mushroom foraging

The Rain has come! Mushroom season has begun!

Well this is exciting! After what seems like years without any rain, we finally got some water. Good all around. The farmers are happy. The gardens are happy. But most importantly for me, the mushrooms are happy. Rain means that all throughout the forests, as we speak, mushrooms are growing....probably not quite above the surface yet, that takes a few days...but they're there. Getting ready to poke their heads up through the pine needles and fallen leaves, just waiting to be discovered. I cant wait!

Join our mushroom expert Patrick Hamilton and find the secret spots where the mushrooms live. We have classes coming up all throughout the winter, from this weekend through December, on the Marin and Sonoma Coasts. See you out there!

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Mushroom Season Has Arrived!

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It's here, officially.  The rains came, then we waited, we went to mendocino, found nothing, then waited some more. But now it's here. Behind every stray bramble, beneath every knotted pine, you’ll find them (or hope to).  We’ve waited through the months of cracked ground, dust storms (well, maybe not dust storms), and wilted greens, but now they’re here.

I, and a few like me, found our first mushrooms of the season today.  Porcini, oyster, many yet to be identified. As an aside, I also found some bullwhip kelp, which I am going to try once again to make into a pickle. The last attempt tasted about how you might imagine raw thick rubbery seaweed might taste when prepared incorrectly…raw, thick, and rubbery.It’s a very exciting time, discovering fresh fungus, after so many months of abstinence.  Like that first cigarette after you’ve quit for a month.  Almost worth the wait, just to experience it fresh.