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User_Name: smilin
Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Time: 06:38 AM

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Mikefungi.. Sure, you can bring any kind of vehicle down that road, but bring two full gas cans. It's 200km to the picking sites and then you'll still need some gas to drive around. The roads are in great shape, but expect a flat at some point. Lots of pointy loose gravel...


User_Name: lucky logger
Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Time: 12:20 AM

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Bummer831; Sorry to hear that. I'm shocked but then not surprised either. They'd rather let the mushrooms rot in the ground and go without your spending on gas/food/cigarettes(?)/etc, than willingly let someone live without their oversight and fees. Legal is will masquerading as reason. Bah humbug. I can understand putting "Canadian jobs"(local pickers) first, but as long as there are more mushrooms than there are pickers let the Americans come pick our mushrooms like the Mexicans work America's farms.... also it's stretching the truth to call Americans "foreigners". Banned for a year for harming no man nor his property, and/or for telling the truth to government. shake my head. /rant end.lol I guess next time you say you're a tourist eh?


User_Name: Bummer831
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 10:35 PM

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Just an FYI for beginners. Don't tell immigration your picking mushrooms!!! Sounds obvious, but I just got deported back to the states and banned for a year. Don't know what's worse, dealing with grumpy buyers or immigration police, hah. Be sure to leave some for next year.....


User_Name: MikeFungi
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 09:54 PM

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Hey, I'm a first timer. Is it ok to bring a camper van? Not an RV, but a converted class B van. Not sure the conditions of roads up there and how far off I will need to drive. Thanks so much! Mike


User_Name: smilin
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 08:52 PM

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Just came out of the burn at Mackenzie/Chase Park Bring a spare tire for that journey (200km dirt road).. wee bit early still (5-9 days)... super steep climbing. Not for the faint hearted...


User_Name: pg shroomer
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 08:22 PM

Messages

thanx but he acualy returned my text must of been busy


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 07:29 PM

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pg shroomer, maybe try his email solutionpipeline@gmail.com Matsiman


User_Name: pg shroomer
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 06:31 PM

Messages

anybody know where the guy looking for pickers to boat into camps is picking he wont answer my texts and it doesn't say if hese in bc or timbuck two


User_Name: fuzzy
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 12:41 PM

Messages

Hey my names Chris I'm looking to leave PG BC right away picking. I'm not internet savy. Please text my a message if you have any info that could help. Thank you in advance. 2509813284


User_Name: livingtreasures
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 10:10 AM

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I am a woman picker looking for a partner to accompany me and share expenses or drive yourself and caravan to areas around Prince George and will be leaving on May 28th. There will be others caravaning there also and setting up a base camp with a buyer on board. I do not have a fellow picker yet to work nearby me which is recommended for safety sake. Email me if interested at livingtreasures@hotmail.com


User_Name: pozforpeaceandfreedom
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 08:15 AM

Messages

What is the going rate for fresh morel mushrooms in the Chetwynd area? Thanks


User_Name: beentheredonethat
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 05:38 AM

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there is morel at chetwynd, no very much but there are morels! tumbler have some too ....should start pretty soon.


User_Name: Shamrocky
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2015
Time: 01:57 AM

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LOST AND FOUND: BASEBALL HAT - Says Trouthunter with a graphic of a hawks head. Found in a burn near winthrop/twisp. Placed it on the guard rail at the entrance to the road in.


User_Name: Lars100
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 09:04 PM

Messages

Darn ok i cant figure it out thx again


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 07:31 PM

Messages

Lars100, You still don't get it. Your messages posted on the Say What You Want Board WILL NOT BEE SEAN BY THE PUBLIC. Post here if you expect a response. Matsiman


User_Name: HunterDennehy
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 07:00 PM

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In search of Buyers! Heading to Chetwynd area and/or North Slave Area June 1ST. Efficient well organized crew, looking for a buyer to partner with. 250 683 8630 Offering rides from Van Isle to burn sites up north.


User_Name: Lars100
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 12:04 PM

Messages

Thx Matsiman i jus have to go see.I keep checking in case anyone can help me


User_Name: todofthunder
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 11:23 AM

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I was wondering if anyone has any information on the Chetwyn area for buyers and if the burns are accessible ? I do have experience picking morels a very long time ago, so I was hoping to join a crew or caravan with people. todgravel@hotmail.com


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 11:15 AM

Messages

Lars100, I live in southwest Oregon. Matsiman


User_Name: Lars100
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 09:11 AM

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Thx a lot wud u know by chance i heading out thursday to look but it a few hour drive?jus wana know if morels are growing yet


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 07:48 AM

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Lars100, your message on the Say What You Want Board can't be seen by anybody but me. Post here if you want a reply. Matsiman


User_Name: ezekiel
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 06:24 AM

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Hello, we are arriving in late june and wonder where we can find a buyers site in the north slave area? Along yellowknife highway? Also if you have tips for not so easy accessable burns, would appreciate. Thanks and good luck


User_Name: deryl
Date: Monday May 18, 2015
Time: 08:09 PM

Messages

Where are the buyer's located in Chetwynd


User_Name: Lars100
Date: Monday May 18, 2015
Time: 07:08 PM

Messages

Sry but are morels growing in chetwynd area or tumbler yet any info wud b great TIA


User_Name: Anna
Date: Monday May 18, 2015
Time: 05:14 PM

Messages

Hi there I'm looking for a buyer around the Columbia Valley area I have a couple pounds of Fresh Morels I want to sell... Can contact me 250-341-8456


User_Name: Lars100
Date: Monday May 18, 2015
Time: 04:45 PM

Messages

So is the mushrooms growing in chetwynd?


User_Name: Benny Chow
Date: Monday May 18, 2015
Time: 03:53 PM

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Looking for pickers to go on boat access only pick. We have a buyer on site. We had rain yeatersay and today and mushrooms popping everywhere. Looking for crews, we will take you into the fire, picking a grid off the lake shore and move camp every three or four days to eliminate the long walking. We have quads on site as well. Mushrooms picked up and transported daily to the buyer , cash and groceries brought back daily. This is a remote area and you won't have any pickers working next to you and be competing for ground. Top dollar paid, will provide radio communication between camps and crews. If your interested please text 7802360322 or respond by email to solutionpipeline@gmail.com. Large crews are ok. Huge area. I'll be checking messages etc multiple times a day .


User_Name: 1chuck12451
Date: Sunday May 17, 2015
Time: 06:54 PM

Messages

Looking for buyer's numbers in b.c.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Sunday May 17, 2015
Time: 04:08 PM

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Jared M; If you wish to know some of what transpired with selling morels in Boise Idaho check the lobo board or click this link. http://matsiman.com/md_web/ask_morel_doctor.htm


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 08:35 PM

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Jared M; Never seen buyers there that I would trust. I shall attempt to get names right but my memory does not work the best since my stroke; used to sell to Murphy's on Vista, to a bistro on Bogus Basin Rd, a store/market on the same road, to the CoOp, Eagle City Market, various restaurants in Boise & Eagle, but my best areas to sell were in Hailey, Ketchum & Sun Valley. Just look presentable and don't bother chefs during meal preparation times. Restaurants change, chefs change but the love for morels stays the same. I still have my Meridian cell # but live down south in the Sonora Desert. Call if you want pointers 870 0243 I an available most of the time.


User_Name: Jared M
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 05:57 PM

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Looking for buyers in Boise Idaho area. Jmoyle33@gmail.com


User_Name: rancostone
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 03:20 PM

Messages

There sure are a lot of pickers showing up in the Chetwynd area


User_Name: amy
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 12:34 PM

Messages

Hi all! I'm a science writer working on a story about the commercial morel business. Langdon Cook directed me to this site. I'm trying to find someone in the Seattle area who plans to be out picking the week of May 26-29 and would be willing to let me tag along with them to learn more about the business. If you might be up for this, please drop me a line at a.nordrum@ibtimes.com. Thanks in advance for your help and I'm happy to answer any questions about my story.


User_Name: Fishgod
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 09:42 AM

Messages

Hi All! Hope everyone is happy and well and wish you a great and productive upcoming season(s). Found a few morels in the bark mulch in a McDonald's drive thru lol. My Prince patch has yet to produce. Spring came very early here in Vancouver area with literally no winter to speak of. I feel we are in for a very long and hot summer!


User_Name: cascadian
Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
Time: 01:10 AM

Messages

I will be in the Twisp-Carlton WA area tomorrow only (5/16/15) and looking to buy small qty of fresh morels after i go out to pick some myself. 20-50 lbs if you got it depending on price. Call/text me 36O 3O5-6793. Please do not respond past 5/16 I will not reply...


User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 10:54 PM

Messages

someone was asking about fires to pick in south east bc. http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp there's a few. if you see a big green truck your way too late


User_Name: mushie jack
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 07:45 PM

Messages

the natives are restless in nazko


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 04:33 PM

Messages

Todofthunder; If the burns from last year are too crowded you might check the two year old burns where you did good picking last year. http://matsiman.com/md_web/photo_gallery/second_year_conica.htm


User_Name: Cankerstine
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 02:31 PM

Messages

Hello fellow pickers im from winnipeg heading up to yellowknife for the morel harvest i just wanted to know any updates on if the morels have started to grow there or not and also if anyone knows any buyers up there? Thanks


User_Name: todofthunder
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 01:09 PM

Messages

Picked Morels years ago for a buyer in Stewart Crossing YT and was successful. I am looking for people to join up with to pick either in YT or BC. I am coming from Vancouver and want to leave first few days of June to either Chetwynd if recommended or somewhere else. Any suggeststions ? Want to pick together todgravel @hotmail.com or 604-722-2751


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday May 15, 2015
Time: 01:06 PM

Messages

Morels are just starting to come on in marketable volume in central Washington State. The main flush may be in a couple weeks and as far away as one month in NWT this year. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=877330542306050&set=a.431522440220198.94715.100000873380585&type=1


User_Name: Robyexplorer
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 09:49 PM

Messages

Hi morel hunger! Looking for a car-sharing to "anywhere" we can pick tons of awesome mushrooms togheter. Roberto 7787890893


User_Name: vivapuffs
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 03:30 PM

Messages

Leaving Calgary tomorrow heading to chetwyn need a ride email vivapuffs a gmail


User_Name: JackieH
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 12:41 PM

Messages

Hi everyone. Not sure if anyone wants to give me an idea where to pick morels in south east BC. It would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.


User_Name: jay
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 10:23 AM

Messages

RG5 I am looking to for a morel picking partner I plan on leaving Vancouver island soon send me a email at jawerk@shaw.ca


User_Name: vivapuffs
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 08:20 AM

Messages

Thanks joe email me vivapuffs at gmail


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 07:06 AM

Messages

Thanks to our newest supporter John Cain. Your contribution represents nearly 1/3 of YEARLY web space costs for a new .com for Morel Doctor. Lobo and I appreciate your help. Matsiman


User_Name: joe
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 03:07 AM

Messages

There are 3 buyers in chetwynd starting to buy on friday


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Thursday May 14, 2015
Time: 01:37 AM

Messages

Morning All, there have been a couple posts on Say What you Want board asking mushroom questions. No one can answer your questions there. Especially if you leave no email address. Ask your questions on 1 of the other 3 boards if you expect a reply. Matsiman


User_Name: mountainflattops
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 10:04 PM

Messages

If you are posting on this board or just in the background reading then you have internet access in the research dept enviroment Canada weather has weather history day by day in a lot of areas includes percipitation, temp ect also the weather network has some weather history all very help full in deciding when to go picking but don't forget these are mushrooms and they don't always follow the rules also BC forest service protection has day by day maps of precip,temp,relitive humidity,ect but no acess to archives but gives you a good guideline


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 07:14 PM

Messages

Always be cautious when getting into something new, there is no way that harvest amounts can be predicted or how much competition you might have. Read back through the posts about limited burn site access in the NWT, they may be trying to discourage or they be accurate in their assessments. First off don't go unless you have the money to waste in case it does not work out. Every year pickers get stranded at areas they hoped would be their salvation, not only in Canada but in the US. From what has been posted about what has been happening in mid BC I would surmise it is too early in NWT, I would check burn sites closer to home first and if they do not have greys flushing yet then I would stay to the south until I knew how to forage in a burn site before putting the petrol dollars in the tank. If you wish I have 4 photo galleries that might help in finding fire morels, be sure to read the information above each fire morel, good luck. http://matsiman.com/md_web/morel_doctor_photo_gallery.htm


User_Name: RG5
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 06:02 PM

Messages

Hey, amateur picker here from Victoria BC. Heard this years harvest is going to be a large one. I was thinking of heading up to the NWT this week by myself to try making some picker friends and hopefully enough money to put myself through school this coming September. I'm willing to put in the work. Realistically is this something I could do? How hard is it to find a buyer? any other tips? Thank you all so much, I really appreciate it you have no idea.


User_Name: Bartski
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 01:24 PM

Messages

I am driving up to northern bc,through prince george from burnaby, within the next week. I have a pick up truck and am looking for pickers to come up with me or meet me somewhere along the way. 604-616-5227


User_Name: vivapuffs
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 08:41 AM

Messages

Hi I have a buyer for tumbler ridge


User_Name: Fedora Joe
Date: Wednesday May 13, 2015
Time: 06:45 AM

Messages

Any word on a camp or buyers setups for the morels in the tumbler ridge area


User_Name: MikeA21
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 06:09 PM

Messages

Anything buyers or anything happening in the Burns lake area or vanderhoof please email me more details at rds199127@gmail.com


User_Name: vivapuffs
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 02:09 PM

Messages

Any buyers in chetwyn please contact me vivapuffs at gmail thanks


User_Name: Mushroom Bandit
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 01:44 PM

Messages

Well said matsiman.


User_Name: mikeandalice
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 08:37 AM

Messages

We are about to descend on Chetwynd looking for morels and buyers. We have only picked chanterelles in tofino, so this will be new for us. We are meeting some seasoned pros (buyers) here in a week or so, but we want to get started now. Anyone care to let us know where to camp, send us an email at literaryguru[[[[@]]]]gmail.com :)


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 07:18 AM

Messages

ol' gulch; Email sent.


User_Name: wild side
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 05:09 AM

Messages

Ron, you nailed it with the break down. it helps to be in shape and educate yourself in small business.


User_Name: ol' gulch
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2015
Time: 12:00 AM

Messages

Hey Lobo, I'd love to talk more about your mushroom delivery research if you have the time. Packaging ideas and affordable shipping thoughts would sure be appreciated! On a totally separate note, have you done any research on killing worms in the mushrooms? I often will pick oysters or kings or something the worms love and find that after a few days in the fridge, a perfectly good mushroom with maybe one tiny worm or so has had time to sufficiently riddle the whole thing with his little tunnels. Vacuum sealing for a short time maybe to suffocate them? Although that would be expensive and time consuming. I experimented with pines under a hot lamp to drive them out, but found that it took too long for the health of the mushrooms being warmed like that, and even then it wasn't 100% effective. I've also heard that heat will hatch the eggs laid on the mushroom, whereas keeping them cool might cause them not to hatch. I guess that makes sense, although I've never tested to see if that makes a difference. Anyways, if you feel like sending me an email: krumplez@hotmail.com


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 09:45 PM

Messages

I can find good points in what both Austin & Ron have said and do not feel that either one was too negative, we have had such things pointed out to us several times in the past. Every area of mushroom sales is different depending upon location, whom one is selling to or many possibilities of different scenarios. I conducted extensive research on the viability of driving to markets, shipping via FedEx, UPS or Postal delivery. I found one consistent way of getting my morels delivered in health and in a timely manner for less, but the packaging is the key, but they do not spoil with up to 4 day delivery. Also a method that cost the most yet delivery was what you paid for, however lots of customers did not like the added costs for overnight or two day FedEx.


User_Name: vivapuffs
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 09:07 PM

Messages

Ya kudos to you ron for breaking the mould ( punee I know haha) I have been in business since I was 13 and I have always been gracious and I believe in sharing and encouraging others to do their best. I have always been more successful helping others.


User_Name: montreal-picker
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 08:49 PM

Messages

holly ...... thanks a lot Ron Thanks for answering another discouraging message from another selfish picker who wants it all for himself ... Listen new pickers, stop reading these negative feedback do your homework, do some research on timing-temperature-areas, pick a fire, be prepared and let the mother nature do the job. good luck to all.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 07:07 PM

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I forgot to mention I even take paypal if the customer requests it ads 6 percent for their fees. Again no problem, just give them the account number and bam the money magically appears in your account..


User_Name: Ron
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 07:02 PM

Messages

Ok Austin lets examine the issues you mentioned one at a time. 1. I'm not sure how you decided the picker needs to get three times the field buyer price to make the same money. Blanket statement of opinion? A guess? Everybody is different, has different customers, different prices, different expenses. We also got no benchmark of the field buyer price from you which makes a lot of difference. 2, When the picker sells he looses a day of picking. True enough IF your a one horse operation, but then who doesn't need a day off every so often and if you don't your not working hard enough! You dry them if you don't have customers lined up for them fresh and keep on truckin! Among small groups and crews one person delivers and the others continue to pick, they rotate who delivers and conside it their day off. 3. Mushrooms loose weight. Of course they do and for everyone including the field buyer unless they are dried immediately. But if deliveries are made promptly, within two days of harvest for example, the customer gets fresher product and less weight is lost. If the mushrooms are kept cold as they should be, very little weight is lost. The customer gets WAY fresher mushrooms than if they had bought from a big distributor and we all know why that is so there's no point in going over that again and it something the big companies cannot avoid. 4 Most customers don't want to pay in cash? Huh? Ours pay in cash or check upon delivery, no problemo! Some smart tech saavy crews even take payment over their smart phone now! 5. When there is lots of mushrooms prices drop and chefs like to lowball pickers. OK when there is lots of mushrooms is a blanket statement. Lots of mushrooms somewhere may not be lots of mushrooms someplace else. Chefs try to get the best price from EVERYBODY not just pickers. 6. Stressed out and likely to be in an accident from driving all night? Not an issue for those with good time management skills who think and plan ahead. And who delivers mushrooms all night? (See above example of delivering) Sorry man it sounded scary when you ckim over it but when you take your break it down issue by issue there is nothing to fear selling your own mushrooms but fear itself!


User_Name: Maysles
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 11:27 AM

Messages

Hey pickers- we are stranded in princegeorge- anyone coming through here with two spots towards chetwynd or the lakes- we will share all expenses- knowledge- food- adventure- call or text 2506171664


User_Name: Austin
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 11:16 AM

Messages

A picker would have to get at least 3 times the field buyer price to make the same money. When a picker sells his own mushrooms then he loses at least a day of picking. Mushrooms loose weight plus the cost of gas to deliver them must be considered. Most customers don't want to pay cash on delivery and can take a month or more to pay. A few never pay. When there is lots of mushrooms available, the price drops fast and chefs like to low-ball pickers. You are also more likely to be in an accident and stress out while rushing morels to customers sometimes driving all night. It's just not worth it. Cash doesn't go bad. It folds nicely in your pocket.


User_Name: Shelly Lipski
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 08:56 AM

Messages

I only use a buyer for cash to operate, gas, food, etc and sell maybe 20 percent of the haul weekly. Otherwise we dry all our morels and sell direct to our own customers.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 07:36 AM

Messages

The comments about prices are interesting. Under the "old" system whereby large groups of pickers gather and sell to field buyers at buying stations the price is controlled by the buyers, or companies. Some buyers buy for their own company others work for a company. There are global and export prices based primarily on availability, demand and quantity. There are local prices too. Outside the old system there are prices based on actual individual consumer demand and domestic demand. For instance, the independent harvesters who are not part of the old system sell their own mushrooms and negotiate prices with their customers themselves. A good example is morels. The average consumer or small restaurant cant do 35.00 a pound for morels but most can swing 25.00 The basis for that price is often the retail market and by removing the middleman from the equation, the harvester gets a better price and the consumer gets mushrooms they could maybe not otherwise afford or the small restaurant can add dishes to their menu they might not otherwise be able to afford. This system is an improvement over the old one for the harvester and puts thm in direct contact with the consumer. Another way of looking at it is selling wholesale direct to the public. An increasing number of independent harvesters of all kinds of wild edibles do not use a buyer. There is no middleman and the consumer very often better quality fresher product and at a more affordable price.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Monday May 11, 2015
Time: 05:21 AM

Messages

mushroom bandit, Thanks for explaining how things work here. I want to add a couple other bits of info for new visitors.
 
Asking where buyers are set up will likely get no response. If a buyer is in an area, there must be mushrooms. Other pickers don't want to attract more pickers to that area.
 
Responses to prices are not likely to get a response. If a buyer is paying a higher price, it will attract more pickers to that buyer. More pickers means more volume sold to that buyer and his buying price will likely drop.
 
If you want to learn anything from posts here you need to pay attention to previous posts and glean info from all posts. As mushroom bandit says, when the board goes quiet, it's a clue.

Do some home work. Don't expect anybody to just hand over good info. Eventually good info will be posted, but that's 1 to 2 weeks after it's over.

 
Matsiman
 

User_Name: mushroom bandit
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 08:04 PM

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montreal picker. i've been using this site for a while. the way it works is, if the pickings good everybody shuts right up about it. hope that helps


User_Name: romo
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 06:31 PM

Messages

hey guys just wondering if there is going to be a buyers around the Houston area anytime soon if at all


User_Name: DollarBuyer
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 05:45 PM

Messages

I will be seeing you soon.


User_Name: montrealpicker
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 04:23 PM

Messages

hello everyone i think like many people i came to this forum to get some fresh info about this year season by the one who are already there. could you tell us how does it look like this year ? how are the sites arounf chytwind? anything about this year prices ?sites ? it will be really appreciated for all of us who are getting ready .


User_Name: brock wallace
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 01:28 PM

Messages

Hey everyone! Anyone in Whitehorse with a vehicle want to group up for the season? We are 3 and 2 dogs, well educated in picking. Willing to pay gas expense, wanting to leave within the week. Email brock_wallace@live.ca


User_Name: mayssan
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 12:43 PM

Messages

mistake phone number 250 617 1664 have fun picking


User_Name: mayssan
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 12:39 PM

Messages

hey hello we are two pickers coming from the east coast- we just made it to prinÁe goerge, we are hitckhiking to tumbler ridge then heading chetwynd and NWT!!! we are connected with buyer's and other pickers on site. We are looking to team up with some folks with a car and share travel expenses and good times- Phone 230 6171664 email: maississcanus@gmail.com


User_Name: joe
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 09:41 AM

Messages

Can this site asker one question is there a buyer in the chetwynd area that buying morels


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 08:11 AM

Messages

Joe, You still need to read previous messages concerning posting of prices. First, you should know prices can change daily and even hourly depending on volume available around the world and number of buyers in an area are just 2. No one can say what the price will be tonight, I suggest you go to a buying station and find out for yourself. It's the only "current" price you will get.

Matsiman


User_Name: joe
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 08:01 AM

Messages

I'm talking about the morels prices in the pg area


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 07:56 AM

Messages

Joe, there are many reasons prices for mushrooms are not posted here. To condemn a site because you can't get the info you want is irresponsible. You should read previous posts explaining why price is not posted. Become informed before you condemn. You didn't even name an area you are seeking a price or what type mushrooms.

Matsiman


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 10, 2015
Time: 01:44 AM

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User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Saturday May 09, 2015
Time: 06:00 PM

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This board is about to become very quiet...... Do you hear that? Full buckets people!!


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Saturday May 09, 2015
Time: 05:58 PM

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This board is about to get real quiet....... Full buckets people.


User_Name: Mourra
Date: Saturday May 09, 2015
Time: 08:11 AM

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Hello we are picking in cheteynd- any buyers there? 4385587013- (khaledmourra@gmail.com)


User_Name: Mayssan
Date: Saturday May 09, 2015
Time: 08:10 AM

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Hey we are two pickers coming from the east coast- we are heading to chetwynd!! We are looking to team up with some folks woth a car and share travel expenses and good times- email: maississcanus@gmail.com


User_Name: just another buyer
Date: Saturday May 09, 2015
Time: 07:53 AM

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been on 5 fires so far scouting....snow melting fast and rivers are muddy.....a lot of grizzlies carry bear mace for sure.....soon our buckets will be full


User_Name: Northern Picker
Date: Friday May 08, 2015
Time: 10:49 PM

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Can anyone tell me the price of dried morels please


User_Name: misspayton
Date: Friday May 08, 2015
Time: 08:50 PM

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Anybody up in the burns lake area yet? I will be out there in a week just getting My Boat together.. Looking for buyer so I know where about To set up camp. :) 250-524-0244 thanx all and happy hunting!


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday May 08, 2015
Time: 12:27 PM

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Matsiman; I just wish to express my thanks for all the work and efforts that you do to maintain and build your awesome mushroom place for the educating of others who wish to learn about mushrooms.


User_Name: drip dector
Date: Thursday May 07, 2015
Time: 01:53 PM

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keith does your math include cali orchard drip lines or napa vineyards or was that a bust also this year, they normally are still pumping the toneage.


User_Name: joe
Date: Thursday May 07, 2015
Time: 12:43 PM

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Do anyone know if there a buyer in the pg area


User_Name: Keith Stone
Date: Thursday May 07, 2015
Time: 10:20 AM

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Well as the season in Oregon winds down I would hope your finding some early low elevation ones in Canada! People are srill call me wanting morels, I sell them myself, and just like every year I tell them they waited too long. I don't get that. It almost seems like a psychology thing to where they wait till it's over then act like they want some....Like the car ahead of you on the highway who keeps pretending they're going to pass the semi holding everybody up but, never does actually pass. I look foreward to Wa now and the coming price war for Morels. That's another yearly event, not the price wars but the buyers bs of telling everyone they just bought 500 lbs so they are only paying so much or there's a big harvest happening somewhere which is why they are only paying so much. Bs everytime. I quit selling to the company buyers years ago but keep up on whats going on with them. You heard it here first; The WILL be price wars for what morels come out of Wa this year. Don't sell your morels cheap. I blame the pickers themselves to a large degree for the low prices they get. The companies find the lowest amount they will sell for and then squeeze it down just a little bit more. Hey a dollar a pound might now seem like much but for the company it makes them a lot more money. DO THE MATH!!!!!


User_Name: mushroommaniacs@gmail.com
Date: Thursday May 07, 2015
Time: 07:22 AM

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Hello everyone! Found five morels in a hay field, may 5th around the edmonton area! Will be buying MORELS this year. Contact vince at mushroommaniacs@gmail.com when you start finding them. Cheers


User_Name: cash
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 08:24 PM

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Anybody no about morels in nwt this year


User_Name: olivi
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 05:13 PM

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thanks for the info Ron. I was thinkin about trying to head to a good producing burn in Oregon, sounds like it doesn't exist. Getting a soaking today, this should extend things. On the BRIGHT SIDE, I found two nice kings, on the west slope of cascades yesterday(low elevation), info for anyone who picks over there. I don't, or I wouldn't be tellin. Walk your ass off, and have fun. Is their a rough idea of the current price, on the Oregon burns. Much appreciated.


User_Name: rover
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 05:05 PM

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Try mo na foods Edmonton or dry them or sell fresh at farmers market


User_Name: waynebonthefarm@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 10:32 AM

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Can't find a buyer for my morels in northern Alberta?


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 07:23 AM

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conicalifornia, thanks for the forecast. It is always appreciated.
 
I don't know if you have looked at the results of a study we did in 1995. I did the same in 1994 in the Cave Junction area with zero mushrooms produced. http://matsiman.com/waterstudy.htm
 
You should also look at the documented seasons on this link. http://matsiman.com/fruitform.htm It strongly indicates temperatures are directly associated with matsutake mushroom production. This model was applied in many areas and years. Similar results were recorded in each case. 
 
I have to agree with Ron. Proper temperatures are also required for morels as well as moisture. 
 
Matsiman
 

User_Name: Ron
Date: Wednesday May 06, 2015
Time: 06:18 AM

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I just don't see the weather saving the morel season in Ca Or or Wa. Maybe Canada will have a normal season but at this point I don't think anybody knows for sure. I don't want to be a downer or mislead people. BUT as we all know in order to make money doing this you have got to be able to fill a bucket. Otherwise it doesn't work. I hope Wa gives up some kind of volume for a harvest but that is ytbd. If your a recreational picker who wants some for eating you could find a few but that's not the same as a commercially profitable endeavor of course. Remember; don't let a field buyer screw you out of your hard days work!


User_Name: conicalifornia
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 11:34 PM

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Hi everyone, climatology wise things are looking very promising for a much wetter late spring and summer than the last few and i wouldnt hang your hats up on the morels and spring kings just yet. The west pacific madden joulian oscillation (mjo) is acting up again and is producing another series of intense thunderstorms and typhoons/cyclones around the equatorial micronesia region and is once again inhibiting the progression of the easterlies thus allowing the subtropical westerly jetstream to energize low pressure depressions whether a cut off low or just thunderstorm development over the intermountain west. If everything plays out like im seeing the timing will be very good for the full moon around june to start producing nice mushrooms almost everywhere from california to the yukon. Nevertheless global oceanic and atmospheric wind patterns are still showing very promising signs of a fairly strong southern oscillation or el nino developing by early next fall and this time my friends could be the real deal! The oceanic hydrothermal kelvin wave surfacing right now is anomally wise so warm the color spectrum can barely represent the warmth of water coming to the surface southeast of hawaii and northeast of the equator. This surfacing and progression of warm water should accentuate the already warm sea surface temperatures around the peruvian and ecuadorian coast and really start the el nino to take full control of the global weather. In addition, the mjo episode occurring right now should help propagate more kelvin waves eastward toward peru and ecuador and is what happened during May of 1982. This led to a full fledge el nino and consequently a very extremely wet winter along the west coast of north america. This summer, weather wise, is going to be very very unusual in terms of normal if normal is such a thing. In regards to the morphological variance in size of matsutake fruiting bodies based on moisture levels in spring and summer is very interesting and i would predict that your study plots display some very large matsutake this late summer around middle of september. I would also predict large numbers of mushrooms too. cheers to seasonal changes and long days


User_Name: Dano Fun Guy
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 11:06 PM

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Hi all, I will be headed to Yellowknife in the next 2 weeks. I will be a one man show b ut having grown up in the area I am good in theoods. Will be my first time ever doing something like this. I am your average Joe, down to earth guy. 30years old. I will have a car and i am looking to join a group for the entire season. Will be ready to leave Calgary May 15th. email: dan.w.roemer@gmail.com Cheers!


User_Name: Daddy in Wa
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 12:39 PM

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Gennda, the burns off 2 and 97, Leavenworth area. I would concur with Ron about having to work your butt off to get any even for personal use. Unless there is rain really soon, there just isn't going to be much going on. My advice to the personal use folks is to go to your natural spots as many of them are more apt to have held on to some moisture.


User_Name: Gennda
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 10:54 AM

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Daddy in Wa,where???Winthrop area??


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 09:47 AM

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Ron, thanks for the reply and the update.
 
Your right. You're there and can accurately describe the situation. Other visitors appreciate your onsite report. It will likely save others gas money and a worn out body.
 
Thanks again, Matsiman

User_Name: Ron
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 09:04 AM

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The northern slopes have already flushed. All the way up to 5300 ft. So have the western. Not everyone of them but most. Sue you still have remote high elevation places but they require long hard packs often overniters because of distance from a road. That is not for most people. When your out in it everyday you know whats up. But if you must you go right ahead, gas up the car and head out!


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 08:28 AM

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Ron, Well said.

I wouldn't call the season completely over. There is still northern aspects (slopes) and higher elevations. Granted prospects are slim, but still possible, Could be personal use amounts if we get rain.
If you think Ron is trying to discourage you from picking, do as he said, go look for yourself.

Matsiman


User_Name: Ron
Date: Tuesday May 05, 2015
Time: 07:07 AM

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Me and my people have done well thus far. But we always do well. Or is basically over now unless you wanna walk a burn all day for maybe a pound or two. Lol. Your average Joe hasn't done well at all this year. Even family groups of Asians have struggled mightily just to buy gas and rice, no joke. The predicted harvest from the burns in Ca and Or didn't go off as expected. No snowpack and no rain and hot weather may have played a role. er uh I dunno duh. . . .Extremely dry conditions persist everywhere with no rain in the forecast so. . . .? Anyone expecting the burns in Wa to produce in quantity will be disappointed. Like last year, this is just a tough year and there is little to no roadside picking let alone filling a bucket in two hrs anywhere thus far. You have to be able and willing to climb the steepest hills and get far from the beaten path to fill a bucket. As you all know we have REAL MOUNTIANS out west here not those little speed bumps the folks elsewhere whine about. More lolling. As I said a while back, and just like last year the seasons morels belong to the hardcore few, maybe something like 10 percent of musroom pickers can hack the brutal physical effort needed to make money in a season like this and that's certainly true so far. Don't believe me? Go see for yourself. Everybody and his brother has combed the roadsides everywhere and a million footprints in the dust is all the proof you need. Ya I heard all the propaganda being spread by companies about big harvest coming so we're only paying x amount. Were only paying x amount because theres a big haul coming in from somewhere....None of thure just the same crap as everywhere year meant to deceive the pickers into selling cheap. Some buyers are happy to see how little they can get the poor and desperate to sell for anfer a hard day of REAL WORK. Its truly the worst of human nature, man preying on his (desperate, poor and hungry) fellow man. Which I why we work outside that appalling system and everybody gets a fair shake. Best of luck to those who dare but I'm telling you right now unless you like to punish yourself all day and work to exhaustion then crawl into bed at night in pain and misery stay away! Let the young people and professional hardasses have the morels. Your not as fit for this thing as you think you are!


User_Name: Pat
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 10:27 PM

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td The site you want to go on is, "Tlicho- As long as this Land Shall Last."- type in "Tlicho" and it should come up.( May 1 article) There is a brochure you can download and contact number at the bottom of the article. Good Luck


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 09:53 PM

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Daddy in Wa; Perhaps August's prediction earlier this year that it might be better to focus upon boletus instead of morels was a good one. But then I would surmise that he knows where to find morels on his side of the mountain when he wants too.


User_Name: Shamrocky
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 05:16 PM

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Next time try looking somewhere that's not so dry?


User_Name: Daddy in Wa
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 11:59 AM

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Got a chance to check out a couple of the Wa burns for personal use on Saturday. I hiked around some really steep hills for about four hours total and only came out with a few morels. Saw very little evidence of picking. It was very, very dry. I am guessing that once we get some rain, it may be worth going back if you are willing to work really hard.


User_Name: GrateMorel
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 11:58 AM

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Keith Stone: How can you speak for all of CA and OR? Jah bless ze buckets


User_Name: Keith Stone
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 07:00 AM

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Well fellow shroomers, the california morel season went flash bang! and it was over and now oregon has done the same thing. Wham bam all at once massive morels and poof it was done! here's to hoping washington has some kind of season but it's just as hot and dry there so expecting the same to happen there. another year where the same clowns as usual predicted a massive harvest and low prices that never happened. Ha. canada may or may not happen as expected so don't quit your day jobs and if you already did better go see if you can get it back right now.


User_Name: td
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 06:12 AM

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Does anybody have experience with picking on Tlicho land? Is it possible to make an agreement with them?


User_Name: Evansdas
Date: Monday May 04, 2015
Time: 12:32 AM

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Also lookjng for experienced pickers for float plane operation out of burns lake areA. Please respond to solutionpipeline@gmail.com if interested. Experienced only need respond.


User_Name: Evansdad
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 11:39 PM

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Looking for a buyer in the burns lake , prince George area to buy from a floatplane operation. Pickup 500 pounds plus a day in burns lAke or Prince George . Fresh delivered daily. Please contact me at solutionpipeline@gmail.com.


User_Name: WanderingHoBo
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 10:55 PM

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Looking for contact info for buyers heading up to NWT in the next couple weeks.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 07:43 PM

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Morel Doctor Photo Gallery Page 4 up with 7 photos, 1 indicator.

Morel Doctor Photo Gallery Page 4

Matsiman


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 07:23 PM

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Big morrell; The only time I have seen buyers there was after the School Fire and the next years burn, at Pomeroy & at the edge of the forest. I sold to a restaurant whenever I passed thru Dayton, at Huckleberries in Spokane, at CdA resort catering in CdA also Gretchen's Kitchen on about the 5th floor, also at a couple health food stores in CdA. That is a few, just knock on doors and ask to see the chef, a word to the wise.... do not bug a chef when he or she is in preparation for lunch or dinner. I will not be trying to compete since having my stroke.


User_Name: Big morrell
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 06:46 PM

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Hello all is their any morel buyers in north eastern Washington? Any help is appreciated, or would anyone know where current buyers are located in Washington?


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 04:33 PM

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I like to watch the tamarack when going over the Blues because they are easy to see, if the Larch is ready I might turn up summit road and check a few patches or down lower if it is not. I like Spring Creek up past all the pine a bit later.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 04:10 PM

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Afternoon All, Lobo and I have been working to get the new page up, but having internet connection problems. We have moved and posted a few new pages in the other galleries.
Morel Doctor Photo Gallery

I'll be working on page 4 this evening and should have it posted by 8 PM.

Matsiman


User_Name: GRANT
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 12:52 PM

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Tamarack have long been my best indicator for morels in the Blue Mts of eastern Oregon.


User_Name: joe
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 10:37 AM

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Do anyone know if the swan fire has a buyer


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 10:10 AM

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Morning All, posted new indicator photo.

Tamarack indicator 2


Will have a new photo gallery page, with indicators, up late this afternoon or this evening.

Matsiman


User_Name: mushie jack
Date: Sunday May 03, 2015
Time: 06:37 AM

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got to love that gold dredging was out yesterday n plucked quarter oz of nuggies reminds me a lot of picking blondes


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Saturday May 02, 2015
Time: 02:03 PM

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Lyle; I watched the show also that came on after dredging for dollars in the sea. It seems there is always someone thinking that they are gonna corner the market on something. I had a friend who was going to be Mr. Truffle and thought that he could control the price; he has been gone from the truffle scene for maybe ten years. Another friend thought that he set the price and he too is gone to who-knows-where. Those shows are interesting but there are better dredges in the sea that we donít get to see, they employ fine gold traps that the producer either does not know exist or they do not allow filming of their operation. Instead we see the drama instead of real gold dredging.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Saturday May 02, 2015
Time: 12:27 PM

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Rover, I saw a tee shirt that said:

"Forget about walking a mile in my shoes. Try living a day in my head."

Matsiman


User_Name: rover
Date: Saturday May 02, 2015
Time: 09:02 AM

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Lyle guess you will have to actually try buying to know about the work involved.part of what's wrong in this world today people are to quick to judge others you have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you know get both sides of a story and get your facts straight otherwise its just a judgment without all the information  .TV is always hyped nothing new there.


User_Name: Lyle
Date: Saturday May 02, 2015
Time: 06:18 AM

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Omfg. Regarding the response to my last post; All I can say is you sure make it SOUND like a lot of work for the poor poor buyers! . Anybody see the tv program about truffles on last nite. Fall city Or and some hillbilly/redeck dudes. Wow. It was the usual shcok and awe type hype and drivel...truffle gold rush!...wild west!...guns!...millions of dollars at stake!...law breakers!...my old man would have said what a "bunch of made for tv horseshit". Lol. I watched it anyway though.......


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 08:03 PM

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New pics or indicators in all Morel Doctor Galleries.

Morel Doctor Photo Gallery   (Indicator)

Morel Doctor Photo Gallery Page 2   (Photo Baby Morel Cluster)

Morel Doctor Photo Gallery Page 3   (Photos and Indicator)

Matsiman


User_Name: ol' gulch
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 07:19 PM

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Pardon the bad spelling. That would be "mushrooms" and "they"


User_Name: ol' gulch
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 06:31 PM

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That's a cool idea, I like it. I bring them too but have just had them on the corner of my table. Your way is a good space saver. Did you ever get those people that glance over at your table, see these "abnormal" musrooms, and look like they fear for their lives a little bit? I watched one lady take an extra step away as she walked by, so as to increase the buffer distance between her and the fearsom fungi- lest the reach out and grab her. It made me chuckle.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 03:43 PM

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...amen on the MD bible if one could find time, I had to concentrate on what I call the goof-proof fungi only and huckleberries which I purchased from pickers. I drilled holes in the corner of Arora's other book and a USFS publication; chained them to hang from the canopy so folks could read up on various mushrooms.


User_Name: ol' gulch
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 03:06 PM

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Heh, that's more or less the exact same gig that I've got going Lobo. Not much sleep sure is right. Picking dawn to dusk, driving home, prepping for market, a couple hours asleep, then up early for the market. I guess I'm often guilty of getting caught up identifying some new interesting species after I get home though, further cutting into sleep time. Mushrooms Demystified can turn 11 pm into 2 am pretty quick.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 01:35 PM

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Right on the money Joe, a buyer catches it from both ends and if it is a tarp drying operation the morels must be turned to prevent carmelization; spelling may be off but to not turn the morels can cause chefs to not buy any more. Then is the prevention of sporing out etc, no time to sleep doing that job right. I was trying to do two farmers markets, deliver to my chefs and pick my product myself, little sleep there also.


User_Name: rover
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 01:30 PM

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Have to agree with boletus Joe.I'm thinking lyle has buyers mixed up with companies .buyers do a lot of work and are just paid commission they don't sell the mushrooms just buy them and are basically employee, s.any expenses they have are out of there own pocket and they have to pay tax as well its the company that makes most of the profit.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 01:15 PM

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Llye.... You must be an accountant is my guess. I have a lot of admiration for just how hard the station buyers work. Take a look around you when your at a station and just SEE WHAT IS GOING ON. and not when things have quieted down.... Grading, Weighing, Shipping, Bookkeeping.... and then trying to keep your pickers on side when the price drops, (or when another buyer "run's" the price). Then there is the scouting, the setting up the dryers and the camp, Oh and the banking.... and after all that you have to eat, sleep and wipe your ass. A few times in my 40+ years I have thought Hmmm.... might be nice to be a buyer.....NOT!!


User_Name: bushman00
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 12:39 PM

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I agree with ol' gulch. This is my first year running a drying op but it's already clear to me that it will be a full time job. It's very easy for pickers to go online and see that dried morels are retailing for 3 times what they're getting fresh, but there is significant overhead and expense before the buyer hits their profit margin- not to mention far greater risk.


User_Name: ol' gulch
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 11:01 AM

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Hey Lyle, while I absolutely agree with you that there is big money in it for buyers, I think there's a little more to it than the picture you painted. I've never bought for a commercial company, I pick for my farmers markets and restaurants, and have solld commercially, and have bought from a few guys when I need more mushrooms for my markets. But I have been doing a lot of reserch into distributing my mushrooms myself, as (just like you) I have seen the potential to make a lot more money selling retail. What I have found is, there is absolutely work. Lots of work, actually. Time sent organizing shipping from remote burns, time getting the mushrooms to the shipping company, time spent developing customers, time spent distributing to customers, if buying from others- time spent doing just that, time spent organizing and planning (since everything must happen very efficiently with fresh mushrooms) if drying, time spent setting up dehydrators, maintaining them, and moving the mushrooms through. Etc. Etc. And if you can't do it all yourself, then of course you have to pay someone to. Not to mention costs- shipping costs, fuel, dehydration equipment, baskets, refrigeration if storing them overnight, etc etc. If I were to pick 60 lbs of morels and get double their commercial price selling them myself, but it took away a day of picking, I'd be losing money by the combination of lost picking time and distribution costs. Not saying that it isn't worth it to the buyer, because obviously it is, but I am saying that there's a lot more to it than we see when we get our cash and the baskets magically disappear into the back of the buyer's tent.


User_Name: Lyle
Date: Friday May 01, 2015
Time: 06:18 AM

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Hers' the thing folks - do the math before you sell your take! If a buyer pays you 12 a pound they at least double their money if they dry the morels, that's a low average, often they make even more if they sell retail or small quantity etc... If they sell the morels fresh, they easily TRIPLE THEIR MONEY! in a matter of a few days usually, and for no real work at all. Oh I can hear the wailing and screaming of the buyers from here already!!! But the fact is compared to the picker who does the REAL WORK, the buyer doesn't work at all. Theres big money in morels for the buyers, don't let them tell you any different. I know of one family operation that supports everybody in the family during the spring season and that's a lot of extra cash flowing to several different people. All of it off the pickers hard work!


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