Black Trumpet Mushroom

Black Trumpet Mushroom

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Its on...

Late June chanties popping through the undergrowth
Ok now the foraging seasons of 2014 begins in earnest. We've had pretty good rainfall for June, +1" above normal, but I was still a bit surprised to see these Chanterelles up before July. In years past the first ones would usually come up sometime in early July here in upstate NY, say July 4th-10th.

But when you have a dog to walk you may as well forage. So with no real expectations I went back to an early yielding patch from last year and low and behold, there they were peeping up between rocks and last years fallen leaves.

That was two days ago...Today I walked around a new area looking for more and came up with just one small chanty. But it wasn't a total loss; I came across a nice patch of Oyster mushrooms for some compensation.

I think we're one good rainfall away from an excellent start to the season. We have some rain forecast for the next few days, lets hope it includes at least one good soaking.

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