The folks at Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers Market did a live interview with me that streamed on Facebook. You can watch it here.
With the good comes the bad. We finally got rain this week. My gauge said 2 inches in two days on Friday. Plus, another two inches came the weekend before. But with hard rain comes strong winds. Below are two trees that have yield nice Hen of the Woods the last couple of years. Now flat on the ground Hens down by two.
How fast do chickens grow ??? Encouraged by the L. sulphureus and L. cincinnatus growth I chronicled in recent posts, I set out to check another tree that had previously yielded fruit. Below is my L. cincinnatus tree the first day I spotted what I was sure would be a chick – a little white glob about the size of a golf ball, BUT it had some bumps on to it. The second picture, I took today, 48 hours later. Wow! Plus, there was the bonus of a “sidekick”. I’m thinking two more days and then “harvest city”, but I’ll wait and see what happens
Day 1 Day 3
I also have a Berkley polypore tree that is showing a little color. Can you spot it??
When searching for chanterelles, I love to look among New York ferns. I use my stick to gently make the ferns sway so the spots of chanterelle gold will show. This picture has seven good size chanterelles near my stick. Can you see them without making the ferns sway??
Hold on to your basket because it won’t be long. Yesterday I cruised through the large black trumpet patch I discovered last year and found a couple of early ones. With this weekend’s projected rain, I’ll be making a point to check them a couple of times a week since it’s close by.
In the same area are several chanterelle patches, and a couple are showing color. I made a count today and came up with over 50, both tiny and pickling size like in the picture. Some of my other patches are showing color, but it’s just a pinhead here and there. Go to my archives from June 2015 and June 2014, and you can compare the “fruiting schedule”.
There’s a lot of other variety starting to show up, albeit not a lot of anything. Notables, but not edible, yesterday and today include Amanita fulva, Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel – in pix, Deadly poison), Lactarius argillaceifolius (in pix), and Ramaria spp.,
I also always try to note the ground cover and flowers to help me remember the season I’m in. In the area today were numerous Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison – in pix). I’ve foraged a lot of chanterelles over the years where fly poison was just past blooming. The individual flowers turn from white to yellow.
Rain is on the way, so be in the woods and be happy !!!