Name:
2010 reality check
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
08:07:46 PM

Messages

klc that is where you are completely missing the point. it doesn't matter one iota what the cartel race to the bottom pricing scheme is when people have developed their own markets. it is this idea that only the companies in vancouver can be competitive in this industry is what is misleading in todays economy and technology


User_Name:
klc
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
07:48:20 PM

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For those who were asking, Boston Bar is $4/pd .... Yale is $5/pd .... None in Hope. Also, I think some people need to re-read "Me's" post about global supply & demand. Your kidding yourself if you think, if we hold off on picking, that the cartel will raise the prices!! Keep on dreaming and while your at it learn some basic economics.


User_Name:
2010 reality check
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
06:57:18 PM

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bucket o' mush there may have been a time when the business model you advocate worked. However, the bottom line of any business (whether picker or exporter/broker) is what is able to produce the most profitable return on investment----at all levels of the supply chain. It is my belief the changes that were brought about to a large degree by the bigger players will in the end be their own demise because it has forced a situation where the picker and buyer levels have to compete with the race to the bottom created every year by the very business models you support.


User_Name:
bucket o' mush
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
02:56:34 PM

Messages

ok, so everyone knows how to "back door" mushrooms. easy to do with your own pick but it does affect the market. if you are getting 10/lb at the consumer, how can a big company pay anywhere near that when you factor in buyer cost, shipping, spoilage, bad debts, regrade, repackaging, and the reality of those companies having to refund for wormies, etc. a hit and run artist can make a good buck and destroy a market faster than anyone else. if everyone would check on here and agree on a price to consumers that was high enough....$25/lb is a start.....dont sell privately for less. and dont look down your noses on the guys that have made this industry profitable when it is possible (the joes everyone loves to bitch about). I hate to say anything negative about pickers, but most cant forecast a crop or even care to. I knew in august the price would be crap as we had nearly the same set-up in BC as 2004 (remember?......$1/lb.) so, to all you pro's out there that bitch..and undercut each other.....keep screwing up the industry ya meatheads.


User_Name:
Boletus Joe
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
01:55:50 PM

Messages

They know what Matsi is/are in Nanaimo?? ... Think the proper thing to do is at least post a phone # and address.... Hate to see people rushing off to Nanaimo the strength of a post here..... First worms and now Flags everywhere on this side.


User_Name:
maybe
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
01:15:12 PM

Messages

maybe it posted by bc ferries LOL


User_Name:
curious
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
12:30:45 PM

Messages

where is this buyer in nanaimo located ? contact ?


User_Name:
Mushroom Hunter
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
08:06:37 AM

Messages

I suppose if one likes the drive they could bring their mushrooms to Nanaimo for $12 a pound. 2 days pick plus stop at the buying stations on the way and buy up all their mushrooms too. At $12 per pound you could buy them from the stations at $6/lb making the buyers happy that they just made a $4 commission rather then a buck then take em all to the guy in Nanaimo. I bet you would do rather well at that price, plus it keeps the mushrooms away from the cartel and allows some competition on the board.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
07:19:34 AM

Messages

thats what we need now another person with his jewells of wisdom .... ts for the enlightment bud.... and heres another to chew on ??? how come your patches are yours and our patches are where everyone else parks and picks??? hmmm gotta love the mentality of some of these people ger


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:
06:59:40 AM

Messages

I don't argue that there are spots that produce a 100lbs in a day, but day after day is stretching it. The fact is if the price was decent the bush would have 30x more people in it in the Terrace area and you would have trouble finding 20lbs of buttons a day. Of course if you have some patches well off the beaten path you can do excellent then, just like going over the first ridge for your deer.


User_Name:
Mushroom Hunter
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
10:02:53 PM

Messages

I don't know about you people but I'm selling to the buying station in Nanaimo that is paying $12/lb for ones. He said he exports them himself and cant get enough of them.


User_Name:
Sruff
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
09:44:10 PM

Messages

Garf Who are the bastards that are trenching and digging up the moss beds in my neighbourhood. PS. Next year the buying stations will be rebranded as disposal and recycling stations with a $3 per pound dump fee. Not a wild guese if you draw a line on the price decline.


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
06:56:39 PM

Messages

Hello everyone: I wanted to post this for the Alberni/West Coast Vancouver Island pickers to let you know that we have closed our buying station for the season. I want to thank all of you that we worked with this year.


User_Name:
Bud farrot
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
02:22:50 PM

Messages

I have been reading a few posts and it is quite possible to pick 100 lbs in a day of buttons.This year 50 is more like it .I have seen them growing more than just one season in areas vehicles have chewed the sht out of.Pine mychorizal roots can take a lot of abuse and still repair and reproduce.I do take care of my patches but they are mine.The only competition I have walks on 4 legs. It sounds like some of you dont know how to find your own areas and that is why you complain of torn up moss in (your)? spots.It takes an understanding of trees and habitat to be a good picker in this day and age.You cant just park behind someone else and call it your pine area.


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
10:57:23 AM

Messages

well said funguy, I agree totally and don't care if people pick for whatever price, I quit selling years ago to the buyers in Terrace. It's just the misinformation both unintentionally and intentionally that gets a response. I have kept my property clean for about five years and this year nobody took a dump on it, that's a plus, last year twice some mushroom thieves crapped on my property. Mind you here in Terrace the price has sucked so bad most buyers had terrible years and have already closed. I even have flags now on my property that have been showing for a week and nobody has stole them, always leave a few out to see what's happening out there. Good luck to all that don't work for or sell to the Joes, not so much to the others.


User_Name:
powell river picker
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
10:40:02 AM

Messages

where i pick the one day i went out this year ,i usually are out everyday but the price dictates that for me but the fever you guys talk about gets ya going ,i also hear the price went up to 4dollars in powell river i know theres not alot of pickers out there the spot i go to is usually has i or 2 cars there but i seen none when i drive by! even the ones that hide there cars are not there!wish there was a buyer south of town too costly to have to drive into townand then back out to were i live and tiring after hiking all day ,if they put a guy or gal in a spot buying out there i know more people would go lot of pickers i know dont have a car so even harder for themhave to hold there mushrooms till they can get a ride !help us out shelly !and we will bring them in extra clean to make less work for the person.what do you think?lots of people out here want to pick!


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
10:16:46 AM

Messages

hey ts Andy ... i will spend some time looking at that ... looks like a great site..... are there still lots being picked in your area or are they petering out.... i think its still pretty good here ,,, i work mostly and get out for a wander when i can....good posts cellar and and fungi funguy ..... ger


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time:
04:47:00 AM

Messages

Put up a new link to mushroom pages. http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com The link is also on the top link bar. Later, Matsiman


User_Name:
FUNGI FUNGUY
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
05:20:06 PM

Messages

On a positive note.Being a recreational picker who is not looking to supplement his income,I saved the best buttons and sold the b-grade mushrooms to the buyers.I brought back a basket that I picked myself ,clean and carried well back my home in Calgary.Being a recreational picker,WHO HAS THE FEVER,I am a seasoned picker who agrees with prices this low I would rather give them out free this year,to all my freinds,or anybody who likes mushroooms.In essence creating a market,for years to come. First trip home with mushrooms,some were interested,some were leary,the next trip home I already had freinds and family asking for them.So last time out I saved only the best ones,I call baseball buttons,didn't even get to see many freinds,because I decided to give a call to 5 Japanese restaurants.3 said they would get back to me,2 said to come to the back door,I sold 10 bucks a pound,and they way they scooped them up had me wondering/thinking I sold too low.in googleing pine mushrooms shortly after I came across results saying this particular restaurant just bought some pine mushrooms out there back door.so I call to see what they paid.He replys "got a deal of the century" I ask how much.He has 3 different suppliers number ones-15,2's-12,but has another guy selling ones mixed with all others for 10 a pound. It's not the pickers fault for selling so cheap,I am sure they are as passionate as the rest of us pickers.IF YOU DONT WANT THEM SELLING FOR WHATEVER PRICE,YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR PATCH CLEAN SO THEY DON'T FIND ANY MUSHROOMS, THEY WILL GO HOME SOONER,its more about finding them searching for them,finding the flags and discovering the bumps,its not about price as long as I'm finding a fair amount .If you kept your patch clean your 2 dollar pickers will go home,and hopefully with a little effort you create a local market,one that pays what you ask. PICKERS UNITE-NOT FIGHT BUILD SOME LOCAL MARKETS DANNY


 

User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
09:37:33 AM

Messages

listening to these claims of 100lbs a day over the past years cracks me up. What's that your best day in your life and it's made out like you can do it every day, should be a politician. I would love to see the area you can pick a 100lbs of buttons a day for 4wks, and I live in Terrace so go ahead and tell me about the Nass, lines of people with 100lbs, lines of people is funny enough at these prices. Then of course you get the price arguement, you have to be mentally challenged to think your getting your share anywhere below around $15lb. I've talked directly to Japanese tourists here in Terrace numerous times over the past years and "whysells" prices are the closest to reality, except for maybe TC when he held that small/medium button up a couple years ago and said it was a $12 dollar mushroom, guess he was lying for his own benifit??? dah. It's like your comment on my name Dirtydan, it just makes no sense, specially coming from someone who calls himself dirty dan...


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
08:52:36 AM

Messages

no mushroom dave ... i'm not too familiar with powell river but have visited a few times..... he has been there about 5 yrs and lives at blackpoint .... Ed ..... i believe there is only one station open around here too ... a lot of people stay home here too Dave .... i do go out and try to clean my patches because if a lot of these $2 pickers get in there they tend to be very messy and actually do a lot of damage.... not all but i've sure seen a lot of torn up areas ... even more than usual.... so i sit out with a sign or give them away.... dry them ... whatever ... ed doesn't know powell river much for picking ... he knows this area .... ger


User_Name:
mushroomdave
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
06:41:01 AM

Messages

thanks garf, whos your brother in Powell River, it wouldnt be Dave W?


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
06:12:46 AM

Messages

Re- mushrooms please ts


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
06:06:51 AM

Messages

now here i am thinking again.... it came to me that why should all the pickers that work so hard and do a good job cleaning their mushrooms and weeding out wormies and REPAIRING and treating mother nature with respect not get paid a little more of the pie.... i am thinking ahead to next year and would like to contact a few people from different areas who would consider other options ,, maybe make a little more money for an honest days work and treat THEIR selected pickers( because there is some pickers who there is absolutely no hope for ) with better prices ,, anyhow something has to change .... e-mail me at ger_takeaguess@hotmail.com if you have any interest ... this market place is not unpenetratable .. ger


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time:
05:53:53 AM

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i heard the prices were still at two in pemberton and not sure if they changed in boston bar ..... the guy i usually sell to told me he is getting all of his mushroom from boston bar ,, delivered to vancouver for 6 a lb for 1s .... so i would say the price remains at 2 probably in boston bar .... now my man doesn't speak very clear english but i got that much and i don't know if hes buying off of an independent or a JOE buyer .... but you can figure whoever it is is putting 2 to 3 dollars of every lb into his pocket.... just so you boston bar pickers know that.... and i might add they are supposed to be selling for anywheres from 13 to 20 in vancouver to local markets.... thats all i know....when orientals come to this area they are paying 8 to 10 a lb for buttons from the buyers who pay the pickers 2 .... i have no reason to lie .... full buckets and gl with the prices ... oh and i forgot the korean that i talked to in vancouver told me he moved 800 lbs on wednesday..... now i am going on what they told me so you read what you want out of this information... thats all i can do ger


User_Name:
mushroomdave
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
05:45:20 PM

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WOW pines prices double ( what a joke) there now trying to offer 4.00 lb cause no one wants to pick in PR. for a market thats falling why are buyers begging people to open their stations? did prices go up anywhere else? does anyone know prices in boston bar ?


User_Name:
graceman
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
05:38:10 PM

Messages

whta going on in boston bar area price pick etc


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
01:48:08 PM

Messages

Its really sad to see so many decent, loving people at one anothers throats on this board lately!


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
11:12:09 AM

Messages

Rover,why aren't you on here beaking off about how poor the market is,and how the poor buyers have so much overhead.Could it be that Whysells post left you with mud on your face? :-)


User_Name:
90210
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
09:21:51 AM

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Perhaps someone should set up shop outside of NaviTOUR Vancouver and sell there mushrooms at the bargain price of $80.00 CAD a lb. Only bring top quality small buttons tho. Also hand them a flyer explaining how much Joe is paying his pickers.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
08:54:11 AM

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rover i've never been to nakusp and i've been to the nass and i've seen big payloads come in but honestly i've never ever seen one person bring in 100 lbs of buttons and have never ever seen proof of it either .... but now you've seen what the recent prices for even a niche market mushroom from vancouver's own famous JOE .. do you not feel a little bit like a fool ... or maybe that you get taken for a ride... beleive me i've been to many a mushroom station over the years and never and i repeat EVER saw one individual bring in 100 lbs of buttons from a one days pick .... i'm not saying it never happens because i have probably come close but very very rarely,,,, until then you'll find me in the WOODPILE ..... please respect the land and moss beds and repair where you pick.... so much crap picking going on its unbelieveable.... ger


User_Name:
wild side
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
08:28:14 AM

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an very interesting read "The Golden Spruce" by J. Vaillant.


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time:
07:15:44 AM

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Sure a lot of BS being posted here by naive scabs! The price for pines has been low for several years and most of those years were not anything near a bumper crop. Likewise, I've seen years back when the prices were higher where the prices stayed high even when there were lots of mushrooms. Boo to the scabs AND the buyers who encourage them by staying open with low prices!


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
08:27:05 PM

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Whysell,that's an excellent post,but I don't think Rover or Pickers friend really care.They don't want to know the truth,they'd rather keep thier heads buried in the sand.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
07:30:29 PM

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Rover and pickers friend,explain this.Please note the date. 09/28/2010 http://en.vancouver.keizai.biz/headline/160/ C/P from the article,It is from Canada and dealt at Joe Chung’s Mushroom Ltd in Richmond.More,Price: 1 lb. (about 450 g, 6 to 10 matsutake) = CAD 100 (including shipping cost and taxes), 2 lb. = CAD 170. They can receive matsutake at NaviTOUR Vancouver (need reservation). It will be sold until the middle of October.Note that the prices include shipping AND taxes! It may be a niche market but i think it gives a idea what the true value of our mushrooms are worth.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
06:31:33 PM

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Some correspondence from 2007 from a Japaneze web site.I realize one person is talking retail versus wholesale. I am a matsutake mushroom picker in B.C. Canada.We are getting paid only 2.00 cdn per lb for our product! I feel we are being robbed by the wholesalers.Could someone please tell me what it costs in JAPAN for a lb of imported MATSUTAKE mushrooms?? Thank you! by chill1 .Reply---- 2007/8/30 You are getting rubbed big time for sure. We pay at least 100USD for 100 g, 1/4 lb. of medium quality matsutake here in Japan. You can send your mushrooms directly to me. I'd pay you X10 of what you're getting now and we can both get rich! The web site addy. http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+39789


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
06:15:35 PM

Messages

Rover,I actually think trapping our beautiful animals is discusting,but regardless of how much I disliked my fathers proffesion,he taught me to respect and appreciate the outdoors.This is a portion of your post "So you see it won't be people who love picking and respect nature who will be the demise of the industry, but most likely logging companys,nature,and people who are greedy enough to pick the last of the species for big bucks" I believe that you have called me greedy.So I would assume that your post was directed at all us pickers that would like a fair price.It is very clear to me that you strongly believe picking for low dollars is okay,and I strongly believe that it's not okay.You're not going to change my mind,and I'm not going to change your mind.Let's leave it at that.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
06:13:40 PM

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Who says you need old growth forests for pine mushrooms? I don't know if a person can believe this but....... http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/terracestandard/news/105201994.html


User_Name:
Rover
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
03:37:56 PM

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Tinker as far as I'm concerned it is greedy to expect 12 lb this year in the areas where it has been a bumper crop and poor overseas markets and yes I feel you have been specifically blaming me and I never said you don't repsect nature you misread again.I also grew up in the bush my family has been harvesting sustainably for years . So don't bet to high on your advanced state of knowledge.Don't get started on trapping as killing animals for their skins isn't to respectful in my opinion.Ger haven't you ever been to the nass or nakusp on bumper years and even medium yrs there are loads of people with 100lbs and more they are standing in line ups at the buying stations .Prices were fair last year 8-14lb some people picking lots.And yes it does take care ,respect and time to pick 100lbs of course you can tell some one has been there it's hard not to disturb the ground to much when they are like buns but you fill the holes back in and tamp it down they grow in the exact spot again when conditions favor a good crop .Sorry I don't have a camera but you should be able to ask some of your buyers that you know if they have been on the circuit it would be nothing unusual to see people bring in 100lbs.on a good year.


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
02:19:59 PM

Messages

Rover,are you not judging us?Calling us greedy simply because we want fair pay.You act as though I'm blaming you specificly,as if one person could kill the industry! As to your comment about me not respecting nature...well,you know what you can do!! My father was a trapper,so I basicly grew up in the bush,I would bet that I have a hell of a lot more respect and knowledge then you would ever hope to have.Pickers Friend,I doubt that one picker could do a hundred pounds of ones a day.Perhaps it has been a bumper year in some areas but,what was the reason for low prices the last several years??


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
01:45:24 PM

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please oh pleas just one of you post a picture of your 100 lbs or so of mushrooms you claim to pick and make a fair living... anywhere ... facebook then put up pictures of the area you just picked that 100 lbs outta ..... no clues as to the whereabouts ... just the great care you would take to repair the ground after yourself because as you said its not pickers like you who would be the demise ..... its a mute argument but having picked for 30 yrs or more i can tell you that its very difficult to repair the ground properly picking 50 lbs.... case closed on that one ... i don't care what anyone says to that because i know ... it takes great care and respect ....and TIMEEEEE ger


User_Name:
rover
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
12:53:18 PM

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Tinker this is a dying industry while you sit and blame me for low prices and lining the big boys pockets.Patches are being logged or ribboned for logging it will only be a handfull of years before most of canada has no commercial patches also global warming and wildfires will have an impact so you are making a mute point things will never be the same.I hate to see the price of the last remaining matsutake's I'm sure it will be high will you pick then I for one won't but would like to protect them from all picking and have them put on the endangered species list.So you see it won't be people who love picking and respect nature who will be the demise of the industry but most likley logging companies ,nature and people who are greedy enough to pick the last of the species for big bucks.Anyway the season is winding down I've had a few days off but will pick a few more days and then move on to greens and salal .I like the post of a pickers friend I think it's a good idea for people to be more educated on what the buying companies have to deal with their overhead ,markets etc maybe then you can see a bigger picture beyond your own pockets.Happy trails .


User_Name:
pickers friend
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
12:11:53 PM

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Some areas have bumper crops this year there are a lot of mushrooms.Some of you would like 12 a lb well if you pick 100lbs you would be making 1200 a day I'd call that greedy if you don't want to pick for 2-3 alb and make 2-3 hundred a day then don't .But why are you so against other people picking when they are working hard and making a pretty good living not many jobs pay that much .Especially when you are your own boss work when you want get to enjoy the outdoors and love the lifestyle .The rest of you have decided you will only pick at a certain price and thats fine but you are the minority the majority aren't even on the computer they are out picking .I doubt to many pickers are even on this board because when they try to voice an opinion they are called names and deal with racist remarks.That isn't an intelligent way to try and communicate with people who you would think have a common bond .So please educate yourselves on the mushroom business it is a supply and demand and this year the markets are worse than ever a mushroom company has a lot of overhead they aren't going to buy mushrooms at a high price if they have no markets .Just because people have different opinions doesn't mean you have to jump to conclusions about who they are there are a lot of great people who are picking mushrooms and doing okay they aren't losers or scabs or desperate but decent hard working people.And so are mexicans.asians russsians and all races we are all related.Peace


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
10:48:48 AM

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You are absolutly right,dirty dan,the writing was on the wall years ago.Unfortunately,the odds getting people to quit picking for low prices,is like the odds of winning the lottery.For the life of me,I just can't wrap my mind around why people continue to pick for these prices.There are a lot of "Rovers" out there.These people will ensure the demise of the industry.


User_Name:
dirty Dan
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
10:45:52 AM

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Oh! by the way. It is obvious why you call yourself .Cellar


User_Name:
dirty Dan
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
09:37:59 AM

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Twenty years ago you could see the signs of today.The buyers were trying to nagotiate at set prices. They have finally learned it is in their best interest to get along.This way they can give us pickers the shaft.It has been leading to this for years.Some of us have been preparing ourselves as well for this.There are other ways to get the price we want for our mushrooms. Myself; I may not make as much money as before. Each year it is getting better and I am not lining someones pockets while I bust my back.I can feel good about each dollar I make.The same as the big buyers had to work out their differences, We as picker have to learn to do the same thing.When we achieve this(if possible)Then;we can start to get somewhere and not before.Working together has much strength.We see it with the Big Buyers.They have shown us.They had to bend and they have.That is why they are Buyers and we are pickers in the first place.Forget about this World market B S. Face reallity not excuses.


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
07:14:22 AM

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Garf your banging your head against the wall. There's no use arguing with scabs and there never has been. Making good money on pines this year, that is hilarious. Trying to make out that people that want their fair pctg of market price are greedy is and always has been the scabs argument. If you won't pick for scab wages your not a picker, no your not a scab. These types learn after a few years that it really doesn't pay to pick at scab wages and they move on, of course another scab waits in the woods to give it a try for a few more years. You can tell just watching this board as they make their argument and then disappear after a few seasons.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:
05:56:12 AM

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if thursday is the last day for buyers for the Cartel all i can say to that is hip hip horayyyyy ... lol good riddance ,,, maybe keep some of these professional $2 per lb pickers at home .... if they have gas money to get home..... and save the patches from the trashing they must get from this swarm of locusts ... ...


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
10:43:43 PM

Messages

Your as little as as you think, Keep on thinking like this and it will be your answer!


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
10:36:43 PM

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just how many lbs approximately are you getting a day rover .... ???


User_Name:
marceber
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
08:12:50 PM

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I'm looking for some reliable pickers/buyers. If interested call 647 701-9453 Marc


User_Name:
fcpten
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
07:49:33 PM

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I have located chaga, will not remove them until someone is interested for purchase I live in Alaska you can reach me at fpolizzi54@gmail.com


User_Name:
marceber
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
07:48:32 PM

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I'm looking for some reliable pickers/buyers. If interested call 647 701-9453 Marc


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
05:26:44 PM

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I think that tinker and many others realize that things will never be the same.We all realize that. All we are asking for is a reasonable return on the costs involved. There is nothing "greedy" about 10 or twelve dollars a pound! And if you read "me's" post you will see the obvious difference in the amount other natural resources have dropped in price compared to pine mushrooms. Even his examples show a much smaller drop in prices than the matsutake price change. It makes for a poor comparison.


User_Name:
Hardwalk
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
03:28:50 PM

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Correction-Thursday will be the last day for all the buyers-


User_Name:
bulletcatcher
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
03:24:38 PM

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hi i feel sorry 4 all the mat pickers with the dummb prices there 2 b sumthing done about this mess lets all qiut pickin 4 a long time sir people need money its gettin worse every year this is canada not korena not sum country wer u work 4 nothing or sum 1 this is very sad com on sum 1 do sumthing


User_Name:
hardwalk
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
03:17:29 PM

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Heard the North will be all shut down by Saturday-anyone hear different?


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
02:46:58 PM

Messages

Rover,I stand corrected on my "whine" comment.You don't appear to be whining about the price,it seems as though you'd be happy with whatever price you get.This brings me back to the whole point...why would the cartel pay a fair wage when there's people like yourself that are willing to pick for next to nothing???Further more,don't put words into my mouth,you mentioned 20 a pound,not me.I would be happy with 12 a pound.If you call that greedy,then I guess I am!


User_Name:
Rover
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
02:11:09 PM

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Tinker reread the posts and don't put words in my mouth I'm not the one whining it's all you guys that are going on about the big boys ripping you off and blaming pickers for the low prices that have been whining and of course I understand about opening prices being bait to get people out .People who believe the cartel is out to screw them DON'T PICK the rest of us are making a living doing this we try to find private markets and do find some to make more money but with the amount of volume out there you have to sell some to the big companies.It's still worthwhile and I've made good money this year starting with morels and now pines .Some years when it's been 30lb I haven't even made a third of this year because of poor crops.I don't know how much you expect to make a day or through a season but you seem to have the greed factor you won't see really high prices again unless there are no mushrooms to be found .Anyway can't seem to get any where with this discussion except for being personally blamed for the whole mushroom industry and poor markets and economies so I will keep enjoying my lifestyle as a picker and you can DREAM about your 20lb you hope to see one day when all us pickers quit.


User_Name:
Me
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
12:13:33 PM

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its the world markets People!!!!! Its not the big gurus here that are trying to scam people. The demand is about the same as it was, and as the world populations grow so does the demand for food. Any one that tells you the demand is down is lying to you. It all has to do with supply and demand. Ever since the borders opened more countries are supplying the world with mushroom and so the supply now out weighs the demand. All these countries are now competing with one another and unfortunately when there is more supply then demand the price drops and may continue to drop. You need to think on the global scale and not just locally because that is were most of these mushrooms go. Sure the price has dropped locally too, that's just because the locals are also taking advantage of the price drop. Its not just Mushrooms that have gone down in price, other non-timber forest products has as well. For example: Salal $.60 for tips when I have seen the price at $1.10. Bows I have seen at $0.35/lb for 30 inches and now they are at $0.25/lb for 18 inches. Wild berries I have seen at $6/lb and last year they were are $2/lb or less and we all know how big a wild berry is. So there you have it, I don't believe the Joe's are controlling all of the non-timber forest products. do you? It has all come down in price. I blame part of it on the American economy but mostly because the borders opened. Think about it people, if the demand was higher then the supply then of course they would pay more in an effort to fill the demand. You people just need some one to blame...... unfortunately that's human nature.....Oh Well...... if you need to blame some one, well then blame the global leaders, not business.


User_Name:
Dirty Dan
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
11:09:10 AM

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I agree with you Tinker just about all of us that use this mess. board know what we are facing at present, So, if we choose to complain about what we got ourselves in for" We have only ourselves to blame. "And everyone else can laugh" Dirty Dan


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
10:52:08 AM

Messages

Rover,if you can make a living at those prices you must be one hell of a picker!You are right when you say that I've wasted money on scouting over the years.That's something I certainly wouldn't consider now.I think you're not looking at the big picture.If pickers continue to pick for low prices,why on earth would the cartel pay more??? All you will ever do is DREAM about 20 a pound,so please,keep picking,but don't whine about the prices you get.If you really have picked for thirty years,surely you must know that the prices at the beginning of the season is simply bait to get the pickers out there.I don't wish you, or the other pickers any ill will.I actually feel sorry for anybody that could be so desperate.


User_Name:
Me
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
10:46:49 AM

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Hi every one. Does any one want or know of some one who wants dried mushrooms? We have been drying like crazy. They are quality, picked and dried the same day. Please e-mail me at diamondincnd@yahoo.com Thank you.


User_Name:
rover
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
09:37:59 AM

Messages

Picking mushrooms for a living is not a guarenteed income most people know that it's always a gamble there are many variables when the price is high you still might only make 100$ or less you never know everyday is a treasure hunt.Even tinker has scouted and spent money on gas and not made any money we all have even when the price is high .You are all so quick to judge others and accuse them of being the cause of economic depressions .But sounds like you all have jobs and aren't mushroom pickers anyway.You twist peoples comments to suit your own opinions .When I said 100$ a day is okay that was an example I never said I picked 100lbs and sold for 1$ I actually got 3$ a lb.There are hundreds of pickers out there who have to pick they were hoping to have a good crop and good prices and do something they love when we left here prices were at 20lb .We all new that when the crop started coming prices would drop but who knew how low.Well there we are sitting out in our camp and you dictate that we shouldn't pick and are to blame for everything.Well to bad we have invested money to get here and have to earn a living.So good luck to all the pickers and to all the non pickers please don't be so judgemental


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
08:17:50 AM

Messages

Well said rainbow worrior.


User_Name:
Rainbow Warrior
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
08:12:10 AM

Messages

well all I can say is I'm sure glad I have a job and am not relying on mushroom prices to put food on my table. I would never be happy with a hundred dollars a day for 100 lbs of matsi ...... It's a NO BRAINER last week I ate pines every day and this week also and the 6 baskets I picked on sunday went fast as I GAVE them to friends and family, everyone on the REZ got a full bag on monday and I got to see many smiling faces!! To sell for $1/lb you are not part of the problem you ARE the problem. Full buckets to all and have a great day :)


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
07:20:35 AM

Messages

not trying to be rude or anything its just that i've been there and seen it all happen.... right now i have a few lbs in my fridge that i won't sell because right this minute i don't have a buyer but i'm working on it and until then you will find me IN THE WOODPILE.... so anyone in vancouver want de beautiful buttons that i have carefully hidden let me know ... ger_takeaguess@hotmail.com ..... re mushrooms or still fishing


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time:
07:13:35 AM

Messages

ok ... like i told you i personally know buyers and they don't get 25 or 50 cents ... they get $2 minimum and if some orientals come by that want mushrooms they sell them out their back door... this is very true and i've watched them do it many times... so pay 2 and sell for what they can squeese the buyer at the station for ...... this year usually nine or ten ... then the joes are the safety valve for any access .... so the station buyer makes anywhere from $2 for the ones they turn into the cartel to 7 or 8 for the ones they sell out the back door....... tell me again i don't know ,,, i don't care really cause i've been there


User_Name:
rob
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
10:51:04 PM

Messages

well unfortunately the patch is being logged off as well. if it aint one thing its another. love the way forestry has targeted all the mushroom ground over the last 30 years. loggers are still making 300/day running equipment through the matsies lol.


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
05:29:35 PM

Messages

Rover,a hundred bucks a day may be okay with you,but for most of us it's not.By the time you pay gas,and the wear and tear on your vehicle,your not making anything.I was a serious picker for many years,but common sence made me quit.Nobody loved the lifestyle more than me,but be damned if I'm going to line the pockets of the big boys!It's people like yourself that have totally ruined the industry.I sure hope that you'll be happy with 50 cents a pound,because that's where the price will be in the future,thanks to people like you.


User_Name:
DShroom
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
05:14:39 PM

Messages

Dear Rover: You are full of soup! I know what I have seen with my own eyes. It is true the market is not what it was--but I think buying tons of bad product surely did not help things. And there are markets that still pay top price for quality. I know some people who read this board are making more. No more excuses. Fewer illegals; fewer poor products; more honest marketing. Maybe things will never be great again, but we all don't have to give up and take the gaspipe!


User_Name:
ernestwadsworth@charter.net
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
01:59:54 PM

Messages

markets low so if people would pick and sell we might be able to get the prices up a little! the hispanic pick all for any price and they pull the whole mushroom so there ruining the fields! some mushrooms have sporses and some don't! lets do away with ileagal pickers before they ruin it for ur leagal pickers!


User_Name:
rover
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
01:14:29 PM

Messages

Thats the point 48$ a lb in japan is very low not high.A lot of buyers can't afford to open for the low commissions and ger it is only this year comissions have gone this low 50c for 1's and 25c for 2's and 3's most aren't even buying flags there are no markets companies are shutting down.It only takes 1 person to buy 500lbs they don't need a helper and they are cleaned at the warehouse there are people hired to do that who are probably out of work as well .I have been in the business for 30 yrs and I really don't think anyone on this board are serious pickers just recreational when they think they can make the big bucks but some of us are invested in this job travelling the circuit and even 100$ a day is okay it is what it is.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
08:05:51 AM

Messages

Rover, I am curious;if the markets are flooded,why are the prices still high in Japan? According to a previous poster prices in Japan on October 8 were around 8500 yen per kilogram. This works out to be about $107.23 a kilogram or $48.00 a pound.Also according to him these are Canadian mushrooms,which usually do not bring top dollar.I also do not believe that buyers are only getting .25 a pound.


User_Name:
jjjj
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
05:30:10 AM

Messages

well said garf


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time:
05:05:25 AM

Messages

if you believe the buyers comission is .25 cents a lb so be it ,,, but personally knowing a few buyers they tell me different so why is that??? and try this on for size ... all buyers don't take in huge volumes so say even 500 lbs at 25cents a lb ... well there you have $125 then most have a helper maybe two and a lot of people bring in dirty mushrooms these days with the prices so low ,,, seen them lots of times ... disgustingly dirty... it takes a long time to clean them... do you really think they do all this for .25 cents an hr.... not likely and according to the buyers i know ... thats not true at all.... believe what you want but i don't believe that.... anyhow believe anything you want at this point there is no point .... trying to make you feel better by making you feel like you're only getting shafted twice instead of three times ... whats the point? ger


User_Name:
mountainflattops
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
10:46:41 PM

Messages

good post Rover if Iwould of made $2 alb when I was buying Id be driving a CADDY NOW also more countries are in the game now what do you supose the pickers in eastern russia are getting per lb I doubt it is even close to $1 thats my two bits worth times are changing markets are changing and a pine that tests good at the buying station is often wormy 2 days later at the warehouse so is tossed in the garbage at the brokers expence


User_Name:
Madmazel
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
06:05:02 PM

Messages

Why do you people keep picking at a low price's?. you all need to stop and try really hard to get other's to do the same!. you all knew that the price's where going to be bad so why pick. I have read your post, year after year after year and when well you all learn that the more you pick the more they drop the price's. sorry to say this but it's the game we play in hope's that the price well go up, has it do so?and before you post here thank about what you are doing to keep the buyer's rich!. I do pick but I have found way's to sale for a better price and I don't make a lot but I make the same as most of you are making but pick less.


User_Name:
Rover
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
05:33:23 PM

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I wish people on here could understand the mushroom business better markets are flooded the companies can't sell any right now things are changing in japan and matsutake mushrooms aren;t the status symbol they once were the generation that once appreciated them and paid big money for them are almost gone.It's not a conspiracy by the cartel to rip pickers off as a lot of people think.Be thankfull of years past when they were able to move large volumes and provided a lot of people with a job.Dshroom you are wrong about buying commissions they haven't been 2 since 1980 and always go down low according to price and are now at 25 cents.Happy trails to all the hard working pickers who depend on mushroom income .


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
01:57:15 PM

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Time to move on. People will not stop picking and selling at these too Low prices. Its sad to to see that this industry is screwing the Picker over so bad. Do what you can to get th prices up... But the buyers know people will always sell at these prices. Sigh... I loved being out there and still get out there when I can. I will not pick the mushrooms though. I went back to school and now have a full time job now. It is up to the individual. Keep it simple. Quit whinning, or Quit picking. To you all still picking... I feel for you. Stay safe and Good Luck. Just my oppinion, Take it as you will.


User_Name:
DShroom
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
12:05:47 PM

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I happen to know that many matsi buyers get two or three dollars a pound. In fact I personally know of one setup where the sub-buyer gets two, his helper one, and the senior buyer three. Where does that leave the picker? Nibbled to death by ducks. Fewer middlemen are needed!


User_Name:
SmurfMother
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
12:02:06 PM

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I think the industry has to be reconstituted from the bottom up. No picking for low, low money as it does not pay, except for those on the permanent dole. We will just have to pick out the crop early and deal only with the most honest buyers. A clean crop should warrant extra money for one thing and that requires work. Not everyone is dedicated and will not have time....but those who can might rebuild the reputation of our crops. There is no real reason why horseshit mushrooms that have been found to cause cancer should go for more money than a healthy organic product.


User_Name:
powell river picker
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
11:16:10 AM

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2 dollars for number 1sand 50cents for 2s at shellys in powell river first and last time i went out picking. maybe next year my husband says your not burning all my gas up for nothing!oh well!


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
09:56:08 AM

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Why do people keep asking what the price is? Read some of the posts, obviously it won't be any higher than $2 so why even wonder? Surely you're not going to pick for that? If you do then you're the problem, you're why the price is so low. And as long as you pick for $2 it'll stay at $2!


User_Name:
jumbocat
Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Time:
09:01:35 AM

Messages

Prices anyone? -Vancouver Island.


User_Name:
bill
Date:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:
07:55:47 PM

Messages

any know the prices at shelleys in powell river?


User_Name:
DShroom
Date:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:
04:43:35 PM

Messages

Grizwell and Zed: Way to go, guys! Heck, some year get your buddies out and beat out the crews. Have a local mushroom festival and give prizes out for recipes, artwork, prints, etc. Trade them, dry them, pickle them, help the poor.....A little good publicity and some honest buyers, who knows?


User_Name:
horace Sheffield
Date:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:
03:21:41 AM

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hey daddy in WA-I haven't been on the site since the spring-had a great morel year in Montana (living here now), and it was a banner year in AZ for white kings and the higher elevation kings, (reddish brown, Southern Rockies variety). You can find Matsies on the west side in 50 to100 year old Doug Fir, second growth, where an ash layer from a past volcanic eruption has been disturbed and is exposed to the ground surface (usually old roads, sometimes blowdowns)....there are many microclimate conditions to the south into Ca that are even more obscure and unusual-I am going to be checking spots around 2000 ft. next week in the middle of the range


User_Name:
JR
Date:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:
12:28:24 AM

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Sad times hehe, my partner and I got booted from The store in Boston Bar today for bringing my own digital scale. So what, I dont trust old spring scales were you cant see your poundage. It's the twenith century. buyers use normal scales. This was after I painfully watched relatives of mine get ripped off, with a very unreasonable grade. Most buttons are going in as 2's The prices are low as it is. I took my four baskets and I'm giving them away. I'm happy they are open but wow don't disrespect my people.


User_Name:
sojess
Date:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:
04:37:13 PM

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crestent lake 10 16 2010. 2/lb#1s most asians leaving. went out today just to scott lots out there prices will go up soon not much. 40% 1s still tons of 3s 4s 5s get ready $$$ to be made


User_Name:
Bill
Date:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:
12:48:33 PM

Messages

Anyone know what shelly is paying for pines in Powell? And chants?


User_Name:
chipperman
Date:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:
12:13:06 PM

Messages

how much are the pines today are they still a buck a pound.


User_Name:
mountainmama
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
10:31:41 PM

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evening all. i am sitting here with freinds that have picked the mushroom for their price,under the windy conditions here in the nass the rain here in the nass and for what a whole 1 for god sakes.....and the season is comming to an end...but they can still smile about it cause freinds get together and remanissing about good old times and what is was like..lol u still wont bring them down matsiman...............tc all night now


User_Name:
Grizwall
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
05:31:41 PM

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Picked during the good years,quit when things starting falling apart....sounds like it is still falling apart-5 years clean-miss the picking but can't afford to do it now,and life is about change and cycles,maybe people stop supporting the greed the cycle will come back in favor of a decent dollar for the hard working and experienced Pine Pickers,who know how to protect the bush and bring the sacred shroom to market...I'll check back in a few years and see if things have changed any....try something else for awhile is what I suggest to anyone who is looking for more then the pleasure of walking in the bush...I have a job that pays me well to do that ..........and I can still pick a few shrooms for my own use. Tc all


User_Name:
zed
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
03:04:08 PM

Messages

Wanderchris you have it right. i have only sold 1 load of chantrelle this year to a buyer... the rest i have found small local markets, friends.... given many pounds away... i am getting people interested in them.... sharing recipes.... i may even try a farm market if i get any volume. pines are a little more tricky.... just starting in my area.... no real local market..... anyone in victoria or vancouver interested in a marketing arrangement? zed


User_Name:
wanderChris 'the long winded'
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
11:08:46 AM

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What day is today? I don't know, just coming out after 4 or 5 weeks of picking around the nass valley. My little 'vacation' this year as it looks. Truthfully I didn't make what I spent though I did subsidize a large portion of the lifestyle. I am proud to say that I did not sell a single pine to a buying station, and although my own pickings but a trickle I also didn't sell a pound of pine for less than $10. Just a few one time local sales put together here and there, as much time hunting leads as hunting pines. Another positive experience none-the-less. Met a bunch of great people. I work in the 'bush' year round but its rare that I get to spend so much time in the forest. I especially cultivated an interest in all edible wild food fungi this year and ate like a gourmet every night. This past month I've collected and eaten pines, chanterelles, boletes, shaggy manes, hedgehogs, puffballs, cauliflowers, lobster, bear's tooth, orange peel, toothed jelly and even know how delicious and safe fly agarics are if cooked properly to remove toxins (3X boiling wash method then saute). Last week I decided one day it was time to pack it in and that night hit the road for vancouver island. I had a dozen pounds of cauliflower and hedgehog, including one 3.5lb cauli so big you needed two arms to cradle. I had near 30lbs of pine, some my own, some from a buddy (we squared at $5/lb) and a some I bought from a buying station for 2/lb (they were paying $1.5) and really for that, why bother picking them yourself if you just want a quick clean pile. I was tempted to drop a few dollars and really load up, but I was heading out right there with no notice to myself. I feel like a real jackass but the combination of 18 hours of travelling and watching over $200 dollars in gas burn and I took an offer to sell my cauliflowers and hedgehogs at $3/lb to a roadside buying station (my only station sale this season...) in some town before Hope. WTF was I thinking?! after bringing them that far not to roll with them into the city. But I was more going to see about a girl than to sling fungi and only wanted to pay for some gas. B-lined through Vancouver to the gulf islands in time for thanksgiving and wasn't able to stop and flog my pines until tuesday in Victoria (I had left the nass on friday night). By then I had lost a good third to culls but got to cook with a good pile and tried freezing some cleaned and diced. STill it only took 4 calls to find a buyer for my small load. I seem to have less luck with restaurants but use google to find health food stores or small produce markets as better leads. As a local market note. I've now seen chanterelles for sale in grocery stores around here for $12/lb for the nastiest looking measley things you've ever seen. I question their fit for human consumption. A third store had better chanties at $4.99/100grams ($22/lb) but still their best mushroom was by far worse than the ugliest chantie I may have flipped in Smithers this year. That store also had pines for $7.99/100 grams ($36/lb) but for mixed grade 1-5 few buttons and including some of the nastiest mouldy, brown and broken pines mixed in. With little exaggeration it looked like a buyers discard pile. I almost wanted to raise hell with the produce manager for offering such a product to the public as it only makes it more difficult for the rest of us, (and we have enough problems making it difficult for ourselves). My final two cents (?). Pickers can't/won't stop picking, fair enough. My advice, either sell them dear or gift them free. That's the only way they maintain value. Glory days? before my time, people should stop crying about no access to asia and focus on building domestic interest and demand and educating the consumer is the first step. Don't stomp them eat them! Spread them around, be creative, I don't know, get your neighbors eating fresh pine mushrooms, donate them to a sports team and let them flog them door to door to raise funds (kids can get away with anything) but less than $10/lb, than surely don't sell them (and argueably this number is too low). If I buy those white poop mushrooms from the grocery store to eat, I'm usually paying $6/lb how could I dare part with a pine for less than 10? If you don't like to eat mushrooms yourself, then I would strongly argue for you to not pick mushrooms. Also, if you can't afford food than you shouldn't go mushroom picking.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
09:43:39 AM

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hide and seek, I realize that certain folks need a excuse to enjoy the outdoors.But in the rural areas with dim employment prospects you will most likely find people who enjoy the picking but more importantly they need the money to supplement there limited income.


User_Name:
hide and seek
Date:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time:
07:56:32 AM

Messages

for the love of the hunt , small $ shows who loves this . i still been eatin em!!!!!!!!!!! finding a beautiful #1 still sooths my soul.


User_Name:
treeguy
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
07:01:06 PM

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i like small foots idea,the wife already thinks im sick...:) we seem to take more pics that we pick shrooms lately anyways so wheres the harm?.already planned on takin pictures of the first pines we found together,considering the prices might as well just take pictures n eat the darn things


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
06:36:29 PM

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Actually the pines grow fantastic on the west side of the Cascades around 2000 feet, look around Mt Baker on south and west slopes! I hope you find them Daddy in WA!


User_Name:
shroomertom
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
05:51:01 PM

Messages

Hey, maybe it's the way we're looking at things. Now, if we put on a "company" pair of glasses, here's what we'd see: Matsi coming up in gushers from Canada through South America. Tidal waves of them from Randle, Packwood, Crescent Lake, Chemult, Prospect, Powers, Cave Junction and Brookings! People cannot walk the dunes due to millions of slippery buttons a poppin'...


User_Name:
jumbocat
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
04:13:11 PM

Messages

it's simple- DONT PICK!!!!! This is my 3rd year out.


User_Name:
small foot
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
03:44:41 PM

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after 20 yrs. of buying & picking pines. the wife & myself decided it was going the wrong way. 2 yrs ago we quit buying & weaned ourselves of the picking. it wasn't easy, but it can be done. next year we plan to open a detox center for the pickers. we know some fantastic patches. we will take out groups of 6 to 10 for a look & don't touch, pictures only.it can be done.. p.s. no charge. we will post more reasons to get out in the following days. we have seen it all and we will share.


User_Name:
interested
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
02:37:31 PM

Messages

So - I've got a friend who imports and markets random stuff into Japan and we're taking a shot at pine mushrooms from BC. Anyone on here have first hand knowledge of what obstacles might be thrown our way?


User_Name:
Daddy in Wa
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
12:05:58 PM

Messages

Howdy all, The way the board has been these days I don't know that helping hobbyists is important anymore, but I thought I'd give it a try. Never have been able to find any matsutake, and I'd like to cross it off my list for this year. I'm up right on the BC border in Washington state, and am wondering if elevation is a factor for finding these guys. I'm also wondering if they are similar to morels and you typically don't find them on the West side of the Cascades. I have a fairly local place in mind, but I don't know that the elevation is high enough. If you are feeling private about the information you give me, you could also email me at coffeybusinessatmedotcom Thanks. Daddy in Wa


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
11:25:53 AM

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On our way down from the mountains we stopped by the Cougar store below Mt St Helens and there was one buyer trying to buy at $1.00 a lb. Need less to say he had no mushrooms! We've found a little niche of our own selling to Koreans at their church! Good luck everyone!


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
06:55:08 AM

Messages

excellent idea bcboy69, I wouldn't post it again.... still had a woman just yesterday stealing my pines, but I just laughed, she was SOAKED to the bone and carrying maybe 10lbs of mine and my neighbors shrooms, go buy some better rain gear. The majority of buyers in the Terrace area have given up over the past 5yrs or so but a few new ones always pop up, but in general there is still fewer than before, but of course only about 5% of the pickers left. I wish everyone from the Joe to the buyer to the picker the very worst seasons until the coin is divided up a little more evenly, make that a lot more evenly.


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
05:52:35 AM

Messages

Thanks to our latest contributor, John Chun.

Later, Matsiman


User_Name:
farmer john
Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
12:13:26 AM

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If you market to the tourists make a sign w the japanese symbol for matsi. Package them sweetly for transport. 20 Bucks a button, theyll think theyre getting a steal and youll make off like a bandit. Good luck!


User_Name:
kootenaywrx
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
09:48:42 PM

Messages

bcboy 69 . Great Idea, I was thinking the same. LOL. Iam not far from there.


User_Name:
nanc
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
08:34:59 PM

Messages

NancR there any buyers on st.helens.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
06:37:48 PM

Messages

I too also saw the pathetic look of desperation at a depot a couple of hours ago.One car, three people. and about a hundred and twenty dollars worth of mushrooms. Gone are the days of laughter and crowds. Sad. Even the immigrants picking produce are making more than the locals.Price was $2.00 a pound. One can only hope that karma,will wake the Joe's up one day.


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
04:47:54 PM

Messages

Can't believe there are people still picking out there.


User_Name:
mountainmama
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
04:18:29 PM

Messages

hey all,well just got bk frm the depot.who me pick!!!not a chance i go to visit the poor suckers that do go out, and try and incourage them to stop before they get numonia for a buck.lol.....tc but some of them r freinds and its sad to see what they r putting them self through for another person holidays. for a dollar, ill get through to them yet...tc all


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
12:45:09 PM

Messages

Cellar,25 cents a pound to the buyer is pretty hard to swallow,and it probably is a bunch of bs,although nothing would suprise me! BC boy,way to go bud,you've got the right idea. :-)


User_Name:
bcboy 69
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
11:14:14 AM

Messages

gonna pick my pines and got to banff and sit on the side of the road and sell them out of the back of my truck to the bus loads of japanese tourists that visit banff the buyers can kiss my ass lol peace:)


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
10:59:55 AM

Messages

Some buyers won't open because to do so merely encourages the trend of lower prices. Plus who wants to put up with angry pickers smashing buttons on your doorstep in protest? Kudo's to those who remain closed until such time as they can offer a decent wage to their pickers!


User_Name:
powell river picker
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
09:52:52 AM

Messages

maybe the buyers are not making much this year is there only one buyer in powell river?somebody said are pines are too wormy?i guess we shouldnt bother picking them? number ones? wormy?


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
08:04:59 AM

Messages

Why is a #1 worth so much more than a #5 even though they taste about the same? It's because of the cultural believes of the Asians. They believe the #1's represent newness and youth and its all spiritual and ying and yangish. Speaking of ying and yang, we've had out ying days of $20 - $50 a lb. Remember how easy it was to make hundreds of dollars for a walk in the woods? No one complained then! Back then it seemed to me that someone somewhere was paying the price and getting ripped off and it certainly wasn't me. It all seemed just a little too easy. Well it looks like the yang days have caught up to us, we're the ones getting ripped off now so hang on to your memories of those lucrative days guys, it's all we have left!


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
07:02:52 AM

Messages

it stuns me that some still seem to try to make the arguement that the price is linked to supply and demand rather than greedy exporters and buyers(who are making much less), but still making decent money. If you listen to anything Frenchy has to say you'd be even dumber than you are lining up at his station. Come on people, the price of domestic mushrooms is 3x that of pines and they can grow as many as they want year round. Having said that and read Garfs and numerous other posts over the last 7yrs all pointing out the blatantly obvious, I realize there is zero chance of pickers ever developing a unified brain.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:
03:47:29 AM

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as i have said in the past so many times i have lost count ... its silly to sell at low prices to make these people that already have lots of money more money .... they are greedy and you are feeding their greed.... ok nuf said on that .... as for the gerry thing it seems there is two sides to every story so why even bother arguing about it on here...do e-mails ...... i do hope that people just enjoy the woods and if the price is to low ,,, just enjoy the woods.... until i find a market ... i pick a few for friends and neighbours and any traveling people that want to buy off of me ..... maybe pickers should all get together in an area like say boston bar and sit together with their wares and sell them to the highest buyer.... then if they don't sell ,,, don't pick the next day and go back with the same mushrooms and do the same thing ..... if noone will buy them by the 3rd day or so give them away and stay home because obviously noone wants them.... better than wasting time picking for a buck or 2 a lb.... for ones ..... as for buyers getting >25 cents a lb.... i'll call bs on that one......if they buy for the cartel for long enough 2 minumum maybe 3 ..... i talk to a buyer all the time.... i'm not whining as i do just fine ,,,, i just wish everyone else the best ... full buckets


User_Name:
kootenaywrx
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
10:34:20 PM

Messages

“Being too greedy will cause one to be poor” "No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy - unless you let him."


User_Name:
zed
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
09:02:49 PM

Messages

cranberry, my e-mail is tzabo@shaw.ca. thanks.


User_Name:
zed
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
09:00:29 PM

Messages

cranberry i tried your e-mail and came back not delivered.... mushrooms@canada.com. let me know if this is not correct. thanks.


User_Name:
Alvin
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
08:49:09 PM

Messages

ChuckInKamloops...You sold me mushrooms the year i bought for Gerry. I bought 23000lb of shrooms for him and worked countless hours doing other things for him for $10 per hour. I tell it like it is...period. Its not slander its fact. I don`t have a problem putting my real name on here, but it sounds like hes done it to a few other people. Do the math and you`ll see part of what he STILL owes me. 23000lb x .25 . I didn`t get paid for all the hours never mind the mushrooms. If you would like a list of all he owes me just let me know...no problem, but the last thing i want to hear is the man is honest because I know for a fact its not true. By the way...its good to hear you`re still around


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
06:33:46 PM

Messages

Three years ago someone laughed at me when I suggested that buyers would soon be recieving 10 cents a pound for the mushrooms they purchase.If what Frenchie said is true,and he is only getting 25 cents a pound,I would imagine that in a few more years it could be ten cents.I just sit here and shake my head.Why on gods green earth would pickers and buyers work for such a small amount of money?How insulting!People...you would be better off pumping gas!I heard that there were smashed mushrooms all over the buying station in Boston Bar,this tactic will get you no where.Try staying home.I have said over and over,the buyers and pickers need to stick together.If this happened,it would bring the cartel to thier knees!


User_Name:
farmer john
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
06:21:18 PM

Messages

This is just like what has happened in every other piece work industry. 10 Years ago i could make 500 a day or better installing security or sat tv systems. Now i wont even start my truck. Same w framing, roofing and siding. Hell if cali legalises ganja we wont make any money off that any more. It really comes down to finding and keeping your own market if you want to make any. And ill not even get into what 3rd world migrants have done to the trades. Good luck. Hey ot but any one ever seen a sasquatch? Thats paydirt if you bring in the hairy beast!


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
06:07:52 PM

Messages

Chuck in Kamloops,you nailed it,well done!


User_Name:
my 25 cents worth
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
04:35:10 PM

Messages

Check out the Terrace Daily and read what frenchy has to say about the mush and his 25Cents


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
03:23:56 PM

Messages

I have had many Buyers go above and beyond to help me out if I ever needed. There is good and bad in every group of people and I would prefer to believe that most people are there to do good. The industry is going through many changes and not for the better. Slandering a buyer or anyone else for that matter only makes you look bad in the end. Business is business in any field with mushroom picking being no different. If people are willing to pick for nothing why would you pay them more than you had to? The truth may be tough to swallow but the situation is what it is. To those who are in the game because they feel they have no other means I do feel for you and hope that living in poverty helps you make better choices that help the price go back up so you can make a living at doing what we all love to do. Picking for peanuts isn't the solution...I see the posts directed at Gerry have been removed(Thanks Matsiman) To anyone thinking of doing my tires in the bush or threatening me with dental work...lol... know this... I keep a spare and a tire pump which has helped many a fellow shroomer out of the bush. Also know that if you feel you can do to my dental as you feel you can I welcome you to try. I try to make more friends than enemies in life but believe in doing the right thing. I will not stand by when someone who won't even post their name comes off slamming someone who has helped me out in the past. You get back what you put out in life... Have a great day! :-)


User_Name:
BIGFOOT
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
09:18:32 AM

Messages

don are frenchies iS on the terrace daily saying he,s getting 25 cents a pound its bullshit he full of shit if he can he will rip you off a doller on top the doller he is makeing he says its not worth sitting there but there he is night after night he can,t read are wright but he no.s how to make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$HE,S A BULLSHITER


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
08:21:49 AM

Messages

Hi Fellas/Ladies. Hope all is well today. Go for a hike and enjoying the weather is the way to be. The Price is never going to recover. The glory days are gone and it is time to move on. To those still picking... I feel for you. Stay safe and good luck. Just one mans opinion. Take it as you will.


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Time:
04:23:03 AM

Messages

I think Dragon is a another name for Drama Qween! Enough is enough folks, focus on what whats left in our lifes! It is certainly to short for all the bullshit! Peace out!


User_Name:
Dragon
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
08:05:38 PM

Messages

Well rob if you read back a few day,s chuck is threatening to punch out somebodys teeth so are you ok with that??????.would love to see this disscusion go away ,if not for chuck making threat,s on gerry,s be half ,,we are the one,s that know what,s going on in gerry,s back yard,,if you realy want to push this issue chuck mabye we should see what the city of courtenay has to say about gerry buying out of his back yard,,,,maybe you should do him a favour and not do him any more favour,s and mind your own bussiness,, cause you opinion mean,s nothing down here ,, so keep it to yourself


User_Name:
Rob
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
05:23:48 PM

Messages

Chuck, I'm with ya bud. Who is this "dragon" anyways? I cant believe someone could get so inflamed over a discussion board to threaten your tires. sheesh, mushrooms arent everything, and its a lifestyle not a living. when they are rare they have value.... good luck everyone still picking. I'm back at er tomorrow. happy thxgiving.


User_Name:
Moe
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
12:49:06 PM

Messages

Hey youre daddy, I only picked 12lbs in a hour because I've been picking this patch for 14yrs now I now exactly where they grow and when. Most new pickers don't pick they stumble through the bush till they come across them. I could go out and pick 30 pounds but why should I bust my back for $1.@lb HMMM


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
12:33:26 PM

Messages

If you feel you have the courage to make pointed and slandering remarks about someone on this site you should have the courage to post with your real name. That is if you have any courage at all... And a great day for a walk it is...


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
08:09:17 AM

Messages

Here it is Thanksgiving morning, the sun is shining, the steam is rising from the moss and huge buttons are popping all over. No worms, no other pickers and some people have nothing better to do than post childish insults over the internet? Give it a break, go for a hike!


User_Name:
Hank
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
06:28:53 AM

Messages

Prices still steady for Matsutake in Japan 8400 yen a kg top grade number #1 wholesale for Canada Mushrooms 10500 yen a kg for Chinese matsutake


User_Name:
Dragon
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
01:16:09 AM

Messages

Chuck in kamloops we have read your posts ,,maybe you should stay where you are ,,we don,t need your bs , on the island, you may just find your self in the middle of no where with flat tire,s or in real bad need of a dentist


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Monday, October 11, 2010
Time:
12:53:59 AM

Messages

pop use your real name or shove a #5 in it...


User_Name:
my 2Cents
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
10:14:54 PM

Messages

If your buyer's working for the joe's guaranteed their not getting the commission there used to either when the price goes low the commission usually does the same


User_Name:
Mad Morel
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
08:29:13 PM

Messages

I could pick over 200 lb's right now but due to the price WHY.! maybe next year if the price is right. I well just pick to fill my chanty order and look for bed's for next year.


User_Name:
youre daddy
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
05:54:19 PM

Messages

Hey matsime, it looks to me that if moe can pick and make 24 bucks in an hour hes doin better than a bunch of folks. Imagine if hed put in 8 hr. Hell i dont knw many that wont get out of bed for 24 bucks an hour.


User_Name:
matsime
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
12:23:40 PM

Messages

HEY MOE...I don't argue with idiots. YOU will drag ME down to YOUR level and beat ME with experience. FYI... I go to the zoo to see good friends in that area... so put your worthless two cents back in your empty bank account and get a life...


User_Name:
CANDIE
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
11:22:11 AM

Messages

DOES ANY ONE KNOW OF ANY CHANTRELL BUYERS IN OREGON. WE HAVE BEEN PICKING FOR YEARS BUT THIS YEAR EVERY ONE IS CLOSED UP TO BUY. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE PLEASE POST OR GIVGE ME A CALL AT 541 844-1770


User_Name:
Matttrox
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
10:07:07 AM

Messages

Hey I just found 10-15 lbs of gorgeous Lobster Mushrooms Looking for a buyer I live in nanaimo


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
09:50:06 AM

Messages

If there is still line ups at the depots that means the buyers are still making good coin. I wonder how they would respond if there take dropped by as much as the pickers.Say about 25 cents a pound.Our expenses for fuel and tires etc...have gone up considerably.Have there expenses gone up by much?How many pickers get bonuses these days?Lets give a big thumbs up to the buyers who refuse to sell at the ridiculous low prices.Also i know that they are just trying to make a "living".BUT so are the pickers!


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
07:49:24 AM

Messages

if you think you will ever see a fair price for your shrooms again your dreaming, the problem is simple and has been for years. This industry is no different than any other, if a bunch of ship breakers from India immigrated to Canada and were allowed by the United steel workers Union to apply their skills(not too likely) at 50cents a day, what would be the end result. It is called scab labour folks and always will be. I actually thought that people in Terrace would have stopped picking long ago but I went and picked most of my property just to be safe. Got around 3lbs off my 2acres, threw them in the garbage and left around seven pines showing right under my living room window. No real surprise that they were stolen within hours since that was the first day it wasn't pissing out, does anyone think these type of people have any principles let alone intelligence, just thievin scabs, I guess some probably aren't thieves.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
02:36:15 AM

Messages

the rule that seems to apply for a lot of these pickers is the same stradegy many use on the stock market .... buy high ,,, sell low ..... and the people who depend on that get richer.... anyhow if you need anymore of my enlightening thoughts ..... you'll find me in the woodpile.... as i find the hard work invigorates the soul ,, and oh yes ,, i make money too....


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:
12:28:26 AM

Messages

Wouldn't be something if the economy crashed like our industry has? Would you be able to swim or float? Would you sink? What would you do if the entire economy crashed like the mushroom industry? Just thinking on board! I've been learning my so called patches, more than anyone else, this is a good year to find the sweet spots! If the economy goes sour, remember we are North Americans! United we will stand together,for the sake of our way of life! We have a lot to be proud of, so hold your heads up high and let's ride this thing through! Peace everyone!


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
08:14:53 PM

Messages

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend :>)


User_Name:
Closed for 2010
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
07:10:29 PM

Messages

It's amazing to drive by these depots in Terrace and see not one but lineups of vehicles at these depots with picker's waiting to sell their mushrooms! Are people hurting that much that they are trading their hard work for a couple of bucks??? If you love the hunt for a mushroom so bad why are you bothering to sell them for such pittance? Are you proud to make your pack of smokes, maybe just maybe the fuel you put in your vehicle and if your a really good picker maybe a box of beer? If your going to go out and pick and turn around and sell at these prices you must have more than a few screws loose and the buyers are unloosing a few more for you at the same time! (Multi-Tasking) My Door didn't even open this year and won't at these prices! Good luck to you out there dreaming about days gone by maybe I'll be behind you with a magnet picking up your loose screws until you realize those days are over! Thanks to the pickers who sell at these prices they will never ever be the same!


User_Name:
Sookie
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
06:31:04 PM

Messages

ts, That's great! Thanks for responding, I'm hoping to head out tomorrow or the next day, if we decide to I'll give you a shout.


User_Name:
ts
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
06:04:44 PM

Messages

Sookie......I'm in Victoria, I pick on the south island and can buy periodically. Give me a call if you want to chat. 250-884-3015


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
03:19:03 PM

Messages

I haven't missed any points. When I pick mushrooms I make money doing it. Not gas money. When I work doing anything I do extremely well. I will pick a few pounds of Matsi this year and am planning a trip to the Island to load up with Chantrelles. I will not be selling to anyone other than the end user. Those who know me will be able to read between the lines. Go hard or go home.


User_Name:
Commonscenceville
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
02:37:45 PM

Messages

I think your missing the point there chuck. If no one complains nothing will get better, only worse because people like you are happy to be a sheep. If the price drops to $.25/lb Will you still sit by and say "Hey at least I made a buck today!"?


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
02:24:29 PM

Messages

whysell you are kidding right? You speak about fair? Didn't anyone ever tell you about fair? Life isn't fair. Know the rules, can you change them? I doubt it. Know the players? can you change them? I doubt it. If you can make a buck doing something that keeps a roof over your head and food on the table you are doing OK. If not do something else. To cry that things are not fair is just a childish way of looking at the picture. Life is not fair and has it's ups and downs. If you ask me I will say "I think the whole of American and Canadian society has been so spoiled by what life has had to offer us compared to other parts of the world we are out of touch to the point of ignorance".


User_Name:
sookie
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
11:35:50 AM

Messages

Hi there, I'm looking to find out if there are any buyers for chants on the south island? I live in sooke and have never seen a buyer south of cowichan. And this year I as having a hard time even locating a buyer in cowichan. Any info would be great! Thank you in advance.


User_Name:
Hank
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
11:14:24 AM

Messages

I said yesterday that prices in Japan for Canada Matsutake were $45 for 1 pound but in Kg that would be 2.2 x that = $99 a kg .The people shipping the Mushrooms to the Ota Market from Canada and USA are either screwing people over here in America or the people in Japan are screwing us. I heard that prices over in Japan went down but the site that I get info Directly from the Ota Market every day has never shown the kind of drop in price that would drop the prices over here to $1 to $3 for #1's . Anyone telling you any different that knows what they are going for at Ota market is lying to you. There is enough money in between for people to pay pickers fair wages = at least $ 8 to 10 a pound for #1 and no less.. The Prices i gave in Japan are Wholesale Market Prices,not retail. Sell or place matsutake for consignment at any stores or natural food stores and farmers markets that will take them if you think your not getting paid fairly. The more people that we get interested in eating the matsutake here locally,the more stable the prices are going to be. There are plenty of people in Canada and USA that would buy the matsutake if they had at least one chance to try them.You have to keep building up a customer base every year that will buy them locally to eat or you will always be getting screwed by buyers thinking your so desperate that you'll sell for any price just to get rid of them.


User_Name:
kootenaywrx
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
10:06:23 AM

Messages

Lots of pines, they are staying in ground. maby dry some for winter. I hope most people do the same.


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
08:19:41 AM

Messages

ChuckInKamloops,World economics? People are only asking for a "fair" share of a known market price. If you want to know about the poor people like the joes read the statistics about how the top 10% of the money earners are gaining a higher share of the country's wealth (after taxes) every year despite the recession.


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
05:53:54 AM

Messages

hey there ... hope all you pickers have a safe long weekend .... think the raingear is in order and to me thats a good thing as it keeps a lot outta the woods.... i like being lonely out there ... i have heard the stations here are all closed.... as far as chantrelles are concerned i have never been one to baby them ... i pick them the same as pines and they always are in the same spots year after year .... and as for that same season it only seems to happen once here anyhow .... they don't seem to spread .... all whites here tho..... i have been picking a few times and have seen 3 other people in my journeys .... have never sold low .... rumour has it that the local market is being swamped in Vancouver with mushrooms .... i heard from nakusp but who knows .... can they legally bring them from the U.S.???? anyone in vancouver who wants good mushrooms e-mail me at ger_takeaguess@hotmail.com ... i can fill small orders and perhaps large depending what kind of arrangement we can make.... gl all be safe ger


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
05:42:45 AM

Messages

I wonder if those dockworkers in Japan still leave mushrooms to rot on the dock if they are not coming from a 'preferred source' such as a buyer who makes sure the dockworkers get a piece of the pie? Oh, and for those who think cutting the chants leaves a stump to rot over the mycelium, every mushroom that doesn't get picked ends up as a rotting stump.....


User_Name:
cranberrydawg
Date:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Time:
01:37:10 AM

Messages

Hi Zed, Yes of course I remember that day well. A bit of a surprise to see you there as I recall hehe. I don't know if you have been there this year yet but it is a mess. Pretty much all logged at that particular spot and then a whack load more back down the road - all awesome ground and some of my favourite area in fact. The infamous barrel patch...I don't know if you ever got there or not but there was about a dozen diesel barrels left behind by M&B or whoever it was that logged that area initially...and it was like the chanties just fed off them (the leaked deisel maybe? Who knows)...at any rate, one of the most insane patches I've ever seen....gone as of yesterday. Disheartening to say the least. But still up for some wanderings Zed if you are too and as for a fair buyer, email me and I'll let you know who I think is the person who will give you the best deal and why... mushrooms@canada.com


User_Name:
Moe
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
11:58:28 PM

Messages

The Zoo, why? would anyone in there right mind drive 45Mins. and pick for these f_c_ers paying $1.50lb come on! (OH I REALLY NEED THE CASH) come on! I'll pay you to stay home IDIOT


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
09:59:19 PM

Messages

To those slandering Gerry In Courtnay bite your tongues. If you were to say what you are saying face to face you would have a lot of explaining to do as such to not have your teeth knocked out. Gerry has always treated me fair to the point of inviting me to stay in his house for the better part of a Chantrelle season. He does as much for the picker as he can. What many of you fail to see or understand is world economics. Understand that we are in the middle of a depression not the good times of the past. Many of you need to get your heads out of your @sses and look at reality. This board has turned into a bunch of whining complainers who fail to understand the big picture or plan for it. the world is changing. Accept that. Now sink or swim.


User_Name:
ButtonPicker
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
08:26:57 PM

Messages

I have been pulling mushrooms out of the ground since 1983 and no matter how ya slice it, it grows back year after year after year, In the same spots and the same holes. To pull or not to pull, that is the question. Go ahead and pull or cut or what ever ya like, it makes no difference. Statistics don`t lie...right? :)


User_Name:
jjjj
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
07:30:54 PM

Messages

Chemultfrustration: I agree Klamath County and State and Federal enforcement are a joke. They let their authority go to their head.


User_Name:
matsime :-)
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
07:26:07 PM

Messages

Hey Mushroom pickers/buyers..what's shaking at the Zoo? Whose all up there. Trying to get there, working is crowding our free time...lol


User_Name:
pauj
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
04:30:01 PM

Messages

mushroom prices really suck once again.if your going to pick chantrelles call restraunts an stores to sell them yourself .an cut out the wholesalers .once an for all


User_Name:
Hank
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
02:21:00 PM

Messages

I get the prices from Japan at Ota Wholesale Market today for what the matsutake is bringing for mushrooms from Canada and it has not changed much all season between 8300 and 8500 yen a kg for top grade,most likely #1's . That is around $45 US and Canadian a pound or $20 a kg . What I would like to know is what are the customs regulations or forms that you would have to fill out to be able to ship your own mushrooms to Japan by air freight? Hmm. Maybe someone from a major airline that works in shipping freight could answer that easily eh ? If you want more money for a product,you have to sell the best and keep it looking good and in mushrooms that means no worms and no or low amount of slug (snail) bites. Also if someone wanted to ship items to be auctioned at Ota market in Tokyo,who at the market would they have to contact to make the consignment so they knew their product would be auctioned and get paid also? I am sure I can find out this info with a little more research but wondering if anyone here could help first ?


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
01:30:52 PM

Messages

I think if pulling the chants right out of the ground does harm to the mycelium, it all recuperates by the next season. A gentle tug can't do much damage, I tried it and they don't seem to be attached very firmly, they pull out so easily. Pine mycelium is of course much stronger but can still be destroyed by raking.


User_Name:
zed
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
12:12:15 PM

Messages

can anyone tell me what the buyers are paying for chantrelles in port or comox valley. i sold some to a buyer in nanaimo for 2.50 but only took 60% of what i brought. usually 98% of what i bring passes.... kind of bums me out... anybody paying a decent price for pine? cranberry we met at horn lake 4 years ago.... most of my patches there are gone.... buckley bay most of my patches are gone.... and so it goes.


User_Name:
Boletus Joe
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
11:44:44 AM

Messages

cranberrydawg.... I agree, The only thing that screws up Channies is logging. If you really want to get technical about cutting them in the ground "What do you suppose inserting a long metal blade does to the mycelium." and "Perhaps leaving little stumps to rot in the ground is a GOOD thing?" I really don't think it makes one bit of difference how you harvest channies. I wonder if the same thing applies to Matsi? I don't see anyone cutting them in the ground. Yet they seem to survive nicely from season to season. BTW...That's sarcasm!! So don't anyone get all pissed off..... Have a good day in your patch.


User_Name:
Captain Pine
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
11:35:32 AM

Messages

Drying all my mushroom for winter food and gifts---the buyer is to greedy and does not care about the pickers--- maybe when he dies the price will be fair again!


User_Name:
cranberrydawg
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
11:19:20 AM

Messages

just another picker - I just reread my post and it sounds a bit snarky which I did not mean it be so sorry for that, it's just that I have been having this debate since the late eighties and what you and a multitude of others say just does not hold true in my experience. I would gladly take you to some extremely productive areas that just keep coming and coming and coming if you would like...


User_Name:
cranberrydawg
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
11:10:48 AM

Messages

just another picker - if you have some time you might want to come and speak to the chantrelles in my patches that I have been picking without cutting for too many years to count. They haven't heard that information yet. They explode to life with the same zeal every season and continue to throughout it not caring a tinker's cuss what method I use to extract them. I am gentle in the tugging and I replace the moss or whatever the medium happens to be but that is all. The only thing I know that adversely affects a chantrelle crop is clearcut logging: Thanks for yesterday by the way Island Timberlands for logging two of the best chantrelle granny patches on the Island. I knew you were out there because I drove by your equipment first thing in the morning and I could hear your bunchers working all day, but I figured you couldn't possibly be cutting that exquisite ground, that picker's paradise, no that would be inconceivable...but alas, on my drive out I realised you were. Oh well, I only bring in about a thousand lbs a season off of those two patches. There are plenty more where those came from right? Sad. Sad. Sad.


User_Name:
chemultfrustration
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
10:59:24 AM

Messages

Just wanted to share my observations. I am fairly new to picking Matsi's. But, man is it addicting. Here in Chemult, about 50% of the pickers have already left. The year started off with most pickers moving down to Chemult from Big Camp near Crescent Lake. They made it far to expensive for folks to stay at a camp that has nothing. Not only do they treat the pickers like s**t, but they now want more $$$ from them?? We have had far more people here this year, we have also noticed the County and State harrassing people more. It is unbelievable that they can get away with blatantly obvious racism! Oregon State Patrol will pull pickers over and pull all of their mushrooms out and inspect every single one of them, keep them for 1+ hours, and then let them go. There is a couple staying in town here who was pulled over and given a $6,000 ticket for carrying a side arm (unloaded). Apparently, the but of the gun was partially under the gentlemans t-shirt? Who knows. Needless to say this has been a pretty disappointing season thus far. This is my 5th year of picking, and it saddens me to see other pickers so frustrated. It costs $200 for an annual picking permit, $80+ for campsite, gas $$, etc. And they are being paid $1-2 a lb?


User_Name:
Moe
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
09:29:09 AM

Messages

Hey Dude; I took my nephew out too teach him how to pick properly. I wasn't about to stump on his mushrooms in spite of the money hungry buyers, cause you know they still make there 300.00@day while we break our backs carrying there product out, Maybe a letter to the ombudsman may make a difference. Oh I must stop now.


User_Name:
CV Picker
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
09:27:21 AM

Messages

Yes! There are 3 buyers in the Comox valley. I'm not sure about Campbell River though. The ones here are: Behind the Country grocery across from the golf course on the North Island Highway. I believe she is closed at the moment but will reopen shortly. There is another on Puntlege rd that buys for Emperor foods and then there is Gerry buying small quantities secretly out of his house on 19th. The guy on Puntledge is a bit cranky and rude, Gerry from what I have been reading is a thief and a con with a bunch of pissed of people, so that leaves the one behind the grocery store if you want to sell to some one who is pleasant and appreciates what you do.


User_Name:
GR
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
08:33:46 AM

Messages

Is anyone buying chantrelles normally in the comox,courtenay, campbell river areas?


User_Name:
just another picker
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
08:05:51 AM

Messages

Chantrelles only fruit where the mycellium crosses. Pulling the shroom will break the mycellium and the plant will no longer fruit until the mycellium regrows and crosses.. So always cut the shrooms at ground level please


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Time:
07:17:16 AM

Messages

The stumps do not regrow, thats not why they are cut. Cutting reduces damage to the mycelium that yanking it right out of the ground might cause. The stump protects the mycelium from further damage due to exposure. However, a lot of the mushroom can be lost underground when cut and some believe that a gentle twist and a tug will not harm the mycelium followed by filling the hole with dirt or moss to further protect the exposed mycelium. Lots of rain forecast for the next week, all those buttons popping in southern BC may not go wormy afterall. It's a sham, I mean shame...or both, that they are almost worthless!


User_Name:
Newbie
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
09:44:29 PM

Messages

Hi all, Ok here is a question for all of you professional chanterelle pickers. When picking which is the best method to pick? I have been given some conflicting info from several pickers. Some say cut the mushroom at the ground ALWAYS so they will grow back while others say it doesn't matter just pull them out, then cut em off later. Will the stumps regrow? Or is it better to just pull them out?


User_Name:
CV Picker
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
09:15:38 PM

Messages

Why in the world would any one go chasing pines right now when the price is lower then Chanterelles?


User_Name:
Dude
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
08:57:39 PM

Messages

Dude people like you are the reason the price is 2.00 a lb what are you thinking selling for 2.00 a pound .give your head a good shake as long as there are people like you willing to sell at these prices nothing will change ,, what part of this don,t you understand ,,i cant belive that you would even post that you sold for 2.00 a pound..people like you are the problem,,,WTF


User_Name:
Moe
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
08:06:38 PM

Messages

Went picking at the old cabin found 12 lbs buttons in 1hr was paid $2.lb from Wendy's she said it was supposed to be a $1.50 in Terrace B.C. Please if someone out there cares for the hard work which we do please come to Terrace and chase these buyers out.


User_Name:
Sam in BBY
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
11:18:38 AM

Messages

Hey all ! .... bc south coast , found about a dozen of buttons yesterday .... 4 had worms , might have someting to do with the forest still in summer mode !! ? also got a couple of kings in button stage .... and a few lbs. of chants . another fine day in the woods !! full buckets eveyones !


User_Name:
Ripped off
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
12:52:43 AM

Messages

Well gerry,,,,,, seem,s im not the only one ,,karma is here to bite you on the butt ,,,like they say what go,s around comes around,,,,,


User_Name:
CV Picker
Date:
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time:
12:04:13 AM

Messages

All right, What did Gerry ever do to you?


User_Name:
ButtonPicker
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
11:45:33 PM

Messages

Gerry in courtenay IS a thief and a cheat, i know that for a fact. He is the one who has to live with himself knowing he is ripping off people who really do need the little bit of money they do make. He is not for the picker as he claims to be.


User_Name:
pig
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
10:44:08 PM

Messages

its wormy button time with all the warm weather on van isl hard as a rock tiny worms are ruining crops of babies its ruined


User_Name:
Coby
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
12:34:54 PM

Messages

Looking for a private buyer who will pay more for my chanties, lobsters, pines, and boletes. Can either email me at cobostyle@hotmail.com or just post your info on the message board. I am getting a very large amount this year, so will be willing to accomodate small to large orders. Live in the southwestern Oregon area will be willing to deliver if is in a reasonable distance or willing to ship


User_Name:
whysell
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
10:00:31 AM

Messages

You are right cranberrydawg about picking for these ridiculous prices.But with the unemployment rate so high in the Hazelton Kispiox Kitwanga and surrounding areas, people will keep on picking. I have picked up mushroom pickers hitchhiking and asked them why they sell at such a low rate,and have been given a blank stare.


User_Name:
Rainbow Warrior
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
08:51:17 AM

Messages

hey Garf I have not found any at my end of the valley but hit some nice patches on the weekend . been eating them now for breakfast and dinner :) full buckets to all , Don't worry be HAPPY :)


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
08:44:10 AM

Messages

Thank you Matsiman!!! :>)


User_Name:
Stop picking
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
08:15:01 AM

Messages

The price in Powell River is $2 and not much volume


User_Name:
pine_picker
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
07:53:50 AM

Messages

(what the... you know the rest) MUST be jealous! boo-hoo go cry into your empty bucket you whiney baby!! Some people know how to make $$$ ...you obviously DON'T!!!!


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
05:56:37 AM

Messages

Prices in Chemult - Crescent area yesterday, 2-1-.50. Volume high. Many bringing in 5 or 6 baskets. End not in sight. Later, Matsiman


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time:
01:47:34 AM

Messages

ok this is just what my buyer told me last night.... he said Vancouver is being dumped on right now.... two truckloads a night for local markets so its hard for him to compete ..... i'm trying to think of where they would be coming from as i'm not sure they could bring them in from the states... anyhow my guy didn't seem too happy about the whole thing.... i just told him to hold tight and these flushes would soon be over ... i suspect they are coming from the kootenays... going around the big boys .... i know they aren't getting any from here... so until things change i will be in the Woodpile.... gl ger


User_Name:
Ripped off
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
10:26:32 PM

Messages

Blah Blah Blah .....poor gerry all that work in his nice little heated garage,,,, or sitting in his warm living room waiting for the next sucker soaked to the bone after spending the day in the poring rain trying to make the gas money they just spent,,,,,, to try to make end,s meet ,,,,,,, pretty hard to feel sorry for these guy,s the big buyer,s and there field buyer,s when there all out to screw you ,,,,they can,t be trusted


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
10:16:35 PM

Messages

cranberrydawg I am sorry to hear your season hasn't worked out any better than it did.


User_Name:
Keith Hunter
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
10:15:15 PM

Messages

Greetings everyone. I wanted to post that First Nations Wildcrafters, BC will be hosting a two day training session in Good Agricultural and Collection Practices on November 12 and 13. The training will be at the Port Alberni Friendship Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information please see our website or call Keith Hunter at 250-720-8907 http://www.firstnationswildcrafters.com/GACPTraining.html


User_Name:
cranberrydawg
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
09:33:25 PM

Messages

Don't waste your time, you'll spend more than you'll make.


User_Name:
seasidemich@gmail.com
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
07:44:38 PM

Messages

Pine's in Nakusp anyone have any info, about to make the long drive out there??? Any info would be helpful - Thanks!


User_Name:
ts
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
01:59:00 PM

Messages

I'll be buying intermittently on the south island (Vic to Nanaimo). $3 for chanties, $10 for #1/#2 pines, other species........$??? 250-884-3015


User_Name:
ËH
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
01:37:30 PM

Messages

The market will never recover. People will always sell at these prices.


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
01:35:06 PM

Messages

Time to quit picking and get a steady job people. It can be done. Keep it simple... quit bitchn' or quit picking. Just my oppinion. take it as you will.


User_Name:
DShroom
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
12:43:56 PM

Messages

And the scam moves on. When the buyers get together, they do not set a price. That can be done by phone. They come up with a game plan. Apparently it suited their interests to buy everything and keep a slave labor force intact. No amount of silence will help you with an impersonal matter. It is like asking a tank not to run you down. Best to be fleet of foot and mind. It is the only thing they can't deal with!


User_Name:
stick
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
11:55:54 AM

Messages

Crecent buyers moving to randle today.greedy


User_Name:
Sam in BBY
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
11:12:00 AM

Messages

I still see only one way out of this losing market , private sales or form a co-op . thats my 5 cents full buckets everyone !!


User_Name:
cranberrydawg
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
11:09:06 AM

Messages

Hmmm...well I did the circle loop tour and yes it is sad indeed. When I left the North, Kitwanga was getting a grand total of two baskets a night, Hazelton a few more for sure but nothing that was going to make Ron or those guys wiggle with glee. As for the Cranberry it was totally dry...They never bought more than a basket TOTAL the whole time I was there. All that was kickin' in any way shape or form was of course the Nass, and that was only in specific areas. The Harper was starting to produce. Doreen, Ritchie, all the creeks on the Terrace side, virtually nothing, although one guy I know was doing relatively good on the back road to Ritchie SOMEWHERE lol. On to Naskusp: some on the Trout lake side, some in Kaslo, Meadow creek etc, but the bulk of course was Fosthall (sp) Road across the water...and yes I can give names to these areas because they are no big secret...everyone and their dawg knows about them...bush is already swarming with desperados hunting that $2 matsi anyway, what's a few more right? At any rate, you can pick some good poundage in Nakusp for sure, but you won't get rich obviously and you sure as shit won't see me out there at those #s. Gonna sit tight until the price recovers...if we are in this thing for more than just the spiritual side of it, or the exercise, or the beauty of mushroom itself, then we NEED to make a fair wage. As for you that choose to pick at these prices here is a POKER analogy for you: if you think playing 7-2 off suit is going to take you to the promised land, then, as my Pappy used to say, " Fill your boots!"


User_Name:
mountainmama
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
10:13:44 AM

Messages

well well seems i hit a nerve there..lol..it is a known fact that the mushrooms that come out of the nass valley r the top.because of the volcanic soil,and it was even posted in the vancouver sun......so u see we didnt all just fall off a turnip truck around here........lol...why be so greedy its not like we r asking for much. gas money ,christmas comming up.people look forward to the mushrooms season to make a few bucks too get ahead .what the hell r we worth that much too u.u r sure as _ _ _ _....getting rich on us....i remember when i first started picking up here...we went to kind fellow named tosh and his wife were here they were so kind.we got 7..then 11 dollars alb the whole season ..and we even made a few bucks,but u u r bleeding us dry or trying to..have a good day all.tc


User_Name:
empty bucket #2
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
09:49:28 AM

Messages

Gerry in Courtenay is buying mushrooms that have already been rejected by the other buyers in the area. He pays more than the other buyers and only a small portion of the mushrooms go to restaurants. Every mushroom has to be graded and cleaned. This takes hours of tedious work. About 75% of what is coming in is only suitable for drying or freezing and quite a bit goes in the compost. If that is what you call a ripoff, then I guess he had better quit buying and the pickers will have to only pick perfect buttons because that is what we have been told the other buyers will accept. The other buyers don't set the price or the quality standards. That is dictated by the company they buy for so you can't blame them for that.


User_Name:
Hepkat
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
08:26:24 AM

Messages

Mine Picker??? In an already stressed market you are pulling a rip job? Sheesh,,, That is just making it tougher. To the Pickers still out there, Be safe and Good luck.


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
08:06:56 AM

Messages

picked a few pounds on my property in Terrace, these are grade A nbr 1 pines, hard as rocks, still underground. I passed them onto a friend(for free) who works in a fishing lodge here in Terrace because they had 6 Japanese clients who wanted a feed, 5 from the states and 1 from Japan. They loved the Pines and the client from Japan picked up one mushroom and said a top quality pine like this, the size of two eggs(6/8 to a lb), is worth $25 in Japan. Price in Terrace $1lb, many not even buying and heard the Nass has shut down for the most part. The problem is still the same as it has been since 2001. The Joes that have the market cornered can only move so much product, if it's a good year in general they can offer ass raping prices and then shut the area's down that aren't interested in bending over, while still getting the volume they need from other area's for basically pennies on the dollar. That's it, that's all, it's that simple. If I had a business selling pines in Japan tomorrow and someone wanted to sell me their pines for $3lb, I wouldn't buy anyone else's if the quality was decent, unless of course someone was willing to sell for $2lb. The idea that it's too early for pines on 4 Oct or that there wormy is about a month late in Terrace.


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
07:19:34 AM

Messages

Us potatoe pickers are getting ripped off too! We get paid about a penny a potatoe and these thieves turn around and make potatoe chips at $3 a bag! I was in a cafe yesterday and they charged $2.50 for ONE potatoe cut up and fried!


User_Name:
Sam in BBY
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
07:01:48 AM

Messages

"what the ..... you know the rest" your post is one of the best and true I haven't heard in a while and I just knew things would swing that way now whats next ? ....price war amongs pickers ?


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
06:23:21 AM

Messages

mountianmama, Didn't you download your insurance claim form from the "I'm full of %$& page"? LOL Later, Matsiman


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
06:19:09 AM

Messages

Forager44, thanks for the response. Any type of scleroderma will do. As for pogies, occidentalis, roseolus, subscaerelescens, villosulus, vulgaris are needed now. Price varies with species, maturity and fresh or dried. Just to give you an idea, minimum for fresh is 50 per pound and up to 500 per pound for dry. Scleroderma is 35 for dry (out of skin), with a bonus of 15 if spore counts, after processing, is high, most are high with proper picking. The best part is it's not a fresh product. you can collect them for a season with no worry about spoilage. No cold storage needed. Don't know about shipping to the states from Canada. All of what is needed is officially called fertilizer. Thanks, Matsiman


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Time:
05:10:04 AM

Messages

Hey Andy i have had a good look at all the pictures of the mushrooms you are seeking and haven't really seen any like that ,, although i did find one yeterday buried ,,it was just a little bump and looked like a small potato but brownish and a little darker .... one little piece that was kinda seperate so i cut it and it was a dark green inside.... i always thought that this was some kinda truffle but not ot the eating variety... i could e-mail you a picture ... the others i'm not sure about the dyemakers false puffball possibly ... wish i could be more help ... gl


User_Name:
what the... you know the rest
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
11:33:37 PM

Messages

Why would you brag about how to sell your shrooms to some unsuspecting person at a corner store etc..... Why not just do your thing and keep your trap shut. Like.... SHOOT yourself in the foot, why don't you. Now we all know how to get rid of our product... and I will sell mine for just a little bit less than you did....... Man some people are STUPID.


User_Name:
big footan
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
10:20:15 PM

Messages

any one no price in terrace last night i here to buyers shut there door last night there not$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ are they do not whant crazy shit


User_Name:
Ripped off
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
08:10:30 PM

Messages

Sell your mushrooms to gerry in the comox valley he will likely rip you off ,,he will buy at the lowest prices ,,then turn around and sell your mushrooms to reastaraunt,s for 3 time,s what he paid you,,,, LOL,,,,, as far as the buyer on puntlege these people suck you bring in mushrooms they grade them to take the very best at 2.25 a pound ?????? for your prime mushroom,s and leave you with the rest,,,, and no gas money to go out to try to put a bit of food on your table ,,,,,all in all you may as well keep them because you cant buy mushroom,s at the super store fore these price,s ,,,,,,,bottom line you are getting ripped of from these buyer,s while they sit around waiting for the next sucker to come to there door ,,,,they are making good coin why arn,t you ,,,shut them down till they pay a fair price,,,,,, OMG


User_Name:
pine_picker
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
03:40:18 PM

Messages

me & my picking partner just got $12 per pound for our #1's and $6 per pound for the #2's & $4 per pound for the ugly ones... we found a private buyer who ships them back east to his family. He owns a corner store so he already had scales. We lied and told him the prices were $15 per pound on the internet. We asked for $12 he went for it. (we giggled) the business is ugly now ..they lie, so we lie. that day we walked away with $120 ...$96 of it just for the #1's there is a way to by-pass the Joes and the middle. Find the ones who have relatives in other parts of the country who want pines and will pay top dollar for it. just this weekend we sold privately to some Koreans for $20 per pound because he checked the grocers and it was $52 per pound in vancouver...so in his eyes he's getting a deal. (right?) BUT we didn't make much money cause alot of them were wormy..but atleast we got $60 for the ones that weren't wormy...it wasn't a total fail. But thats what I suggest you do. Korean, Chinese, Japanese all love the prized matsutake mushroom and so do their wonderful family members and in-laws. Alot of them own corner stores (hint hint) Scales already in their stores (hint hint)


User_Name:
mushroom dave
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
03:35:16 PM

Messages

have pickers stop to think that maybe they dont want them yet? for some reason they dont want them yet. they still have their local sales to fill which is small. too warm = wormies ,


User_Name:
seasidemich
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
01:40:49 PM

Messages

Anyone know about pines in Nakusp, is it to late?


User_Name:
full bucket
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
01:28:53 PM

Messages

Be very careful selling to gerry in courtenay...i have good info that he is a cheat and a thief and will rip you off in a heartbeat


User_Name:
empty bucket
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
01:01:41 PM

Messages

Gerry in Courtenay is buying cauliflower, lobster, and pines. Phone: 250-338-6009


User_Name:
mountianmama
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
11:29:20 AM

Messages

hey all,hows it going.sucks eh.was sitting down thinking the other day matsiman should pay for our medical.lol .i mean we walk around in the bush all day falling scrapping our selfs,in the wet and the cold.not to mention with wild animals.for a buck a pound...watch out matsiman the people r starting too wise up too your games...pssst,,and one more thing .its a known fact that b.c mushrooms r number one mushroom..for a buck a pound .dream onnnnnnnnn..tc.


User_Name:
shroomy
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
11:21:55 AM

Messages

hey im a newbie,gona say my piece in this mushroom bull


User_Name:
Forager44
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
10:59:30 AM

Messages

Matsiman, What species of Rhizopogon and Scleroderma in particular are you looking for? How much are they worth and how to ship across the border?


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
10:39:01 AM

Messages

in Terrace/CANADA they pick right down to around $3lb. Sure there are only 5% of the pickers left nowdays but they have the woods to themselves so they can still make $75 a day or so on average, they can have it. If pickers were getting a fair price finding a 100lbs of buttons would be just a bit more difficult I think. I really don't care if it's a bumper crop or not, all I would expect is my fair percentage of the retail price, in Terrace at the moment I hear that's $1lb.


User_Name:
Stick
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
08:58:31 AM

Messages

very-very few in wash state picking for 2-4 per pound.Some yes but very few.


User_Name:
Tinker
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
08:43:22 AM

Messages

Ray Of Hope,it's unfair to blame the American pickers for the prices.Believe me,the Canadian pickers are just as responsible!I guess it's easier for you to lay the blame at someone elses feet.Have you picked in the last few years?Have you sold under Ten a pound?Just wondering if you should look in the mirror.


User_Name:
scpicker
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
05:50:37 AM

Messages

If the buyers are paying a buck a pound then that means some idiots must be selling them for that. If it was a bumper year where one could easily pick 100 pounds then I could see it but this year is not a bumper crop!


User_Name:
Matsiman
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
05:45:44 AM

Messages

Morning all, said to hear about prices. I haven't sold in 13 years in the Cascades and 3 years here in CJ. The only reason I continued here was the studies I was doing. I am buying mushrooms, but seems like nobody wants to pick them for me. I need 3 types, Rhizopogon, Scleroderma and Pisolithus tinctorious. These are all non editable with little or no competition in collection. Scleroderma and PT are collected mostly by driving down roads and looking on roadside and cut banks. I pay good the each. Somebody please help. Thanks, Matsiman


User_Name:
Ray Of Hope
Date:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time:
12:26:32 AM

Messages

Hey Forest Harvest, mostly everyone quit picking except 4 in the USA, so if they would quit then just MAYBE the prices will go back up, but NO they'll continue 2. Oh Well i guess soon they'll be picking 4 $0.50/Lb.


User_Name:
Rainbow Warrior
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
10:36:14 PM

Messages

26 lbs. of beautiful rock hard buttons in 3 hours of therapeutic picking. A full pan with our bbq steaks was just what the dr. ordered. Who needs the buyers just keep on eating :) full buckets to all


User_Name:
TK
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
08:10:24 PM

Messages

Well said, Forest Harvest!


User_Name:
scruff
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
07:09:13 PM

Messages

Hey Garf, I just got back from two days of stumbling through the bush. Found 2 big buttons near 2 white chants and thats it. Saw 2 rusulas but the boletes are happening. Felt like summer.


User_Name:
ChuckInKamloops
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
06:44:40 PM

Messages

Why is everyone so suprised the prices are where they are at? When 99% of the pickers out there that pick for peanuts quit picking for peanuts perhaps then the prices will go up. This year was the last good year for morels for a few because the Russian fires will be more than enough to satisfy the European market next year. Many of you would do well with a shovel and a highbanker on a gold claim next year.


User_Name:
xjproto
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
04:44:02 PM

Messages

Anyone know of any buyers in the comox Valley / Campbell River area? The buyer / family friend I used to go to hasn't bought in a few years now (The one near Fanny bay on the old highway) and I would really like to find a place to buy rather than sell to resteraunts and resorts if you could, please e-mail me an adress or contact info at xjproto@hotmail.com By the way, I went out today to my patches and they're finally out ^.^ Can't wait till pine season finnaly kicks into gear. Hope everyone else is on the bullseye


User_Name:
jennifer97302
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
04:37:42 PM

Messages

Hi all how has it been around the woods


User_Name:
RPMRENE
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
04:33:05 PM

Messages

I quit buying pine last year in support for the pickers,I know it's not going to change anything but it make me feel good that they are not getting mushrooms from me,and i also feel sorry for the other buyers in the field not being able to pay more to the pickers, but i think they should quit buying too!!!! I know that a lot of buyers have to buy pine if they want to have a job in the morel season !!! To all pickers i feel for you ... Rene.


User_Name:
forest harvest
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
01:35:47 PM

Messages

Hey there., Well it's so very obvious that the game is rigged, however; Ray of Hope you are helping none. , this blame shifting bullshit is for the dogs, you can't be blaming American pickers for your own misfortunes, damn those fellows are been screw too., sometimes, I see this "business" has a having slave captive flock, buyers tell the pickers $25 is the number and when they show up to pick , the # as changed...... $1 is the number now, they must pick or starve , it's unfair to blame the victim.


User_Name:
Ray Of Hope
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
12:37:41 PM

Messages

Prices in Anahim Lake, $1/Lb. Lotsa Pine but people are now letting Mother Nature keep them, tks 2 pickers in usa 4 picking for 3rd world wages


User_Name:
powell river picker
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
12:12:21 PM

Messages

this business sounds like the clam digging business and look whats happened to that business ,too dry in the bush for pines here maybe low down areas but not higher must be chantrell pickers i see going out?sad about the price sounds like our goverment who doesnt want to raise the minamin wage funny in our town i dont know too many high payed workers left here sad so sad !


User_Name:
treeguy
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
09:23:28 AM

Messages

ts,try the port alberni side,plenty of pickers but the buyers,st jeans included were raping us at 2$lb,so we quit picking .try port/tofino side


User_Name:
forest harvest
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
09:08:04 AM

Messages

Hey STICK , Could you please send me a quick e-mail or call., http://www.forestharvest.com/


User_Name:
cellar
Date:
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time:
07:27:00 AM

Messages

you can read some real imaginative stuff on this board but samlu really likes to wander from reality. $15lb in Japan, all the picker risks is a tank of gas, wish that's all my truck ever cost me picking, etc. etc. Here in Terrace/B.C the local Joe named Chung does not give mushrooms to his competitors nor sell in Japan for $15lb. He buys up all the cargo space from our tiny airport and then his competition can't get their product out unless they drive it down to the coast, all who are in the know in this area know that this has been going on for years. He pays on average $4/5lb every year for the last 9yrs and sells in Vancouver for $50lb and in Japan for much more, what a risk he's taking paying the latest batch of newbies $3lb. The hardest thing to believe still though out of all this bullshit would have been $49lb in Terrace, that really cracked me up, no, try $3lb, and your more than welcome to come and pick them, all you risk is a tank of gas, trust me.


User_Name:
hhhh
Date:
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time:
09:09:42 PM

Messages

$3.00 a pond four pine mushrooms is sick. say that mushrooms market crasshed thats a lie.


User_Name:
big foot
Date:
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time:
08:08:09 PM

Messages

one doller a pound what a piss off i will piss on them and sell them


User_Name:
pgcaps
Date:
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time:
12:50:40 PM

Messages

Anyone that picks at these prices needs ther head examined


User_Name:
garf
Date:
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time:
06:16:25 AM

Messages

i have found wood whacking to be very beneficial to the health.....also the pocket book whereas mushroom picking is only beneficial to the soul for now.... is nakusp still flushing good ... when thats over i may look ..... why bother fighting it .... i can work and still go for little scouts .....if they come i will pick to fill orders ,, usually all i can pick anyhow ... i wonder how many are really coming out of the cascades,, and the nass and nakusp.... ger


User_Name:
mountainmama
Date:
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time:
12:54:17 AM

Messages

hey hey good evening frm the nass.i sit here reading all comments and eating pine mushrooms and porkchops,pausing while i read each comment ,enjoying the tatse of my meal, wundering how long its gone be before we wake up....theses shroooms r delicious,if u r a shrooms lover.so far this year ive tryed lobsters ,bearstooth,bolete's and can say is they r takin us for a big ride...wake up people this our industry..why let them use us for patsy's.......night tc all


User_Name:
Frustrated
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
07:45:11 PM

Messages

what's up with st jeans? who are chanties buyers on the island?


User_Name:
stick
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
04:25:56 PM

Messages

cant imagine crecent lake pickers,working for 2-3$$ per pound.Not even a high quiality shroom from what i understand,never picked there never will.dont really enjoy combat pickin.My friend left he could only make 70.00 per day and hes a power picker.Wonder how many dont have gas $$ to leave.We have beautiful pines in randle approx. 20% worms/well thats what im gettin after field grade in the bush.i hate packin even 20% out. I been selling in town. but my cuatomers are full and some getting cheap shrooms from others.Im pick only special orders at this point. one buyer in randle is open perry and hannas depot.High quality shroom and no buyer.only solution seems dont pick might help.


User_Name:
opt
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
12:33:24 PM

Messages

cougarman heck who knows but maybe some of your customers found this website and read your posts and thought maybe they were getting gouged a little bit by what you post. dunno but jess sayin maybe


User_Name:
opt
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
12:30:26 PM

Messages

cougarman I was jess sayin that you were posting about how much more people could sell their mushrooms for in Victoria and posting your prices you were selling for so it only makes sense to me that someone took your advice and started getting their products into your market area at a lower price but that was to that person a better market. Not long ago you and wildside were posting about how your business strategies would result in fair trade and better prices for pickers and I kept waiting for you two to post up how much you were going to be paying but you never did. It looks to me as if your posting about your business marketing strategies may have cost you 700 bucks from what you are saying now.


User_Name:
ts
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
09:14:38 AM

Messages

If anyone is picking on the south island and looking to sell, I'll be out there Sunday and Monday. Will pay $3-$4 for chanties, can take lobsters and pines as well. Call me in advance or Sunday/Monday evening. 250-884-3015.


User_Name:
knb
Date:
Friday, October 01, 2010
Time:
06:57:57 AM

Messages

Prices in Terrace are @ 3.00 i hear, its the same all over the north.......i hear one buyer in the Nass Valley went to 3.50 for #1s........what a joke......it is time to move on.


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