OK - from another post I know there are some mushroomers out there - just wondering who you are and hoping to get a thread or two going [img]smile.gif[/img]
I've been interested for the past maybe 5 or 6 years, but haven't yet made the "leap" to seriously hunting and eating them. I keep telling myself I'll get out and hunt Hen Of The Woods (my wife and I both love them) and other fall mushrooms (I know a good craterellus spot!), but then never get around to it in the fall
Driving around last weekend I saw two beautiful Oyster fruitings but got to them a week or two too late - they were already brown and well past their prime. I need to learn how to recognize good fall oyster fruiting weather as I've often seen them in the late fall after temperature changes (cold->warm?). For that matter I guess I really need to learn "all" the fruiting weather signals. Sure would love to get some morels in the spring.
Got a bunch of books - Aurora's is of course by far the best - his pocket guide is also excellent but sure wish he or someone would write a comparable volume specific to the east. Simon and Schuster is junk (my opinion) but I have a copy around for additional information and occasional laughs. Also have a copy of Stamets and Chilton which I hope to use to get some oysters going on straw or sawdust in the spring. Maybe also some stropharia on woodchips in the back (know where some grow locally - see pix)
Hopefully that's enough of a primer to get some others to join in! Anyone in PA or even southeast PA?
Some Photos [img]smile.gif[/img]
Wine Stropharia #1
Wine Stropharia #2
Unidentified - Backyard on Walnut Log
Club Fungus - French Creek
Sulfur Shelf - French Creek