Saturday, August 02, 2008

Too Many Mushrooms - Anyone up for a trade?

Boy the rains have made for bumper crops of just about everything. In addition to mushrooms, my family and I have been picking gallons of berries. Right now, the wild blackberry bushes are overflowing and the berries are larger than ever, swollen with all the extra rain. Been busy canning jam and jelly all week. Probably have to go pick some more to make a pie or two.

I give mushrooms to family and friends and, often in return they give me stuff from their garden. This week it was beans and tomatoes, and they are oh so good. It got me thinking, if anyone close by has some extra veggies or fruit from their garden and would like to trade for some fresh chanterelles, drop me a line. I have several pounds of nice fresh chants (picked yesterday morning) just sitting in the fridge and for the first time, I must admit that I have about had my fill of them and I definitely have enough canned for winter. It would be great to get some local produce and share some tasty chants. I really would like to find a local grower's coop who would be interested in me providing edible wild mushrooms in exchange for some fresh veggies.

No mushroom hunting this weekend. Just too dang hot, but let me know if you find anything. The patches of smoth chants look like seas of orange right now, and are easy to spot. So if you can stand the heat, it is a good time to scout out new areas. If the chants are there you will finds them easily. Happy hunting and let me know if you find anything good.

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