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  1. Hello folks! I'm a lucky newbie to wild mushroom forging. I've posted some pictures on the facebook sites, so apologize for double post, but just wanted to share some pictures of a recent find and some background information. For the last few years I've had shitake logs that have produced some, about 30 this fall, which was the largest harvest yet. After a heavy period of rain this past spring and then again in the fall, a mushroom explosion in our back 1 acre forest got me thinking hard about forging in the wild. We've been in the self suffiency mindset for a few years now and this hobby is a natural progression towards that goal. Anyhow, the first trip to a local park in Oct did not net anything other than some experience picking out mushrooms from distance. I was most amazed at how many there were if you just looked at the ground closely. The second trip was one of the most amazing experiences that led to this ephipany that free wild food in the form of mushrooms is as easy as a Sunday walk in the woods. As I walked down the trail a few white clusters caught my eye. Now my shitake logs grew something similar that must have been a mixed up plug of hericium erinaceus, so the heart started beating harder and sure enough, my first legit wild mushrooms, two lions mane about six inches in diameter. An hour later while making the turn around a large oak, two clusters of mushrooms were grown at the base. Sure enough, two 5 lb clusters of maitake. With a basket more than full, I left complelely euphoric. Since, I've been back a few times and idenfified a couple of down trees with oysters, but after a cold Oct and Nov, pretty much figured mushrooms would not be back until spring until last week when my new mushroom id book spoke about oysters being one of the few that flush during warmer winter periods. The next day by chance I was walking our fence line trying to find where our dogs broke through the fence and low and behold, a small fresh cluster of oysters. I just had to go back to see if some of the trees from Oct were producing. Here are some pictures prove that even after some really cold weeks of weather, you can find oyster mushrooms in NC during the colder months of the year. These were two weeks ago... went yesterday (Dec 22) and found a couple more like this producing. Charger the mushroom dog showing off his find :-)
  2. We had 2 rainy days and now the temp is -1 Celsius in Moncton NB Canada. Since I had the day off I decided to check out and area a few miles out of the city where in some years I find very good Oyster mushrooms in Dec and rarely even into early January. These guys were frozen hard as a rock and were located to close to well travelled road to harvest for food, though I will be back this way again if we were to receive 3 or 4 warm days together in the near future. All in all it has been a great month for Oyster mushrooms. Here is a photo of my first fall collection from Oct 20/2013 Oct 26/2013 proved fruitful And here is a fond memory from a little over a year ago on Nov 14/12. Sugar Maple trees seem to be our best tree for Pleurotus ostreatus in the Maritime provinces, but where ever you live any time in late fall or early winter that there is warm spell keep an eye out for these fine edible and medicinal wild mushrooms on your most common Oyster mushroom host trees. cheers
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