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User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 01:40:31 PM

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forgot to post this, when we were on our way home yesterday, we drove past two morels. Had to stop and pick them of course. So ate the first ones of the season (for me) for my supper last night. Elevation 13' above sea level south western Washington. full buckets to ya'll!!!


User_Name: Good to go
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 11:11:04 PM

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I know kingmorel was picking morels in Campbell River last week.


User_Name: Northerntour
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 06:40:17 AM

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Just checking to see if anyone knows about Morels and Vancouver Island. I would like to pick some for my own consuption. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


User_Name: swampcracker
Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Time: 10:57:53 AM

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Has anyone picked fires in New Mexico, Colorado, or Arizona with any success?


User_Name: olivi
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 08:24:30 PM

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The s.Oregon fires where mostly in a shale rocky soil, and to steep. The price is still around twenty, so, not much out there.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 11:11:12 AM

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I wish I had been wrong about the weather but it was forecast to dry up down there. Its a cruel trick of nature, tons of rain in feb and march and thing we're loking good but then as soon as april comes and the weather warms up it driesout. A real shame for the forest and the people who had hoped to make some money picking the southern Oregon burns. Very sad.


User_Name: fwb
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 08:35:29 AM

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I'm hearing the burns in have dried up and the season down there is over. We're going for some naturals in other locations next week.


User_Name: IP Address Widget
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 04:52:43 PM

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Thanks for sharing the good news Spinner Chicks.


User_Name: Spinner Chicks
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 02:32:38 PM

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We're finding some morels now, just beginning to get going really. But of course I cant say where!


User_Name: JDS
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 08:34:03 AM

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Lobo...Thank you for all the information you have shared over the years. It's plain to see that you are someone who cares about mushrooms and have put in a great deal of time learning about them. Best wishes in your recovery.


User_Name: Lefty Lobo
Date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Time: 05:55:52 PM

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I wish you the best and all who are out there searching for the elusive morels. If it is bad in one area it may be good in another. As I recall it was good for me in areas I would circuit doing research when the weather cooperated. I would start in the Rogue down low, then Ashland to research the bark morels in the parks then the Rogue Valley and Josephine areas for whites, I liked Foots Creek but not the poison oak. Butte Falls and Crow Creek logging areas, above Tokatee hot springs, below the Boulder Cr Wilderness, down the Green Springs and points East of Cave Falls. Oh what fun to pull the motor home into the Jack Creek camp and see kings while unloading the pickup off the trailer or visiting the Barlow Road patches, showering for a quarter at the T.V. fair grounds and places between before they blocked the roads. Oh well I must be content with the memories now because I cannot walk, but if it wasn't good in one area it most likely would be in another of the early spots.


User_Name: Fapper
Date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Time: 12:08:09 PM

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Well the season has gone bad on us. Here's to hoping ther's some kind of picking somewhere!


User_Name: Morel Doctor, Lobo
Date: Sunday, April 06, 2014
Time: 10:10:44 AM

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I wish to apologize for missing photographs, since my stroke, blogger or some program removed some of my personal shots. When I am able I will repair my morel hunting blogs making them better, thank you.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday, April 04, 2014
Time: 10:13:56 AM

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MorelDawg; I have a blogs to help folks learn a bit about finding western morels. http://firemorelgrowthresearch.blogspot.com and http://huntmorels.blogspot.com


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Friday, April 04, 2014
Time: 10:05:31 AM

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Tamarack Reds grow under the tams and spoil quicker than other morels. Apparently a buyer must worry about them going soft and spoiling the other morels. If you aren't a broker and trying to keep them for a week before selling you probably do not have to worry. I have some patches of them in Idaho and never had any problem with them, they taste great. Those burnsite reds were a complete different morel and I have not found them again in 20 years. They were mostly growing in Mountain Mahogany and Oak if memory serves me correctly.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Time: 09:35:47 PM

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Tamarack reds?!? You never cease to amaze me lobo. What's the skinny on those? Do they taste bad or something? I've got a lot to learn and I'm willing. I just got a new job though with good pay and full Benis so I won't be going nomadic like I hoped. Selling out for the 6-6 shifts.


User_Name: MorelDawg
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Time: 07:48:12 PM

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So how do one ole southern Indiana boy and his dog get to hunt a real burnsite cause all the hype taste funny? Seems all the morels that grow out of Indiana always leave a funny taste in ones mouth? Heck I just wanta pickum ya all can fight over the millions of dollars a pound. LOL Oh but the hype drives up the price.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Time: 05:07:51 PM

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I did it again north of Enterprise in a controlled burn. It was a poor year over LaGrande way so I researched at the SO; and there were morels everywhere. As many as 50 around one Pondo stump and lots of funny looking red morels. I drove them to LaGrande and Bud started throwing my red ones in the trash, he said that they were Tamarak Reds, but I knew there were no tams there basically only pondos & oak. Because I did not trust the buyers in town and did not wish them to have me followed so I collected my reds and picked all my baskets full of blonds, reds, greys & conica then drove them to Idaho and sold them at a higher price.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Time: 07:05:15 AM

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Hey lobo, I like how you say keep the scouts away! I've had to do that at local spot where I find grey morels along the river. Cover em up with leaves and pick the big ones before the actual pop happens haha. I'll be headed to the S.oregon burns this weekend, maybe even next weekend. No more nose picking this time lol


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Time: 08:19:14 AM

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I've picked a southern Oregon burnsite the 1st week of April and did very good in the micro climes. By plucking all that grew by the trail I kept the Scouts away for two weeks but then there were so many morels growing very quickly that I could not keep up.


User_Name: Spinner Chicks
Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Time: 07:21:37 AM

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Well the weather looks really good across Or and Wa. I hope all have a great spring season!


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Time: 06:08:50 PM

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I've not done any burn research due to hospitalization but experience tells me it is possibly a tad bit early for volume fire morels.


User_Name: FWB
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Time: 10:55:02 AM

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How are thing going down at the southern Oregon burns? Anybody making more than expenses?


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Time: 08:28:36 AM

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...at the ape cave?


User_Name: A"
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 10:22:46 PM

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Alice and the wabbit are back in two.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 06:09:25 PM

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milomorel; Good to hear from you. I've packed with Llamas into the Sawtooths and other areas with wilderness lakes. Before my stroke I figured on fixing a type of sling chair for my wife between two [tandem] and packing her wheelchair on one of the sawbucks. She weights less than 98 lbs but with her brittle bone disease she could never sit astride even a large Llama capable of packing more than that. Oh well it was a thought and probably would not work.


User_Name: Fwb
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 02:57:56 PM

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so you were try to gonna ride the llamas? Good for your wife if she's the one who stopped you.


User_Name: milomorel
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 01:47:07 PM

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Glad to hear things improving lobo and wish you the best. Gearing up for morel season in Idaho. Gonna try the pine featherville area if the usfs will open some access. I heard that they are closing some of that area for two years to all motors for forest to recover. thats steep country without a rig and the wife says no to llamas. Good luck in your recovery.


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 11:06:04 PM

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Matsiman, Yes I know ever year they show up to play it must be spring brake for the littles lol.good to hear from as well. Been sleeping all winter like a bear time to coming and smell the morels lol.


User_Name: Scout Kirby
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 06:50:16 AM

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I left some thing out in my post - If your new to this kind of thing there's no better way, no substitute, than going with an experienced outdoors person, a real one not a "city idiot" as we used to call them who just thinks he's tough because he watches the outdoor channel. A real outdoorsman and mushroom hunter not only acts as your guide to find the mushrooms but keeps you out of trouble too. They know about bears, how to avoid getting lost, what you need to pack with you. In other words logistics. They come to the game with what they need and that is the most valuable single thing you can get.


User_Name: Scout Kirby
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 06:39:11 AM

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All you tenderfoots heading out for mushroom hunting this season be sure to be prepared. Don't trust that nature will be kind to you. Nature doesn't care who you are, it kills young and old, rich and poor, without regard. Go to rei and get your first aid kit and gear updated and always carry the basics with you, food, water, etc.. Especially if your going into remote country. Something as simple as wandering onto a wasp or bee nest can turn a fun day into a nightmare in a hurry. A late spring snow can blow down on you out of the blue without warning turning a warm day suddenly freezing cold. A sunny day can turn dark, rainy, and socked in and the landmarks, mountains you've been using for reference will disappear turning the formerly open terrain into a jungle of fog with short visibility. Enjoy yourself but be sure to look up once in a while you have your nose to the ground looking for mushrooms, so you don't loose track of where you are. Keep your radar turned on. Listen and pay attention to the world around you when your outdoors.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 02:19:38 AM

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mad morel, Good to see ya back. I'll take care of the lost soul as I did the last two. They just don't believe they can be identified and blocked from matsiman.com. Don't like taking this action, but you know how children are, they must play!! Must admit, I enjoy playing the game. Matsiman


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 11:31:26 PM

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They just don't learn


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 06:08:17 PM

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short bus, I've had enough. Your post are being logged for user ID. I will delete your posts for now. If you use another name, it won't change your user ID.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 09:52:19 AM

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As you know I forgave him, but I told him I doubted that I would be able to forget. When someone asks for forgiveness but then does you wrong again, it is hard.


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 10:38:17 PM

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It's just awesome to see you back on the board I miss my friend and it's time for me to come back as well. Received an email from Chris the other day Wanting to know if I forget him But no I have not forgiven him And I will never forget Watch a pilot show that he has out on YouTube And half the s*** he's quite arrogant


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 06:22:06 PM

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Kingmorel; I forgot that might be describing Chris, I was thinking of someone else who for years posted here under a name then began attacking under other ones and quit using the one we all knew. Thanks for the friendship and good picking this year to you and all who forage, even those who attempt tearing down our dreams and realities. Full buckets to one and all.


User_Name: Kingmorel
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 07:12:43 AM

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Lobo ... Well you always have had a good attitude... Make the most of the moment. Its all good when we approach life like that. Im not concerned about Chris.... But one of these day im going to show up and rattle his world but he will not know when.... Best payback i can think of. If theres anything i can help you with bud just shout out.


User_Name: John Holmes
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 07:35:45 PM

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Randy; It's all good and causes me to focus in areas of art that had been neglected. Thanks for the positive vibes, they all help. I am amused that one shouts negative ones continually. I smile with pity as I think of one such and how he begged money for court to fight a woman beating rap or how he begged for other things via the internet, yet is quick to trash in anonymity.


User_Name: kingmorel
Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Time: 05:41:29 PM

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Lobo..... I just cant believe what you have been thru buddy..... send positive vibes your way.... No is the answer to your question....


User_Name: WeedyNWDan
Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Time: 06:33:04 AM

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HA! I just got some secret info for my area from my friend that posted the photo! I had to trade my secret king bolete patch location, but I should have a full basket tomorrow. WOOOHOOO!!


User_Name: WeedyNWDan
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 08:42:22 PM

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My friend just posted a pic on facebook of a full basket of spring morels from somewhere in the vicinity of Everett WA! Yay! I'm gonna go scout some areas tomorrow.


User_Name: Handy J
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 05:29:01 PM

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Ya and there's bogus (fake) reports of early flushes and so-called "information" spread around everywhere too. Folks, you just cant believe mushroom people. From those who harvest to the buyers, it's a liars game. The only way to know what's up is to find out for yourself. Buyers like to have you get to wherever that want you and then have you waiting on the mushrooms to flush and other harvesters don't mind you spending your money on wild goose chases.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 01:52:28 PM

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A mushroom website in S. Oregon reports the price of morels at 22.00. Oh yeah, everybody wishes! The buyers have been pulling this very same trick for at least 30 years. Lol! You watch, At the first sign of morels coming in the price will suddenly plunge to 6 or 8 bucks, for any number of ridiculous "reasons." None of which are true of course, just buyer greed.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 01:41:07 PM

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HOWDY Kingmorel, good to see you again. Did you ever collect anything from that book publishing mushroom foray leader? I figure they might continue trashing us whenever possible instead of apologizing and paying. I'm still stuck in the wheelchair, bed or lift chair; possibly for some. I'll have to hunt mushrooms in my dreams this year, lol.


User_Name: Iron Mike
Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Time: 06:53:56 AM

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I hope we get a good crop of spring kings for a change. They are really susceptible to weather, worse than morels.


User_Name: Kingmorel
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10:09:59 PM

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Lobo.... Just popped in to say howdy


User_Name: Ron
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 09:23:27 AM

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In some places the personal use permit for mushrooms allows such a small amount , often only one gallon, sometimes two gallons. If your going to make it worth your time and gas, a get get itno a good spot and maybe get a five bucket full, you need a commercial permit. It's crazy deal but any cop, state, federal, county or forest service employee can cite you for a violation if you don't have the proper permit. If you get pulled over for sppeding on the highway by a stater and he find mushrooms he may ask to see your permit. Be safe, not sorry, get the permit you need. Don't give the cops a reason to hassle you. People are killed in this country nowdays be cops for little or nothing.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 06:36:54 AM

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An el nino is beginning that will affect our weather in the Northwest this fall too. We may be seeing the beginning of that now? I've kept pretty good records of weather and harvest info since the 80's and some el nino years are more dry for summer and fall in places in Or and Wa mushrooms areas and others are wetter depending on location. One year - 1992, all the matsutake pickers from Wa went down to an area in Oregon because there was no rain up in their usual spots in Wa. The Canada matsi season came late and was short that year, poor harvest too. I guess we'll see..........


User_Name: Sam I am
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 03:52:21 PM

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Google - Climate prediction center seasonal color maps. There is a two month and three month.


User_Name: Spinner Chicks
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 03:24:17 PM

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I cant find the weather report you guys are talking about. Theres all kinds of other weather when I google but not nws forecast?


User_Name: Vern
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 08:38:15 AM

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Oh I didn't want tog give the impression I wasn't going for morels. I am. I cant help myself. I need them. After all the years, decades really, I'm hooked. But like I said it's gonna be a tough go for anybody trying to pick and sell. You could just as easy work all day for nothing as come out ahead. The field buyers are fine with that too as long as they get your mushrooms. See folks, the house always wins!


User_Name: Lefty Lobo
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 08:00:08 AM

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PickinPox; lion's mane, yum. The last one I found was at Cave Jct. I've found lots of Bears Head/Goats Beard in Washington when foraging there, definitely two yums up.


User_Name: FWB
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 07:28:17 AM

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Mushrooms can trick you up good. None are better at that then morels. A hundred or two in gas, time off work (lost money right off the get go) Permits, etc. Then maybe you find some or maybe not. If your selling them, maybe you make money or just spend it and go in the hole on the deal. I don't expect the nail salons to empty out and spring planting in the fields to go begging like some who are predicting hoards of Asians and Mexicans will invade will burns. Hey those people are just like everybody else and wont quit or take time off their steady job just because some mushroom buyer tells them to hurry and jump and go. They've heard all that before and know the bs the buyers lay out, in their own best interest of course. Is the buyer gonna pay your time off or gas? Hell no! They want you to foot the cost for everything then bring them the mushrooms! I like it when morels that show up in stages on a good burn, different varieties over the course of spring if the weather is right. It's like flowers of different varieties to me. I keep them separated as best I can and label them when I dry them to savor the different varieties, althought taste wise, its had to tell but it's fun for me. Oh we'll still get some morels somewhere. Happy hunting!


User_Name: Mushroom Freak
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 06:43:06 AM

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Hey all,i haven't been around since last fall and was hoping for a good spring morel season to use my vacation time to go pick. i like to dry them for later and its easy to do. morels are easy to rehydrate too and the taste and quality hold up real good as most of you already know i'm sure. i wasn't planning on going to southern or. anyhow and theres plenty of other ground in wa etc.. one thing about burned areas - because the ground is open and the forest is gone or badly fragmented it doesn't hold moisture well at all especially in steep areas.it dries out easy and fast and especially on steep slopes it's hard to get water to hold there, so without regular rain its just toast. ya too bad about all that ruined forest and little to no morels to show for it.


User_Name: Fapper
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 05:47:43 AM

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Colorado's all dried out too so no point in coming out here.


User_Name: PickinPox
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 12:32:24 AM

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Good to hear about your progress Lobo. Try and eat some lions mane, they help get everything firing again. Rebuilding neurons. 8) Come on rain.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 05:03:27 PM

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At this point it's looking like two bad years in a row for fire morels. A cryin shame all that forest burned and not even mushrooms produced from it if the weather people are right. I'm not trying to be a Debbie downer but all of us should be realistic about the prospects. There will be some morels produced but not nearly enough. Pick em and dry em people. Hang onto what you can. Inventories of dryers are real low now and with demand higher than ever you'll probably get 3 - 4 hundred a lb dried before long. I'm not joking. The world loves morels especially American ones and they'll pay to get them.


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 04:13:32 PM

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The weather forecast across the Midwest and down into the south looks bad too. If whats predicted comes to fruition, it's going to seriously shorten the season and damage the crop there. But hey don't take my word for it on the weather forecast go look for yourself! Me and my people will do alright but that's only because we're so awesome!


User_Name: old gulch
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 12:03:45 PM

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Hey folks, I check this board a fair bit but this is my first time posting. This year I've made connections with a few restaurants and am hoping to sell straight to them when I can. Now's the part where I have to come up with asking prices. I don't want to rip anyone off or anything, just get fair value for what a restaurant could expect to pay. I realize it'll fluctuate, but any information would be helpful- prices you've seen/asked in other years or will be asking this year. This spring it'll be mostly oyster mushrooms and morels, then chanterelles, pines etc. in the fall. I'm in the Vancouver/Fraser valley region. Thanks!


User_Name: FWB
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 10:30:26 AM

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Well Vern, Your assuming of course that the National Weather Service Prediction Center is correct. They have been wrong in the past. I know that's a long shot though.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 10:06:24 AM

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Hot and dry, the epicenter of which is right over the burns in southern Oregon. This is the absolute death of a spring season. DO NOT QUIT YOU REGULAR JOB TO GO LOOK FOR MUSHROOMS!!! Hey people, I've been mushroom hunting for over 40 years so I pretty well have seen it all. Only a small percentage of all those who try will make any kind of money in a season like this.


User_Name: 112451
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 07:45:09 AM

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The National Weather Service report is out today and it's guaranteed to throw a panic into mushroom harvesters and buyers alike. We can only hope their wrong.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 07:11:44 AM

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I guess Ron went right to the heart of it didn't he. Fed fiat money is the root of the problem but we still have to deal with the issues we have as a result of govt/fed policy.


User_Name: boletus Joe
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 05:19:17 PM

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Well How else are you going to re-train those leftover brain cells.... It may take an hour, but think of all the benefit your eye muscles and your brain is getting.... lol. Well I am thankful we come into the world with two of most everything. Sort of like 4-wheel drive. Right now you are back to 2 wheelin'. But keep putting oil in that other differential, and you will be motoring all over the desert.... Keep on pluggin'.


User_Name: Lefty Lobo
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 05:01:40 PM

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Boletus Joe; yepper, get-er-dun. They told us that my stroke was of the worst kind; MRI, CAT etc. If I believed them [as an invalid] I would still be inside the $300.00 plus per day care center. It's good to be home. ........ Last day of winter and only 88 degrees F down here in the desert SW. ......... Still hunt-and-peck typing with the left hand, whew and I used to be able to do up to 60 wpm; it has taken more than an hour to type this missive.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 04:21:58 PM

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Btw - I'm not bitching about people on public assistance or social security. In civilized modern society that's what taxes are for, in part. What I don't like is corporate welfare. I also don't like the fact that, last I heard anyhow, 70 cents of every federal tax dollar is diverted to the military industrial complex under the guise of "defense" a crock of you-know-what of the highest order for sure.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 03:48:11 PM

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Ok I don't want anybody to spaz out by what I'm about to say because well, for one thing its absolutely true and another it doesn't apply to everyone who harvests mushrooms commercially. BUT Just like in the case of walmart and fast food workers many mushroom pickers are on some form of public assistance and couldn't survive without it. It's the simple truth. Some clearly fit into the group that is entitled to it too. Women with small children, etc...But the point is the taxpayer is subsidizing these low wage industries. Across the board the cost structure of living indoors and eating regularly has gone up. Due mainly to the policy of inflation meant to re-inflate the collapsed housing market and crashed stock market and dilute the burden of the debt owed by the govt for the cost of the wars. War is hugely inflationary and when it ends its very contractionary. Fed policy provides for all this because they supply the money. BUT they have no control over where it ends up. Speculation in the stock markets and commodities, grain, oil and energy are the main benefeciaries but, there are others. The point is that as the cost of living has risen and people have benefitted little by this policy and many have suffered greatly. Nothing can be done but raise the wage structure the reflect the increase in the cost of simply getting by. I'm glad the president will raise the fed minimum wage for some but it falls short. The simple truth is wages need to rise for the poorest among us just so they can live a minimum existence, it good human behavior, not charity. Ask someone on social security how that check has become eaten up simply by the rising cost of food and you see what I mean.Your tax dollars subsidize low paying jobs. The govt provides what walmart and Mcdonalds wont. The same is true for mushrooms companies. This has to change.


User_Name: Sam I Am
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 09:40:25 AM

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I know about the situation for some commercial pickers. I think if more of the public was aware of this it would sure help. How can we buy from these companies when they are essentially preying one the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. I've seen first hand how they treat the people they make their living off of and how they talk about them, like they were dirt under their feet or their personal property. Its actually quite upsetting to see. No wonder my commercial friends wont deal with them.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 09:25:29 AM

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Hey Lobo... Give 'er.... Good to hear about your successes. Get that therapist to sprinkle a little gold dust for you to follow. Nothing but god thoughts for you .......


User_Name: Vern
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 08:30:46 AM

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Hey people, After reading Cookie Monsterz comment I gave it some thought and here's an alternate scenario, sort of. A few smart buyers who really want the morels this spring attempt to get all they can by paying more than the scum bags, ordinarily their competition. The do this because they don't trust that mother nature will give optimal conditions on all of the area burned last year and in doing so they pull in the great majority of the morels that move through this channel. They probably still wont get those from Cookie and his people or anybody else who is working off the new model to market their own morels. But they will in large part block out the dirty operators and in doing so ensure their own supply. Just a thought....Oh and anybody expecting mother nature to co-operate and make perfect morel weather from Colorado westward to the pacific in all of the areas that had fires last summer needs to think again, it aint gonna happen that way. Never does.


User_Name: misss underestimated
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 06:37:59 PM

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Your a hard man cookie.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 06:31:56 PM

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Northwestjones; congratulations on your morel finds. I took my first steps today and walked 8 feet with the physical therapist hanging on to my walker and pulling the wheelchair behind; whew, baby steps. It's a long way from following the mushroom circuit year after year and eating fresh white morels down Rogue Valley way and wormy blacks near Butte Falls this time of year.


User_Name: Cookie Monsterz
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 06:06:25 PM

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The spring morel season is unlike fall in important ways. The main one of course is if you don't get your morels in the spring you don't get none. Period. Unless you buy from somebody else. So the whole deal is done on the basis of one short period of time in a relatively small area geographically speaking. Ya ya, I know morels grow all over but the big commercial amounts this year that will supply the whole market will trade hands from wholesale to retail to consumers and hopefully last the entire year as dried morels will come 90% off the burns that are scattered across the western states. Most, nearly all really, of the morels found elsewhere in the country will be consumed as fresh and gone by the end of the spring season. Prediction time: YOU WATCH! The scum bag field buyers, and not all field buyers are scum bags but some sure as hell are, will try to lowball the poor people who pick morels and , depending on the weather and demand just may lock themselves out of the harvest until its too late. For them I mean. And who is gonna cry about that? NOT ME or my people! We don't sell our morels by the "old model" of turning them over to a field buyer. Why would we when we can give our customers better prices and better quality and cut the middleman out? Chew on that a while!


User_Name: Kim
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 03:10:54 PM

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If your buying mushrooms this season as a consumer PLEEZEE be sure to buy only those that have been ethically harvested. Don't support the slave wage system used by some field buying companies. They pay little to the picker who collects the mushrooms and marks them up in price 6-8 times what they paid. An absurd mark up and a disgrace. Buy from those who pick and sell the mushrooms themselves or those you know paid a fair price to the people who harvested them!!!! PLEEZEE!!!!!!!!


User_Name: Fapper
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 11:47:47 AM

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I hear from folks down around Durango, they don't want nobody coming around looking for mushrooms. We got plenty of people here needs the work.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 07:40:36 AM

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My morning thoughts: With regards to the beginning of a season, this spring in particular, I think it will be a little early out west and late and possibly very short central/back east way. One reason I say that is the weather is above average both temp and precip in most of the west where it matters. Back east and central its still way cold. In my experience its much better to have a season start early than late because often time is gained by an early coming of spring but is rarely made up on the other end when a season begins late. My sixth sense of nature and the outdoors as well as my understanding regarding the science of nature as well, is far more highly developed than most people so I feel qualified to render this opinion.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 12:08:46 PM

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As we get further along in season the mis-information and propaganda regarding morels picks up too. Actually it's already started. Fictional, or just impossible to verify claims of a "big strike" here or there as it were.... is but one example. Lots of people flat out lie about mushrooms. I'm not that way though, no huh uh. Lol.


User_Name: Handy J
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 11:29:57 AM

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One good indicator of where and when the morels are popping is; People are selling them on craigslist, sounds obvious I know.. Also the discussion boards go dead or nearly so except for couch pickers who aren't pickin morels..


User_Name: Handy J
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 11:24:47 AM

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You will see morels coming on in more southerly locations in the US before they come in southern Oregon, generally speaking.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 10:47:12 AM

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I found a few last weekend, still a bit early in S.oregon. My goodness there is some steep terrain! Glad to see you typing again Lobo. Hope that means things are looking up for you!


User_Name: 112451
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 07:33:40 AM

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All smart phones have this feature as well unless you disable it.


User_Name: JDS
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 07:07:08 AM

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OK, here's what Wikipedia says: "Several manufacturers offer cameras with a built-in GPS receiver, but most cameras with this capability are camera phones...". It goes on to say "Most cameras sold today do not contain a built-in GPS receiver". Kim, I think you are confused about the differences between cell-phone cameras and regular digital cameras. If my old Canon Powershot had a GPS in it it would have been a lot more expensive than it was!


User_Name: 112451
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 06:31:15 AM

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Can someone please tell me where are the morels? My friends want to go and pick them all. Lol.


User_Name: chuck 8888
Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 06:13:27 AM

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Welcome back lobo ;-)))))) Good to see you on the board ;-))))


User_Name: Kim
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 06:00:09 PM

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Its true all right. Cameras and cell phones have been this way for at least the last several years, maybe longer depending on the maker. Do a little checking you'll see. I hope you haven't been giving up places where you picked or good patches because you dont know any better.


User_Name: Lobo
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 03:58:52 PM

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[left hand trials] I took a photo of a king and two white naturals in an island in the Boulder Creek Burn about 1995. They were in a niche along the cliff face below the wilderness.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 10:15:01 AM

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The term Geotagged photograph on Wikipedia is where I was directed by the neighbor kid who knows this stuff. From there you can look at different places on the web and find out more.


User_Name: JDS
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 08:30:06 AM

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Kim...are you really saying that an everyday digital camera somehow records the locations of pictures it takes? How could that happen unless the camera has a GPS hidden it?


User_Name: Dreads
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 06:56:42 AM

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Well last spring was not good for spring boletus in OR or WA. I hope this time is better. I just love them. I eat scabers too, when they can be found. I have long thought those unburned islands were a great place to find naturals as well but, the simple truth is no matter where you go there's plenty of area this season, as long as the weather is right.


User_Name: FWB
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 01:53:19 PM

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Oh boy who knew? I bet there will be people scrambling to take down photos they have posted of all kinds of things, not just mushrooms if this gets out....or is it already and we're just the last to know? Yikes! Oh my I hope nobody finds where me and the fwb take our "breaks" while fall mushrooming from pics I have posted. Winky winky :)


User_Name: Kim
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 10:10:21 AM

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Ya Vern that's true and digital cameras work to same way. I wonder how may photos of mushrooms floating around give up the location? Btw this has been known to some people for several years. On another subiect, I am actually having a physical response now when I think about some delicious naturals. OMG, The closer we get the worse I become. Anybody elsenotice that? I get the same reaction in the fall when I we get close to matsutake time. I think mushroom have some addictive properties ro maybe it's all in my head? I dunno and really don't care, if it seems real to me than it is real.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 07:39:15 AM

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Hey man I like that about getting you and your bucket where the morels can see you, that's funny and so true! Has anybody heard about a deal with cell phones by where someone can find out where a picture was taken unless you dis-able that function on your phone? It appears like if you post a photo you took to the internet people who know how can get the gps information right off your photo and go to within a few feet where it was taken. Wow. See this is why I don't like all this technology stuff. Nothing is private or safe. Have you taken pictures of mushrooms and posted them somewhere? Maybe in doing so you gave up your patch?!!


User_Name: pcal
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 11:48:20 PM

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Just checking to see how many pickers were chomping at the bit.LOL Here is a thought on the fire up on Blewett Pass Washington.Look at these pictures and tell me if those unburned areas aren't going to produce more mushrooms this year?I know the area that those pictures were taken,too.Not a lot of territory in that area but downhill ,across the road, that wasn't burned so will be lots of naturals weather permiting.I get lots of naturals for about 10 miles around that area.http://mushroaming.com/content/fire-morels-2013 . I have picked mushrooms on burns similar in the past.It was a very spotty fire.Almost a checkerboard with green and burned just feet apart.The harvest was hugh in the green areas being fed by the burned areas up to 4 years after the burn.I like naturals to dry and sell myself and never had a problem selling all I,and my family picked either fresh or dried.I have lots of dehydrators and figure why give the buyers my hard earned money.The comment about the weather being critical is true.Too hot for a few days and then going back to cold is a season killer.I had it snowing on me in July one year and all the shooms were poking up through the snow.I won't go out of state to pick so I am going after naturals til mid june and give her a go up higher in those burns from '12.I have never been able to pick more than 54#s in one day.I'd love to beat that # but don't think I could as I was younger and could hike 35 miles a day for 3 or 4 days without a break.I have picked more kings than morels but that was up high and nearly killed myself and had to drive 100 miles to the buyers.The best prices were almost $17 per # for #1's but they get so wormy and hot if you pack them too tight that I was losing lots of money on the commute.Glta,pcal


User_Name: Fapper
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 07:34:00 PM

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I live in Colorado and have never heard of morel musrhooms around here are you guys sure this is a thing?


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 09:25:16 AM

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These wonderful days of spring weather this week have given me spring fever. I spent most of the night last night dreaming of Morels!! They were everywhere. Sure hope that was a good omen. Full buckets to ya'll!!


User_Name: Handy, J
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 09:06:46 AM

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FWB - Yes the morels will come to you but you have get yourself and your bucket where they can see you!


User_Name: Ron
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 07:58:28 AM

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Like I said, it will be a great season in lots of places IF the weather doesn't go bad.........HEY ONE MORE THING FOLKS: Remember this is the time of year when fishing for any usable scraps of information really gets going. I see already a lot of fishing for information around. Some wanting to know where the first early mushrooms might be found. Other kinds of fishing too like ads on craigslist offering employment harvesting wild edibles that actually want YOU to email THEM and give them your personal information WITHOUT the person who posted the ad even identifying themselves. Amazing! If somebody is offering to buy your mushrooms or set you up getting mushrooms they should at least give their phone number and a name, otherwise STAY AWAY!!!!!!


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 06:06:23 PM

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Oh geeze Sam I forgot the permit part of your question!..beer......Um ya Go to the website for either of those national forsts for information regarding the cost of permits for commercial mushrooms.


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 06:02:36 PM

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The largest of the Colorado fires is the West Fork complex. It's enormous, covering 109,000+ acres or, about 175 square miles, spnning two national forests, the San Juan and the Rio Grande. Wikipedia it. I know for a fact the Colorado people don't want what they consider "outsiders" morel picking over there this spring but that wont stop professional/commercial crews from growing. One mushroom company has already laid plans to send the best pickers they can get to that area may-june time frame. It gonna be a helluva season there weather permitting and is guaranteed to attreact to most action of any of the major burns from last year. A LOT of money will be made by those rugged enough to hack it there for the spring season. Warning! this is not a place for the faint of heart or amateurs.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 05:44:05 PM

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Even if I don't find anything I won't mind camping in the sunshine and getting some fresh air. I'm not on a shoe string, I can afford the gas. High of 75 degrees with sunny skies up on the mountains?!? Yes please! I've been working underneath houses digging new sump pumps and I need a damn vacation! Full buckets.


User_Name: Sam I Am
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 04:41:52 PM

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Can anybody tell me how much permits cost for the Colorado area fires?


User_Name: Vern
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 10:20:45 AM

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I'm an old guy and have my own indicators to determine when the morels start. I aint gonna tell what they are but one is the rhubarb in my garden and that's all I have to say other than it aint time yet.


User_Name: FWB
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 08:29:30 AM

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I'm Getting the sense people are optimistic regarding this spring season, maybe too much so....And they're ready to jump at any rumor of an early pop somewhere, anywhere. Don't waste precious resources folks - your gas money etc..chasing morels, when the time comes, if it does, and your a good person, they will find you..


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 07:52:57 PM

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Just so you guys know, I'll be spending two days in S. Oregon scouting and HOPEFULLY picking something other then my nose. I got a three man crew put together and none of us have anything better to do this weekend. I'll report what I find, looks like we have a dry spell coming... All of us are in our 20's and hike on the norm, don't smoke tobacco either so don't worry.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 04:49:54 PM

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I see around different places a lot of people a hopeing and a wishing for an early season for the morels, which would be better than a late one! I don't know what the heck to think anymore, the weather has tricked me too many times I guess so we'll just wait and see.....Last year I thought we were having an early spring then it got hot, everything dried up and poof! That was it. HEY PEOPLE -- Don't forget to buy your mushroom permits. Weather you need the commercial or personal use kind they are easy, no hassle to get and it's the right thing to do. I'm no cop lover but you don't want the Forest Service fuzz or regular police to catch you without one cause then you'd have to make up a story or beg and that's just not dignified.......


User_Name: Vern again
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 11:05:35 AM

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Of course I'm talking specifically about commercial morel harvesting since that seems to be the main subject here right now,, not recreational personal use, since no matter how bad the season for commercial harvesters, a guy can usually get enough to fry up some for dinner after a days outing.


User_Name: Vern
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 10:59:21 AM

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Well last year was an example of what can happen when the weather goes bad. Of all the burned area, and there was over a quarter million acres spread over several states that could have produced a record crop, very little of that land actually did produce. Buyers who were expecting a bumper crop started out their prices so low hardly anybody showed up to pick at first. And since many people don't sell to them anymore (lots of morels nowadays get sold other ways than to the old fashioned field buyer/roadside mushroom stand) , it wasn't long until they were forced to start raising their buy prices, but by this time the weather across the west went mostly unfavorable and huge areas just dried up leaving the buyers panicked. They were expecting a bumper or even record crop and what actually happened was just the opposite, a near record low amount of burn morels were produced relative to the acres burned. So goes the game of mushrooms, spring or fall, we're all at the the mercy of mother nature for better or worse.


User_Name: 112451
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 08:17:26 AM

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All that needs to happen to ruin a good burn so it doesn't produce morels is no rain for a couple weeks during peak spring time. Just as bad is alternating very cold and warm in a short time period since it kills the babies in the womb. Next to that is A sudden hot spell that burns them up and gets them wormy real fast.This is always an unknown thing - if any burn will produce at all or how good a burn will produce. It's one thing to find a few here and there but a whole different ball game to find enough to make any money let alone cover your expenses. People like to get all excited making predictions but then if they don't come true they just slink away, never mentioning they were wrong. Don't quit your job to go looking for mushrooms thinking you will make money doing it.


User_Name: Paul
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 07:17:49 PM

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Just so you all know we got plenty of help and don't need anybody else hornin' in on our morel pickin' in Colorado.


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 11:22:39 AM

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Hey Woody, it's not just old folks who are at risk if they try to take on the "extreme" morel mountains this spring. Younger people who are very overweight and those who smoke cigarettes or are horribly out of shape are at risk too. On the other subject - Here's an example of the kind of so-called "mushroom news" that would have been going around this time of year before the internet came - Mushroom buyers would spread rumors any way they could to get pickers to come as soon as possible. Often if you called one of them by phone, They would say something like: Oh ya get here as soon as you can! "The flush is really starting up now!" or something like "the morels are starting to come on strong! To get you to get there asap. Often as not, once you got there you would find your early and so is everybody else. So the only thing to do would be to camp out and wait, eating and drinking up your money while you wait for the flush to actually start which might be anywhere from a week to a month away, depending on the weather. And there was a time or two a good flush didn't come at all maybe if the weather turned bad, then most of the pickers would then just leave after wasting their time and money going there too soon for nothing. But, and this is the key point, having told you to get there asap because "it was starting up now," the buyers have you there and in essence have a captive audience so to speak for when the morels really do get going. Of course this applies to commercial morel picking not hobby pickers and you could still get maybe a couple pounds if you were just going to eat them. This is just one example of motive some people might have, there are lots of other stories spread this time of year with all different motives. Never trust somebody else's "story" about what's up without reliable verification. And not all mushroom buyers who set up for the spring morel season are wormy rats either but some sure are so if your gonna sell to a roadside or field buyer you better know which kind your dealing with. In a really good spring morel season buyers come from all over and some are wormy as hell. Once on a burn outside of la grande Oregon I stopped and talked to a roadside buyer set up just off the burn who said he was from texas, (who was as full of crap as a person can get and trying to steal the morels for 3.00 a pound with a slick smile and friendly demeanor lol!! ) but he was trying to catch the pickers before they went to town and get their mushrooms. Always watch out for those types!


User_Name: Woody
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 08:11:25 AM

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Yeah, I saw that too but people new to this game need to understand something : Were talking about mushroom "news" & information" here. Which is notoriously difficult and/or impossible to confirm as fact unless you, yourself know it to be so. Not saying it isn't true just that as the season begins there will be lots of information, mis-information lies and propaganda from all kinds of sources, every one of which has their own agenda. This isn't necessarily a bad thing either since it makes lots of fun banter across the internet! But remember it aint fact unless YOU know its fact.......


User_Name: pcal
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 07:58:25 AM

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Jacksonville,Or. and Georgia producing a few.Seen picture posted on another board.Early greys in southern Oregon by March 4th.Dona Silva is a long time buyer located in Gold Hill,but everyone here already knows that,lol.


User_Name: Kim
Date: Sunday, March 09, 2014
Time: 08:31:43 AM

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Oh for sure, fresh naturals are delish and it's been a long time since I had some! Omg I'm jonesing hard now just thinking about it, lol. Everybody that still has some dried morels left is trying to get rid of them now before the new crop starts coming in. 185.00 a pound, clearance sale prices I guess since they have been up in the 250.00 area.


User_Name: 112451
Date: Sunday, March 09, 2014
Time: 07:38:38 AM

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Most people work regular jobs so they don't go after morels for a short few weeks in the spring, which is the peak season depending on weather of course.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 11:14:04 PM

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Thank you Mrs. Lobo for the update,,,,, Hard to keep a good man down. Every journey starts with the first step. and all those clichés apply here I am sure. And yes we will be waiting for his next posts here on the board.....


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 07:45:19 PM

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Glad to hear lobo is recovering! @ woody I'm going to be picking the fires this year but because I only have one season under my belt I have a feeling I'll be just exercising! I could use all the help and knowledge I can get. But I doubt anybody will help.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 06:51:10 PM

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With regards to the comments below - ThIs season for the burns no matter where you go, is all about really rugged terrain for sure, I've studied the topo maps too, no doubt about it. I hope other oldsters, like me, can be realistic with themselves and give some thought to if they really need to do this. My opinion is it will be a young peoples game this spring commercially speaking. I don't plan on embarrassing myself by crawling up and down any mile long hills in slow motion, gasping for breath and trying not to pass out, while having them dam kids shooting by all around me. Only to drag my ol ass out of bed to try do it again the next day, no siree!


User_Name: Lobo's Wife
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 05:47:47 PM

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Lobo update: after four months, he's finally home! He still can't walk, but he can stand with the help of a pole. He can talk well, but it takes him about one hour to type a single sentence, so he stays off the computer. This is the first time we've read Matsiman since our last post and wish the very best to all who are preparing for the morel season. The head nurse at the first facility that Lobo was in said that he was there to learn to adapt, not to recover because his stroke was so bad. But he's proving them wrong! He can grip with his right hand although he can't raise his arm very far and it hurts constantly. He can now lift his right leg off the floor and move it to exercise. Lobo will not be morel hunting this year but will enjoy your postings as he slowly recovers.


User_Name: chuck 8888
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 03:02:45 PM

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Heres some thing to think about when you sell your morals for 5.00 a pound. moral master is selling fresh morals for 34.95 a pound for western morals. This is why I buy and dry for the off season ;-) buying cheap and selling high, its good to have money;-) full buckets to everyone that's what I like to see ;-)


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 08:52:23 AM

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Cookie is right, these burns are going to cull the weak in Oregon. I hiked around in 2 different burn spots and it is not for the faint of heart. Lots of super steep habitat. Hope everybody brings their Advil, full buckets.


User_Name: Ron
Date: Friday, March 07, 2014
Time: 11:08:23 AM

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Personally I don't like morels from burned areas. They have an off taste that doesn't agree with me. I like Naturals.


User_Name: Cookie Monsterz
Date: Friday, March 07, 2014
Time: 09:37:08 AM

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Hey before anybody goes hunting morels in burn areas look at the topography of the area. From Colorado and further out west, the big burns are all in very VERY rugged terrain. I mean straight up and down mountains. The kind of land you cant find a level flat spot big enough to set a can of beer down. I suggest anybody who tries their hand and ths get checked out by a doctor first. Even fairly healthy people can keel over via heart attacks etc... from this kind of extreme exercise. Gathering morels in those kind of mtns is far worse than shoveling snow as far as killing the weak and out of shape.


User_Name: Kim
Date: Friday, March 07, 2014
Time: 08:55:04 AM

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Ya landscape morels taste like cardboard. Which is to say they have none of the deliciousness of wild grown mushrooms. The are also likely to be contaminated with chemicals. So no I DONT LIKE this idea at all.


User_Name: WeedyNWDan
Date: Friday, March 07, 2014
Time: 07:12:13 AM

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Here are some of my secret morel locations: PUD buildings, Mc Donalds and Jack in the Box drive thrus... No joke, check any new landscape bark or wood chips in early spring..


User_Name: WeedyNWDan
Date: Friday, March 07, 2014
Time: 06:53:30 AM

Messages

Looking forward to my first commercial picking season. I haven't spotted the first spring morel yet, but I bet it's close.


User_Name: Ron Of Nanook
Date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Time: 12:26:50 PM

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Well, you know the mad morel is up to something, how could he not be? Oh, and everybody is waiting to see what the weather will do where they are. And of course mushroom hunters being how they are, secretive and tight lipped, nobody's going to tell anybody anything regarding whats popping or where in a public forum. Unless they're totally stupid........


User_Name: Kim
Date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Time: 11:15:07 AM

Messages

What up peoples? Is everybody maintaining "radio silence" around here, now that the season approaches?


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Time: 07:07:01 PM

Messages

Lots of cups and jellies out, found a few yellow coral too. Not much longer!


User_Name: mad morel
Date: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Time: 06:38:32 AM

Messages

Mad Model here.............test ......test.....season is around and over the next hill.


User_Name: Dreads
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 03:51:24 PM

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Ps; We have also had real good luck finding morels in what are called "controlled" burns and "prescribed" burns. Those are the fires intentionally started and let burn by the usfs to help reduce the flammable materials, dry brush etc.. on the forest floor. this intentional burning help reduce the likelihood of bigger much more destructive fires later on.


User_Name: Dreads
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 03:26:34 PM

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Hey dudes, I've lurked here for a while but never posted before now. I was just gonna say it looks like there's tons of ground for fire morels this spring from Colorado to Washington. FYI - Just because there wasn't one big fire in a area doesn't mean there wont be morels around there. In some forests there were hundreds of lightening strikes across miles of forest. Most often these didn't make big fires and most of them went out by themselves rather than having to be extinguished by firefighters. They vary in size from a few hundered square feet to a couple hundred square yards and are often better to gather morels in than the big burns that got real hot and are hit hard by mushroom hunters. You just have to find the small "burns" and there are literally thousands of them all across the western states. Good luck!


User_Name: shroomgirl
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 10:51:55 AM

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Hey Ya'll! I for one am looking forward to Morel season. This will be the first time I am going to go with a group and (hopefully) collect a nice bunch. I usually find some in my yard around my burn piles, and some in a few misc. areas. Woodland bottom land and some burns. I have a question, does anyone know where to get non-waxed dental floss? Can't seem to find it anywhere. Full buckets ya'll!


User_Name: Morel Master
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 09:16:46 AM

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Anyone interested in gathering morels on a burn this spring, either commercially or, recreationally, should give serious consideration to a number of issues. I will post my thoughts on this later today if time permits.


User_Name: Jack Handy
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 07:36:06 AM

Messages

Oh that's the worst way to go, piece by piece. Better to punch your own ticket than live like that I say. Death with dignity, you decide not somebody else.


User_Name: Northwestjones
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 07:24:20 AM

Messages

Jack, according to his wife he has had a pretty bad stroke, if you read a little deeper Into the forum you'll see where she posted an update about his progress. Sad thing man, hope he recovers fully.


User_Name: Jack Handy
Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Time: 04:31:52 PM

Messages

Has lobo been written out of the program this season?


User_Name: Noobie
Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Time: 03:14:05 PM

Messages

I'm one of those twenty something's in good health. I can hike 20 or so miles a day, day after day. Nothing to brag about but covering so much ground is teaching me a lot about fruiting patterns. I'm a myco nerd as well! I just haven't had the chance to dive head first into it. I'd like to join a crew to be honest, got a pickup, and a camping gear setup that's lightweight and livable. It'll happen when it's meant to.


User_Name: Cookie Monsterz
Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Time: 11:34:21 AM

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Ben is right about something. Spring Morels has become a new outdoor sport in Or and Wa for people young and/or healthy enough to cut. I've seen it first hand - Last year up at the Wa burns I saw people running all day like it was their last day one earth and they were getting the mushrooms like crazy. It looked funny to us but they kept it up all day, up a hill and gone over the other side, only to appear a few hrs later heading up a distant hill. They even had runners who took the buckets back to their rigs and returned with empty one so they didn't have to carry the full ones around all day. Really something to see. I talked to one of them and she said she was with a group of friends who had just come down from a burn in Idaho and that they ship all their mushrooms to a buyer out of the area. I'm pretty sure though this would only work on a burn, if you tried that with naturals you'd just run right past way more than you would see.


User_Name: olivi
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 03:52:04 PM

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Picked my first morel today. The season is late this year. San Diego,Ca. Last year I was picking them on Christmas day. Had a good video of that pick, but lost my phone. Anyway, check out my pick,(lol)it's posted on YouTube under 'morel mushrooms 2014'. And we all say, 'full buckets to all'.


User_Name: Woody
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 11:31:18 AM

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Ben, you left out those who come out of the amateur group as they learn and get better at it. I guess for every old guy that drops out or kicks the bucket a young person comes up, often lured by thrilling tales spread by the old timers. I see a lot of twenty somethings now out in the woods who weren't even born yet when I started doing it commercially and I must say some of them are "kick ass" mushroom harvesters!


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 09:07:18 AM

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Oh, I left out me and my friends......We'll be "somewhere' between Oregon and Colorado, maybe even Washington, happily filling buckets like we always are. Anybody curious about giving commercial morels picking a try should know whats up: Times have changed! Its a grueling SPORT for PROFIT now! You need to be in excellent health, with an athletes endurance and able to go balls to the wall all day from daylight to dark or me and the boys are gonna get all the mushrooms. Survival of the fittest? FOR SURE!, but isn't that simply nature and the natural world after all?


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 08:39:27 AM

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The national weather service forecast is out today and there's a little something for everyone I guess you could say. Or better still read into it want you like! Heres whats up with the coming spring: Pros will still be pros like a pack of ravenous sharks stripping morels from everywhere they go. weekenders and amateurs will do what they do, which is just get in the pros way, and work there lil asses off for little or no money like they always do. Hobby pickers will get a few handfuls and declare success and how awesome they are. The geriatric crowd will do what they do and lunch on some disgusting 80's cheese and overpriced wine for lunch in the middle of a burn with lionel ritchey music playing. lol.


User_Name: Noobie
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 09:45:57 PM

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I wouldn't know if there was a buyer at jack creek or not, I wouldn't of cared either. I did find morels at the burn in sisters though, I remember it vividly because it was my first burn pick.(always picked logger morels because I live on the west side) Lobo helped me figure out what specific habitats to look in and where to find moisture if it was dry. I didn't find commercial amounts but I don't know if Sam I am is looking for that anyways. Getting out and looking is the only way to find out instead of being an arm chair internet morel picker. This board is always so hostile, no wonder I left for so long.


User_Name: Ben Bizzy
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 06:19:24 PM

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Havent dropped by here for a while but I see the conversation is as lively as ever. lol. Yeah I heard about Colorado too. Seems like all the hardcore morels crews are headed there, good for them I say cuz that means more morels for me out here!


User_Name: Cookie Monsterz
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 09:10:12 AM

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heavy snow continues...Wa is just getting hammered. High elev Or too. The potential prob for southern Or burn areas is it's all low elevation, small mtns, and so the snow doesn't hang around, leaving it more vulnerable to drying out than higher elevations and so totally dependent on rain at exactly the right time, a tough situation under the circumstances.


User_Name: Kim
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:28:29 PM

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Oh btw, not a single buyer was at jack creek last spring either. Not one.


User_Name: Kim
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:22:39 PM

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Go check around with the people who know, particularly any you can find who live and or hunt mushrooms around sisters and you'll see what I said is true, no idea where clown boy is. The central Oregon mushroom club website can confirm, for one.


User_Name: Noobie
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:05:59 PM

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I picked morels at the sisters burn last year. I am a noob and it was as easy as finding where the partial burns were and locating the creeks. Sam, don't let any commercial pickers deter you away from trying. I was told not to go to sisters! you may not find commercial amounts but if you find them in a drought you'll be even better at it in a good wet year. Also, Oregon has been getting hammered by rain and snow lately. Check the soil tempreture maps and look for a steady period of 50-60 degrees for a couple weeks, if it's been raining as well, go ahead and give it a shot. Morels are finicky but they want to reproduce as much as you or I.


User_Name: Sam I Am
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 01:39:39 PM

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Ok well thanks for the info. I got the idea to try morels from a friend of a friend who leads a small group of professional mushroom hunters. They are going to Colorado for the spring thing because of the huge fires there last summer. But I'm held here by family, job etc...Will check back here later thx


User_Name: Kim
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:33:47 AM

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Um......this is all well and good -IF- the weather is favorable. All of southern Oregon where you guys are talking about is in long term severe drought. Maybe you all know that already, or not? So ithout RAIN it don't mean squat. It's not hard to see a repeat of last year, like what happened to the sisters fire, everybody and their dog expecting a big crop of burns but then at just the wrong time the weather went bad and it all turned to powdered dirt, no Morels!


User_Name: Noobie
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 07:17:42 AM

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Sam, yes there will be morels there. There were morels there before the fire so I could only imagine it getting a whole lot better. Chances are that fire is going to get stomped pretty hard regardless if it's "open" or not. Good luck!


User_Name: Morel Master
Date: Monday, February 17, 2014
Time: 04:31:01 PM

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Sam, I am currently looking into that and can contact you with my findings but it may not be right away. Much to check on - for example; maps must be studied regarding forest age and density, type or trees,stands burned. Also mapping the degree or severity of burn etc as well as what areas may be accessible and legal for harvest of mushrooms. I do know much of the areas burned last year are private property and some of that may or may not be open to the public for harvest. I hear a rumor of one crew being allowed access to some of the private land in a deal not made public or open to the public. Stay tuned.


User_Name: Sam I Am
Date: Monday, February 17, 2014
Time: 10:05:29 AM

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Hey im new at this morel hunting and would really appreciate some help with a question - - does any of the knowledgable people here think morels will pop up in the burns down in southern oregon this spring? The ones on the west slope of the cascades?. . . .


User_Name: Cookie Monsterz
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Time: 04:32:31 PM

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Heavy snows you say. ha1 More like snowmageddon out there! Or Snowpocalips!


User_Name: Morel Master
Date: Friday, February 07, 2014
Time: 07:50:29 AM

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Just dropped by to say hi and I'm glad to see some heavy snows in morel country! Maybe we'll get a good spring season after all!


User_Name: garf
Date: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Time: 05:30:30 PM

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I am glad to hear Lobo is making some progress and from all of the posts i have read over the years i get the feeling that he is a real fighter so that is what he needs now .. the good vibes are being sent to him and we wish him the best ... say hi to him Lobos wife and ts for the update ... best wishes garf


User_Name: 112451
Date: Sunday, February 02, 2014
Time: 09:01:50 AM

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Btw; My customers will only accept domestic mushrooms. This has been a trend for many years now but specially with the changing times, nobody want imported morels from where? its a buy local and organic world nowdays since that's all they use in their cooking.


User_Name: 112451
Date: Saturday, February 01, 2014
Time: 05:43:46 PM

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I have a small morel crew and we sell only to select group of customers, we have never been able to meet the demand. I could sell thousands of pounds more but that's always the prob isn't it? Heavy demand and always a limited supply, of the fresh morels I mean. We do a very good spring business though! Best of luck all!


User_Name: Boleus Joe
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Time: 11:06:11 PM

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Thank you very very much, for the update. Although I have never met Lobo in person, I have enjoyed his posts here on Matsiman.... and perhaps because I am in my 7th decade and being a picker for over 40 years ... well perhaps I can relate. "To not being able to be out there." I am sending all the good karma I can muster from here in a southerly direction. The Great Spirit is watching over all of us.


User_Name: Lobo's Wife
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Time: 07:48:58 PM

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Correction; 5 seconds at 3\4 standing with left leg strongest even though it is poor and right leg almost useless.


User_Name: Lobo's Wife
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Time: 06:45:48 PM

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Boletus Joe; I attended the therapy session for Lobo this afternoon and took pictures of him trying to stand with the therapy pole; he’s doing fairly well and can almost pull himself up for 30 seconds. His left leg is still pretty much out of commission but hopefully soon he’ll be able to use his legs to pivot on instead of using a power lift machine to transfer to wheelchair or to bed. His right arm still is not functioning properly which is a bummer being as he is right handed. Being as it is date night, I smuggled pizza and root beer to him for the first time since the major stroke. He really appreciated the flavors which he hasn’t been able to do for several months. Thank you for your care and concern.


User_Name: boletus Joe
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time: 05:05:11 PM

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Any more news on how Lobo is making out??


User_Name: Todd Buddy
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 03:41:39 PM

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My wife and I own a small natural/whole food restaurant/market where we offer fresh natural and organic and locally grown/raised ingredients in the dishes we serve our customers. We are big believers in the farm to plate movement and have been for many years. For example, the chickens we use in our dishes are free range and forage for the bulk of their food, no antibiotics or hormones, ethically grown in other words. We use lots of mushrooms based on seasonal availability. As most of you know, fresh Morels have a very short season and we only buy direct from the people who picked them, never from a distributor, so we know the location they came from. When buying dried morels it can be impossible to tell the source, some folks try to pass off low quality/imported morels as domestic. My advice generally speaking - Buy everything from the farmer or the person who harvest the product. Then you can be proud of what you offer you guests and have no reservations regarding the source or quality.


User_Name: Kim
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Time: 12:33:23 PM

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YO peeps!!!! Be sure to buy DOMESTIC and LOCAL Morels this spring! Not those nasty foreign ones from who-knows-where, contaminated with who-knows-what!


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