Monthly Archives: April 2008

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Michigan Morel Map 2008

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You don’t really think I’m going to tell you where to pick morels, do you? Even my mom won’t tell me where she gets hers.

What I can share is some set of things that people are tracking for timing for when morels appear, and forums where this stuff is being discussed by experts.

There is a terrific list of morel mushroom information carefully collected by The Great Morel; lots to read, if you want to know more.

The Michigan Sportsman Forums report on the Morel Progression Sightings Map for the year, which gives you big dots showing approximate locations. This is a current April 25, 2008 selection.

Absolute Michigan’s story on the 2007 Boyne City Mushroom Festival includes plenty of details.

The Grayling, MI visitors bureau guide to the morels of Crawford County Michigan gives away details, but being coy, recommends that you bring your own log book and note where you found yours.

UPDATE: Mike Gould of Ann Arbor has a story originally in the Ann Arbor Observer about Roonquest: the mushrooms that bloom in the spring about morel hunting near Charlevoix.

UPDATE: More morel information by video at Youtube – see e.g. VideoMorelHunting collection of accounts and movies.

UPDATE: Morel mushroom hunting in the Upper Peninsula w/report of nothing yet as of 4/25 in Menominee County. thanks @frnash for the link

UPDATE: Superior Sights on Morel Mushroom Picking in the Upper Peninsula says their favorite spot is northwest of Newberry, MI, in Luce County, and says that the best times in the UP for morels tend to be end of May to early June.

UPDATE: The music of the Mushroomer’s Waltz (MP3) comes from the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, MI, May 15-18 2008.

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Garlic Mustard in Michigan (via MSU IPM)

Garlic Mustard in Michigan, a report and information from Michigan State University:

Garlic mustard is an exotic invasive plant from Europe that invades woodland habitats in North America and impacts forest biodiversity. In some woodlands, dense stands of garlic mustard in the spring threaten showy spring blooming ephemerals like spring beauty, trilliums and trout lilies. Other research points toward potentially negative impacts on timber species and forest health. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region.

It’s time to pull garlic mustard again, which is a sure sign of spring. Our yard has a little bit, not too bad, and certainly not as bad as it was a few years ago before we realized just what we had that was growing so vigorously.

Last year at this time I recounted a tale of where to go for a walk in the woods, and the story of the celebration of the garlic mustard recipe of the year. (in summary, bleah.) As a reminder:

So I made it and tasted it. Not particularly good, and I’m still dealing with the tummy ache. Perhaps someone else has a better recipe, or I picked it too late in the season, or it really just doesn’t taste that good? I will admit to not adding the vinegar (or, as Allen Bailey suggested, lemon juice) which might have been the problem. Next time, I’ll also cook the greens in a change or two of water first, which should also draw off some of the bitterness.

If you have an awesome garlic mustard recipe – or, if you know a source for a supply of pygmy goats that will eat the stuff – pls. note in the comments.