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User_Name: Wanna Pick
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:40 PM

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I realize it's been wet in the Nakusp Arrow Park area , but , has any body got any news about chanties and pines , Good , Bad or are there any buyers in the area???


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:32 PM

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Huffington post also reports that some of them were actually getting loaded, on booze so strong you could smell it on them, while claiming to be working on the issue in special closed committees! Weeeee!


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:24 PM

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I like it! shut down the natl forests to commercial pickin that is........Hit them suns of you know whats right where it hurts -Their wallet! That will put and end to this bs once and for all. Nobody can make any money pickin anymore anyway so what the hell!


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:09 PM

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HA HA Well, Well the lord sure do work in mysterious ways! The government is shut down thanks to the radical right wing of the republican party. What do you care you ask? We'll if your planning on getting a mushroom permit FORGET IT. The forest service is closed till further notice. So nobody will be able to go pick mushrooms for no money unless you already got a permit! And just in time for the weather to clear up and Chemult to pop too. BOO HOO HOO (crying mushroom buyers everywhere)


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:03 PM

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Hey Powell river jack hold up a minute. If for any reason the commerctial thing were to have something happen to it in Or, Wa which is even more "Peoples republic-ey"_minded than Or would surely go next. That would leave only Canada to decide for themselves what they want to do and any mushroom companies that are still around after our thing down here, Maybe them remaining buyers would actually get a "come to jusus moment? and start behaving like human beings......which could be good for wahats left of the commercial industry in Canada, only on a much smaller scale of course. Just a thought.


User_Name: truth
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 08:46 PM

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This the way of the world ppl. You all would be lost if you could not go to walmart and buy plastic junk that chinese ppl make for less than what mushroom pickers get paid. Hypocrits


User_Name: Powell River Jack
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 08:34 PM

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Went looking for the Pine Mushroom task force that was in place in early 90's. Google "Pine Mushroom Task Force Recommendations" Good read for anyone here who has waded into the conversation here. Seems a change in Gov. in BC in 1995 put a halt to it. Debating on sending Minister of Forrest Steve Thomson an email. Maybe more here should.


User_Name: Powell River Jack
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 08:00 PM

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Hey Joe, Sorry buddy, but Vern here just took the words right out of my mouth. Lets have a chat about it next time I bump into ya. Stay dry


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:53 PM

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We'll here the "counter argument" finally. That's good I say, as it bring to light the "other sides" view. When shall we begin attempting to cloud the issue with trivial nonsense and scare people? Will that come next or did I just miss it?


User_Name: mushroomdave
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:49 PM

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In 28 years of picking I've seen 2lb and i've seen 350.00lb When they want them they'll pay when they don't, they won't. If you supply them your to blame for low prices, to much product = low prices. those mushroom buyers owe you nothing, they built this industry and it is what it is some years great and others not so. If you want a good price find markets, supply great quality and enjoy the thrill of the hunt." And remember to bring a compass it sucks if you have to eat your friend"


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:45 PM

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By the way, nobody will be stopping anybody from picking mushrooms or enjoying the forests. Just stopping private operators from using it to "ensnare" as somebody else put it, vulnerable or just poor people, for their own business profit. The government is not our enemy Joe. It's there to do whats in the best interest of the people of our country and protect our public lands from the kind of plunder we're seeing now both resource plunder and human labor plunder, although it's strayed a time or two from that in the last few decades lol.


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:37 PM

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Joe the same goes for you. Take a good honest look inside yourself and then read all of the comments posted the last few days. If your blocking in order to keep your mind on what you think you wan it on the picture will clear for you and you'll be able to see the light.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:34 PM

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WOW.... it must be raining everywhere. What a lively discussion. I have to take a side with "Rovers" comment at 6:22. 40 years picking and I agree , you don't want the government getting involved. That would really be the very END. Yes it is seasonal, yes there are greedy people, both buyers and pickers. But there are a lot of interesting wonderful hard working / hard playing/ fun loving people, in this game....... and that is why I/we love it....... I don't have to do this, I WANT to do this. And I must say it easy to point fingers. But I am sure there are some parties here today that just do not understand mushroom pickers..... full/ or half full baskets.... just enjoy.


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 07:31 PM

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Rover, We have seen one example after another of the Forest Service shutting down commercial mushroom harvest in Natl Forests for one reason or another in recent times and I wasn't always for shutting them down. Now, under these conditions, to allow commercial harvest to continue it really just holds open the door, and makes us all party to be enablers, for these dirty operators to set up shop and continue to do their dirty business. In years past the public and most pickers were ok with the situation when the fruits of the pickers labor were shared more equitably with the pickers themselves but that's not the situation now and it hasn't been for years. The greedy buyers lost their minds as greedy people sometimes do, and they went completely off the rails. Nobody really wants to work for nothing and be treated like garbage. I think if you would take a good honest look inside yourself Rover you would see something other than what your trying to project for the rest of us to see.


User_Name: rover
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:57 PM

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Mary you are sadly mistaken I hope you will see your errors and so do all the other commercial pickers camped here around the fire drying out after a great day in the woods


User_Name: Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:41 PM

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Rover I hope at some point you can see the error in your thinking here. Nobody is in support of your position and I bet that would include most of the modern world.


User_Name: rover
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:33 PM

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Of course mary it's seasonal that's why we do other work the rest of the year.Years ago did farm labour and know people that have to do it today and on an average year you make way more picking mushrooms it doesn't compare you can only make about 80$ a day [less tax] picking Daffodils and it's hard work no breaks just pick ,pick,pick even on a bad day a good hardworking shroom picker makes more than that and if prices drop to low you go do something else.


User_Name: rover
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:22 PM

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If you aren't commercial pickers friend how can you know everything and see the big picture.Been doing this for 30 yrs and I don't claim to know everything.If you think forest foragers are better managed by the government you are sadly ignorant.They would end up bringing in foreign workers to work for min wage which is way less than what we make on a decent year.And Tax the hell out of them.You wouldn't shut down alot of the mushroom companies here by shutting out people from public land most of the companies are diversified and also export fish or grow blueberries they don't have all there eggs in one basket.Here in Canada at least there are alot of loggers and such out of work because the trees are all raw exported to china .I'm trying to think of any companies that aren't in business to make a profit only thought of one salvation army but they rely on public donations so not sure if that counts.I also cut firewood would you like to tell me how much I should sell that for friend remember to take into account my overhead


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:14 PM

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Well this was bound to happen sooner or later. With the goofy business-self-regulating mentality this is what you'll get. The mushroom companies ran themselves into the dirt with greed and then it was over. No surprise here to me at all. I was really wondering the last few years when it was coming and sort of surprised this didn't happen sooner. Woody's right, its over now. We'll all be fine to wander in the forest for mushrooms all right but somebody will put a stop to this commercial thing that's been going on, they'll have to now, there's too many people around who wont support this crap any longer to have it just slip by.


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 06:06 PM

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We'll something caught fire around here since I was out this afternoon! I want to make one thing clear, I did not mean to imply that all people who pick mushrooms commercially are on some form of public assistance. Obviously some would have to be just to eat and live indoors and survive in todays world, the math here tells us that. And theres no shame in getting a helping hand from the rest of society when you need it, that's what we're here for, our fellow citizens, friends and neighbors and I'm proud to be a part of that. But it's also obvious picking mushrooms is a very brief-seasonal thing and cannot possibly support one persons income under the best of circumstances in the current situation, let alone a family. I apologize if I offended anyone. I was only pointing out the odd difference between what regular type field--agricultural work pays in any other agricultural situation and what the situation is for these mushroom pickers is and the glaring difference between the two. I would think a person would make MORE money picking an expensive seasonal specialty food, not less?!!


User_Name: Ron n Kelli
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:50 PM

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Just so you know friend, were are mushroom harvesters too, just not so-called commercial ones. As far as I can tell there are a lot of other mushroom harvesters posting on this issue as well so there friend! :(


User_Name: Ron N Kelli
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:44 PM

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Wow, Well you know it was only a matter of time before the pro-slave labor trolls showed up! Ya everybody's got a right to work for nothing! Ya we like it! Ya I do it for nothing cause it's fun! We don't need no gubbamint! I like living on nothing! etc etc etc You knew that was coming I'm just surprised it took 3 days lol!


User_Name: p[cker
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:40 PM

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this page is for pickers we do it cause we enjoy outdoor activities winnie is too whiney does not appreciate what we have


User_Name: Ron n Kelli
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:34 PM

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Hey the way it looks now the only people making any money off mushrooms are the companies who use poor people as their tools for their personal money making machine. We don't want our public lands used to support this kind of behavior. In Oregon we have the ballot measure initiative process and if this issue of banning commercial mushroom harvesting were to appear on a ballot measure we would definitely sign it to do our part to put an end to this using of these people by big money private-special interests for their own personal gain. They're not creating any real economic activity but for themselves and they're not creating any real jobs if the people who pick the mushrooms cant even survive on what they're making and need food stamps and support just to get by. That's a no go for us. HEY - They don't call this "The Peoples Repubic Of Oregon" for nothing! And always remember; "Keep Portland Weird"!


User_Name: rover
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:28 PM

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A lot of people in this discussion are obviously not pickers or they would be out picking .I don't get welfare and we don't have food stamps in Canada and I'm not poor or illiterate and I don't know any other professional pickers who match your description I don't just pick for money it's a lifestyle I have also picked daffodils piece work and it is like being in jail can't even talk that is farm labour.Mushroom picking is nothing like that.You can sell to whomever you want ,eat them ,give them away,take a day off coffee break whenever you want no timed lunch hour work hard or take it easy it,s your choice it's called Freedom.In Sweden they have a law called everymans right to forage it includes private property .Google that


User_Name: JDS
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 04:36 PM

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So now there are people who think the Forest Service should quit selling commercial permits. I wonder exactly what they think that would accomplish. Here in Washington the DNR doesn't sell any kind of mushroom permits, so everyone who picks more than 5 gallons of wild mushrooms a year is breaking the law. Does that stop pickers from picking? Not likely. I always buy a commercial permit from the Forest Service when there are enough mushrooms to justify doing so, and the Matsutakes I pick go to a Japanese family that I have been friends with for over 30 years. I guess those of you who want abolish commercial permits in the National Forest want me to quit picking, or become a thief.


User_Name: Stacey
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 04:22 PM

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Why are you out there picking if your complaining about prices is beyond me there never going to be higher because you pick at those low prices and sell come on and get a brain


User_Name: Powell River jack
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 04:14 PM

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Been following the meaningful discussions here. Here in BC they had a Pine Mushroom Task Force looking into these concerns a number of years ago. It sorted drifted out of existence. Have no idea what level in Gov. was involved. Do not know who to get a hold of either. To get this industry fair for all concerned, government regs would need to be in place which would probably mean licence fees for pickers and incoming taxing as well. Pickers would be better off that way. We get nothing now anyway. Anybody know what became of the task force?


User_Name: Starve Them Out
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 04:03 PM

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Someone made an interesting comparison when they said maybe these mushroom pickers around here are no good at it and should go pick cucumbers instead. These people working in the forests now who are harvesting a very select and seasonal specialty food are NOT EVEN MAKING AS MUCH MONEY AS A FIELD WORKER WHO PICKS COMMON PRODUCE IN GEORGIA FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD ! What part of that is hard to understand? Really! I'd like to know!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 03:52 PM

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All I'm saying is if we are not providing some kind of job, sustainable non environmentally damaging jobs btw, that these people can make a fair and decent wage at then whats the point? Helping some self interested private for profit organisations enrich themselves at the expense of the poor is not what I want doen with ur national forests. What logging company goes into the forest and pays their workers 3.00 and hr and gets to plunder the forest and get themselves rich at the expense of the poor. Nobody that's who!


User_Name: mushroomdave
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 03:37 PM

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sad to hear they called off the search for the Terrace guys, prayers to the families, hope they are found.


User_Name: Starve Them Out
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 03:14 PM

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I think that's a good point Winnie and who would be most affectd by shutting down our National Forests to commercial mushroom picking? If you guessed the people who don't make any money by picking them you guessed wrong. The ones most affected would of course be the private for profit enterprises engaged in this behavior. Just put an end to this whole dirty business once and for all. If they wont behave responsibly and do the right thing by the people who supply them with their mushrooms then there's really no point or need to allow any commercial picking.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 02:44 PM

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Short note here folks I have the grandkids so am busy today - Nobody has brought up the issue of private for profit business plundering what is a public resource. The national forests and everything that is in them belongs to the public and the government has not only an obligation but a right to regulate it in any way the see fit in the public interest. I can easily see an end to this plunder of the forests for private profit in a not too hard to imagine scenario. An end to commercial picking in our national forests in other words. You wouldn't have to try real hard to get a movement behind that after exposing the current state of affairs. Indeed, they will ruin themselves one way or another and soon I'm sure.


User_Name: road 23
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 02:24 PM

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couldn't agreed more buyers are making too much money! dont sell any mushrooms!


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 12:50 PM

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I don't care about anything else but the slave wages of the workers in this business. I couldn't care less if some supposed poor business cant make it unless they use slave labor. Then they need to be gone! And you know what if they were? Somebody would be in business the next day, seeing an opportunity and they would have a better model and different ideas about how things should be done. I hate the theory that if we don't give a some corporation or business whatever they want then the sun wont come up tomarrow. It's ridiculous! I don't think these buying companies have any intention of changing their ways on their own either. Which is all the more reason I believe it will change. They wont have their "come to jesus moment". The companies are run by a certain type of person who does not "come to jesus" unless dragged kicking and screaming the whole way. Therefore its my belief outside forces will intervene and change the situation for them. Like I said, A kid with a phone video thing or something similar to that. Hey people this isn't the 70's where if you wanted a story to get out you had only the evening news, local news or 60 minutes. In Oregon anybody can call a tip into the local news on one particular channel about scammers and dirty business operators and THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY look into it. Channel 2 news in Portland. And they do it every day. So you see this kind of thing aint long for this world one way or another.


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 12:33 PM

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My thoughts and prayers go out to these pickers and their families. This is so sad to see happen. Please be safe and careful out in the woods. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Rescue+efforts+shelved+mushroom+pickers+missing+northwestern/8977596/story.html


User_Name: BEST FOR YOU
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 12:02 PM

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It breaks my heart to see so many pickers getting ripped off for the hard work they are doing picking mushrooms. Here's a lead and I hope it help you all out. Pickers aren't rich, give them a break!!! http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+39789


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:42 AM

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I think the second reason the picker prices are where the "costs" get cut so much is because of the working capitol to buy the mushrooms. If a company pays 3.00/lb as compared to 1.50/lb they can buy twice as many mushrooms and stretch their buying capitol. But when that happens the quality goes down which ends up with more waste which is then used as a reason for paying the lower prices to start with (which I personally don't think is the reason that happens as much as stretching their working capitol). In what we did we could only buy so many mushrooms because we only had so much cash to work with. We sometimes had to wait weeks or months to get paid from our customers and that was always a challenge for developing new markets for smaller businesses. Rather than cut the price to our pickers we had to adjust the volumes we could do (back to my post about capacity issues to consider).


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:37 AM

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Yes it is a complex situation from a business management point of view. For example, the costs of electricity, insurance, shipping etc go up....as do the expenses of the pickers every year for gas, vehicle repairs, lunches, etc....everyone has operating expenses that increase that people don't have much direct control over. I think one reason the price to the pickers is cut so early has to do with two things...one is that it is a price point that can be cut that is in the control of the business buying the mushrooms....especially if they think someone else will still sell them products. I kept pushing to raise the price to the customers to absorb the costs but there is so much undercutting goes on for market shares that the race to the bottom to sell the volumes they have factors in. Added to that complexity is that when the public is only able or willing to pay just so much for what is a high priced luxury food there is just so high a price that they are willing to pay (which is what keeps it all moving). In our business decisions we made the choice that as close to a liveable income as possible for the pickers and our people working with us in our business was the priority....knowing we as a business would not make as much "profit" so to speak....I think it has to do with whether a business sees themselves as part of the community or strictly as a business. When things got to where it just didn't work for everyone involved during a season is when we shut down for the year (mainly due to volumes and quality control issues). It was always a balancing act and most of the time we tried to just break even after it all was said and done.


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:28 AM

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I understand operating costs and any business has them. If you cant pay the people who work for you or provide you a product, that you in turn then sell for profit, a decent wage they can live on then there is something wrong with your model or maybe you shouldn't be in that business at all. Or maybe it's something else here, ie; unethical behavior and greed because they believe they can get away with it or nobody will notice or care? The "adjustment" if you will in operating costs, cannot come at the expense of the people who provide the labor in any business. They absolutely have to be paid at least a minimum amount and if they are not then it sets up a scenario for the government to involve itself at some point, something I am quite sure these companies would rather not have happen. So why do they what their doing? That is the core issue here I think.


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:23 AM

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Merry Mary you are absolutely correct that the current business model used by the cartel companies depend upon perpetuating poverty level incomes. The entire concept of fair trade does not enter into their thinking. I brought this up a number of times with some of the bigger companies as to how I considered our pickers to be professionals and how we were not going to work towards creating another poverty level income economy in our community. What I was told was that there were enough "hobby" pickers that would bring in five to ten pounds at a time to meet their needs so there was no need to move towards a fair trade model. That is just pure exploitation (not to mention has absolutely no way of meeting food safety or traceability requirements that many of these same companies claim they have in place). I do think that is where the small business entreprenuers and pickers of our sector has the advantage in developing better markets for themselves.


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:17 AM

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I don't think someone would have to dig very far into this before they discovered that in at least some cases, maybe most ore even all cases, the people who pick the mushrooms are on some form of public assistance or subsidy. I'm talking about food stamps, welfare, etc... Which if you think about makes the issue that much worse. Are the taxpayers who are attempting to do the right thing by the poor actually being used by these companies in what amounts to a below minimum wage, non-living wage situation in part because they are on public assistance and would not otherwise be able to eat or survive? In other words paid next to nothing for their labor because the companies not only know they have them over a barrel but expect they can get what they need to survive from the govt rather than making enough money to live on by picking these mushrooms? This really is appalling.


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:15 AM

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Thank you Merry Mary----what we had to do in our experience was find the right fit for what we could do with the capacity we had. That capacity included things such as how big of a building we had to work with; the size of our cooler and what we could handle in terms of quality control of the shelf life and weight loss through shrinkage; the costs of insurance that some of our customers required; the development of a food safety plan to meet the risk management criteria of our customers....and of course how much working capitol we had to invest into buying the baskets, buying the mushrooms, our people doing the buying, cleaning, packaging for shipment; and of course the delivery costs involved. It can be done....but one advantage many of the cartel players have is that they do other products also besides just mushrooms so they don't have to invest into all of that for a very limited seasonal product. I personally always encourage people to find what fits their operation and not buy into the idea that more always means better....


User_Name: powell river picker
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:09 AM

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i havent been out yet cause i dont like to park my truck where i pick just to go look cause the next day hourds of peo[ple go there and i didnt even find any i was just looking and the ground is all messed up and the pines havent even started ,same problem every year kinda discouraging ,i did see one truck hidden in the bush but one truck doesnt mean anything i still did not go look waiting asking buyer when pines pop then i go out less wear and tear on the bush .happy buckets but more rain on its way hope not too soggy


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 11:02 AM

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I like your points Keith and it improves the dialog in an intelligent way. If this is a BIG deal and controlled by a handful of BIG players then it really is time somebody looked into their operating practices. Is there collusion and or conspiracy involved in an ettofr control the markets in mushrooms, fix prices, and thereby suppress open market competition and capitalize on unsophisticated, even illiterate, in some cases peoples for their labor? The term cartel would certainly indicate that to me.


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:53 AM

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Boletus Joe---I have been following these discussions taking place :) I personally think these discussions that have been taking place have been really good ones that touch on so many of the challenges that we have tried to work towards solutions to in the work we do. I definitely don't want to see things to the way the salal industry went....I suppose the only solution I keep trying to come back to is developing markets that can operate outside of the cartels....but that also takes some capacity to do so (such as coolers, food safety plans, etc). I am very happy we didn't do mushrooms this year...I cannot imagine how hard it would be to have to compete with the companies paying $1.50/lb and how they would then undercut the prices of independents to keep the market share that these bigger companies seek to maintain.


User_Name: Powell River Jack
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:48 AM

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Mushrooms need water, but jeez, enough already! Going to be a lot of soggy chantis now. I guess the diehards will be out, but me? Na. Me and the Busweiser (dog) will wait it out. If you like chants try this with some soggies. Strip them thin and dehydrate slowly at least 12 hr. They store easily in sealed bags or jars and great as is for snacks or addin for receipes. Stay dry Stay safe


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:46 AM

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Wow. I see the dialog on this issue is moving along nicely! (heavy sarcasm) One thing I didn't address in my comments a couple days ago and nobody else has mentioned either is the issue of other people being used for their labor in a predatory manner besides the ethnic minorities. There are many very,very poor rural white people who are living in extreme poverty and while maybe not directly forced in to a slave wage situation are certainly traped by economic circumstances andencouraged to do so and then used just the same way the minorities are.


User_Name: Sparky
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:39 AM

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I guess the proper tem is MBAese..............Not the mba ease I wrote. My bad.


User_Name: Sparky
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:35 AM

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Lets get some of that mba-ease unintelligible nonsenseical yaking that nobody understands into the discussion. LOL


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 10:01 AM

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Be carful what you wish for. You only have to look at what has happened to the Salal industry. Don't think that it could not happen to the mushroom business. Not saying it might be a GOOD thing, but I somehow doubt it. Hey Keith Hunter do you want to wade in..... lol


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:55 AM

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Your danged right I'm right and I cant see why anybody would want to try to defend these companies position anyway. The ones here who have tried a little entirely skirt addressing the matter at hand and start slinging insults and mud. that's their response? Like I said, I don't do this new technology stuff besides my computer but any even I know any 15 year old kid with a phone could go out and interview some of these people who pick mushrooms and post the video on the youtubes, and thats really all it would take! We'll see how the mushroom buyers respond right quick I'm sure! If the recent past and other dirty business is any guide I would expect them to act like some other companies have recently when confronted with the issues and by doing so they'd be done. I mean stick a fork in em done. No people this thing is finished one way or another sooner or later anyway. All you have to do is go outside and look around. Look at all the young people and see the world now and whats coming, changes wise. Fact is the people will not tolerate this kind of bs in the very near future, it wont be ok with the new society their building is the reason. Don't think I'm right, you better get some good coffee and wake up.


User_Name: Coastal Picker
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:29 AM

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I plan a trip up to the Kootenays on Friday. Seems to be too much negative postings here about season over and no mushrooms etc. I always watch for these, as it seems to be a regular ploy on here to keep pickers away. Will find connection there and let you know how we are doing.


User_Name: Coastal Picker
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:29 AM

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I plan a trip up to the Kootenays on Friday. Seems to be too much negative postings here about season over and no mushrooms etc. I always watch for these, as it seems to be a regular ploy on here to keep pickers away. Will find connection there and let you know how we are doing.


User_Name: Toady
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 09:07 AM

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There is something about this slave labor mushrooms business discussion that doesn't seem to get through to the people here who are making excuses for this terrible situation by posting things like "they should just go get a job" and "if you cant make money picking mushrooms then you probably wouldn't be a good cucumber picker either" and comments like "well they pick and sell mushrooms for the fun not the money and know they wont get paid anything for them". - They are actually making an argument in favor of somebody intervening or at least dragging this issue out into the daylight where society can get a good look at it. - As it exists now these mushroom buying companies operate in the dark, no pun intended, out of the view of the public eye and they prey on a small vulnerable percentage of the population so as not to attract too much attention. A typical predatory situation that only works because it's out of the view of the public and exists in a gray area legally, althought maybe technically legal it clearly isn't right and if enough people outside that business or even one person maybe with the determination and means to drag the issue out in the daylight actually did that it would all be over for them. Woody is totally right about this and decent people would be disgusted if they were to get wind of what goes on in a dark world out of peoples view and some clueless clown called him a communist for it. Winnie makes a good point too, see how these people operate and behave when they think nobody is looking? They don't behave ethically or do the right thing at all of their own accord, they think their safe and sound in their little world to behave as they please and nobody will notice so they act on their most primitive impulses, greed and self interest and clearly operate without guilt or conscience as demonstrated by their behavior. For them, it's all about me and what I want for me with no regard for the well being of anyone else.


User_Name: road 23
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:38 AM

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did pretty good in the rain this weekend the hardest thing was tripped and falls several times and cramps.found whole bunch of chantys and found only around 15 mats . s/b pretty good for mats soon because of the rain.


User_Name: ALEKSA_@#
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 05:18 AM

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I have to sold high quality dried Boletus, contact me at aleksaberane@t-com.me


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 12:03 AM

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Norwest That's why they call me mad


User_Name: koootenaybrother
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 08:13 PM

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Yep, frost and snow in the kootenays, thats it for our season,time to wax up the snowboard and go shred up kokanee glacier, face shots in the powder!!!!


User_Name: Shantyman
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 08:03 PM

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Yellow Chantrelles..$34.99/lb at WholeFoods Park Royal West Vancouver..........from Washington. So tell me the story again about the reason there is a difference of 2000%+ between what the pickers get and "fair Market Value"...... And Boletus Joe introduce yourself when you are at the ZOO next and I'll give you their business card too.


User_Name: Dude
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 07:20 PM

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Why bitch about the prices? If u don't like them, don't pick and go get a job!! Can't get any simpler than that can it!


User_Name: mushroom daniel
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 07:09 PM

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I picked a bunch of white chantrelles today up by lake wenatchee...are there any buyers that anybody knows of east of the cascades...west of the cascades works too...picking them is easy but I find selling them to be the hard part. if anyone knows anything please email me at tasteslikedaniel@gmail.com thanks


User_Name: SHROOMER
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 02:12 PM

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NOTHIN YET.bUYERS DON`T CARE. JUST CHEAP MUSHROOMS WANTED. FOR YOUR CHEAP LABOUR COSTS. CHEAP,CHEAP,CHEAP PEOPLE ARE EXPENDABLE TO ANY CARTEL MEMBERS IN THE BUSINESS,POFITS FIRST,NOT THERE PROBLEM.... NEVER EVEN OFFERED A CHOPPER TO HELP IN SEARCH. 6 NITES NOW. CAN`T DO THAT,ITS CUTTING INTO THERE PROFITS.... SHAME ,WHEN PEOPLE SUPPLYING THEM WITH PRODUCT,AND GET NEXT TO NOTHIN $$$$$ WOW 6 BUCKS LAST NITE. WAIT TILL THE FLUSH HITS,,,,, CRASH AND BURN. THE NORM.


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 01:38 PM

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Hey ya'll. Anyone gonna be on Mt Hood the next two weeks that wants to explore the area with me? Shoot me an email autobodyqueen@yahoo.com Didn't get any King Boletes at the beach this last week. The few I found were already too far gone. Chanties were few and far between, but found several lobsters. Didn't get out this weekend, as the monsoons didn't appeal to me for foraging! Western Washington has been VERY wet the last few days to put it lightly. Here's hoping I find lots of Matsutakes on Mt Hood! And full buckets to ya'll!


User_Name: Joe
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 01:37 PM

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jimbob - yes you are right. It is a nice way to spend your day and make a few bucks or feed your family. Most pickers have other income coming in and pick for extra income or pick on days off. Some of us make our entire living from mushrooms and must make enough to get by plus some extra for those bad years. When there's lots of mushrooms they must be transported great distances to the market to spread them out. They must be reasonably priced or no one will buy them. They must look good or no one will buy them. They loose weight faster than most other products. It is not an easy business and those that have it figured out deserve what they make. We also enjoy mushroom picking as most of the 'Big Mushroom Companies' started out as pickers. Winnie - I would like you to try to ship a pallet of chanterelles successfully by air to 'anywhere'. I'm not going to tell you how.


User_Name: mushroomdave
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 11:50 AM

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Any news of the missing pickers in BC? Terrace and Nakusp.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 11:42 AM

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I like the comments made as a result of what Woody posted. It's a good look into what appears to be the mentality of some people who are obviously on the other side of this issue. More rationalizing, excuses, unsubstantiated claims etc. Of course Woody is right. This is how a company self destructs/ruins itself, there are lots of recent examples of bad company behavior destroying their business. It also makes the self-regulate crowds theory that a fox can be trusted not to eat chickens if you will just get off his back about it pretty lame. That's what foxes do after all! All it take is an email to the Rachel Maddow show to find out. Btw they do actually read the emails they receive over there.


User_Name: JimBob
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM

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Most of the pickers I've met don't do it to get rich, they do it so they can be their own bosses. Joe, are you Joe B?


User_Name: Joe
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 11:13 AM

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Woody - are you a communist? That is just how it is everywhere. Some are very successful and some are not. Some get rich then loose it all. Some are poor and then make it rich with hard work. Some die rich but unhappy while others die poor but very happy. one things is for sure is that we'll all be a mushroom someday.


User_Name: Norwest
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 09:54 AM

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mad morel are you serious? had 2 inches total last year--northern bc.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 08:38 AM

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Every retail place and foodie joint that buys those mushrooms would immediately cancel their order and get on a big save the oppressed minority campaign, or at the very least they would make it clear they do not deal with those kind of companies. Maybe not because they want to, but because they have to to save their own skin and keep their own customers happy. See, you get what I'm saying right?


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 08:31 AM

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Ha! You guys crack me up! Them simple minded clowns who run some of them mushroom buying operations are stupid. Here's why: We don't live in an illiterate disconnected world anymore. Everybody has seen or heard of something catching fire or going viral on the twitter facebook utube thing or whatever that junk young people do now is, and the next thing you know everybodys heard about it, in like 20 minutes its been around the whole world. By the next day it's over. I don't do that stuff myself by I have a computer and read the news on it. We've seen it with animal cruelty issues, labor issues, political issues, hell they've even taken down dictators with that stuff. and they bust dirty companies all the time! Hell one single person started a thing that took down alec the right wing corporate legislative group and got coca cola and other huge corporations to cancel their membership and withdraw their support from it. Happens all the time somewhere, sometimes it stick and sometimes it don't but really all it takes is one kid with that stuff who decides to do a utube or twitters thing and people here about it everywhere it wont be good for those dirtbags mushroom buyers. Can you imagine; Rachel Maddow get her hands on a story like that and decides to run it? "slave wage companies ensnare minority workers right here is America" she says and that's all it would take too.


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 08:03 AM

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How much of Canada well soon be covered with snow.


User_Name: Joanne Macleod
Date: Sunday September 29, 2013
Time: 07:47 AM

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Keep fit and have fun!


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 10:57 PM

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these mushroom companies ,you would think, they would have offerred helping out with choppers expences after the 2 nite. ,but no, they`ll want another lb of mushrooms instead. 3/5 bucks a lb. cheap forkin pricks. ripping off the pickers for yrs. see how friggin cheap these buyers are. prayers to the families,it don`t look good.........see how expendable we are.no heart only profits. cheap labour.


User_Name: rover
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 10:35 PM

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Volunteers needed to search for 2 pickers lost since last sunday Terrace B.C.check out the story in the terrace standard newspaper if you are in the area please help them out.


User_Name: Kootenay Sista
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 08:52 PM

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Snowing hard here now freezing temps overnite Pretty well does it for us this season.


User_Name: matsigurl
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 08:13 PM

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So very much want to head up on the hill. I hear there is a bunch of good quality edibles up there and I just want to get out in the rain and find my own. I know some very good patches and I certainly wont have any trouble keeping up. Anyone picking in the Cougar- -Carson area...if you need a partner, I'm your girl. Let me know here. Full Buckets to all, Matsigurl. PS>>>I am in Vancouver, WA area


User_Name: Bill Rodan
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 07:53 PM

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I find your claim amusing and your combative argumentative demeanor telling.


User_Name: Joe
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 07:46 PM

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Had 2 pickers today make over $500 between them picking chanties. Better than cucumbers any day. Like I said 'if you can't make a good wage picking mushrooms in prime season then you should do something else' If you're not a good mushroom picker then you probably won't make a good cucumber picker either. best to be a wal-mart greeter


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 07:23 PM

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Like I said before,do the leg work before the season and get your own market at a price that you are happy with,if you supply them with a good quality product they will call you every season and you will both be happy.like someone els said the high pricess are long gone and have been for several years and, won't ever be back so otherwise put up with reality or do your own thing.good luck and be safe.


User_Name: Bill Rodan
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 06:18 PM

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Mery Mary pointed out that somebody in Georgia makes more money picking cucumbers than mushroom pickers out here and there was no direct reply to that issue at all. Crickets. Unless you count the defensive rationalizing and excuses.


User_Name: Bill Rodan
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 06:15 PM

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Thers always a supposed reason for the slave wage price of the mushrooms isn't there? I would call them self serving endless excuses and rationalizing though.


 

User_Name: Joe
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 05:09 PM
 

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I don't think anyone posts more than once on purpose. some people are busy and forget to sign off, go do something and then touch the keys to un-do screen saver and it gets sent again. JDS - the main reason that the prices dropped hard and fast was mainly due to the quality of the mushrooms. Most were too dry and didn't have the moisture content throughout the mushroom to give them a long enough shelf life for fresh market. Most had to be sold and used fast. Nobody wanted to have pallets of mushrooms turning brown in their cooler like in other years. Most of the mushrooms looked good when first picked but the pickers don't see what they look like after a few days in the cooler.
 



User_Name: Mushroom trader
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 03:35 PM

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Looking for a picking partner for penberton area. I've picked for 25 years but on the island. I can drive and am able to pack a lot of mushrooms. Love to go anytime message me 604-902-0008 or email bradynsmith@me.com


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 03:29 PM

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K R Japanese restaurant will be more than happy for all the pestering they will be getting at their kitchen door. Although they might also get said matsutake at a much reduced price next week when I call an them...... Thanks for the lead.....(:


User_Name: JDS
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 03:20 PM

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Joe...you're exactly right about the law of supply and demand. A few days ago someone commented on all the Chanterelles that were going to waste, and thought the buyers and mushroom companies were at fault. People like that just don't understand there are only so many people who buy wild mushrooms.


User_Name: no buttons
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 02:15 PM

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o YER FUNNY! its freezing cold and snowing like a sumthin of a sumthin there right now!


User_Name: pine buttons
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 01:56 PM

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looking to see if buyer is in hope


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 01:32 PM

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Were not debating matters of opinion here. They're facts. Attempting to bend them to suit a point of view or agenda is a waste of time. Your time.


User_Name: Shantyman
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 01:10 PM

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K R Japanese restaurant across from Hotel Vancouver snapped up the #1s I had for $30 a pound last night. Could have gotten more but wanted to test the markets and all the BS from the buyers. Now lets stop the bs about no money in it buyers and give the pickers' their dues!!!!!!!!!!! No middleman on the face of the planet is worth the difference pickers are getting and the "fair market value" of our excellent quality BC Pine Mushrooms!! Say Matsutake and pocket the difference middleman...Not in my mushroom patch!


User_Name: Joe
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 01:05 PM

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Supply and demand sets the price. Many people in the wild mushroom business didn't make or even lost money last year. The big guys must make some money or there would be no industry. If they are making loads of money then why is there not more companies starting up. It is a very risky business compared to other industries. If a picker can't make a decent wage then maybe mushroom picking isn't for them. Plenty of pickers make good money doing something they enjoy. If it's all about money then they should go work in the oil patch in -40 weather.


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 11:01 AM

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Please do the basic math before replying. Better still I'll do it for you. At and average price of 1.50 a pound the mushroom picker must pick 70 pounds of mushrooms to make the same amount as somebody picking cucumbers. I can tell you from personal experience its a rare few mushroom pickers who can pick that kind of poundage consistently, even in a bumper crop year as they have to be cleaned, permits, travel time in transport to the buyer and expenses associated with that etc...Do go better armed to the next fight you pick.


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 10:44 AM

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Go Google Politifact Georgia Field Worker. Then read the article. Then come back here and try to explain to us honestly and with a straight face that mushroom pickers right now who are supplying the market with chanterelle and other mushrooms for between .50 cents and 2.00 a pound are making as much as someone who in Georgia is making a paltry 100.00 a day picking cucumbers. It appears the average there for that work is roughtly between 8.00 and 18.00 and hour. Who is making that picking chanterelle mushrooms?


User_Name: Indeed!
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 09:30 AM

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Walmart is the ultimate welfare queens! Of course there are many,many other corporations who are on govt welfare in some form.


User_Name: Starve them out
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 09:17 AM

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Taxpayers subsidize walmarts sub standard wages with food stamps, health care, child care credit etc... We who pay taxes support a corporations bad behavior in the interest of their profit. Its been called fascism/corporatism and that's what it is. You assume they all shop at walmart? That's quite an assumption.


User_Name: Starve them out
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 09:08 AM

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Btw - I find it very revealing you use the example of "broken economy" and fear of economic collapse as a basis for defense of your position. It's part two of the crash and burn scenario, or as Naomi Klein writes in her book, The Shock Doctrine, you cause chaos, disaster, fear or economic upheaval then gain increased control and profit from the situation you created or helped create. One example is - Crash the economy, then get everyone to "understand" that they have to accept whatever they can get in order to survive or get a paycheck. Along with that of course goes, ideally, loosening of environmental laws, lax enforcement of polluting industries, etc...All in the name of "fixing" the economy or "putting people to work". This sold much better btw, in the depression of the 1930's because of two main reasons 1. people were less sophisticated /educated and information was restricted to news papers and govt propaganda. 2. People had faith and trust in the govt. and if not hanging on their every word they at least generally "bought" the story. Often because they simply didn't have access to, or understand relevant information, a condition which doesn't exist now.


User_Name: mtn morels
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 09:02 AM

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I'll bet everyone railing against cheap labor in the mushroom world still shops at walmart.


User_Name: Starve the buyers out
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 08:51 AM

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Generalizing with blanket terms like "whining" and "in it just for the money" is defeatist and does not address the core issue. That being benefiting from, or profiting from in some way by using other peoples labor to enrich yourself personally-monetarily or get cheap goods/services by supporting a sub-par, below poverty level wage situation for the workers, who are after all the ones who do the actual work, or lions share of it.. Or to put it another way you make your living by ripping other people off, Or your fine with buying a product that was harvested with slave-wage labor as long as you get it cheap. Its unethical and immoral. The trend is away from this kind of business and behavior, not towards it. Its the ultimate end of the line for those who are engaged in the behavior as well, although blinded by greed, they are usually completely unaware of it until its too late, it attracts attention, get a bad reputation, then often attracts the notice of rights groups or the govt and then its not long till.......IT'S OVER. If you involved in this for personal profit give some thought to the sustainability of YOUR BUSINESS under the above mentioned circumstances, not just short term greed. If you'd like we can also discuss the issue of capital investment vs labor and workers rights.


User_Name: rover
Date: Saturday September 28, 2013
Time: 08:30 AM

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The world economy is broke and in crisis in lots of countries especially Japan where a lot of pine mushrooms are exported.America is on the verge of another economic collapse.All farm labour has worked like slaves for years and that is what mushroom picking is these days.Do it if you enjoy the lifestyle and time in the woods it will never make you big bucks those days are over so please quit whining if you are just in it for money it isn't going to happen


User_Name: Freeeasabird
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 11:51 PM

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who buys mush in Vancouver, Wa area? Matsutake, chicken of the woods, lobsters possibly red chants


User_Name: Kootenaybrother
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 09:46 PM

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I happy to say that I just ate 1lbs of pine mushrooms all super tight #1 not one worm , julienned them on pan with home grown garlic butter! Delish!


User_Name: Starve The Buyers Out!
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 06:42 PM

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I say starve the market. Don't sell commercially at all and don't buy them in any stores either. Buy from craigslist! Let the exporters starve for product too. Lets eat our own mushrooms! I know some people just like to pick n sell and others maybe have to for economic reasons but until we get the ethical issues related to a fair days pay for a fair days work resolved starve the market !!!!!!!!!! What are we China? With like a billion desperate people. No Were not. We're Canada and we don't slave our own people here!! We're better than that!


User_Name: BUYER
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 06:10 PM

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Mike is now buying mushrooms on Greendale Road in Lake Cowichan , Vancouver Island.


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 06:02 PM

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I've heard of treating some of the returning soldiers who have severe ptsd with psycilosybin mushrooms too. Maybe it works. I dunno. One thing I do know from experience is reality can be a bitch and if its been a recent really bad reality maybe it would help if you could "bend" it a little to lessen the impact and function better or maybe at least avoid suicide long enough to leave it in the past and let the passing of time lessen the pain or whatever. HAY; Nobody has mentioned something about waterlogged Chanterelles. You can slice them thin and dry them yourself. It works ok or as long as you don't use the rotten ones like the companies do that are then sold in stores. you have to dry them fast too not like outside right now in cold weather. But it does work and if we don't get some new popping you could "salvage" harvest some and dry them.


User_Name: Wanna Pick
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 05:46 PM

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Does any one know of a different product you can carry in the bush other than bear spray that will do the same thing


User_Name: Wanna Pick
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 05:44 PM

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Hi What's happening in Arrow Park or Nakusp area ??? Looking for pines Info please


User_Name: Woody
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 05:22 PM

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Ha you guys crack me up! I played with those mushrooms too a little back in the old days although since then undistorted reality takes up most of my time. In other words I don't think I could do them anymore, unless maybe I went into the wilds for a few days so nobody could cause me to have a bad trip, I could just get with nature and chill. I do like booze and medical mary jane for my back problems though, that works good! Stp fan; I agree with others - there can be many reasons why the chanties in you old favorite spot are gone. One thing we do know is old patches die and new ones are born, just like the cycle of life itself.


User_Name: Ron n Kelli
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 04:45 PM

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Imo Sometimes a patch just dies out and who know why, there can be different reason for sure. Sometimes overharvesting of the mushrooms, sometimes the forest changes or other plants move in blocking out the mushrooms. We see that a lot in selective cut, thinning the forest type of logging now that clearcutting has been reduced. We have seen the same thing happen as a forest grows bigger. We found pines where they never were before and thought that was pretty weird too so?


User_Name: Dagnabit
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 04:30 PM

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Yes sometimes that happens because the trees grow up and it changes the forest canopy...blocks the sun completely or it could have been sprayed with herbicide but that's unlikely, they do that mostly on private land now, not much on natl forest like that .Or it could even be the weather, like rain falling in the more open areas but doesn't penetrate your old spot now unless its real heavy rain because the trees have grown and closed in the canopy. Or it could be that the old patch just died off and a new one was born. Does somebody need an intervention? I never see anyone else double posting, a different person that is. and u no hoo does it everyday lal !


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 04:27 PM

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Hi Stp fan, Tree size can certainly make a huge difference as I find that makes more moss and filtered sunlight which I find chanterelles like both those ingredients


User_Name: STP Fan
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 03:46 PM

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I noticed something this year when I went to one of my best chantrelle patches. No mushrooms. I checked twice about two wks apart wondering when it was going to pop. I've been getting them out of that same spot since 1997 and now theres none. I don't go there and pick every year and nobody else knows about so I know they didn't beat me to it. Hedgehogs also grow there in great quantity and there was none of them either. I went to another area about two miles away that I had scouted back in the late 90's and determined it to be no good back then and damn! It was covered with chantrelles! But no hedgehogs? I picked all day from sunup till dark for two days straight and never did clean the patch out it just went on and on through the whole forest forever it seems. I have a huge winter supply now of dried but still wonder what happened? One place was great and no good now and the other was no good and now theres so many its like a dream. No the old patch didn't get logged either but the trees are a lot bigger than they were 15 yrs ago, anybody think that's it?


User_Name: JB
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 03:31 PM

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What are number one pines at in Bella Coola?


User_Name: prymetyme
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 01:34 PM

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Does anyone know any buyers in the port alberni area


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 01:24 PM

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I've heard of those mushrooms being used to treat veterans with ptsd, from the recent wars. I don't know much about it but can relate a little from experience of the late 70's, my husband and his friends picking them in cow pastures around Vancouver before they mad it illegal. And eating them of course. There's a few stories there I can't share! I tried them a couple times but I can't imagine somebody eating them once a month regularly. He must be pretty bad off with migraines. I don't think Halluconigenics are something you should do regularly, but then I don't have ptsd or migraines either. Hey you guys Van Halen's Running With The Devil is still to this day my husbands favorite song, We're not so old we aren't cool anymore and don't you forget it! :)


User_Name: Skadog
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 09:52 AM

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Hi, I'm looking for mushroom buyer information in the Bend area. I am primarily a recreational picker, but with the prospect of being out of work soon I am considering going pro for a while. The permits are a little pricey, so I am trying to do a little research first. Thanks, Scott


User_Name: Bnk
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 09:32 AM

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Just kidding, I'd love it and would instantly become a screaming loaded 20 year old. Saw Sammy Hagar in Tahoe a couple years ago at that thing he does once a year up there, got vip tickets from a casino host, made her Get me some else I would tell...Ya lol. I saw that thing about the guy in Texas who had the cluster migraine problem too. The whole thing was kinda weird I had to watch with a "clinical eye" but never heard anything about the science behind it. Must be real though 'cause you could tell the guys wife and family were desperate for him to get some relief, definitely not a party time mushroom thing.


User_Name: bnk
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 09:22 AM

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Hey Mushroom Freak, No Motorhead? No Judas priest or Ozzy? Well then count me out!


User_Name: Woody
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 08:03 AM

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I've seen many years where we had here and there Pines during Aug - Sept that turned to what could be called a genuine flush in Oct. In the Or and Wa pine woods so far this year, we have see the first part of that scenario. I went out yesterday like I said and found a few old gnarly wilted ones but that's it. I did find some nice Bowletes and white shanty's.


User_Name: garf
Date: Friday September 27, 2013
Time: 04:15 AM

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I hear we have quite a bit of rain coming ... well hunker down and do a few quick looks in different areas i guess ... Very weird mushroom season as it was very early and some areas are flagging already ... areas that usually dont even start til october.. maybe a two flusher year .. seen it before .. lots of firewood to do and i go pick for a couple of hrs after doing a load or two ... its great to get out for a hike every day ... getting cool here... full buckets ...


User_Name: mountainmamma
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 06:29 PM

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hey everyone hows the mushrooms doing.lmaoooooo at 3 bucks a lb


User_Name: Zorane
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 06:22 PM

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I buy lobster too .


User_Name: Mathall
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 06:14 PM

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I can buy your lobster lily where are you ? Im in nakusp


User_Name: kootenay brother
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 05:59 PM

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Have seen bumper matsutake years past October's , this heavy drenching we're about to receive may cause a bumper crop to appear !? Warming temps in October have been seen , it has been a chilly week snow in the mountain tops today ! Microsite locations depending on time of year & weather.Have in years past found Matsi's up to halloween !All depends on killer frost only time will tell!!!!!!!


User_Name: Merry Mary
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 05:24 PM

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I don't think it will be ok in many lower elevations. 3-10 inches is the forecast depending on where you are over a 2-3 day period. Most of it occurring over a 36 hr period. That will pretty much do anything in that's already up. Maybe after this passes things will improve but you never know. The worst of it will hit all the places most people go for mushrooms in Wa and Or.


User_Name: A Mushroom Freak
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 04:01 PM

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This weather thing is gonna be ok in lower elevations. Up high in the mountains or out in open areas like Chemult doesn't look good. Its getting late to expect a big pop there after the cold they've had. Hey Metalheads - Monsters Of Rock this year is in Sao Palo Brazil Oct 19-20th Korn, Slipnot ,Limp bizkit, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Ratt?!! Who knew they were still around. I heard Robin Crosby died a while back, and David Coverdale is what like 70 yrs old now?. Does anybody have a couple spare plane tickets to Brazil? HEY - Has anyone heard of treating cluster migraine headaches with psycedelic mushrooms? Saw a thing on tv about a guy in Texas who used them once a month or so and claimed it was the only thing that was effective. An old guy and red as hell so don't go thinking it was some party animal dude. Interesting really and I was just wondering about the science behind that. Apparently he could get in big trouble for possession of them in TX, big surprise there I know, but he did it anyway. Grows his own and treats his own medical condition rather than running to the Dr for some of that bad big pharma dope doctors are the pushers for nowdays. Anybody here about that?


User_Name: Kootenay Sista
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 03:27 PM

Messages

Awful cold here actually, Has been for a week now, I think our season is already ended for the most part.


User_Name: kootenay brother
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 03:10 PM

Messages

FOUND 3 pounds of fresh tight matsutake buttons while getting fire wood , sun was shining today not for long a whopper of a storm is on the way ,calling for 50-80 mm of rain freezing level 1600 meters.Surprised to find a new patch , lots of dead standing fir and larch,I'll be back, surprisingly we also ran into some huckle berries , not abundant but still edible. Life is good in the West kootenays!!


User_Name: Ron n Kelli
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 02:01 PM

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The woods are full of rotten Chanterelles Theres just millions of them everywhere you look, all gone bad. I wouldn't say we've seen commercially viable amounts of anything so far this season except the chanty's. A few Boletes and a few Lobsters that weren't wormy or rotten and some very small and scattered far and wide patches of pines but very limited amounts of them, maybe If you worked at it all day you could have gotten a couple pounds of buttons but that's about it. Most of the pines that came up got wormy or rotten or went straight to flags as soon as they popped. We're waiting to see what Rocktober brings too!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 10:49 AM

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Oh shiznit! The biggest rain is heading straight for us. I guess I'm gonna have to put my picking trip on hold. Poop! I hate to pick in those downpours it's just really no fun. But I guess on the bright side once it passes and dries out we might get some new tasty's up. I'm really hoping for boletes and lobsters. Good ones, not the soft squishy wormy crap that's been out for the last few weeks. Boy this storm is sure gonna be the end of anything that's already up, like chantrelles.


User_Name: cabazon
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 10:31 AM

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Sad to hear of the passing of Pieter Weeber of New Hazelton. He bought mushrooms for us for many years. My condolances to his family and son Mike. Pieter in the early days bought more pines in one day than many did in a season! http://www.terracestandard.com/news/224302151.html?mobile=true


User_Name: Woody
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 08:30 AM

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There's a guy lost in Oregon too. Out near Mollalla. Sad story there shroomkid. Its been like two weeks now and under the circumstances, his age, poor health etc..well you know. But I still cant get over a couple details of that story, they didn't say why his friend made it out but didn't bother tell anyone to go looking for the other guy. I hope people who read about that who have little or no outdoor experience or real skills take heed.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 08:22 AM

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I'm headed out right now to see what I can rustle up in the way of pines. Theres a mega big rainstorm coming and it wlll dump super heavy in some areas mainly the north Or coast and inland areas and sw Wa. Like we need more rain there! Check out the alert on the weather channel, it looks big, they're talking about up to inches in some areas.


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 06:41 AM

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Hey gang, if anyone hears anything about the lost/missing picker in the Nakusp area, Mr. Chung, please let the RCMP know what you find out. He's an older gentleman, in his 70's, of Asian descent, and been missing for a few days now. The SAR and RCMP are out there searching with helicopters, etc. (you've probably seen them above you!) His wife and kids are in the area living in trailer while the search is ongoing. He's one of us - let's see what we can do to help? If I were in the area, I'd be there.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Thursday September 26, 2013
Time: 12:12 AM

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Shroomkid, Thanks for your response, the pictures aren't so good. The stipe is actually quite scaily. I am almost positive this shroom is edible. Even the look-alike varieties are edible


User_Name: lilly
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 10:23 PM

Messages

Anyone buying Lobsters got 60lbs plus?


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 09:41 PM

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Hi Fishgod, your button mushroom looks much like a prince - Agaricus augustus, though the stipe isn't as scaly as I'd like to see it, and there doesn't look to be a ring... this makes me wonder if it is something else, though, to be fair, I'm not sure what. I pick a few princes every year, and they are in my top 5 mushrooms. It's a bit frustrating though, as they are not a perennial "patching" kind of shroom, but a duff rotter more than anything, and aren't fussy about the trees they grow close to, and will move around a lot over time. the other one, that you did the spore print of is a mystery. cheers.


User_Name: Pickin' Fools
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 09:41 PM

Messages

Had a great day. 50lbs lobsters in an hour. Sold!


User_Name: Powell River Jack
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 08:03 PM

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Attention PR pickers: Just rode ferries up from Vancouver with Shelly. She will be open to buy this Friday at old Edge Hill Store.


User_Name: Baitin Switch
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 07:02 PM

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Lets just try to bury it like neg feedback. Pile a whole bunch on top as fast as you can and nobody will see it. See?


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 06:58 PM

Messages

They keep changing the forecast for Or and Wa. First it looked good this weekend now it looks like rain, heavy here and there. I wonder sometimes what we need the tv weather man for at all. Or tv news for that matter, I see them running the stories on a loop all day that I saw on Huffpo or somewhere else in the morning!


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 06:50 PM

Messages

Hi Elizabeth, Spoke with a buyer today and the going rate for grade 1 matsi is currently $6/lb, hope this helps


User_Name: Steve from Oregon
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 06:35 PM

Messages

Hello, Carla or anyone else familiar with Oregon coast Matsi's when do you predict the popping will start?


User_Name: Elizabeth
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 05:50 PM

Messages

I was wondering what the price for pines were in british Columbia.


User_Name: Roger That
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 05:36 PM

Messages

Would that it wasn't so but sadly yes, they do think we're stoopid and that's why they run those ads. Even more disturbing is a fairly good percentage of the public is...Well I don't want to say stoopid...so lets just say their poorly informed and easily misled and manipulated. I really wish we could get the FRACKING thing killed off too but it sells very well at least so far because of their skill at lacing the discussion/advertising with clever Orwellian buzzwords like "energy independent" and "cleaner" and pretty visuals of green fields and sincere testimonials from smiling, friendly, happy looking rubes er...I mean Farmers.


User_Name: Its......
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:53 PM

Messages

the same thing that always happens and you always pretend like its osmosis made it happen.


User_Name: Be warned
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:50 PM

Messages

Ya I don't know how that happend.sorry Matsiman.


User_Name: I would like....
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:49 PM

Messages

also, for anyone who has seen the tv ad running that is against the labeling of genetically modified food (sponsored by Monsanto, Bayer agribusiness and others, it says at the bottom,) to hear their input as to what a crock of poo it is. I mean how stupid do the big Corporations involved in the genetic engineering, frankenfood, business think we are. The ad is the usual, oh its bad for business, Oh, its too confusing, oh its a big government take over blah blah blah.....


User_Name: I would like...
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:42 PM

Messages

To see this person get some help for his double, triple and sometimes quadruple posting problem. Overcome!


User_Name: Be warned
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:39 PM

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For those of you that are picking in the hope area in the park Be warned! The (RANGERS) are on full force.they were there today handing out $250 fines and taking your shrooms from those that had been caught,at $6lb that's 41lbs that you must pick to pay it.as long as you don't pick in the park that is,to funny.also they are taking a picture of every vehicle that's parked up there.dont say I din't warn you.this is good because all of the moss peeling hole diggers and, garbage leavers will not be able to distroy the grounds anymore this season.


User_Name: Be warned
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 04:38 PM

Messages

For those of you that are picking in the hope area in the park Be warned! The (RANGERS) are on full force.they were there today handing out $250 fines and taking your shrooms from those that had been caught,at $6lb that's 41lbs that you must pick to pay it.as long as you don't pick in the park that is,to funny.also they are taking a picture of every vehicle that's parked up there.dont say I din't warn you.this is good because all of the moss peeling hole diggers and, garbage leavers will not be able to distroy


User_Name: Wanna Pick
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 03:32 PM

Messages

Hi anything happening in the Nakusp area .Do we have buyers and where. Looking for pines???


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 02:32 PM

Messages

Hang in there people like the mad morel says we're gonna have some time good weather and pickin in Rocktober! Winnie, your never too old to rock and roll ! I went to an outdoor rap concert with my son on one of those (divorced) fathers weekend things several years ago,he was younger and so was I and didn't want to let him go alone, talk about out of place! I cant stand that crap but hey our parents said the same thing about metal so whatever I guess. Bnk- I talked to an old friend and he says your right although I cant remember it. u know how that can be lol. It was Slayer/King Diamond Merciful Fate I was thinking of the same year.


User_Name: Panic Stricken
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 01:40 PM

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I hope your right I haven't got squat yet this year, figured there would be plenty of time to get something after I got my deer. But now I'm panic stricken!


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 01:11 PM

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Gotta run time to pick by


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 01:08 PM

Messages

Remember it is never over till the fat Matsu sings and the buyers move out of town.


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 01:03 PM

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Long range forecast looking good in to mid October And October has shown In the past To be hot And dry. so to those out there don't panic things will get better.


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 12:57 PM

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Long range Weather showing good weather in OctoberForecast. remember this is only and October has shown that it can bery hot at times"September'


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 12:51 PM

Messages

Fishgod,I like to be able to say that it is a Prince Agaricus I have only seen one in my lifetime. Try A mushroom identification Bored Like the web sites have shown that you posted Too many look alike But once you find out that it is one Yeah it's like much of Matsutake once you get the aroma in your nose you never forget.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 12:46 PM

Messages

I see some clearing coming! I think we will be out sat and sun to get more! I sure hope the rest of you can find the time to get what you can while the gettin's good! Hey Whatz UP, I've always been a tell it like it is person. And in my previous life before I was a mom and now grandmother, I listened to metallica too, shocking isn't it. Headline reads: Grandmother 56 seen at Metallica show with 30 yr old daughter. No just kidding, I had may fun and would feel out of place now. But we still ride and go to parties with the old gang so were doin ok. Yeah, everybody pick for tomarrow may be too late!


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:58 AM

Messages

Found something interesting, these look like the ones I found http://www.silysavg.com/naturespickings/mushroomreport/the_prince.html


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:44 AM

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Found 2 pages I had linked wrong for some reason. I guess a few have seen the 2. Anyway here is the link. It's the harvest method, effect and recovery link on the top right side links. http://matsiman.com/umpquastudies/harvest_method_effect_and_recove.htm Matsiman


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:37 AM

Messages

I agree once they're (matsi's) are up out of the ground and it freezes crusty like they're wasted unless you get to them like that day and dry them, I've done that. To me, among all the edible and delicious mushrooms that grow in our part of the world they seem to have an almost addictive property. The first time I tried them years ago I didn't even like them , then a few years pass and I eat some more and think; these are ok, Then a couple more years go by and I eat some and now they're pretty good! And for the last several years I seek them out and eat whole piles with dinner! Hey, I can work them into almost any dish and to use an old phrase, "they're to die for" Am I right? HUH?


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:25 AM

Messages

Spore print is dark brown and damn...... It looks yummy!


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:18 AM

Messages

I will not be eating them due to fear of pesticide contamination but would however, like to identify them if possible for future reference


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:15 AM

Messages

Lol....agreed Mad Morel! On another note I posted photos of some shrooms I believe to be prince buttons the other day. At the patch where I found them I left a few behind to mature. I have managed to collect a spore print and here it is! Any input with identification appreciated. http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/5BD3293A-7A28-48E0-B6FB-4373596EA368-8378-000009272688DA80_zps182717d8.jpg The next one is a photo of the button http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/ED7418A8-C397-4634-AAF4-9EAC4A2B4679-8378-000009273FC51A53_zps1bf36424.jpg If I break a piece off and rub in my fingers there is a distinct odour of almond/anise


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:05 AM

Messages

That's okay fish God I understand it's nice to have a little poking once in awhile keeps me alive


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 11:01 AM

Messages

To those that are new to picking pine's especially those picking and Eastern Oregon. keep a close eye on the temperatures for 24-hour freeze pine mushrooms may become water core. that is where fluid from the stem feed to the cap is frozen between the cap and stem. It's no good for anything Best picked and drop. don't even try to sell them a good buyer will pick up on it real quick.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 10:38 AM

Messages

Mad Morel, I was just messing with you. If my iphone would do talk to text as well as your Android I would be doing it to lol! Sounds like your situation is a tough one right now, I wish for you the very best and hope things get easier. Certainly did not intend to offend you bro


User_Name: bnk
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 10:36 AM

Messages

I think the freeze in Central Or will pass and the temp will warm up enough for a decent late season for pines. I Hope so, I got a special spot near Mt Bachelor that's always a sure thing. Hey whatz up - It was Metallica and Armored Saint that year at the Satyricon in pdx. They did that metalla-Saint thing as Hetfield called it, at the end of the show with both bands playing together on stage? Armored Saint's debut album March Of The Saint had just come out, remember now?


User_Name: Woody
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 09:15 AM

Messages

Lol! Yous guys crack me up! Ya you better get out there and pick TODAY if you around central Or.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 09:12 AM

Messages

Pine killing, season ending temperature down in Chemult..23 tonite, 21 tomarrow nite. So that's that.


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 08:51 AM

Messages

Senator Jeff merkely of Or was a big part of kiliing that Monsanto thing. I'll be glad when when we fInally get back to the world of whats best for people and the world we live on rather than whats best for corporations and their love of money. Metallica, ya brings back memories, saw them at what was the Satyricon in Portland in 1984 with King Diamond/Merciful Fate. You oldsters wouldn't care but the 30 and 40 somethings know whats up with that. Hey the weather is shaping up really good for a new flush of mushrooms after the cold spell passes. I don't know about Chantrelles but I think some others might get a good pop in a week or so. Now get out there and pick before its too late!, (that will be my new motto. Thanks Toady!)


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 08:44 AM

Messages

Buyers are only taking #1's for the next 2 days at the Zoo. Unsure if that's widespread across the northwest of BC or not. Story is, they're running short of baskets.........:-s


User_Name: Toady
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 08:27 AM

Messages

Why don't you guys go find somebody else to flick crap at rather than August, hes got it tougher than most of us right now.. Hey man I read the article online in the Yakima times, boy your more secretive even than me you wouldn't let them take your picture lol now that's funny! Seriously though its no joke when people try to follow you to a patch. I don't believe most people really understand lots of new technology they just think how wonderful it is and rush to it, and if you think back a few years there are many problems that have come along the were not part of the original hope and promise of a lot of this stuff. I have friends who thought the big money to be made seling stuff one ebay was a new glory hole of money for the rest of their life and now it's loaded with stuff, tons of people trying to sell and prices in the basement for most of it. the internet is massively deflationary and cant be stopped...............HEY I see the Monsanto Protection Act is going to expire and the repubs cant save it this time. Score another for the human race! And in bangin metal news METALLICA was on The Colbert show last nite and played For Whom The Bell Tolls off their second album, a classic from the eary days. Omg Awsome! Now get out there and pick before its too late !!!


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 07:52 AM

Messages

Fishgod, I'm not lazy I just have fat wide fingers and I'm working on a squirrel keyboard. If I was lazy I would not be out in the field doing my work that I normally do Foraging for mushrooms. Sometimes only get may.be 4 hours sleep if that. And being homeless and living on the road for the last six seven months makes it hard when you have a 13 year old son that needs to go to school. Sol I'm not lazy I just need a good tool that I can work with


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 07:42 AM

Messages

Yes can be there is a gadget but wonder I think no one should be with Out Being a phone camera and access to the Internet at anytime anyplace it sure is nice. I just need to get the damn thing to learn what I say right not what it wants to write. Wow Technology Things we learn To do with such Gadgets. Who knows someday we will have one that will tell us there are mushrooms Popping up just five yards away And if you could get them to identify them for us but looking at them and then picking for us.


User_Name: wild side
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 06:40 AM

Messages

kootenay brother, it shouldn't be a problem if they're clean and fresh/ stick with that price as a bottom line so it continues as the average norm for professional harvestors. bon chance


User_Name: Knb
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:24 PM

Messages

Hey mad morel, I hear ya bro. The only thing funnier than a teenager who runs for the latest gadget or fad is a full grown man who does. At least with the teenager that's what you would expect. Throw that junk away and get a phone you can use that works.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:05 PM

Messages

Start typing again........stop bieng lazy!


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:32 PM

Messages

Damn Android phone Neve Need to learn my way of speaking Androidr says what I wanted to say right has a mind of its own. sorry if it's hard to follow in on what I'm saying maybe Andy could delete that post for me and I'll rewrite it later later. famous quote from a famous person goodnight Gracie and that's the way it was September 24th 2013


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:22 PM

Messages

Face it people too many mushrooms on the market and too many mushrooms in the field the buyers heaven and I pick your nightmare no money again this year they spent too much on Morales the spring and need to make what they can that they spent the day don't have for next spring so give up go home and let the field fire star for once. by the way there's just too many pictures out there complaining about the price if you've not been in the market as long as some of us have you will complain about the price its Justin u so go home pack it up let it happen for get up start of spring by the way Lobo you're in Mount Adams how come you haven't got in contact with me hi Gracie that's the way it was September 24th 2014 and I postp and down yo yo its like throwing darts at a dartboard blind you never know what you're going to get


User_Name: TP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 09:39 PM

Messages

What are the prices in Bella Coola?


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 09:27 PM

Messages

@Couch picker...Rookie... I dreamed of 600 and 400 today...gotcha...lol


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 08:56 PM

Messages

(why) would you want a buyer to go to hope for $6 lb when the pickers out there are selling to private buyers for $10 to $15lb, that just doesn't make sense to me.Dont get me wrong I know Fred from years ago and in other locations and he's a good person but,not many people are gona want to sell for that price.good luck and be safe.


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 08:51 PM

Messages

http:// Yakima Herald.com check out this site a reporter reported an article about me in the news paper. it is in the sports section front page videos and pictures.


User_Name: knb
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 08:35 PM

Messages

Couch picker........maybe in your dreams when you where napping on the couch......just a little far fetched on those numbers.


User_Name: Couch picker
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 08:22 PM

Messages

Oh Boy here we go again I picked 500 pounds of chanties and 200 pounds of every other kind of mushrooms today!


User_Name: Pickin Fools
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 07:22 PM

Messages

This light snow don't bother me one bit. I can go anywhere in my Toyota pu and I aint afraid to hike in or up to far away spots like some of the old people. Not you Vern, you seem pretty hardcore and probably don't need much help of any kind lol!.


User_Name: Kootenay brother
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 06:38 PM

Messages

The cool down is on hit my favourite patch today ,pulled out 15lbs of lobsters 11lbs of tight matsutakes left the soft ones ,lots #2 #3s gonna check the local restaurants won't take less than 15 $ per pound for the pines , if I can't get my price I'm gonna eat them all!!!!!


User_Name: Toady
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 05:56 PM

Messages

Snow down to 6,000 ft tonite in the cascades. Get what you can while you can people.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 05:54 PM

Messages

Mount Adams Hedgehogs with chili for dinner tonight, yum


User_Name: Pine Man and Chanty Girl
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 05:41 PM

Messages

Wow! Winnie sure laid it out straight. I think she's my new hero! We like glass jars for long term dry storage of mushrooms and some other foods better than any kind of plastic bags. We use the jars we get at Costco that have spaghetti sauce in them originally and put the ring and sealer type lids on them. You know like canning jar type? It seems like handling gets holes in most any kind of plastic bags or the seal gets compromised. The zip lock type are the least suitable of all, it doesn't keep them fresh for long term and so you loose flavor. The seal a meal kind of little machines are the best. We got all or dried Pines and Chanties for the winter too but I sure would like to get some more fresh ones. I just love fresh pines best and the more I eat the more I want !! Most varieties lobsters, hedgies, boletes, anything really, will do though! :-)


User_Name: Doris Blecher
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 04:51 PM

Messages

I've been reading here today the discussion of chanterelle mushrooms and I think I've seem what most of the public hasn't. There is clearly a dirty ugly side of this that most people who buy these mushrooms in the store are completely unaware of. I will be sure to let my friends know the terrible working conditions they mushrooms pickers face at the hands of these companies. I wont ever buy Chanterelle mushrooms again from a store. To think, they were picked right here in the US with what is clearly third world slave labor essentially foeced on desperate people make me sick.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 04:41 PM

Messages

Hi again, Just talked to Fred, he's not in hope yet and doesn't know a buyer that is. He will be set up there at some point. The going rate for grade 1 is $6/lb


User_Name: bnk
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 04:37 PM

Messages

When it comes to Chanterelles it seems as though every year there's always something. There are issues with the harvest involving low production, very high production, weather swings etc.. This year we have had, at least so far in the greater Wa and Or Chanterelle producing areas,mainly the weather swings one, but also a huge harvest. In our experience so far this season we saw an initial pop that didn't last long before a heat wave hit and stayed that way for a week. That dried them out (red rims) and stalled growth in many places. After that came drizzly rain, the worst kind, in my opinion, as it really doesn't provide a good deep wetting of the earth but more like heavy mists, that lasted off and on for a few-several days which brought the blue mold and rotted the bigger ones that had flushed first. Then we have a long series of days with drizzly - heavy rain soaking the mushrooms that are up and rotting or molding them almost 100% except in a few areas at this point. Such is the nature of Mushrooms.........To the young ladies, Angie and Kim who were picking and selling: I admire your ambition and resourcefulness. Unfortunately the market conditions, and now the weather, doesn't favor entrepreneurs such as yourselves. And the weather doesn't favor the big players at all right now which seems appropriate for them. It's good in times like these that can make us feel badly to remember we're but a small part of the much larger scheme of things, the earth and all life on it are subject to these forces. I know, maybe not what you wanted to hear but if you have jobs your much better off than the poor souls who have no choice but to take any kind of work they can get, even if it's for maybe $20.00 for a long hard days work. Two or three dollars an hour for most of them. An excellent example of man preying on his fellow man out of greed and self interest at the expense of anything else, and a reflection of the world we live in generally. I know there have always been issues pitting labor against corporations but it's never been as bad as it is now in the modern era. I shall hope to see improvement in the future.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 04:37 PM

Messages

Insulator, I l know of a buyer who usually works the hope area names Fred 1 (250) 315-8367. Didn't talk to him last year , don't know if he's still around but they usually set up camp in the silver creek area in hope. Hope this helps


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 03:41 PM

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Boletus Joe; I have heard and read that table sugar also works wonders to prevent cancer???? ……….. Mad morale; awesome, however we no longer will be able to recognize your writing, lal. ……… I drove a few thousand miles this last five week foray trip and had loads of fun, photographed numerous wild fungi, gave away several varieties during the 4 day 1,400 + - drive back down here to the warm/hot desert SW and ought to have been even more generous because almost all of the fungi that would not fit into the ice chests, SOURED. At least I will have the photo memories to post in new blogs on various fungal findings. ………… Matsiman; due to the foot bandages I never trusted my waders to keep my feet completely dry, so no golding adventures, perhaps next summer. ……….. SouthofOregon, lilWonders; the latest I have ever photographed fresh-pop fire morels was in November, dated photos in my blog. Last week they were still flushing in Washington and in other states that got fresh snow on the morel-high-ground this week, that in and of itself will not hurt the flush but I personally do not care for steep-snowy-mountain access as well as the hiking up & down slippery-slopes. ………… forestnoclues; Sunday afternoon of the 15th when I stopped in to check Randle prices, only one buyer was open and he was paying $1.00 for lobster and was closed at the time on all other fungi. I might as well have sold him my lobster or given more of it away because it could not handle the long, hot drive home being as my coolers were full. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Note to self, get that bigger mobile dryer finished before you go on such a long foray trip again. ………… garf; sorry for your struggles, at least all of my cancer conks harvested during the five week foray made it just fine, they were drying all the way. …………… Now a few observations on drying and storage; I was given several bags of partially dried product that smelled a bit sour. Even bags that had been sealed with some type of vacuum sealer were no longer vacuumed shut tight. I have seen advice here for utilizing strong bag material or various types of containers, I strongly second that advice. In my opinion the product not only needs to be dried to a crisp prior to sealing but air leakage might occur from sharp fungal edges making tiny holes in the bag, thus bacteria might sour and or spoil the mushrooms. I am currently re-drying all of the previously dried product in hopes of salvaging it for future usage. I place a layer in a lychee basket and then cover and zip shut in a travel pillow case to keep critters and flies from laying their eggs; I set it out in the hot sun during daylight hours (currently 94° in the shade). The dried bolete powder, Devils Club root etc that he gave me made the trip just fine and will be fantastic for future medicinal or culinary adventures. …………… One other observation made several years ago where an Oregon Coast buyer was packaging morels for shipment at her buy station in Montana. She maintained a percentage of moisture in her dried morels so that she could obtain more bang-for-the-buck while assuming that the final consumers would have used all of the morels prior to bacterial formation. I advise that buyers-beware, if you plan to keep your dried mushrooms for several years then make sure they are completely dried prior to packaging. One ‘final’ thought (sure john, final, hee haw) A chef from New York city opened a restaurant in Boise Idaho and was bragging to me that he had purchased dried morels for only $75.00 per pound, when he opened the bag for me to see them I almost gagged. They stank from bacteria and campfire smoke and had apparently been only about ½ dried over a fire, he had actually paid double or more for inferior product.


User_Name: Lobset Mania!
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 02:42 PM

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I live in a rural area and saw the chanterelle rot,, mold spoilage thing coming over a week ago since they grow everywhere in my neck of the woods but didn't think it would get this bad. I'm glad I dried a bunch of really nice ones when I did. I don't know about commercially pickable amounts but if the weather clear and dries for a week or so we may get another flush so people who didn't get some for their winter use might be able to.


User_Name: Insulator
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 02:42 PM

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Is there a buyer in the Hope Chillwack area for pines?


User_Name: Insulator
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 02:42 PM

Messages

Is there a buyer in the Hope Chillwack area for pines?


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 02:01 PM

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Hey all, I recently got photobucket mobile for my phone, it's a great, easy way to share photos on the forum and is free. Would be nice maybe if more of us posted pictures of our shrooms!


User_Name: Angie N Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 01:41 PM

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Ya it's still raining constantly I'm afraid this might be the end of chanterells but hope not. We both have jobs I'm a bartender and my partner works and goes to school, but we don't make lots of money so the extra $ from mushrooms comes in handy.


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 12:49 PM

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BRAVO WINNIE !!!! I've read some of your other postings here and nobody can say you dance around the heart of the issue that for sure!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 12:42 PM

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Oh btw these are not far away people who your happy to have supply your mushrooms for not even enough money to live on. They're other Americans for christs sake!!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 12:39 PM

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But at 15.00 a pound they aren't "cheap for you." What happened is the company found some desperately poor people who, in some cases I'm sure have no choice but to work for slave wages you cant even live on. This is a complete lack of ethical behavior and GREED. That's all. If your ok with that then go buy some from the store for five to ten more than what you could get better quality ones for on craigslist, for example or a private seller like Angie and Kim. Where, by the way, you would be supporting the person who actually does the work, Not the expensive lifestyle of some greedy pig.


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:56 AM

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Most people don't want to think of themselves as bad people, so your right and it's easier to screw others if their far away or you don't have to see the ugly side of "cheap for you".


User_Name: Angie n Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:53 AM

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Het Whatz UP, Thanks for the enlightening info. The people we sell chantrelles to have to charge double what we sell them for and I think that's ok as the have expenses and need to make money too. But not 8 times or whatever. I think if this kind of crap is far away people are more ok with it, like china, althought it isn't right they're just more ok with it. When your screwing the people in your town or neighborhood its get a little more not ok and harder for most people to do. And that's what they're doing, screwing their neighbors and others.


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:45 AM

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I meant to say when everybody works at wall mart.


User_Name: Tommy boy
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:44 AM

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Hey I liked that discussion and its good to remember something. Everything runs up and down in long cycles. The greed, me me me, I got mine sorry about your luck, are all turning in the cycle now to; What about us all, its not fair to them, we cant live in a rolls Royce world when everybody shops at wall mart.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:43 AM

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There are people who are not ethical in the least, I have witnessed groups collecting Matsi buttons by use of garden rakes!......no joke


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:43 AM

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companies only screwed them self. they bought cheap and over seas they no it. why pay more for a product . no wonder they don`t want them., they no the field prices here.there all starting to smell the coffee. crash the markets with 3 bucks a lb. hard getting rid of them as most are 4/5 days old. yet they send the crap over, spoiling the market for all companies... greed kills ,and at the pickers expence. if they were to have a fair market than both sides win... now,as it is, companies are screwing themselfs in the markets over seas. they are having a hard time,explaining there costs mark up. need a u-tube mushroom stomp.explaining why......3 bucks a lb for pines.. greedy companies hopefully lose there shirt. hoped it cost them thousands,in losts. next season will be different......doors are opening,just to late to do it now as the season is near over here. a few weeks left... pick and dry.... many will find out the hard way. lol. hope it was worth it,we all lose this season.


User_Name: Williams Lake Ric
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:41 AM

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People whinning about prices again... Yet still go out picking. I picked in the Hazeltons to the Nass and when it went below $10 lb I went back to school and got a real job. I love picking and enjoy the outdoors, however the realitry is, as long as people pick for low prices ... they will pay low prices. That being said.... "Quit whinning or Quit picking".


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:37 AM

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no, it hasn't always been this way and it will change. People are becoming more ethical and less selfish-self centered again, it will just take some time.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:34 AM

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Folks, I'm sure that if buyers were only paying a buck a lb there would still be people that would sell to them. In all types of business this happens. Go to any store, pick up just about any product, guaranteed 90% of the time it's made in ***** by someone who earns ten cents an hour....welcome to the ugly world of biz


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 11:34 AM

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There are a few co-op operations out there too. one well known one in seattle. it's a more ethical way of doing it. specialty/seasonal foods like mushrooms aren't produce like lettuce or carrots. People should know the truth about the mushrooms they see offered in retail stores and maybe they would change their ways...I think in time that will happen. I was using the company I mentioned as a general example but I don't actually know what they pay.


User_Name: Angie N Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:52 AM

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Ok I get it but it doesn't make me feel any better. Whts wrong with those companies? Why would you risk all that lost profit just by being so cheap? Like you dais nobody knows what the weather will do and if your too cheap and the season ends early then you hurt yourself too. Whats wrong with them?


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:49 AM

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and if the season really is toast from all the rain then everybody looses. EVERYBODY!


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:46 AM

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Hey girls I really am sorry about your situation. were all in the same boat. heres an example of what I mean in case your not aware of it - Oregon Mushrooms LLC is in southern oregon and offering to sell chantrelles for 15.00 a pound. I don't know what they pay the people who actually pick those mushrooms but most are paying around $2.00 a pound. so you buy for two bucks and sell for 15. pretty good profit there wouldn't you say? what if they had paid even a measly 4.00 a pound? and sell for maybe 12? well, here's what would have happened - they would have been swamped with orders from people wanting to buy from them and every chantrelle picker within a hundred miles or more would have sold only to them! but nooooooo! They gotta stick with THEIR plan. see? it really is crazy.


User_Name: Angie n Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:32 AM

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Ok I get what your saying. We have never dealt with any field buyers we only supply them to small retail sellers. We always sell only top quality and get a fair price for them , but now we cant get any quality everything is rotten and has major waterlog damage. I guess you could dry the waterlogged ones but that's not what we do. We have to have fresh quality or that's it! I guess it's that way for everybody though....


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM

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hey gang, the going rate for chanties and lobsters in Victoria is around $5 to the pickers, when selling direct to the restaurants. some guys are getting up to $8 a lb. just fyi. it's a good year, though I'm also finding more mature and rotten ones in the patches I frequent, than in the past at this time of year. It is a much earlier year than the last two or three. good luck! full buckets!


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM

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i agreed with you, whatz up with that?


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:25 AM

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Im not trying to be mena or pick a fight here ok? The fact is many thousands and thousands of pounds of chantrelles have rotted or are rotting as we speak all over Or and Wa right now. Tons literally, that didn't get picked and will never get to market all because some people who run big buying and distribution outfits have gone insane with greed for themselves and in the process cut their own throats. I mean you have to laugh at least at that part, right?


User_Name: Angie n Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:16 AM

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Well we're not commercial pickers really not in the way you would think anyhow. We do sell them but not to buyers and we don't make a lot of money doing it either.


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 10:12 AM

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$6 a lbs for matsutake is unheard off!(rip off)


User_Name: Whatz UP
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 09:54 AM

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well yeah, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been around a while. all of this is controlled by the weather. can you imagine the panic stricken buyers whoa re surely wondering if they had just been willing to pay a little more for them they would have pulled in tins more, and therefore more profit for themselves before the weather killed the chantie season. now that's cosmic justice


User_Name: Angie n Kim
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 09:28 AM

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Were were finding chantrelles rotting a week ago, it was basically a grad before you pick situation then and it juust got worse and worse. When we went out sun and yesterday they were al rotten. I'm a little concerned the chanty season may be coming to an early end already.


User_Name: JDS
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 08:29 AM

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Northwestjones...Why be so judgemental about those of us who pick for profit, and those who buy wild mushrooms? Go ahead and eat or give away everything you pick if that's what makes you happy , but don't go around thinking you're morally superior to commercial pickers.


User_Name: garf
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 07:49 AM

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Ts for the good wishes for me boletus , scruff and phantom..and all .... i am doing well and yesterday i was doing good enough that i wore my dog out when i was hiking all day pretty well...course he is 12 so 84 is not young but i keep an eye on him and he is still pretty darn spry and woodsmart.. did ok yesterday but things are flagging... suprised because sometimes they don't even show til october ... got quite a few ... 58 lbs i think it was ... not bad for me being almost as old as the dog lol at least feel like it this morning ... full buckets and enjoy those woods ....


User_Name: JimBob
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 06:22 AM

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No one is sitting on those morels, most got exported to China. They are importing them because they can't keep up with their own demand for them. I wouldn't expect to see low morel prices anymore. The buyer we sold to (@ $16/lb fresh, $120/lb dried) in the field, weigh & pay, no sorting, was buying for a company that is currently selling those dried lbs for $323. Two weeks after we stopped picking morels and switched to huckleberries, we were asked if we had any dried morels. The buyer said the current price was $145/lb. Last week a friend just shipped off 15 dried lbs @ $165/lb.


User_Name: mtn morels
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013
Time: 05:27 AM

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In light of the recent subpar commercial mushroom season and prices... who is siting on thousands of lbs of dried morels he or she paid $16+ for this spring @ table mtn?


User_Name: Lily15
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 10:56 PM

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Hey Mushroom Bandit - I slice and dehydrate pounds and pounds of pines and SELL them! I have private customers who LOVE them dried. I mix up the grades and place them in well sealed plastic bags. I've kept some myself and they last for over a year if the package is tightly sealed.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 09:42 PM

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I am not picking for profit "iron mike". I feed my friends and family with what I find and enjoy the PNW at its finest. I wouldn't dare pervert the sacred act of foraging in our woods and try to turn it into some kind of financial gain. The whole commercial picking idea is going to burn out when communities and the greater good look at the bigger picture. Yeah some mushroom pickers are careful and this and that but for what?? So some foreigner can have tastes of our fungus? Or some lazy Oregonian can buy them in a Saturday market instead of go out and enjoy the woods and get them for free?? It's absurd. I refuse to do so.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 09:05 PM

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Hello Garf..... Re: your bladder problems.... I had a confirmed case of prostrate cancer 3 years ago. Two years ago I started with this... http://www.ecomaxnutrition.com/ 6 months ago I was told my cancer is gone.... say what you like but it may be another bit of ammunition to have in your arsenal. Long life and full baskets


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 08:30 PM

Messages

hey whuz up. If nobodys talking that meens something good is going on!!!!! Don't give up the hunt


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 08:28 PM

Messages

Howdy folks, Good to hear some are getting into some nice patches. Too bad about the chanties but that's what happens alright. Hey Winnie we use one of those sealer deals too it works good. I guess my kids like me alright too since they take me along on their hunts for shrooms sometimes. But I don't go when they head out for a long pack in and out anymore, it's too hard on the old man and I don't want to hold them up or let them see me suffering Ha Ha ! On the other hand I always get some of what they find on those "trips to the headwaters" as my wife calls them. Which basically means everything good is clear far away at the headwaters, the best fish, mushrooms, whatever. I'm waiting to see what the weather will do. It was freezing and snowing some places today, Colorado and Montana were two. Maybe I'll go on a solo trip down to southern Oregon in a few weeks. Small mountains and easy walking down there...Any of you other old codgers who still got grit remember to tell somebody exactly where you went so if you keel over out there they can find you! Ha Ha Ha ! Best of luck to all !


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 07:15 PM

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And my Last comment Was on yellow chantrelles as well as white's. Going to take me some time to get used to this new phone. I talk and it types. what an amazing thing no more fingers to the keypad I must be coming lazy.


User_Name: Mad Morel
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 07:06 PM

Messages

I am speaking to an Android phone that misspelled my name. Something new that I treated myself to this year


User_Name: C'mon
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:56 PM

Messages

Nobody misspells their own name.......


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:54 PM

Messages

I think what the mad one is trying to say is don't stomp around in the patch! ...? We know you guys wont do that though cause you already know it kills pins forming below ground and therefore reduces the amount of mushrooms that are produced. Right!!??


User_Name: Mad morale
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:54 PM

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By the way it's a good time to look for new patches for next year. If one were to decide to go out it's a good time to look for all patches more than you know Off at this time you may find new ones that you've never known crew t. So where's the little gas take a few mushrooms to pay for the gas and go out andhere before


User_Name: Mad morale
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:47 PM

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If there's a rainbow then there must be something to all the rot. There is some good to the story If one is keeping his passes down to a minimum There will be buttons if the weather holds And prices will not drop further they will go up I have been keeping mine patches down to a minimum all summer And now they're starting to show new signs of life with new buttons But not as many as they have been in the last month and a half.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:30 PM

Messages

Ha! You guys are funny. Hey it seems to me like theres two kinds of people right now,, the ones who have them or can get some mushrooms easily and the ones who don't have any and cant seem to get some? Maybe I'm just spoiled but we've been eating fresh pines and others for a month and honestly I'm tired of them. Theres a couple pounds of buttons in the fridge now and we'll be eating them up, but they do keep very well if cleaned and refridgerated. I would like some lobsters and the rest but it's just not time yet. When it is though I'll let you all know!


User_Name: Elizabeth
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:25 PM

Messages

Pine picking...pays good for buttons..last year I got 25 dollars a pound in mount currie


User_Name: Iron Mike
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:22 PM

Messages

Oh 25 pounds oh boy that just unbeleavable, wow. Yes the woods are just full of people trying to cash in on the big money to.


User_Name: Elizabeth
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:22 PM

Messages

I live in nanaimo..looking for mushroom buyers on Vancouver island


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:18 PM

Messages

Pick for the joy of finding treasure! From what I gather there is little money to be made these days for pro pickers


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:11 PM

Messages

Hi Whatzup, What info are you looking for and which part of the world are you from? If you are looking for places to pick most folks won't share however........ If you locate a buyer and act like a potential "employee" they will usually tell you exactly where to pick. With most people being dissapointed with the buyers I don't feel anyone will be to angry with my sharing this tip........except perhaps the buyers


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 05:57 PM

Messages

Found 25 pounds of king buttons last Saturday. Walked past 100s of pounds of chanties. It's crazy out there right now.


User_Name: Iron Mike
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 05:02 PM

Messages

Went out today to find chantrels rotted everywhere from all the rain,. hunderds if not thousands of pounds all runed. Hit several patches in the sw wash area and it was real hard to find any decent buttons, all blown up and mushy. Too bad I hope we get some clearing and another flush.


User_Name: Whatz Up
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 04:16 PM

Messages

Hi all, i ben fishin all over the place for any information I can scrounge up bout mushrooms but nobodys talkin' they wont tell me nothing!


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 03:52 PM

Messages

I spoke to an importer and he told me that terrace is suposeably bringing in 5tons of pines and,that there only paying $3 lb for #1. Is this true?


User_Name: wildmike
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 02:26 PM

Messages

Southoforegon - yes,very possible. if the fire has not received enough rain to fruit then it will fruit eventually. This is rare and occurs in rain shadow areas on the east facing slopes. It has happened before when everyone left except for one old buyer who called a few boys to come and clean up. They made lots that September in dry southern Alberta.


User_Name: baitin switch
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 02:15 PM

Messages

yes it's ridiculous but it's his story and he can tell it any way he want too right?


User_Name: SouthofOregon, lilWonders
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 01:47 PM

Messages

Is it unheard of for morels to grow on a late summer, last year burn, that didnt do much this normal morel season; (bare with me); just after the first rain that was a couple days ago? Puff balls are growin and the weather seems right.


User_Name: yo bro
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 11:47 AM

Messages

any buyers in port alberni????


User_Name: Scruff
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 10:54 AM

Messages

The pines can fight cancer. Make sure you keep some for yourself Garf. Scruff


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 10:19 AM

Messages

Oops cut myself off there, but anyhoo we also use a vacume sealer that takes the real thick plastic bags. They work good for freezing stuff too. My next mission is for some other varieties of mushrooms. I have to find out when the girls have time. Our two daughters are the foragers and our son wants nothing to do with it! Funny I guess, but the all have family's and kids and that takes time so I have to schedule it. I'm really glad the girls don't mind hangin with their ol mom once in a while, like most of their generation they've grown into such awesome people although a little wilder than we were. Bye for now and good hunting everybody!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 10:11 AM

Messages

I realize some people use plastic bags of one kind or another for storage of dried foods but, I found them to be inferior to glass jars many years ago. We like Adams Peanut Butter and the jars work awesome. Also Jalapeno Pepper jars, I forget the brand are about a gallon and work great too. T I still put up everything, Fruit of all kinds, Mushrooms, meats including fish, the list goes on..


User_Name: Toady
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 08:24 AM

Messages

Hey big fat buttons: if you know where any of them tasty lil beeches are I can sure help you get them the into a bucket! lol!


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 08:05 AM

Messages

I don't know why it posted twice, must have been because I was trying to correct the auto correct of matsy man.lol. Sorry about that.


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 08:00 AM

Messages

Garf,I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well,I was wondering why I hadn't seen you on matsy man,it wasn't the the same to read all of these new pickers on here without seen a comment about what ever from you.lol.as my self you have been on matsy man sight for quite some time and like I said not seen a post from you is really not the same.I wish you well,take care and hope to see a post or two from you in time to come.good health to you.


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 07:59 AM

Messages

what are they buying matsutake for at randle?


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 07:59 AM

Messages

Garf,I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well,I was wondering why I hadn't seen you on matsutake man,it wasn't the the same to read all of these new pickers on here without seen a comment about what ever from you.lol.as my self you have been on matsy man sight for quite some time and like I said not seen a post from you is really not the same.I wish you well,take care and hope to see a post or two from you in time to come.good health to you.


User_Name: garf
Date: Monday September 23, 2013
Time: 06:02 AM

Messages

ok i know there is a lot of cancer around and i have had a few goes around with it but i feel good , hike a lot and just live my life.. i realize i have been fortunate .. just thought i would throw this out there and share as i have a very common male cancer the second most apparently,,,bladder ... recurence rate of 50% . ..so just a heads up for males ... my symptoms were sore lower back and frequent urination ,,i went from sleeping all night to having to get up to go probably 7 to 10 times ... the tumour was taking up the room i guess ,, anyhow i eat mushrooms when i can and found that when i take a supplement called CF Ip-6 with Inositol i havent had a reccurence and when i quit as we sometimes do when we feel great and forget i had a recurrence so coincidence or not i don't know but if it can help anyone my mission is accomplished .. have had two recurrences both when not taking the IP6 ...think i will stop again ....not likely..also although not pleasent any trace of blood in urine is a indicator also ... sorry if this isn't the place for this but if CAUGHT EARLYits very treatable..... its raining really hard here and i have mushroom feverrrrrrrrrrr lol ...planning my day ,,firewood ,,,and three seperate little hikes ...full buckets ,,cheers and enjoy the Fantastic outdoors


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 11:01 PM

Messages

THANKS!!!!!! Finally a samaritan!!!!


User_Name: wildmike
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:52 PM

Messages

drying pines - cut off bottom with dirt, wipe clean with damp cloth and slice thin. place on screen with lots of moving air while gradually increasing the temperature until they're crispy. store in food grade bags in a dry place. re-dry every 6 months. throw a few into rice for flavor from the start but not too much. as mentioned earlier they are best used in slow cooking. you can powder the dried mushrooms for sauce and gravy seasoning. enjoy


User_Name: Joel_Bolete
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:46 PM

Messages

What a great trip this weekend. Found Lobsters, Chanties, Boletes and wood Blewits, cluster chanterelles, honey mushrooms, and an amanitas still with the white cap casings attached to its top. Came home with about 15 gallons of Chanterelles. This weekend will be just as epic for the rain is here!


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:45 PM

Messages

I got a mountianside of em. nobodies pickin em, and any buyers too far away. i would acouple days worth when i go pickin but thars a couple weeks away, if it hasn't ended by then


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 09:43 PM

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Bandit, I don't believe drying pines is the way to go, tried it before and only good for soup. Doubt buyers will even buy dried. Even with fresh ones apparently the prices are low. You could try vaccum sealing and freezing or blanching and freezing or perhaps canning or pickling. Or do what I do..... Eat them and share with friends and family, apparently they are very effective at preventing cancer


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 09:14 PM

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Is there no one out there who will tell me if you slice up pines when you dry em. And do you seterate the grades if you're gonna sell em that way???????????


User_Name: road 23
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 08:39 PM

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(fyi) went to cougar and then packwood just past weekend and did pretty good with mats and lots of chanties and lobsters did not sell because buyers are so cheap! so brought it home. if they were $20-$25 lbs. i will probably considered to sell. maybe headed back this coming weekend for fun and getting lots of exercise.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 07:11 PM

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I prefer white chanties over the gold ones, whites fry up crispy rather than soggy. Got some huge whites last year!http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/3411B318-CF32-45FE-BC99-732E95D897F9-6652-000007901182DB92_zpsbe29d0f3.jpg


User_Name: Big Fat Buttons
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 06:58 PM

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Chantrelles schmantrelles, They're everywhere and dirt cheap. Hey, I like to eat 'em too but are they really a that big of a big deal. I say no. Now when I get a fork into some big fat -Bowlete buttons- YUMMSVILLE !!


User_Name: Toady
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 05:33 PM

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Trying to sell or buy fresh mushrooms on ebay isn't for most people. A couple issues being the cost of overnite shipping especially of small quantities like a few pounds, another the availability of them pretty much everywhere fresh now, with no shipping cost or spoilage issues. I know...seems like a good idea till you think about it.


User_Name: A mushroom freak
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 04:54 PM

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I assume most of you all know what happens to chantys that are already up when it rains for several days after a long dry spell or hot? For those of you who don't - Mold and waterlogged mushrooms. Zero value, especially this year when top quality is all anybody wants, everthing else is 50 cents a pound if you can even get someone to buy them at all. BUT on the other side of the proverbial coin, if it makes new ones pop then they will be delish!


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 04:39 PM

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Thanks Winnie, I won't be eating them anyway, found them in an urban location and am concerned of pesticide but would still like to identify them. I read online about a couple who got very ill from consuming pesticide contaminated mushrooms, certainly something to be wary of if harvesting in urban areas!


User_Name: A Mushroom freak
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 04:13 PM

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ya I been watching people trying to sell them for the last month. 2 - 12 $ a pound asking but are they actually selling many? To me it's a reflection of how desperate some people have become just trying to get twenty or thirty bucks any way they can...A cryin shame


User_Name: Steve from Oregon
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 03:49 PM

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I see people selling Chanterelles on Craigslist for 2 dollars a pound. Then on eBay I see them selling for ten dollars a pound. Could be a good opportunity for someone to make some extra cash if they are familiar with eBay and shipping so on. Just a thought.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 03:28 PM

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Don't take chances with any mushrooms!! You were just warned by multiple different peopleabout deadly varieties and its no joke!! Get professional qualified information, not just opinion from whoever off any site !!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 03:25 PM

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Snowing and freezing temps all across the north wa cascades right now. Will surely kill off some of the bugs/worms , but also the season around there. In the big picture it may be good for prices for commercial pickers tho as the season moves south especially as Canada is getting super cold already too.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 01:35 PM

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Hi guys, Here's another image after I opened the shroom http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/8627970F-DDCE-467B-B566-81E0BE3B5219-6395-00000749679CCEEB_zpsf7c08c38.jpg


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 01:17 PM

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Thanks so much guys, I will prepare one to collect a spore print and keep you updated. This shrooms are large and dense, size is just a little smaller than Matsi's. Definitely an almond smell. Jeez, I soooo want to eat them but yes, I fully agree when in doubt throw them out. I will show them to a very knowledgable friend of mine tomorrow. Thanks again for your timely responses!


User_Name: Kootenay brother
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 01:09 PM

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Fish god , the prince mushroom bruises yellowish , scent almond anise , deeply rooted, and it's spore print is dark brown , this sample is quite young and may be difficult to determine , don't take any chances when in doubt throw it out ,I always say!! Went out with the kids today we found a fresh flush of lobsters ,hedgehogs , and pines are popping again! The cool down is slowing down the bugs and the mushroom quality is looking good on the fresh shrooms!


User_Name: wildmike
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 12:57 PM

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looks like a prince mushroom but make sure before you eat it. google the image and wait for others on this site to confirm.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 12:09 PM

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http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/9646D9E0-7C52-4AEE-9958-916E21ED6951-6204-000007304F6CF510_zpsc1bca2ce.jpg Another picture, I kind of think they may be young prince mushrooms, if I squish a bit of the cap in my hand it smells like almond.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 12:06 PM

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Hi all, found a bunch of these mushrooms and wondered if any of you could identify http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af243/fishgod77/EE3B9461-FF72-4E83-BF8C-8DFE145F62E2-6204-0000073069ED4699_zps4d8abe1d.jpg


User_Name: Lobster Mania!
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 11:02 AM

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Well aside from a little dining on some fresh ones a time or two while they're still around I'm done with chanterelles for the season. Put up plenty of whites and goldens and that'll do! Hey, if anybody wants some go look along the edge of the road anywhere in a forested area. It doensn't have to be far away, my neighbor has them literally growing along his gravel driveway. I mean if that isn't a clue I don't know what is. My time for lobsters is coming with the cold weather and as evidenced by the market price and availability, they are still not pouring out of the woods anywhere. Neither are good Boloetes or hedgehogs.


User_Name: CreativeCollector
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:55 AM

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Selling Chantrelles


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:41 AM

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Indeed, the deadly Amanitas of one variety or another are everywhere this year, in my own recent experience I found Matsutake and white Amanitas within a few feet of each other in some cases. The main flush of Matsi's where I have been is over now but the Amanitas remain........Waiting silently and patiently for the careless and unschooled to wander into them. One of Natures many ways of keeping you on your toes! Or killing you!


User_Name: TruffleDog
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:11 AM

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Mushrooms are in the mountains. The madness is upon me.


User_Name: shantyman
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 10:01 AM

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Hey gang Haven't posted for awhile but am looking for info re direct sales of pines to Vancouver restaurant trade as I feel a Vancouver trip coming on... All is well at the Zoo and "HI" from the gang...Some great folk from times past making it fun again even at $5 or less - been closed several days-very sporatic and only one buyer. The 'Wang was at $4 last night so DON"T give up your day job. There is no reason for optimism while these prices keep a strangle hold on everyone! We do love our dried varieties however and many other types to spend our time on So......Full dryers to all!


User_Name: Captain Walker
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 09:36 AM

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The Amanita Virosa, Amanita Muscaria, Amanita Pantherina, Amanita Phalloides are the usual suspects for poisoning severe enough to kill the unfortunate person. As Vern and Buzzkill have said it is very dangerous, stupid really, to go pick just any old white mushrooms and eat them. It very well may kill you especially this year when so many different deadly ones are to be found in our forests! Don't screw around with mushrooms you don't understand.


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 09:29 AM

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I am on a limited income at the moment. So I have been selling some Chanterelles this year. I am getting $4 at a local produce stand, and $7 for private buyers. But the only reason I am even selling them is because I did my footwork, and the fact that my mushrooms are clean when they come out of the field. I clean each one as I pick them. People are only willing to pay that much for a good product. The buyers in Randle are buying the Chanties for $1 a pound. No way will I sell them for that. As it has been said here, that doesn't even pay for my gas. The market for making any good cash is mostly gone, unless you do the legwork and find the customers for yourself. Once you establish them, you will have them for many years. And yeah, craigslist is swamped with people selling. I have had an ad up on Craigslist for 3 months. Not a single buyer from there either BTW. Good luck to ya'll, and full buckets!


User_Name: Two Old Koots
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 08:40 AM

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Just go look on craigslist anywhere it will tell you all you need to know. I hadn't checked there for a while and was surprised to find people offering them all around the NW for as little as 3.00 a pound. Hell, you cant even pay for your gas to pick them on that kind of money. We pick and eat our own but I feel sorry for anybody trying to make a money at it.


User_Name: Two Old Koots
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 08:10 AM

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It really is sad about Chantrelles. In a really good production year they will never be worth picking commercially again. By that I mean the old way of selling to the field buyer what you had picked that day, but, if you can establish customers through craigslist or personal contacts you can still make a little money. The problem is the big buyers are selling them wholesale for 5-6 dollars a pound now too.


User_Name: Kootenaybrother
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 06:47 AM

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Lots of pine buttons out there yesterday , buyers prices are down to 5 $ for #1 pines too cheap for my effort , I'm gonna check out the local restaurant scene , sorry middle man , I don't work for free ,I'll eat these nice tight &fresh babies if I can't get a fair price!


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 05:19 AM

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Sorry folks,it should say,I to have had and still have a buyer.(lack of sleep)lol.


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 05:12 AM

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I agree with mad morel,I to have and still have a personal buyer wich I do not share with anyone.i get a good price for the quality of produce that they want and,I would hate to have anyone under cut me.off I go to pick another day.good luck and be safe everyone.


User_Name: Mad morel
Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Time: 02:04 AM

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Wow that is true about there market but I have my own matket and doing well at $15 a lb for chantys,bolets and pines and any thing they they need. Year's like this it's good to by pass those that can't are won't pay a fair price.! This would take a lot of time to find your outlet's and you would need to have the best and fresh as well as clean and there are others that well try to under cut.your price.!!!


User_Name: Buyer?
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:21 PM

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If you can sell chantrelles at all you can get maybe 1.00 a pound maybe and almost nobody is buying them. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the market is loaded to the gills. You might try craigslist but everybody and their brother is trying to sell there too. Check it out


User_Name: dmatney
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:09 PM

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Buyer needed near cowlitz county we are loaded with chantrelles


User_Name: Gibby
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 08:04 PM

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who buys mushrooms in the comox valley? I've been picking buckets and want to sell. Any info would be helpful. Thank you


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 07:01 PM

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Oh my yes, the White death mushrooms have been everywhere I have this season. No matter the elevation, location or type of forest they are there, just laying in wait for some poor soul or those with no real knowledge of whats good and what isn't to fall victim to them. Please folks, make absolutely sure of your identification before eating any white mushrooms, especially this year as they are thick and can be mistaken for the matsi's !!!


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 05:19 PM

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ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!! Besides people getting lost which always happens, there is the threat of "the other" white mushrooms this year. All over the place there has been a big time flush of two kinds of White Amanitas. They are deadly people. Don't let any nit wits tell you what to pick and eat! Be sure of your identification! Every year just like lost people some of whom die, at least a few people die from eating Amanitas, thinking their matsutake's. Know you mushrooms! Or go with an expert!


User_Name: cowgirl
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 04:41 PM

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Any one know the price for pine mushrooms today?


User_Name: Two Old Koots
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 04:33 PM

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So far this year the world is up to it's eyeballs in chanties and not much else, Those finding good pines had to work for 'em and the last flush is pretty much done now. Good quality lobsters beletes etc... Are still scarce. Hedgies and cauliflower even more so. Well see what the comes or doesn't come soon enough. Fingers crossed.......


User_Name: Two Old Koots
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 04:25 PM

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I was reading some down below and had to laugh to myself. Drying pines is a little tricky, well not the drying part but the rehydrating and cooking of them. My wife calls the dried ones I make wood chips. And that's what they are unless you know what to do with them. I'm sure the people here know but for the folks that are new at it , their not like regular dried chanties or something. Here's a tip; Beef Stew. Or a similar dish, long cooking time to make them nice and tender and tasty again. That's it. From there your on your own!


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 04:00 PM

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Hey ya'll! I just got back from a foray. Only in the woods for 3 hours. Gave up because of the downpour. Hubby and I walked out with 24 pounds of Chanterelles! So not too bad a haul, Had to leave a lot behind tho!! Looking forward to looking for kings at longbeach this next week, and Matsis and other misc. 'shrooms on Mt. Hood the first two weeks of Oct. I sure hope this is typical for the rest of the season, because I'd sure like to get a supply socked away for the winter of Matsis! Full buckets to ya'll, and may the bounty continue!


User_Name: Lobster Mania!
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 02:17 PM

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Hi folks! Good to hear you other foragers are doing well! I've also dried a winter supply of Chants and Matsis already and am waiting on a good flush of Boletes and Lobsters. I know there are those soft mostly white color Lobbies around and wormy Boletes but don't want those. I like both to be fresh and in their prime even for drying. As I said in my previous post I'm a hardcore longtime forager of all kinds of wild things including shellfish from the sound and berries and mushrooms from the Cascades and have become something of a celebrity in the neighborhood in the last couple years, the rural area kind, without city blocks. All my neighbors have decided to try to befriend me after learning I hunt the delicious "red mushrooms" as they call them, even the neighbors who whouldn't speak to me for years, because they thought of me as that "Hippy" and of course there right! But they're rednecks so I guess that makes us even! hahaha! Good times are still to come for us as the weather turns to fall and we get more flushes - without the worms- that has held up the commercial season as well as for us personal foragers for many kinds of delicious shrooms. Best of luck to all !


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 01:18 PM

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Just got home from my most recent foray with the following in my ice-chest coolers; fresh morels, matsutake, tan hedgehogs, chocolate hogs, porcini, lobster & three varieties of chanterelles from the Mt Adams-Randle area. Idaho fire morels, chanterelles & lobster. Central Oregon matsutake and hundreds of mushroom research photographs. (Also some of those nice potatoes the truckers dump to lighten their load at Mount Emily Summit Road) There are still morels out there in commercial quantity if someone is able to hike the distance; I was told that it was a 2 ½ hour hike out from the best picking area, but that was with 80 pounds on the back of a truly awesome picker, some days 100 lbs or more during the peak summer season and at the end only 12 lbs one cold rainy day but 40 the next. He believes that due to observed babies there ought to have been a new commercially viable crop of greenies & greys since then. ………. ………. Sorry Carla, I still have not gotten over your way, perhaps some day later this fall when my wife is with me on a trip we shall finally be able to meet. I have met Arlis twice, once several years ago up at that good fire morel producing burn in Washington and once this year at Elk City.


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 12:17 PM

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i haven't heard about that but do remember when that retarded cowboy was prez he got the bright idea of logging the kalmiopsis wilderness after it had burned. Just one of his many "good ideas," Not lol-ing about those days at all.


User_Name: Captain Walker
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 11:46 AM

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Can anybody down in Southern Oregon tell me exactly what is up with the ELLIOTT STATE FOREST thing? I saw on the news last nite protesters all pissed off at the capital and the governor wants to sell part of it to a logging company or something. Huh? I was shocked since he seems lie an intelligent decent guy.


User_Name: guy
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 11:39 AM

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Mushrooms arent holding very well. Too warm during the day. That helps explain prices takes 10lbs to make one good 1. Pickers need to keep mushrooms cool too. Important to keep cool until it reaches the cooler to cut back on worms. cannot have them in the passenger seat sharing the heat with you. cool and clean so both of us can see the worm holes.


User_Name: Ralphie
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 11:03 AM

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I should say too that I consider anything number 4 and over to be a flag. As long as it's up out of the ground and veil popped open, torn away from the stem 100 percent, to me it's a flag. So leave it. That's how I insure my future harvest.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:42 AM

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Spraying in the atmosphere? Are you a chemtrails person? Well um....Sorry I have a little trouble with that one but your sure free to think what you want as far as I care and so is everybody else ;)


User_Name: Myra
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:41 AM

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Hi there, Are there any pine mushrooms happening in Nukusp this year? (Sept. 2013) Also, what are the names & phone numbers of the mushroom buyers.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:33 AM

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Hey Vern - I have put up (dried) four half gallon jars of yellow chanties so far this year and that's a lot for me, it'll last all winter and is equal to about five full 5 gal buckets of fresh. Work work work :) a foragers work is never done! Pineking - Where we get pines the elk do the kicking of the mushrooms and they, as well as deer, squirrels and mice spread the spores around, natures way. I only kick them out of frustration occasionally! Lol...


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 10:24 AM

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If the flags are sticking out far enough...give them a good kick and spread them out so they can do more good, spread the spores. Not that it will do any good though, with all the crap they`re spraying in the atmosphere. I know of whole areas that used to produce every year, now, nothing. As for my patches around home, they have been slowing for years. Last year was bad, the worst i have ever seen. The only thing that could get worse than last year is if nothing shows up at all this year...and thats the way its looking so far...good luck all, things they are a changin


User_Name: bnk
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 09:50 AM

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As far as I cant tell when it comes the cycles flush of pines it doesn't make any difference weather the first cycle gets wormy and flagged and rots in place or they are picked. Mushrooms aren't flowers per se so don't need to have the old ones pinched so they will continue to bloom. Think about it for a minute - Lots of early's pop up with nobody around to pick them then as the fall comes on a bigger flush begins and people show up too pick those later, commercially viable amounts. Maybe theres some truth in the other theory but I don't like the concept of everything in black and white, there is a gray area for most things. Not a either this way or that way. Also I leave the flags as they have little value either culinary or monetary and are what helps make more in the future, you don't ever trap every critter if your a trapper, you don't catch every fish if your a fisherman, so you will have some the next season and the next and so on.......


User_Name: BC_Treetopper
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 08:41 AM

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Hello folks, sounds like things haven't changed much in the shroom industry, sure glad I have a day job. Still love to get out and do some picking with my family now and would love a few suggestions and comments on some of the other shrooms we may enjoy picking and eating. where might I find a King bolete around the Castlegar or Rossland area. Anyways enjoy the rest of the season and may your buckets over flow.


User_Name: Ralphie
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 08:09 AM

Messages

Yeah I agree with that but after pulling the flags stick them back in the hole so they can spore out. Same goes for wormies, if the don't just fall apart when you pull them.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 06:26 AM

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Deleted some messages today. I am keeping the deleted on a log. When I have had enough of the unwanted posts, I will have my server locate the poster and block them from posting or accessing the site. Have your fun now cause it will be over as you have said. Matsiman


User_Name: Mad morel
Date: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 02:40 AM

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I read on this board that if your patch of pine's become flag out the bad's are good as gone for the season, not true at least from my point. I have found that nine of my best patchs over the years have had problems with worms and flag out so I just polled them up and in two weeks with some good rain they came back and 3x more then before. Take the flags out now so the pin's under the ground kind grow.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 09:18 PM

Messages

Lets not use this as anouther exuse to argue with one anouther, shall we. Thankyou please


User_Name: MHM
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 09:04 PM

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Clearly, Koot demonstrates by his statement a lack of understanding or respect of the law of the wild, and natures rules. Natue is what it is and cares not weather your a small bird or the f'n president! Being emotional and frantic-panicky is never helpful either, weather the ones lost or the searchers. Find a competent adult to lead a search not his type.


User_Name: What?
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 08:47 PM

Messages

Please don't be all about drama for someone missing for a week. Try to be realistic.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 07:59 PM

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I know the area well its easy to get turned around. My 70 year old man got lost in there. He could tell ya down hill will always lead to the lake. He probably turned his ankle. Who knows maybe he's sitting in one of those cabins. Hey VERN do you slice those mushrooms when you dry em?


User_Name: koot
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 07:23 PM

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Any assistance would be great - Rita Chretien would agree with that. It's early in the season..too early to leave him on his own. He might get found if people are aware and pay attention. Nature and cosmic law? Nature is kind if respected. omg MHM, Yes, poor judgement, bad calls, bad reporting, how bout just try to help?


User_Name: Mushroom Hunter Missing
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 06:52 PM

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After reading the artice on castanet it isn't clear what transpired in the bush. He was originally with another man who got back and did not report his companion missing for days? Also the missing man is 71 yrs old, has health problems like many his age and decided to go FAR into the bush? Very poor judegement there I say. Apparently has been missing for about a week? It doesn't look good.


User_Name: Roger That
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 06:37 PM

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He'll turn up on his own, get found pretty soon or in the spring after the snow melts. I don't mean to seem uncaring but its one of the hazards and we all know it. Nature and cosmic law respects no man and all who venture out to hunt for anything would do well to remember that.


User_Name: koot
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 06:27 PM

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MUSHROOM PICKER MISSING! Fosthall area near Nakusp BC. Check your maps and let anyone in the area know to be alert. Thank you all.


User_Name: Vern here again
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 06:26 PM

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I'm also putting up some white chanterelles tonite for drying, You know they kinda come with the pines where you find them, if you take a moment to pick a few you'll be glad you did once you get home. They are my favorite chanterelle for eating although a little tough to clean and really have no commercial value this year, I heard .50 cents a pound offered. Well that aint gonna happen when I like to eat them. myself and their way better than those nasty 3.00 a pound commercially grown tasteless store bought mushrooms by far. I should also mention something about drying matsi's for those who have never done it - they do loose a little flavor, not a lot if done right and still have that yummy pine flavor. We also freeze some too just for variety. I'm an old man now and been a forager all my life and I'm glad to see young people are getting into it more too.Ran across a small troup two days ago in the woods who were all fired up and wild eyed at the thrill of the hunt, and having found some pines and whites to take home, reminded me of being a kid again.


User_Name: Vern B
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 06:00 PM

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Put up 20 lbs fresh weight of #2,3,4 matsi's on the drying rack today. Yes we have a small scale kitchen operation but it works for us. Should last a little while if I don't share! Well try to get some more put up when we can. Hey, it's the better idea than selling them so the middle man can make all the money, then what, you got to go to the store and buy some for yourself cause you sold yours to the buyer? NO SIR-REE not around here!


User_Name: koot
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 05:53 PM

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A picker is missing in the Fosthall area near Nakusp. Please help look if you or someone you know is in the area. Castanet.net report he is missing ~25 kms south of the Arrow Park Ferry but, Fosthall is NORTH of the Arrow Park ferry (~25 kms). Fosthall is NORTH of Nakusp but, on the west side of the lake. Search and rescue is out there but, all help is welcome. Thank you all and please pass on the news.


User_Name: Pinegal
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 05:24 PM

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So whats new out there saying ther popping in BC but its better in AL the buttons are coming but flagging out fast,made 12 ibs got 4 dollars for it by the pound the BC was 8 dollars a pound Shit.....


User_Name: Montana Mike
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 09:52 AM

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I spose most of you haven't heard but there's been hard freeze and snow here in Mt the last couple days. Winter has come and I'm pretty sure that's gonna kill the mushroom season in Canada too soon enough if it hasn't already. We're done pickin for the year all over Montana or, almost done. The weather caught me again and killed my season and I sure wasn't ready for the snows to come so soon around the house either, lots of work yet to be done before winter gets its grip on us!


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 09:41 AM

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Btw I completely agree with Winnie and wish we could have stopped the destruction here, in Canada before the corporations had decimated our forests. We are in a transition from the old to the new but it will sure take the forests a long time to heal. And out tar sands dream has turned to an actual real life terrible nightmare. Nutjobs running things here too cant get it through their heads oil sands are not the second coming of jesus christ that will save the world. Just like Winnie said of those down there, they do as they please with no regard for anyone or anything else, simply want what they want and don't care about anything else, it's shocking really and quite bizarre but will be passing in due time.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Friday September 20, 2013
Time: 12:15 AM

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I heard there was a pine buyer in Winlaw in the Slocan valley. Anyone know anything about that. I'm just letting my patches around flag out rightb now. I know there was a guy from Nelson who posted looking for a local buyer


User_Name: Fry
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 09:40 PM

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Price was 5 - 4-3-2-1 in Terrace. Local area's trickling ... at best. Most mushrooms are coming from out of town. Hopfully the rain will change things. Patch's are on the move... Seen positive change's.... Full Bags


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 09:32 PM

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pacific rim is @ 35 a lb u.s. local market


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 09:15 PM

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That's pretty cheap. You gotta consider that number ones to those guys are usually withouteven any vail showing. My guy will pay 25 but thats how he grades them.


User_Name: I dont think so!
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 09:08 PM

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Hey dudes- Oregon Mushroom LLC is offering #1's right now on their website for 28.00 an lb. So what up?


User_Name: oh man
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 08:43 PM

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Oh man I cant believe that, crazy and they're paying nothing? I think they should just gf themselves they will never get me to pick one single mushroom for them ever!


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 08:32 PM

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Joe Chung's site was similar prices. $115 a lb for a 1-2-3 mix last year.


User_Name: Don't Shoot The Messenger
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 08:16 PM

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I forgot to give you the company name in full. Hi-To Fisheries. They are based in Vancouver, BC


User_Name: Don't Shoot The Messenger
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 08:12 PM

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Did a little online research just now. I understand a business needs to mark up say, 300 percent. So using this example if you get $3 per lb., multiple that by 300 and you get $9. that should be HiTo selling price. HiTo lists on their website for sale 1 lb of grade 1 for $190. Go check it yourself. Someone help me with my math. What would their markup be? Just saying


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:49 PM

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Vern nailed it. If you miss your patch when it's hitting and it flags or rots, it's done for the season! Keep it picked and you'll get a little more life out of it. I missed my main patch this season because the road wasn't accessible. Got cleared in the last couple of days so I ran in this morning and notta! Evidence of the gardens rotting away all over the place.


User_Name: Vern again oops..
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:38 PM

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So like I was saying I suggest those who think theres some ongoing matsi pop please read all the important information that can be found here. Also the old timers already know it don't happen that way. The Matsi's flush on a clearly defined cycle, not random ongoing everywhere like the corals, russulas chanterelles or some other kinds of mushrooms. The cycle this years is very well defined and the most recent cycle is about 90 percent over in Wa and Or. Dried up and flagged out. And I'm told Chemult is still not giving up much either, but haven't personally been there yet, still damn hot and dry, maybe too late there already? . But the main thing is you gotta get to the flush and pick em fast or they all flag up, or get wormy. the first cycle went mostly wormy. I hope theres one more cycle and a good one but you just never can be sure about them weird mushrooms!


User_Name: Vern Brown
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:26 PM

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Hey all, I see there's a lot of talk about matsi's and it seems like some think they just pop continuously or something by their comments? May I S


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:24 PM

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What on earth is a Teabilly?


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:01 PM

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Oh btw in other news I see the teabillies are gonna pitch a hissy fit again, or hold their breath till they pass out or something, if'n they don't get their way. Wow. Can somebody tell me again, I forget, why is it a good idea to include dummies into an adult discussion on important matters? I forget........


User_Name: The Flying Frenchman
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 06:57 PM

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Prices in Nakusp today were 8 - 5 -4 -2-1 this afternoon at Jean's mushroom station .Spent 4 hours picking and one hour at the hot springs made 60 $ Not bad for a great day!!


User_Name: Buzzkill
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 06:50 PM

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You go girl, If any of you you have ever seen the movie Idiocracy you know what world we been livin in, and how we got here. Not someday in the future,like in the movie but the here and now. It cant last forever though can it?


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 06:43 PM

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Winnie: I love you! (hope your signif other, if there is one doesn't get upset by that) Restore the power to the people I say!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 06:31 PM

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Oh and that Keystone pipeline thing is DOA too! Although the nutjobs are still insting it will create like a bazillion jobs and of course we have to trash the world and turn over all our natural resources to the corporations so we can have a job, right (according to them) ? WTF And how did we get here anyway? OMG I hope I live to see my grandchildrens generation take back their country and I want to apologize to them personally, right now on behalf of my generation for the mess my generation has left them and I would also like to suggest we start acting like we really do care about about the messes we leave for them!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 06:19 PM

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ALERT; !!!! Northwest fascist forest so-called-plan BS !! That self-absorbed arrogant clueless hack of a politican greg walden in Oregon is still insisting up is down and evil is good but today President Obama made it clear he will VETO the corporatist plan to resume high production logging in the National Forests!! Score one for the people now and of the future and the envIronment we live and in as well !! I hate to drag politics into mushrooms but its part of it and that's the situation. Any time a nutjob gets their filthy hands on anything or gets in charge of anything he or she tries to drag us back to the F***ING STONE AGE !! and turn even more over to their corporate masters. For people like me Obama has been disappointing in various ways but when you consider the alternative, well there isn't one. So with a guaranteed veto of that A**holes so-called plan, our forests survive to recover (in like two or three hundered years!) People we CANNOT be dragged back to the old obsolete now collapsed economy model. We just cant, it simply wont work and we'll be left with nothing but dead oceans, clearcut mountains, and a trashed world to pass on to the people of the future! It's way past time to talk talk talk about being responsible for our mess and start acting like it.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 05:37 PM

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I've seen buyers who have stands set up every year pay 25 lbs for quality when buyers in Nakusp were paying 3 lbs the day before. so it's possible!


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 05:21 PM

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Funny how for years everyone blamed Joe Chung for the prices. Yes, a lot of it was his fault. Then Jeremy & Austin came along and drove prices up and pickers were happy. This year, Joe Chung is out of business and Jeremy & Austin have joined the ranks of the crooked.


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 05:19 PM

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for the last 3 yrs I have been working on a contract direct to Japan for mushrooms. Everything was in place for me to get started and almost 2 weeks ago now, my contact quit responding to me. I know they were using Misty Mtn previously and they're paying peanuts too. My business plan was based on a $20/lb minimum to the pickers and everything was a go. Not sure what happened. I'm trying to get in touch again now. It's been raining here for almost 24 hrs now so I suppose the price will be $1 a pound by Saturday morning.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 12:05 PM

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if the first nations was smart,they would kick the cartel out of the nass valley....close it down. take control,but it`ll never happen as the high man on the totem pole has it best of both worlds. sad but true.racize chiefs ruling over nishga lands. what goes on behind close doors with the cartel,stays there. they all sleep in the same bed.some of the people there are paying for it.labour cost here no different then china. thx`s joe and joe,hito under cutting everyone on reserve... shutter down, stupitidy at its fineness. you should have gone to japan and set something up with a honest broker... instead they spent the $$$$$$$$ on other things.. where did the $ go...the high man in control and families.......shame as it didn`t help out the low poverty of many of my friends. there pissed to..... thats life in the valley. now the $$$$$$$$$ gone,and the little guy gets cought holding the empty bag. must be nice to help them selfs....sold there own people out. shame, for the cartel and goverment....no different then canadian politics.


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 10:53 AM

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And TC, where ever you are...i was pissed when i first saw the video, but in hind sight...it was brilliant. Looks like we need you again...lol


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 10:51 AM

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We did not waste our time this year. Last fall in the Nass we picked 60-75lbs of varieties daily. This year none of it came out of our patches. Years ago we gave up on hunting for pines. Made more on others. If everyone stops picking for pennies for just one season can you imagine the havoc.


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 10:49 AM

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But to have a mushroom stomp, first you have to have mushrooms. So far here on the island there is nothing. But at 3 bucks a pound, thats a good thing. If more people did take that route(stomp) and posted the videos on youtube here and in Japan, and let the Japanese people see how we are getting ripped off. If they don`t care...fine, if they do...it will help. I think we should be protesting (stomping) more...it works!


User_Name: Fry
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 10:24 AM

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I can see a mushroom stomp... happening soon. Not so far fetched is it. Pickers are not happy... This may be the last straw... Without us they have nothing. Peace Full Bags


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 09:51 AM

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$3 a pound now??? I WAS planning on heading out again this weekend. Sure as hell not picking for THAT! Shouldn't even be picking for $5 but at least I was covering expenses (fuel and food) making a few bucks and enjoying myself. Sheesh.


User_Name: Vern Brown
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 08:12 AM

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Tommy boy is right. Mushrooms is a form of subsistence living not a full time job. Most folks have to work a regular job so the number of us who can just roam around gathering mushrooms is really really small. Especially since you cant actually make a living at it.


User_Name: Wannapick
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 07:08 AM

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Heading to Nakusp to check things out on the weekend I'll let you know what i find or not find..full buckets to all


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 05:29 AM

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Sorry that should of been (buyers).


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 05:27 AM

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It's the same every year and has been every year in the past,the weekend is almost here and all sorts of people that work during the week can now go pick thus driving the price down.If you do the leg work before picking season to find a or,personal buyer you would be much happier.off picking I go.good luck and be safe.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 12:20 AM

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this is about when bb starts. And i was thinkin i was pretty cool till i seen that i double posted, aaaarg!!


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 12:08 AM

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sorry bandit. i`m a beginner on the pc. not into pecking my notes. ifu . you see i keeped refreshing the page,expecting to see my post... didn`t work out that way.. that`s for the award. yes china`s here to.this industry is a fine exzample,of whats to come next..in the near future....


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 AM

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Boston bar is not happening just yet.nothing at all there.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 11:33 PM

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that button pretty touchy. it's hard to resist the temtation to double click and double post like i just did. >:-D


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 11:27 PM

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He's had that problem forever and cant seem to stop!


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 11:24 PM

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Hey shroomer. A quadrupal post? lol. Thats gotta be new record!!! congradulations!!!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 11:21 PM

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Tommy Boy, You got that right. I'll do you one better though, don't buy any mushrooms from the store! They are picked with what is essentially slave labor, then marked up for huge profit. Another story like made in china - The worker gets nothing and the corporation rakes in the money. Immoral really. We pick and eat our own, supply them to friends, trade on occasion, but never buy them from the store.


User_Name: Lily15
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:58 PM

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Does anyone know if Boston Bar has started. Usually the end of September but with all the heavy rain, pines could be starting now. Thanks for any info.. I'm also one of those pickers who leaves NOTHING in the woods, no garbage and you would never know I had been there. It's just the right thing to do - to keep the wilderness clean.


User_Name: Lily15
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:55 PM

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Hey Kootenay Lake Picker: I picked in that area for over 20 years. The best buyers are in Kaslo and Nakusp. Just take a drive to Kaslo and ask around - the locals will know if there is a mushroom buyer and where they are located. In Nakusp- look up Dan and Jan's Buying station. If they are not buying they will be able to direct you to a buyer. I hope you find lots of mushrooms - it's a great area!


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:46 PM

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Oh and btw I'm not picking any mushrooms this year just to sell them for nothing. I cant stand the slave master mentality of the buyers anymore, or tolerate that kind of disrespect of labor.


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:37 PM

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Oh and in case you haven't noticed the money has come out of most everything. This aint the 90's. Its the post stock market crash (twice in less than 10 yrs) Bush war era, credit bubble blowout, housing market crash, attempted fed reflationary-inflationary-deflation reality. And I am definitely not sticking up for any mushroom companies. This is just the current situation. Too many companies, too many people willing to work for nothing, too much availiblity of the product equals.....? Anybody? Suppy side morons don't believe in this stuff by the way, but that doesn't trump the reality. Ever.


User_Name: Tommy Boy
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:26 PM

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I hope this doesn't come as a huge surprise to everybody but....Mushrooms are not as big a deal as some seem to think. There are not waves of pickers flocking to the woods everywhere. The boom ended years ago. This was always small. Then for a few years it got big. Now it's small again. With regards to the business side it's simple evolution, especially in areas where the economy has remained poor. Any company will try to maximize profit, especially by cutting labor cost. Paying next to nothing is a form of that. In addition, one company will always try to undercut the other guy, to get the contract or sale, especially now and you see it everywhere. I can do it better for less is the new mantra. The last few years there are so many dirt poor and or rural people who really will work for next to nothing that they provide the last a major piece of the puzzle. This is not rocket science. Its the natural progression of any business over a period of time, expecially coupled with poor economic circumstances. That's it! The world is not talking about mushrooms so maybe it's time for some to give that some thought.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 09:57 PM

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wow. terrace, a big 3 bucks for # 1`s ...... 2 bucks on chanties.. just passing the buck , save your gas...... your just feeding the fat cats,on your expence. good luck.... hope those of you that traveled here,saved enough to get home. it gets worse every yr. just like china, under dictatership and cheap labour. soon,in a few yrs, they`ll be bringing in foreign workers,and housing them. you`ll be working for next to nothin.cheap labour..lots of cents to you.lol


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 09:19 PM

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Yeah, um, cougarjohn...Its called protesting? and i`ll be damned if it didn`t work. I wasn`t there for it but it Only took a few days for the price to start moving up. Sounds to me like it should happen more often. As for our mountains freezing or burning up...they do that every year, we have them trained. I hope you find what you are looking for, if not, come on up...we`ll train you too


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 09:13 PM

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Oh CougarJohn.....I do hope you aren't generalizing all of us Canadians into one big lump like the rest of the world does to Americans. You will never find a trace that I was in an area nor will you find a speck of my garbage. I know many other pickers wit the same ideals. We find it's the travelling pickers that leave the mess. Those that come from down south or Alberta that leave the messes for us to deal with. These are "our" woods. We live here. We pick mushrooms, berries, we hunt, we recreate...... for us, this is home and we treat it that way. It pisses me off when I find areas trashed.


User_Name: cougarjohn
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 04:28 PM

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Another great day pickin Yet harder to find the right buyers (or buyers at all) prices dropping and so seems the buyers Spoiled little Canada hope your mountain don't freeze or burn up someday I hate to see how you handled that I have seen the video's on you tube on how you throw little baby fits and smash the mushrooms when the prices go down Don't want anything to happen to your beautiful country but a dry Dry spell next summer/fall would be just either way don't matter much Wont bring me down love my woods and enjoy being out there as much as I can the money is only a bonus for the find of the day And you tin can throwing hunters so called pickers LEAVE NO TRACE!!


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 03:29 PM

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so many of those leaving a trail every where they leave. How many times one comes across sharp open sardine cans, etc. Last year seen buyers, pickers packing up camp so many leave so much crap right where they are camping. Foragers turned litterers. Probably treat their homes the same way.


User_Name: Hamish
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 02:42 PM

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Was out in the bush today checking for shrooms ,Its a mess pop cans everywhere all different kinds of shrooms pulled as well as wormy pines pull and tossed around . What happened to the pickers who go in and pick and know one knows you have been there.Shame shame shame on you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 01:51 PM

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Agree with Shroomer, we did not go this year up north, if anything will check out Boston Bar.We picked 23 years gave up few years back expecting to make money, just do for vacations now.But will always be foragers. Just enjoy our forests.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 10:43 AM

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bad news again.market crash.japan has lots of mushrooms from canada. plus there is a holiday there. canadain mushrooms are building up down south .when all these are gone the market place could change but it probly won`t. as the supply ,keeps getting restocked. so to make it short and sweet, can`t see anything changing as people will pick for next to nothin... all buyers are on a quota,some are even not buying, they have plenty of stock..... all the pickers are doing are restocking the supply of mushrooms. this is keeping down the prices... as all of the main buyers make the profits. only a few weeks left till the snow flys up north here. then when the season is near the end,they`ll need the shrooms, just they won`t be comin from the north. now the demand for them,so the prices will go up. mean while the season is over here. they just take the $$$$$$$$$ and run..... your just putting $`s ,in there pockets. providing,a bankroll for them to play with. investments, need gains ,off the backs of the hard workin pickers. after your fuel expences for the season,was it worth it. quit picken and see the prices riase.... they control you. they are a bussiness ,for profits. pickers are a dime a dozen. you just keep restocking the supplies. pickers own fault ,for low prices. your making it to easy to be used......so we do it to ourselfs.....


User_Name: Pickin Fools
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 08:34 AM

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Hey shromgirl good for you I pick all day and stay up till 1 am too! everyday, but im 23 so in my prime.


User_Name: matsigurl
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 07:34 AM

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anyone in vancouver going up to st. helens...got the day off...would love to go pick for the day...hurry, it's still early. full buckets, matsigurl


User_Name: kootenay lake picker
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 07:14 AM

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Went for a walk after work found a few rotten buttons and a some good. Looking for closest buyer to nelson but any info will help thanks good pickin


User_Name: cougarjohn
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 01:55 AM

Messages

Thanks for the info.. Mad morel was hoping something would be easy going camping that way for a few days "NOW" maybe longer Full buckets For Real Y'all ~ PeAcE ^..^


User_Name: Mad model
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 05:25 PM

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CougerJohn , five buyers are now in randl.


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 04:04 PM

Messages

usually Kaslo has a buyer


User_Name: Hamish
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 01:46 PM

Messages

Does anyone know if there are mushroom buyer's in the Nelson area ?


User_Name: road 23
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 10:24 AM

Messages

thanks for the info,definitely going out there this weekend.hopefully buddy does not change his mind.


User_Name: pine lover
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 09:22 AM

Messages

any pine in nakasp area any one?


User_Name: pine lover
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 09:17 AM

Messages

any pine in nakasp area? any comments would be appreciated


User_Name: Mad model
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 07:56 AM

Messages

Stashy b, must be the same person that say's the same on the mad morel board?


User_Name: Stashy b
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 05:47 AM

Messages

Somebody is makin stashy stash lol again by making stuff up....Don't you ever sleep?


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 12:51 AM

Messages

road 23 and anyone else interested........I spent all day wandering around St Helens today. Unfortunately I ran out of daylight before I made it above 3000 feet. Picked a TON of lobsters, 6 pounds of chanties, puffballs everywhere, oysters, another prince, and found a wonderful tree of chickens. Was a good day, but didn't get high enough for matsutakis. If they are out, it is above 3000' level. I had hoped to get that far, but was too busy picking and teaching a newbie. Had a blast BTW.........just now getting home. Full buckets to ya'll, and good luck road 23............let me know if you find any.


User_Name: cougarjohn
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2013
Time: 12:27 AM

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Thanks, Mad morel. kinda heard the same before, just thought I give it a try since there is a lot of Kings left over from last week's rain. A lot of pickin and choosing the right ones or places but its some trail runs for the "flush" (as matsigurl says) unless if theres something Im miss'in out my way.. OH WARNING!! : There WAS A LOT Of SHROOMS in MANY locations Around St. Helens Sat, & Sun, That To Me LOOKs To be Forest Cops MAKING you dump your Stash... So Get your Permit Or Keep your Prize in its location till your ready to Eat it... BE SAFE and KEEP your Bucket Full.... PeAcE


User_Name: matsigurl
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 09:28 PM

Messages

Hey Cougarjohn, So smart letting everyone in on the big flush...hope you finally found whatever the hell you been looking for. Don't get undercut by lowball buyers and most of all, full buckets to you and your friends. PS...you should try eating the kings, they are more than tasty. Unless you are trying to lose weight, one could lead to another. gotta be careful. lol. matsigurl!


User_Name: conicalifornia
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 08:19 PM

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After last years dry teaser hard to believe what im seeing on north pacific global mosaic satellite image! It appears two perfect looking "mushroom storms" heading toward oregon and northern california this weekend and next week and coinciding with cooler fall temps! Looking like it could be one of those "memorable" weather sequences and mushroom pops lining up for us this year? Thanks mushroom gods!....wet feet, dirty hands, full buckets, tired back, full stomache, deep inhale, deep sleep, dreams of tomorrow...good luck everyone!!


User_Name: Mad morel
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 06:03 PM

Messages

Andy,need your # are you could call me@509_969-5332 August


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 05:51 PM

Messages

CougerJohn, last time there only two buyers and would. Not sale to either of them.


User_Name: picks for fun
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 03:11 PM

Messages

Does anyone know the prices for Nakusp yet


User_Name: cougarjohn
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 01:54 PM

Messages

does anyone have the name &/or ## of a buyer in Randle that's looking for bolete's?


User_Name: Carla
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 11:29 AM

Messages

Chemalt Pines, I heard that it was 9 and it went up to 11 by 7 p.m. But it has been changing so rapidly that I can post it but in 5 minutes it is outdated... It has been all over the board this past week. I heard a low of 5 and a high of 12.


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 10:19 AM

Messages

thanks, thought only whites, few lobsters in Salmon Arm . Should be decent by weekend.


User_Name: stickman
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 09:45 AM

Messages

oops


User_Name: stickman
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 09:44 AM

Messages

Whites some lobster also, also quite a few lobsterW


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 09:35 AM

Messages

hey Stickman. You finding yellows or whites in Rev.?


User_Name: CHEMULT PINES?
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 09:31 AM

Messages

CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE PRICE OF PINES IN CHEMULT CURRENTLY?


User_Name: road 23
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 08:13 AM

Messages

thanks, im planning to take my buddy along also this weekend,first time ever for him. he always told me hopefully he does not run into bigfoot.


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 07:51 AM

Messages

Morning road 23! Actually, headed out to the Giff here in a few. Drinking my cup of tea, packing up, and heading to get Miss Loowit to give up some of her goodies. (or at least that's my hope) lol Will give a report when I get home tonight. Have to go the long way around because I am taking a friend, and she lives in LV. So will be later on tonight for sure. :) It's always more fun when you can take along a friend. And I have been promising her for awhile that I'd take her and start teaching....... Full buckets to ya'll! And happy foraging!


User_Name: road 23
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 05:48 AM

Messages

hi shroomgirl havn't heard from you any luck finding pines?


User_Name: carol
Date: Monday September 16, 2013
Time: 12:52 AM

Messages

Alicia has been found thank you!!


User_Name: Carol
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 10:51 PM

Messages

Looking for a young women named Alicia Stewart who may be in the hazelton area in a mushroom camp. Her family is very worried about her and has put in a missing person with the rcmp. Last seen in Prince Rupet August 14th. Please call the rcmp if you know her whereabouts. Or message me at eaglewoman46@yahoo.com Thank you.....her mom is very worried.


User_Name: Still_plucking_morels
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 10:08 PM

Messages

Anybody know a current price for dried morels, by chance? Trying to decide whether to fight the thunderstorms and keep picking my five pounds of greys a day or not... Sounds like matsis and chanties are worthless already. Anyone?


User_Name: Kootenay Brother
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 09:55 PM

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Here comes the rain , I love the rain ,rain ,rain!Ok so kootenay west is calling for 30-50 mm of rain over the next few days, followed by a cooling trend! this could make for buckets full for all!! Colorado received one years rain over the course of the last week, I would have to say too much of a good thing could make life painful !! Climate change is making itself apparent! ? Or am I just blind?Peace out to our brothers and sisters in Colorado , Hang in there!!


User_Name: stickman
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 06:18 PM

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Found a few pines near Revelstoke today, lots of chanty,s


User_Name: Steve from Oregon
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 04:59 PM

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Hello, Looks like some of you are doing well with the Matsi's. Anyone find any in SW Washington or Oregon yet? I have been up to about 4000 foot elevation 2 times in the last two weeks still no sign where I go. Full buckets all.


User_Name: Wannapick
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 04:27 PM

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With the weather so warm has any one had any luck for Pines in Nakusp? The Nass is along way to tavel on a maybe


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 03:43 PM

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Wow, seems everyone is pissed at shroom prices. I have never picked to sell. Just enjoy finding and eating them.!


User_Name: road 23
Date: Sunday September 15, 2013
Time: 08:37 AM

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hows everyone one doing so far for pines in the pacific northwest?


User_Name: Tom Ford
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 06:50 PM

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Meanwhile over in the real world....Another peasant (me) is off to see if he can scrape up a few bucks or is it buckets? , now that the weather is changing. Good luck all!


User_Name: Tom Ford
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 06:47 PM

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I agree Randy, it's been an epic failure. But what we have isn't real capitalism, with real money. We don't have a real free market neether. But you watch them blame the free mkt, maybe even try to blame the fake capitalism we have now. The clueless politicos, owned by bankers. I wonder if that will ever change....


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 03:36 PM

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Its called capitalism. There is a rick reward factor and potential loss or return on investment. As well as expenses. Just like and other CAPITALISTIC endeavor. Some companies want NO RISK profit, money for nuthin'. They are happy to try to transfer risk and expense as much as can be, to the harvester and pay as little as possible in an attempt to maximize their POTENTIAL profit. This is a discussion as old as money itself. At his point is has run amok everywhere like never before. CEO's making 3,000 times the pay of the average worker is one example when the historical average in 20X. Our entire world, money invertments capatilism itself has been turned in to a big con job feeding the plutocracy and leaving the rest to take the scraps they can grab. It has never been so out of whach in the history of the country. And some still scream ideology will dsve us, or them. As if simply doing more of what clearly doesn't work is the solution! LOL! The mushroom situation is but one example, they are thousands of other. A failed experiment for sure, the only question is what comes next?


User_Name: picks for fun
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 03:18 PM

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It is too bad that the most recent company to join the buying business has fallen in line with the rest of the old guard....


User_Name: austin
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 03:10 PM

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mtn morel is right. buying is not as easy as pickers think and it is easy to loose money sometimes with bad quality, worms, theft,too dry, too wet. when there is no mushrooms then mushrooms are an easy sell if you have some but when there is a big crop then it is a race to the bottom making nickles/pound after expenses. When it is a very big business then it is just a return on an investment hoping to make a little more than other business opportunities. Commercial Pickers pick because they like the job. Buyers buy because they like business.


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 01:36 PM

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I pick mushrooms in my jammies too if it's not too cold! Hey mtn-more-or-less go soak yer head. Don't be an instigator


User_Name: Joel_Bolete
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 09:28 AM

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I have been having a fantastic time. Lots of chanties. Finally got a 'hot' regarding lobsters and I am damn excited about it. Never found em yet. cant wait to smell em. Dont sell to buyers in the field for pennies. Do some leg work BEFORE you go adn fill orders of local resturants and private clients. It supports the local industry keeps you filling a quota rather than chasing a buck. Full buckets to all not in their pajamas!


User_Name: mtn morels
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 09:19 AM

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If the buyers are making so much money then you armchair pickers should be buyers, right? There must be a big opportunity to buy mushrooms if the price is so low and it's sooooooo easy, right? But you'll have to do some work instead of run your mouth on the internet so that might be a deal breaker...


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 08:46 AM

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Haha Couch potato! Ya the only pickin some are doing IS the seat of their jammies!


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 08:15 AM

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I don't recal the mad morel double posting but I do rember seeing somebody else having a long term problem with it. lol


User_Name: Mad model
Date: Saturday September 14, 2013
Time: 08:11 AM

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Way to many people have joined the ranks of good old day's of good pickers and just to,too many shroom coming on.


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 08:17 PM

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I would never encourage anyone to come up to "make money" picking anymore. There's no money to be made unless you own a buying company! I pick for the fun of it and to get out in the bush. A lot of the time, you cover your food and fuel and call it a day. $4 a lb last night.....nuff said :(


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 08:07 PM

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I don't know if you guys are serious or trying to dissuade people from coming up north to pick! There are Matsi's everywhere. I ran in for 20 mins today and picked 6 lbs on break from work. Guys are selling 4 and 5 baskets every day at the Zoo. The amount of mushrooms isn't the problem, it's the prices. If we don't get cooler temps and some rain pretty damn quick though, this is going downhill pretty quick.


User_Name: KootenayBrother
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 06:19 PM

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Hit 34celcius in the valley slocan today , North and east slopes still producing some impressive Chanties pulled another 35lbs out of the bush today!Stellar bluebird day today!Rain is a coming , cooling is coming , interesting to see what we get for late September , could be good?


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 03:50 PM

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It not hard at all to determine whats happening up north. If you're up north.


User_Name: Fry
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 01:04 PM

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I agree with Lolly Gagger..... NO FLUSH OR FLOOD IN THE NORTH... @$5. a lb season's over before it even started. Vacations over, back to work Monday anyway. Maybe if price's go up, I'll check my area's. NEED RAIN..COLDER TEMPS.. Good Luck..Full Bags to all..


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 12:56 PM

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big part of the reason of low prices is the buyers that are sent out in the field. After watching last year a buyer in Terrace buying our beautiful clean hard lobsters into a basket of fishy white lobster garbage and then closing and shipping. Wonder why people got sick off lobsters in Van last fall? If they bought only grade A for a higher price, garbage would not get to the coast that has to be written off. We the pickers pay to fill their pockets. There are buyers with two sets of books and the big buyers are clueless. Honest buyers and good pickers are all we need to get back what was lost.


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 12:36 PM

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hard to know what is happening up north. Myself i judge by the berries and fruit trees. Shitty year for fruit and very hot weather. I figured would be a bad year.


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 11:34 AM

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I can personally attest to the fact that we are not having a good season up north here so far. It's been very lite with lots of wormy mushrooms. I've made less than 50.00 in two days picking after expenses. Theres lots of bad information, claims of a big flush, etc.. propaganda really, provide by some companies to the gullible, hot air blowing around, and lots of people claiming to know whats happening. Everybody likes to think they are in the know.... But quite frankly few actually are.


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 10:16 AM

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LOL! That's a good one! You hit the nailon the head there!


User_Name: Couch Potato Picker
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 10:12 AM

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I'm sittin on my couch again pretending again typing again trying to dig up any info I can and pickin a hole in the seat of my jammies. Again.


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 10:05 AM

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Wow 80 pounds of fire morels oh my! That's amazing! Like totally dude!


User_Name: Randle Randy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 10:02 AM

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Any tales of a mother load of Pines "somewhere" Like just "over the next hill" or "up north" or wherever are just that. Someone who has been around lately knows the situation.


User_Name: Shawn/Kathy
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 09:47 AM

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used to pick for last 23 years was one that made money in Nass last year on varieties. After last season of dirty cheating buyers, will not pick for buyers again. We now pick and sell to others. We stay at $5 across the board , we make decent cash while others get to enjoy too. If everyone stops picking for pennies maybe buyers will have to start paying dollars. Maybe buyers should do the 2 day drive to theNass for free every year without reimbursment. Some of us didnt mind when you could pick for 2 days to pay the trip. They should remember we need 1 week of picking to pay our round trip(at old prices that is). Sorry for all who drove to Nass only to put up with local bullshit and no buyers.New Aiyansh should be ashamed of them selves. Self governing ha, rules for one. You would think a town would welcome all that extra revenue. Will never go back to the Nass. it is over.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 09:41 AM

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Mad morel; awesome crop pf matsutake in some of my research areas and numerous reports of a bumper crop in areas officially closed to picking. I observed three ladies with several baskets of prime grade pines just prior to the market flooding episode and temporary price crash. Some other areas have not flushed yet but prices are rising again, even the awesome morel picker whom I saw with a pack of about 80 pounds of fire morels a week ago up north has arrived to pick pines here about two days after I got here. ..................... Matsiman I hope all has been well here on your site, I don't have time to read past postings today but may submit some matsutake photographs. ..................... Carla; I still hope to get down your way this trip, thanks for being a friend. You are the only one I informed as to why I was going to submit or post health challenges this year as part of my research and the response has been quite interesting to say the least.


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 09:36 AM

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Thanks. Do you slice em and seperate the buttons?


User_Name: Amos Moses
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 09:26 AM

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The Asians have been trickling into Crescent now but its really depressing to see them searching, waiting and desperately hoping for a good pop. Its like mid summer weather there and dry as hell.


User_Name: Amos Moses
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 09:21 AM

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Does anybody else think it's a weird year? I mean its basically a total chanty show, so far anyways. Oh and one small flush of pines that got wormy and didn't amount to much at all.... Wheres the lobsters,hedgies,cauli, boletes etc???


User_Name: Tom Ford
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 08:58 AM

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The last flush of two weeks +/- ago has passed and with no rain or cooling temps anywhere and then the heat wave I doubt it.


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 08:47 AM

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Matsi's are exploding......prices are crapping! Plenty of mushrooms but tough to make a decent days dollar when prices are sitting in the basement. If you're picking for enjoyment, it's fun out there. Hopefully we get some rain and cooler temps soon to keep it going.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 07:47 AM

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try jay27@in.com. he grows fresh ostyers shrooms and could help you , mate.hope it helps.


User_Name: shroomate
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 12:17 AM

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Where can a shroomate get fresh shiitake in van?


User_Name: Mad morel
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 10:26 PM

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Shrapnel, you well soon see the best crop of mine's you have not seen in ten year's. There well be rainy coming soon. Mad model.


User_Name: Tom Ford
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 10:13 PM

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Drying is ok to preserve them for your own use but there's really no market for them.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 09:48 PM

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wood heat,lots of air movement,sucking out air thru fans in the floor. i use a furnace fan drawing moister out of room. simple dehumider in the room will impove your drying time i use 2.... crisp them up. all done worth about $26/28 good quility. nice and white. looks realy nice if you get it right. one yr, i did all grades,bottons too they look awsome...... keep your wormies seperate....soup stock powder. market it your selfs. i have a couple of dry food bussiness requesting products.... its all good for drying.....just learning all the tricks,so you get the best of the best. full driers to you badit...... stash like a squire. a fellow forager


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 08:33 PM

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How do you dry pines? Is there a maket? If there is a market, how do they grade?????


User_Name: bnk
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 02:40 PM

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Hey Winnie, We're probably not going to pick commercially at all this year. I like to use my vacation time if the pay makes it worth it but I don't think so now. Its simply not worth my time which can be put to better use , monetarily speaking. I think those who can be exploited for their cheap labor already are being exploited and there's a limited pool of people, who will work for next to nothing. One thing, if anybody wants to buy some mushrooms find a private seller on Craigslist near you and buy from them. It cuts out the middle man and supports the little guy who actually does the work.


User_Name: Winnie
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 12:53 PM

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One of the problems with the companies is the attitude that they're doing you a favor by buying the mushrooms you spent all day working for, your time and gas picking. And that you'll take whatever you can get, money wise. Its a reflection on the current state of affairs generally (labor is no longer respected, just slaves to be exploited as cheaply as possible) as far as I'm concerned. We try not to buy any products that don't trade fair or exploit workers anywhere, athough it often hard to tell and some companies are very ethical. Amerika! Of, for, and by the corporation till we get sick of it which is soon I hope.


User_Name: ceed
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 11:43 AM

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Hi there I am new on Vancouver Island (now in Tofino). I am a young fellow from Quebec and I was looking for a mushroom picking job (partnership with someone or something). Im very interested by learning stuff about edible mushrooms around here. I know every mushroom hunter will not be willing to share his knowledge or hunting spots with anyone, I just need a place to start. cedric_lord@hotmail.com. Thank you for any good tip


User_Name: bnk
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 10:36 AM

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I think the commercial buyers have all got into the same batch of bad meds. They don't seem connected to reality at all. The ones I know seem to think they can just hang on the phone, flipping mushrooms back and forth and make money. They have become "day traders" without realizing for every winner there's a looser. I like slot machines when I'm in that mood, not day trading in mushrooms.


User_Name: Pine man and Chanty Girl
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 10:03 AM

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Big news!!! Pines; Any that can be found are mostly wormy. Wa is all hype, their wormy too. Chemult may not produce anything of value this years due to localized drought/extreme heat wave. The Canada season looks poor and time runneth out pretty soon for anything really good to happen there. Chanties; Although they are widespread for now, the season looks fragile, due to the recent heat wave and coming but spotty, very localized rain. Good Lobsters are scarce yet and may or may not show later in localized areas only. Most of southern Or is a total bust at this point and they're may or may not be a late season there, it's awful late to be hoping for normal weather and rain to come to the rescue there. When, not if the commercial buyers WAKE UP prices will rise, as they scramble to meet orders but until then there's simply no money in picking mushrooms. This has been your fact and reality news and have a happy day!


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 08:40 AM

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Matsi's are coming in pretty good volume all of a sudden in the Cranberry. Too bad prices are in the crapper. $5, $4, $3 and $1.50 for 4's and 5's Anything you find beyond a button is pretty much garbage right now though. Weather forecast shows nothing but more heat for the next 5 days so I'm getting a bad feeling about this season. Who would've thought we'd be hitting 30 degrees on Sept 11th? Crazy. Worms are going to hit anything that doesn't get picked right away and if we don't get some rain soon, this little flush is gonna die. C'mon Mother Nature!!!!!


User_Name: Me_shell_27
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 07:20 AM

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Perfect thanks a lot PineKing! Now hopefully the prices are right!


User_Name: Kootenaybrother
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 06:23 AM

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Found some more sweet tooth mushrooms,a few we're too small to pick so I left them.Checked out one of my pine patches pulled a few tight buttons, supposed to go up to 36 celcius so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season turns out,rain in the forecast this weekend!Another bluebird day!


User_Name: road 23
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 05:34 AM

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thanks for the info, wanted to go ou there this weekend but sounds like nothing much for mats. probably after the rain this weekend.


User_Name: cranberrydawg
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 10:20 PM

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Buyer in CR across from south entrance to Wally-World...


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 09:09 PM

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Hi Road 23. I made it up there. I didn't hit my "good" spots for Matsi's. Just took a quick run up to the Randle area. Found lobsters, chanties, and a beautiful Prince. He weighed just over 1/2 pound! No matsi's, no chickens, hens or bears head. or anything else for that matter. But I am headed to the Woodland side of St Helens on Monday, and am gonna hit some of my spots to look for some Matsi's. Did stop into a buyers tent. He said the matsi's they are getting are wormy. And in my opinion, with this heat, I am sure they will really be toast soon. It just isn't cold enough yet. No rain all this week, and 90+ for temps. He said they are paying a whole dollar a pound for chanties and lobsters. Wow! So much? Bet they aren't getting many. Full buckets to ya'll! Hope the chilly weather starts soon.


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 06:06 PM

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@Me_shell_27...across from the chevron on the south bound lane. If you are coming from the south, turn left before the bridge and left at the next light...he should be on the right there across from the chevron station


User_Name: Me_shell_27
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 05:07 PM

Messages

Thanks a lot for that info shroomkid much appreciated! I'm hearing there are buyers in Campbell river... But where and how do you find them or get a hold of them is what I'm curious about? Anyone know? Thanks!


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 04:40 PM

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@Islander...there are 2 buyers in CR, don`t know what the prices are yet, and after todays heat the chantys may be little pieces of worthless leather. Better pray to the rain gods or the worm gods will get all the pines too.


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 02:14 PM

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Next week is supose to start getting cooler,I hope that this will make a change for the good cause as it stands now 75% of the pines are wormed at this end of the woods.( Matsiman), I must admit,I've observed alot about pine mushrooms over the years but I've got to say that you have some interesting reading on your site.never to old to learn a thing or too.thank you,be safe and aware of your seroundings.


User_Name: Islander
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 12:16 PM

Messages

Does anyone know of any buyers in or around the campbell river area?


User_Name: Fry
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 10:36 AM

Messages

Terrace area's are going to hit at the same time.. you watch. Going to be too much volume coming in, to see high price's. Plus people will pick for next to nothing, so why pay more. They know that... Should be a standard price set for mushrooms, if they don't comply, take permits an licence's away... Everybody go home.. Peace


User_Name: road 23
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 10:15 AM

Messages

so how did it go shroomgirl, did you go and hunt for mats?


User_Name: MJ007
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 10:02 AM

Messages

So I'm curious how are the pines hitting in your area? They say the market is flooding but from where? The Nass is just starting.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Wednesday September 11, 2013
Time: 07:22 AM

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i heard there was a buyer,hito.bought the shrooms from the states,problems flying from states to japan.so cutting corners,they sent them to canada,and exported. shippment was wormy...canadian air stopped shippin for aday at vancover air port..... thanks to poor quility musrooms ,hito. joe chung is done for awhile as hes broke.no chung buyers this season.prices won`t change much,go down even lower.mushroom corperation have one thought. cheap product. $$$$$$$$$$ all the more for them.good luck all. its your labouror,your gas,your time spent , delivering to the station. what does the buyers put out for the pickers. nothin,your expendable,others will do what you don`t....... for a few bucks less..... a cut-throat bussiness..... but what can you do then strike or quit picken. the chiness are buying up raw loggs from northern bc. everything they can get there hands on. there starting to logg off the second yr. grow already. there raping every easy pine patch,for da wood. you can thank pat bell,forest minister for that..... lol.


User_Name: marketed
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 10:23 PM

Messages

That was basket.


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 10:20 PM

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JDS,I know the filling,we have been passing a small patch by every day and when we did stop there were so many and so big that we could fill twenty market's on 15 men's. That is 20x more then we have ever seen there before. All I could say was wow"


User_Name: MJ007
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 09:34 PM

Messages

Damn 1st time out did good and no buyers open in the NAss . That's b.s.


User_Name: Oregon picker
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 09:32 PM

Messages

I could pick 60 lbs a day by myself but at 1.75 a lb screw that I'd rather let them rot lemme know if anyone wants 200lbs at 3 an lb if not ill dry them I ain't pickin for shit prices this year and if you do then your helping the price drop Byers are trying to make all the money they spent on morels back off channys I propose I strike ill dry all mine if prices don't come up


User_Name: JDS
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 08:55 PM

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An old reliable yellow Chanterelle patch was the best I had ever seen it today. I didn't spend enough time to pick a commercial amount, but the one bucket I got made my neighbors happy. No one else around, just quiet and beautiful mushrooms!


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 08:43 PM

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@piss off picker I don't think it would make a difference. Finally found some Pines a couple of days ago, prices were at 8. Then 6, and today they were closed altogether stating there were "too many mushrooms" flooding the market. What a crock! I think this is a ploy to keep up thinking all season that keeping prices down is ok. I'll find out more from Japan shortly and see what they have to say about it.


User_Name: piss off picker
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 04:53 PM

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this is 2 all the pickers in skenna aera lets kick out all the buyers there not from this area they com here and they drop prices all the time so they can make money of our back yard and pay us just peanuts 4 the mushrooms we pick and all they do sit there waitin 4 our mushroom that's bull shit


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Tuesday September 10, 2013
Time: 06:17 AM

Messages

Should of been logs and yellow chantys.


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 11:50 PM

Messages

From all my past year's and lot's l have kept this could be a long season for me on the easten side of Washington. I have pick yellow county's into Dec 3rd. Started picking on the 28th of July now i have white's and blue's as well as bolet's and now pine's. If you think the season well be short like some other old timers well tell you then take good look around and look for the sign's. Mad Morle.


User_Name: Oregon picker
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 11:32 PM

Messages

Picked a good 78lbs of channys today long haul back is feelin it I'm keepin them in the cooler until the price gets up good luck guys full buckets


User_Name: Fry
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 10:09 PM

Messages

My patches just started producing, the price drops to $8. Looks like another $6.- $8. year. Best is yet to come though.. looks positive.. Be Safe Full Bags to everyone..


User_Name: Kootenay brother
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 08:11 PM

Messages

PIcked another 35 lbs of chanties today , found a few pines they were wormy , tromped through the bush for 5 hours today.Discovered a sweet new patch today.Stellar blue bird day!!!


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 07:27 PM

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Hi @me_shell_27, the prices 4 and 5 years ago when I sold to resto's on the south end here was $5-7 for uncleaned chanterelles, and $9-12 for cleaned. The first ones of the season were 12, the end of the season were 8 or 9, when they wanted bulk bulk bulk so they could cook them up and then freeze them for the rest of the winter. I never sold less than 10 lbs at a time, though did a favour and brought a chef 5 lbs for his own personal party one time (got paid cash and a nice bottle of wine!) If you are going to freeze them, you pretty much have to fry them up first, or parboil in salted water. Don't think this is going to make them salable though later. Drying is perfectly legit though, and probably your best bet if you want to sell them later. You can try getting a hold of Eric Whitehead at Untamed Feast to see if he is looking for a picker in your area, and/or a source of dried chanties. good luck!


User_Name: Danny
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 04:03 PM

Messages

Its ok to delete my post matsiman. Most already knows whats up here, the word has traveled. And when We get to Chemult they'll know too.


 

User_Name: Jeanine
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 03:30 PM
 

Messages

I meant chanti.


User_Name: Jeanine
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 03:29 PM
 

Messages

Does anyone know of Oregon coast or portland area chanting buyers?


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 01:39 PM

Messages

Better pick what you can while you can and dry them out cause its going to be a short season.


User_Name: Rejeanne
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 01:08 PM

Messages

One buyer in Nakusp has opened but the prices are low for pines. Hopefully the prices go up otherwise it is not worth picking. As of today prices are $10, $8, $4, $2 and $1.


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 12:36 PM

Messages

thanks for the info shroomgirl.


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 12:35 PM

Messages

mushroomdave, the Chick-o-t-w is best if off deciduous wood, rather than coniferous. still edible off coniferous though more potential for GID. You need to parboil it in salted water either way, before you cook it up further. And only cut off the tender outer centimetre or two. (just fyi, it's over-rated as an edible - it's just easy to identify, that's all). Cheers.


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 09:45 AM

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forestnoclues, I was gonna head up Tuesday, but now not sure. Possibly next Monday. I think there may be a few out. If nothing else, there are lots more varieties to choose from in the giff. I have been nailing the chanties in the lower levels re: 500-600 foot level. I only know about 30 that I can pick to eat safely. And most grow up higher. So, conserving the gas $$ so I can go up higher. full buckets to ya'll!


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Monday September 09, 2013
Time: 05:33 AM

Messages

ayone out there for mats at gifford pinchot nat. yet? any good news?


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 11:47 PM

Messages

i eat em and i've never heard that. someone probably knows more than me


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 10:00 PM

Messages

Hello "garf" I might be coming to "P"mb town, in the next few days. Is there a way to contact you? If you like you can email me .... boletus at telus dot net .... I think it's going to be an exciting season..... Your call.


User_Name: mushroomdave
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 08:56 PM

Messages

question about Chicken of the woods. I was going to cook some up the other day, so I looked on line for a recipe and on two sites they warned about getting them from conifers and cedar because they can cause stomach upset. any comments?


User_Name: Toady
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 08:23 PM

Messages

Whats up with this mutha patch connection thing dude? Are you making some kind of offer?


User_Name: postcardz@paradise
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 07:29 PM

Messages

yea just dry your mushrooms and right before you sell them, recon them with water. Its the best way. trust me. Because you'll never find the motherpatch connection :)


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 06:46 PM

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Not sure which "North" someone was talking about "flooding" the market. It's definitely not the Nass/Cranberry/Harper area. Not a Pine Mushroom to be seen up here! Some are finding Pines around Terrace/Aiyansh now but nothing I would call a flood lol. Trickle maybe.


User_Name: Gonzo
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 04:39 PM

Messages

Any oregon buyers out there? Chantys, pines, lobster i can get these now, boletes and maybe colli too or at least soon. Hit me up.


User_Name: Me_shell_27
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 04:06 PM

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Hi all! I'm starting to pick chantrelles and chicken of the woods, (sporadically) but want a good amount before I sell, and I hear drying them is no good. Should I freeze them then and wait to sell them, and if so, do I need to prepare them first? Does this lower the value? And anyone know what a good or average asking price is per pound on north van island if selling to reataraunts/individuals? Thanks!


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 03:15 PM

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Did the study last Friday. I'd call it poor to fair. 50% wormy. Grades 1 to 5. Picked about 3 pounds out of 130 clusters. No babies comming. Going to back on Wednesday. Fair Chantie pick. Don"t sell anymore, no buyers within an hours drive so don't know prices. Matsiman


User_Name: Pineoverthis
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 02:20 PM

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Yup some are wormy but some aren't. That's why I only had 1 #3 to eat...just gotta get where it's cold at night. You'll find them.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 12:11 PM

Messages

Bob, Do you have a method you might post for pickling? Thanks


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Sunday September 08, 2013
Time: 12:08 PM

Messages

Hi all, Another shroom season is upon us! Here in the lower mainland and Fraser valley we have been without rain for 2 months or so. Doesn't look good for shrooms so far. Our Salmon have been suffering also as the rivers are very low and water temp high. Praying for rain. Good luck and happy hunting!


User_Name: Bob
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 10:29 PM

Messages

Kootenay Brother you should try pickling the chanty's instead of drying them


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 09:51 PM

Messages

good rain in the West Kootenay


User_Name: Kootenaybrother
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 09:36 PM

Messages

There's mycelium growing in my couch, yah man!


User_Name: Favorite Forager....
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 08:04 PM

Messages

Hey thanks for the heads up on Langdon Cook - Huffington Post ! That's where I get my news in the morning but might have missed the section it's posted in had you not pointed it out.


User_Name: One Old Guy
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 08:01 PM

Messages

Who hasn't picked a thing but but a spot on his couch posted all these.....minutes apart.....lol!


User_Name: kootenay brother
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:35 PM

Messages

Oh yah , like phantom picker said ,Safety First! Be prepared , turtle won the race slow and steady won the race!


User_Name: Kootenay brother
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:32 PM

Messages

Pulled 40 lbs of chanties today , starting to dehydrate them, top notch this year and yah I'm gonna eat them all! Dehydrate and vacu seal them they will be good for up to a year! Groceries are frikken expensive ! Subsidize you grocery bill you'll get top value for your buckets full of mushrooms!Eat your profits its the only way you can get your fair share when the shrooms prices are rock bottom.Cut out the middle man!


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:25 PM

Messages

There's no money to be made selling to the buyers,that went out the window 10yrs ago.find your self a private buyer and sell everything straight across the board for the price that you want.good luck and be safe.


User_Name: TruffleDog
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:20 PM

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What is the Matsi price? I figure there must not be anyone getting enough to sell or the price would be posted here already. Wormy babies around Crescent. Many spots missed by rain until now. Mountains of chanties on Oregon Coast - Too cheap to pick. Good thing we weren't forced to pay $600 to pick and sell mushrooms in Oregon. It is rather odd that there are those among us that believe mushroom picking is engaging in licentious behavior and an exemption should be made for those engaging in said behavior if they pay a tax to the State. That is the true meaning of license. LOL! LOL! Some guy on here is traveling to Forks to buy half a day's pick from one picker for $3. It only costs $80 to stay overnight if you can't find a hundred pounds in the morning. Do your own labor.


User_Name: Just can't get a break
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:04 PM

Messages

Anderson boys are open in P.R. You won't like the price..... Bumper crop.... Eat them and enjoy the nice quality.


User_Name: T-n-A
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 06:16 PM

Messages

Excuse me, I hate to interrupt all the fun and games but - In reality based factual news, everybody's favorite forager Langdon Cook is now blogging at Huffington post! OMG! Go to his blog where there's a link to the story ;-)


User_Name: Oh and...
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 05:56 PM

Messages

Chemult is hotter than hades STILL and very little moisture there. Do your homework before heading out folks. Just because a few pros are making expenses...maybe...doesn't mean anybody else will.


User_Name: pants on fire
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 05:44 PM

Messages

If you were actually picking pines then you would know the three's are wormy. even some ones are wormy yet. And if you really were picking you would know that.


User_Name: shoegy
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 04:14 PM

Messages

Any shroom buyers open in Powell River yet?


User_Name: Pineoverthis
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 01:53 PM

Messages

Went out and picked full bags of chantys. About 2 lbs worth of wormed, week old pines out there, and one really nice #3 to eat tonight!! Lets keep our fingers crossed the weather works in favour of the mushroom gods.


User_Name: shroomkid
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 12:35 PM

Messages

Thanks coombsbuyer, Alexander McNaughton, PineKing, and others. I'll be looking into them/you when I am close to those areas. I'm on the very south Island, and so far no one from here has spoken up. We're in for a good season this year, I think. already picked triple the poundage of chanties as last year, and it's only the first week of September. I'd forgotten what processing this much in one go is like - it's been so long since I had a haul! haha! :) nice problem to have. gotta get some stuff out of the freezer now, to make room. I hope everyone has a super good season this year. Don't be afraid to process and store some for when the season is over, and sell them then, when the prices stabilize, and you can dictate a little more. Or just enjoy them through the winter and into the spring. Happy picking everyone! stay safe and pain-free. talk to you in a month or two. Full buckets!


User_Name: mad model
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 11:43 AM

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What are they paying as of last night for pines and what are they like as for worms. I need not live home for there here .


User_Name: Oregon picker
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 09:09 AM

Messages

Iv been picking for a few weeks now I'm not selling until someone has a decent price though there are too many pickets willing to pick for next to nothing and that is gonna keep the price down if anyone is buying channys for 3 or more a lb call me at 5412600836


User_Name: Couch Potato Picker
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:58 AM

Messages

Everyday I'm out except today but I'm no everyday couch potato just today because my ass is dragging from all weeks pickin' :) And no it aint the coast because the coast is toast!


User_Name: Roy Of Hemp
Date: Saturday September 07, 2013
Time: 07:49 AM

Messages

Oh I'm a pickin alright! And I know what's up too! But I aint tellin nobody where what or how much here that's forsho !


User_Name: Ray Of Hope
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 11:58 PM

Messages

Hey PR Jack, that's why i like doing it. Thrill of the chase, finding them new fresh patches. When u get bitten it's 4 life. bnk get off your couch n actually get out there. FYI rumours say lots coming outta the north, so just wondering if that's true. Be more helpful or don't post anything.


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 09:06 PM

Messages

Went out today for the first time this season and I'll be dammed,I haven't seen this amount of variate in this area in 15yrs.you name them and they are there unreal,yes even pine what a sight.the only thing is 75% of the pines are wormed out we need some cooler weather and from what I hear it's going to be a mild fall,not good man.the other draw back is them pesky little blood suckers,mannn you can't even stop for a second cause there on you like you can not imagine,I think I gave them blood suckers a pint today.dint dare stop to urinate man cause they don't care where they get the blood from,lol.good luck to everyone and most important be safe.


User_Name: bnk
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 08:42 PM

Messages

If ya'll were actually out pickin' instead of postin' you'd know what was up with prices and where whatever kinds were happenin'. Just sayin'


User_Name: Powell River Jack
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 08:34 PM

Messages

Hey Ray of Hope. Love your name. If you pick for profit, your name is perfect. Oh, I dream of back to the 80's. Wish it was Back to the Future. Loved that movie. I still do it for the love of the hunt. Got only one eye left and a bad back, but still game. Backpack, 2 Alieve, and a old Poodle name Budweiser and away we go.!!Enjoy your hunt and full bucket to you


User_Name: koootenaybrother
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 08:21 PM

Messages

Here it come 20 - 25 ml rain just hit , tree planting bags make great mush bags triple bucket set up sweet! Hitting the hills next week sweet tooth,chanties , and matutake here we come! Almost all geared up and ready to roll!Mine as well go for a hot soak at the hot springs at the same time! BUsh tromoing time is here! Stoked!!!


User_Name: Ray Of Hope
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 06:32 PM

Messages

Word from buyers say prices for Pine will drop because the market is flooded with them. So where is this flood or is it just more BS from buyers to keep prices down.


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 05:21 PM

Messages

evening every one.just got a call. anyone interested in a co-op,email me.......terrace/nass area`s.......pines only @r2421citywwest,will contac you back , serious inquiry only, thx`s. i see i`ll have to ween out the bad apples. ain`t karman a bitch.


User_Name: Bob
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 11:54 AM

Messages

Hi all I'm looking for a buyer on the north island im in port mcneill but could travel to campbell river or the comox area I will be picking chanterelles and possibly chicken of the woods. please post here if you have any info on who to call thanks!


User_Name: pmatch
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 10:15 AM

Messages

We are also looking for any pine buyers in the Slocan Valley area. Is anyone around yet? Thanks


User_Name: Quercus
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 09:51 AM

Messages

Anyone buying in the Aberdeen area yet?


User_Name: pinepicker
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 08:37 AM

Messages

anyone buying pines in Courtenay area, mid Vancouver Island?


User_Name: Gibbster
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 08:20 AM

Messages

STILL nothing as far as Pines in the Cranberry /Nass area. Been cycling through 5 patches every 5 days or so just to see what's going on. Getting hit with another heat wave right now is a horrible situation as well. This is around when they should be waking up and we're getting 30 degree days. Not good.


User_Name: wild side
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 06:09 AM

Messages

i did some work for royal roads U. in the past. the higher up you go, the more out of touch personal geneally becomes (bunch of various aged kids playing with science). not everyone but generally. most good shroomers have a decent grip on forest interactions and hwo to sustainably apply them for now and for future. sell em, eat em, protect em, teach others about em... happy trails. (awesome stuff here BTW Matsiman, many thanks for the sharing ideas sandbox.)


User_Name: road 23
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 05:37 AM

Messages

hopefully we will have a better mats this year.


User_Name: road 23
Date: Friday September 06, 2013
Time: 05:35 AM

Messages

thanks for the info shroomgirl,hopefully we will have a better for mats!


User_Name: Matshroom
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 10:06 PM

Messages

Anybody found a pine in the koots ? Who is buyer this year ?


User_Name: funguy
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 05:07 PM

Messages

I am paying $3 per pound for chantys. Will be in Forks Saturday mid day. email me if you want to sell. Looking for around 100lbs. dhathon@yahoo.com , Thanks.


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 04:59 PM

Messages

Matsimillion, Yes, lots of LOUD boomers. And some lightning to go with. Oregon picker, I would be happy to teach you about Matsi's. I will be on MT. Hood the first two weeks of October, if you want to get together then? Shoot me an email. autobodyqueen@yahoo.com But as far as making a lot of money, I wouldn't count on it. The prices are pretty bad anymore. Better off keeping them for yourself and enjoying them. Full buckets to ya'll!


User_Name: matsimillion
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 01:40 PM

Messages

anybody have boomers # ?


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 12:09 PM

Messages

Maybe because the market is flooded with them. The coast is off the hook right now for chantys.


User_Name: Oregon picker
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 10:24 AM

Messages

Shroomgirl I'd love to learn about pines iv never picked them before but heard there is good money in it would u be willing to help sometime maybe ?


User_Name: Oregon picker
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 10:11 AM

Messages

It's looking like it will be a bad year for channys I went in yesterday with 25 lbs and made about 40 bucks if anyone knows of anywhere with a higher price let me know but right now coos bay is at $1.50/lb horrible for this early


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 10:09 AM

Messages

road 23, I haven't been up towards the mountains yet. But there are several areas around my house that are around the 500' level, and I have been picking chanties for the last two weeks. They are showing well! I even picked almost a pound of white ones yesterday! Might be a bit too early for matsitakes. I heard the tents were up in Randle weeks ago, and they were buying huckleberries. Haven't heard whether they are buying any 'shrooms yet. I was thinking of heading up to at least the Randle area next week. Gas is so darn expensive! Full buckets to ya'll!


User_Name: forestnoclues
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 08:15 AM

Messages

randle pickers how's are the mats ?


User_Name: road 23
Date: Thursday September 05, 2013
Time: 05:49 AM

Messages

what's going on in the pacific northwest? how's the chanty's are they up or down any info? and also is it soon for the pines?


User_Name: shroomer
Date: Wednesday September 04, 2013
Time: 10:13 PM

Messages

boomer set up at tire shop,today


User_Name: Mj007
Date: Wednesday September 04, 2013
Time: 04:01 PM

Messages

Any buyers going to be in the Nass anytime soon ?


User_Name: Danny
Date: Monday September 02, 2013
Time: 04:24 PM

Messages

Howdy all! Long time no talk! Well the vacation is over and it's time to get it together for the fall season. I see here and there talk about whats popping and what prices are. Still kinda warm for pines and there's a big price range of offers for all mushrooms that's for sure. I guess we did pretty good with the locked in 12.00 per lb for burns in the spring, although at the time some without a clue knocked me for it and in hindsight which is always nice and clear we did the right thing and so did the buyer considering it was a record low morel harvest for so much burned area. Oh btw I see some offers, pretty low offers actually, for chanties have already started. Fishin fools they are! I cant say when these people will wake up but it better be soon! Probably about the time they realize that kind of offer pulls in ZERO pounds. Amazing really, they did the same thing in the spring - balked at my asking price and even hung up one me a time or two. But before long I actually had to change my ph # so the couldn't call me anymore and of course after they woke up it was too late, the season was done. I predicted a good season for this coming fall in May and that's exactly what were going to have! Not everywhere but I didn't say everywhere. I'm thrilled and hope everybody else is too. Havent got a solid deal yet but you know I will and all them mushrooms will just drive right out of the woods, past the filed buyers and to the airport. Adios and good pickin to all who are willing to work for 'em. Danny


User_Name: garf
Date: Monday September 02, 2013
Time: 03:48 AM

Messages

hey everyone ...hope you have a fine season and the fresh mountain air rejuvenates the spirits ... the fall air and the cool winds and the leaves turning colour is why i go ... The mushrooms are a bonus and on a good year i usually get lots ..not bragging just been at it a long time and have some pretty awesome spots. Just enjoy and do what you can to leave the woods in great shape.. We can only do it for our own sake and the more individuals that take great care the better it is... the corporations will continue to do what they do unfortunately until there is a systemic change and can't see that happening. Too old to lose sleep over it ...just enjoy my time in the woods


User_Name: chantykyle
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 09:37 PM

Messages

any body know current prices on chantys and lobsters...chicken otw?


User_Name: postcards@paradize.com
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 08:13 PM

Messages

Many ppl think there will be an economic collapse by the end of October. Hyper inflation... I'm not into predicting these kind of things. But I do keep about 100 lbs of mush around just in case. And some frozen elk and a shotgun. Has anybody found the motherpatch connection yet? Keep searching!


User_Name: bnk
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 07:52 PM

Messages

A word - Derivatives. The unwinding and collapse of the system may very well come as a result of nearly instantaineous chain default by computer systems, to put it simply. Letters of credit and soverign currencies outside countries, worthless. Nobody's money is any good with anybody else and all contracts are rendered unpayable, hell, lots already are. Most problematic for international trade in things like, oh I dunno....OIL!!!! Hence the barter system already in use for oil, gas, grain etc. between some European nations. Either accidental or as a matter of function, or more probably a planned accidently-on-purpose event. Complete with scapegoat, hopefully it's not the free market but that's the way it's looking. At any rate in all of this will come an opportunity.....To start over and do better I shall hope!


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 06:40 PM

Messages

Hello Boletus Joe---what you posted has pretty much been my position in all of this...that "if" salal is such a "conservation" issue then that value has to be applied "equally"....which includes timber, mining, hydro right of ways, etc.....it is just totally unjust to focus on salal pickers while there is more damage done in one week to salal patches (and forest ecosystems) from industry than from all the non-timber harvesters combined. I think RRU does this to try and get more funding to keep their jobs and to hell with the people it affects. I do not see them taking on the timber companies.....or any of the timber companies hiring them to make millions LOL----and thanks everyone for your very insightful comments on the state of affairs....I agree with what other's observations are. Have a good season everyone!!!


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 06:36 PM

Messages

Hey uh Lolly, Just so you know, Its called "The Office Of The Ministry Of Propaganda". A subsidiary of "The Department Of Fatherland Security".


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 06:27 PM

Messages

Sorry but I like to sell for my profit.


User_Name: kootenay brother
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 06:15 PM

Messages

Got identification,of mysterious mushroom turns out I found a sweet tooth mushroom (Dentinum repandum) and I sautιed these sweet babies up with some garlic butter , and they were awesome !!! F##K the big corporations EAT YOUR PROFITS ITS THE ONLY WAY YOU GET YOUR FAIR SHARE!!!! Not to mention the unknown medicinal values of eating wild mushrooms!


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 05:55 PM

Messages

Our neighbors to the south are fed a steady diet of bs just as we are in Canada. Big timber controls forest policy here and they have their lackeys like in the article pointed out, do their bidding. Stealing salal from the kings forest is a huge problem with no mention of the destruction caused by the kings clearcutting of the entire island. PS I see the global cop is going to "fix something" clear over on the other side of the world again. With the help of their propaganda machine of course.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 05:40 PM

Messages

Big corporate timber, self serving politicians and "the way up the ladder to big money lobbiest street to corporation x,y or z " they have created for themselves has created a terrible situation where those who stand to profit the most make all the decisions. In their own best interest. Any "trickle down" benefit is fiction and 30+ years of it in place as policy is the proof.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 05:29 PM

Messages

Big money owns everything including environmental policy, the govts, universities and the media. Corportaism and the globalist agenda is in complete control of all policy decisions. There's no way back or out of the current circumstances save economic collapse and restraint imposed monetarily as we once had. Fiat money has paved the way to where we are now. But the demographic shif well underway world wide will help. The economic system that supports the current sad state of affairs will run only until it collapses. Then we will start over with new people in charge and systems that actually work and responsibility and the rule of law and ethical accountable behavior will be in effect again as they once were. I really believe this and hope this includes sustainable envoriomental policy based on science as well. The fake arguement of more regulation or less regulation is just that, pablum fed to the gullible public. The answer is responsible science/reality/fact based regulation. Not what we have now which is the fox in complete control of the chicken house.


User_Name: coombsbuyer
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 05:25 PM

Messages

Hi Everyone!! I am opening a mushroom buying station in Coombs. The company is Emperor Foods which is the same company as Rod in Campbell River. I will be up and running by the 10th (look for the signs)...All pickers Welcome. Best of Luck for the coming Season! Shallon


User_Name: coombsbuyer
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 05:10 PM

Messages

Hi All I Will be opening up a mushroom station in Coombs for the same company as Rod in Campbell River. Will be up and running by the 10th...look for the signs. Welcome all pickers...best of luck for the coming season. Shallon


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 04:22 PM

Messages

Hello Keith Hunter.... I can only say... if anything, there are to many regulations.... And maybe the eggheads at Royal Roads and other places should turn their attentions to just how much damage has been done by the MIGHTY Forest industry in this province. Consider this.... before the cutting of trees most civilizations built out of stone...... Oooops maybe I should not mention that. I might start a run on stones. or maybe we could build out of salal....


User_Name: Kootenay Sister
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 03:18 PM

Messages

Getting too much heat up north here...Pines wont like it, get wormy,,,waiting for another cool down to start pickin. To far away to sell in Vancouver but good luck all!


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 12:05 PM

Messages

I wanted to post this for those that may have worked with Royal Roads Unversity folks in the past (or currently thinking of doing so). I have to say that this is very upsetting to me to see happen and is one of the reasons we have not supported their work in many years. http://www.biv.com/article/20130827/BIV0101/308279929/shrub-at-centre-of-bc-backwoods-8216-black-market-8217 See also http://www.biv.com/article/20130827/BIV878/130829938 Smearing our entire sector like this is not helpful. This also ignores that there are regulations that exist, which it would seem a University would have researched and did what universities used to do which was to actually help educate people rather than try and smear an entire sector of people that are some of the best people I have ever met or had the opportunity to work with. Sure there are bad apples in every sector, but this smearing an entire sector and way of life is inexcusable. A cursory list of examples of existing legal regulations: private forest lands under management systems for permits/monitoring; private woodlots; forest research plots; First Nations Reserve Lands and Treaty Lands; Parks Canada lands; Provincial Parks; endangered species habit; regional species at risk; critical wildlife management areas; auditable forest certification standards; resource features; damage to natural resources. Legal requirements exist that apply to harvesting & sales of wild harvested products. Asserting that no regulations exist ignores species protected and/or conserved under Cultural Heritage Resources & Crown consultation and accommodation obligations to First Nations. Anyway, I hope all of you millionares have fun spending all of your money :)


User_Name: Keith Hunter
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 11:56 AM

Messages

wild side---thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Actually the model we developed did work out in terms of the economies of scale and costs. You are right that those were definitely considerations that had to be worked out to be feasible. What it came down to was that as our business grew we became much more involved in working on environmental impact studies (like the Raven Coal Project) and forest management plans/policy and pilot projects. There is just so much an old guy can keep up and still do a good job :) It really was a hard decision to make closing our buying station....I am especially going to miss the awesome pickers we have had the honor of working with and the awesome customers we had. I think that is one of the best parts of working in non-timber are the personal relationships that are formed along the way. I hope everyone has an awesome year and enjoys being in the woods. We will be doing what we can to support this way of life in the work that we will be doing....and I would again like to thank all of you that we have been able to meet and work with through our years of having a buying station. You have been awesome!!!


User_Name: Lolly Gagger
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 10:58 AM

Messages

I couldn't be happier to see offers to buy like the one below. We are truly moving from a fragile export based "mushroom" economy to one where we consumer our own local/domestic products. Very exciting stuff. Kudos Mr. McNaughton


User_Name: Alexander McNaughton
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 10:31 AM

Messages

GReetings! Looking for pickers in the Vancouver Island/Vancouver area who have product to unload, please message me @ alexander.mcnaughton@gmail.com or text 778 668 8093 and we can chat... I have a fresh sheet distribution w restaurants in the city and am willing to drive to pick-up. Happy hunting all, fingers crossed for a great fall season!


User_Name: PineKing
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 10:03 AM

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@ shroomkid...the only buyer that i know of on the north island is Rod in Campbell River...next weekend will be different


User_Name: Ron n Kelli
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 09:32 AM

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Hey Lobster mania,, We are hardcore foragers too and sometimes sell some when we get too many. We went and looked at the buyer ad there in Wa craigslist you guys mentioned. We'll lets just say if it is for real they wont get many mushrooms from something so silly and none from us. We will let the chantrelles and Lobsters rot in the woods right where they popped before we spend out time to pick them only to sell for next to nothing.


User_Name: shroomsista
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 09:02 AM

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I gots lotsa hegehogs at my secret place. And in own spot where the mass is pines all up in there too. I don't never take nobody keeps em all to my own self


User_Name: Kootenay Kid
Date: Sunday September 01, 2013
Time: 08:37 AM

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Lots of mushrooms on my side of the lake but i cant tell you where,lol!


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