Updates on all the mushrooms waiting to be picked throughout the season. 

2016-2017 SEASON:

6/20/2016: The dry start to summer has lead to few mushrooms so far, but keep eyes open for the first chanterelles popping up. Early summer porcini have also been appearing, and with some good rain some large flushes could appear. Also start checking dead hemlocks for the medicinal reishi mushroom. 

5/13/2016: It's been a great morel season in the Northeast! Look for gray and yellow morels under mature ash trees and newly dead elm trees. 

2014-2015 SEASON:

11/7/2015: As the end of the fall mushroom season in the Northeast draws closer, keep an eye out for the last hen of the woods of the year. Boletes, honey mushrooms, and fall oyster mushrooms can also be found this time of year. 

9/10/15: Back in Connecticut, and we're FINALLY getting some rain. Black trumpets should continue to flush, while the first hen of the woods should be arriving soon. 

7/30/2015: The lobster mushrooms are still flushing in droves. Hedgehogs are starting to come up, and the first cinnabar-red chanterelle was seen this week! Chanterelles continue to flush in large numbers due to the continuation of thunderstorms. 

7/21/2015: The lobsters are out! After a few weeks of watching Lactarius and Russula (the host mushrooms of the rust mold that creates lobster mushrooms) pop up, the first of the lobsters has finally appeared. The chanterelles keep coming, but the black trumpets are gone for now. Hopefully they'll be back with the coming rains. 

7/7/2015: We've finally had a few days of sun that has allowed the ground to soak in all that extra water. As a result, the chanterelle patches have exploded. Additionally, early chicken of the woods, black trumpets and porcini are popping up. Most of the reishi has gotten buggy, but there are still some intact growths out there. 

6/30/2015: It looks like we're in for an epic chanterelle season after one of the wettest Junes in recent memory. The reishi harvest has been steadily impressive for the last couple of weeks as well. Look out for early porcini too!

5/1/2015: This particularly dry month of May has all but ruined the morel season, but the heavy rains that have come with the first of June give hope for a few morels to come. Small growths of reishi have started to poke out of dead wood, and the first scaber stalk has shown itself under an aspen tree. 

3/15/2015: It has been a long and cold winter, but the snow has finally melted, and all this moisture means a promising outlook for the spring foraging season!

2013-2014 SEASON:

8/24/14: A rainy week in Algonquin Park, Canada, was filled with mushrooms! Over 15lbs of chanterelles, 15lbs of lobsters, and 3lbs of black trumpets.  

8/8/14: Lots of different varieties of coral fungi popping up in the forests.  Both lobsters and uninfected russula and milkies are still abundant, meaning the lobsters should keep coming for a while.  Seeing more chicken of the woods, hedgehogs, and chanterelles as well.  STILL NO BLACK TRUMPETS!

8/2/14: The start of August brought another good flush of chanterelles.  The patches were less dried up and buggy than last weeks.  More hedgehogs and lobsters are also popping up this week.  

7/31/14: Looks like the chanterelle season is coming to a close, could only pull about 2lbs out of the woods and most were buggy. Found 22lbs of lobster mushrooms in a half-day of picking, so no complaints from this forager.  

7/28/14: The skies decided to pour this week, and I'm hoping the showers will breathe more life into my dried up chanterelle patches.  Expecting more lobsters this week too.  

7/26/14: Found the first large haul of lobster mushrooms this week, about six pounds! They were growing in mixed hardwood/coniferous forest on hillsides.  Also found the first two chicken of the woods mushrooms of the summer.  Sold the lobsters and ate the chickens!

7/22/14: The lack of rain in the past ten days has caused the mushroom patches to slowly wither away.  I haven't been able to find a chanterelle that doesn't have bug damage in the last week.  Forecast says rain tomorrow, so hopefully that will give new life to the forest floor. 

7/16/14: The good chanterelle picking continues! Five more pounds thus far this week.  The first few hedgehogs are popping up in coniferous woods too.  Found some large coral fungi on the edge of a stand of white pine.  I cooked it in a tempura batter, and it was delicious.  

7/10/14: My hunch about the storm was correct, five more pounds of chanterelles today.  Also collected some painted suillus under a white pine that were in great shape.  They're getting thrown in the dehydrator.  

7/9/14: After last nights roaring thunder storms, I headed to the woods to find another three pounds of chanterelles.  They were all on hillsides dominated by white pines.  Also found an umbrella polypore in great condition under a beech stand.  More boletes are popping up in the woods too!

7/7/14: Found flush of scaly vase chanterelles, as well as many clusters of white coral fungi.  Both were growing in mixed coniferous and deciduous woods. Forecast calls for rain, so hopefully there will be another chanterelle flush soon.  

7/5/14: Four more pounds of chanterelles found, although they are starting to dry out.  More rain is needed for the next flush to be significant.  

7/3/14: Huge flushes of chanterelles found in the coniferous forests under white pines.  Brought out and sold 6.5lbs today.  Some had bug damage, but for the most part they were undamaged.  

7/1/14: Small Wood ears found popping out of cracks in bark of fir trees, but they grow on most conifers. Great rubbery texture makes these a wonderful ingredient in the kitchen.  

6/27/14: Massive oyster mushroom found on stump in someone's front yard, you don't always have to be deep in the wilderness to find edibles!  Oysters grow year round with the right conditions, look on dead hardwoods high and low.  

6/22/14: First small clusters of chanterelles popping out of moss beds between rocks.  Found next to foot path in mixed woods on small mountain.  Still early in the season for chanterelles, but they should be showing themselves in good numbers in a few weeks.  

6/21/14: First bolete finding! Scaber stalk boletes on forested hillside and red-cracked bolete on mossy bed by stream.  These are some of the earliest boletes of the season, but expect many different bolete varieties to start popping up in the forests and on the hillsides in the coming weeks. 

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