Lobsters Coming

lob1Last week Derek got one pound of lobster mushrooms from a patch we hunt. Yesterday afternoon I headed out to a different area where there are a number of patches. Two were producing, and I got four pounds. They were well hidden, but once I saw the orange, I was able to see the needle humps I had passed by. It’s much easier finding lobsters if you are in an area you KNOW produces. Only three of the mushrooms were turning spotty red and going bad (left them), and quite a few were small, so this should be the beginning. Going back on Thursday to my favorite patch – only found ONE there Sunday.┬áMaybe the tennis-ball sized Sparassis crispa I left will be bigger.

So, get out and keep an eye out for lobsters. Around here I find them around pine – white pine or Virginia pine, but mostly Virginia pine mixed with a few hardwoods.

SpathulariaA cute Fairy Fan (Spathularia velutipes). I don’t see them much. On pine twig.

Chanterelles are UP !!

chanterelle062214Went out today with Joe on his 4-wheeler to some off-road hollows in some local woods. We found a number of patches that had chanterelles big enough to harvest, but also plenty left to grow another week or 10 days.

Afterward, we walked some of the patches I know about. There are enough up to indicate a strong year with variation in in emergence. In other words, my expectation is several pickings in each patch. Last year I went in the area for six weeks, always with a good harvest.

Good luck and Bon Appetite