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MOREL mushrooms

Postby VintageGirl » Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:43 pm

Farmers Market guaranteed.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:18 pm

I harvested a bunch in my backyard last year, from around my elm tree stump. Haven't seen any yet this season and I look every day. Hopefully soon.

I also check this site for Wisconsin morel hunter updates.
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Postby Billy Shears » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:17 pm

Two oldtimers have told me that you look for morels after the first misty spring rain when the leaves are as big as a mouse's ear.

This year, that was maybe an hour or so, sometime last week I think.

My opinion is that this year it's anybody's guess when the little dickens come out, if they even come out. It wouldn't be the first year I've heard of that just about nobody found any at all.
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Postby BobArctor » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:35 pm

Look near stands of may apples (mandrake) or old orchards.

There's a red variety I haven't seen in years. Let me know if anyone finds any of the red ones.

Sometimes one can smell them. Once you spot one they all become visible.
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Postby VintageGirl » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:55 pm

ay ya!
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Postby NullDevice » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:46 am

We're heading into Morel seasons. They tend to sprout in mid-may, although because of the early spring thaw and heavy rains they may come in earlier this year.

They nearly always cluster near decomposing treestumps.

They're so damn tasty...my cousin used to be able to fill grocery bags with 'em from his property in western WI. Those were glorious days.

What's really nice about them is that they dehydrate and reconsititute very well - almost no loss of flavor or texture in the process. Makes them very easy to store for long periods of time.
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Postby cattyr » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:13 pm

I am usually in the picture on morel availability within hours of good hauls, being a country dweller, so I'll make sure to post as soon as I hear. It may be cheaper to come out our way and buy from a farm market as opposed to on the Square, I'll try to find out what they're going for in Iowa Co.
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Postby sitnspin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:28 pm

Check out the Morel Mushroom Festival in Muscoda, WI...It's a short drive, and usually lots of shrooms available for purchase. This year it's May 20th and 21st.
www.muscoda.com/event-morels.html
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Postby VintageGirl » Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:14 pm

anyone who had a bunch for cheap.
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Postby sitnspin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:27 pm

VintageGirl wrote:Sitnspin -- I already have Muscoda on my calendar. This will be my 4th year going to it. And I'm going EARLY this time so the Mushroom Fry isnt done by the time I get there!!
Thanks for posting it. I thought of posting it originally, but then decided against it, because I'm a selfish brat and thought I didnt want all of Wisconsin driving to Muscoda to get all the mushrooms that I want!


I thought the same thing before posting it, but then decided I needed some good karma points! Haha!
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Postby cattyr » Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:47 am

Apparently there are little ones out already, the big ones can't be too far behind! Here's hoping for a long season! Haven't been to the markets yet, but I would recommend Heck's Market (north side of Hwy 14 a few miles before you get to the Spring Green bridge). Peck's (south side of the highway a little further up) will probably have them, too, but they're more touristy and likely more expensive.
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Postby Luckypants » Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:38 pm

From my weekly Dane County Farmer's Market email:

I just got some inside info that the first Morel Mushrooms will be surfacing this Saturday at market. The steep south facing slopes of western Wisconsin are generating their first treasured harvest.
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Postby eriedasch » Tue May 02, 2006 11:47 am

What is the going rate for morrels? I remember seeing them last year for up to $9/per quarter ounce (?).

Someone at my work has some now for $25/lb. I'm thinking that's a pretty good deal.
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Postby PeterSteinberg » Tue May 02, 2006 5:08 pm

They were $40 / lb at the downtown Farmer's Market saturday morning.

The price often drops if they are still around at the end of the day.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri May 05, 2006 5:44 pm

Woo Hoo! Just found my first this year in the backyard. About a two inch tall gray. Hoping for many more to come.
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