LOCATING SPONGE MUSHROOMS

black

yellow

gray

The "season" can occur as early as late March and can last until mid to late May in higher locations. Black morel usually will be found first and you will find them for about three weeks. Yellows or whites come next and can last about four weeks. These seasons usually overlap, with the yellows starting when the blacks come to an end. Same for yellows overlapping grays. Grays typically mean the end of the season.

Morels begin to appear when the soil reaches a consistent temperature of about 53°. That's generally when you have a week of nighttime temperatures in the 50’s. It is possible for a season to yield few or no Morels.

GREAT HUNTING WHEN:
When the mayapples start to flatten out
When the redbuds are in bloom
When the tulip poplar leaves are the sizes of a silver dollar
When the dogwoods bloom
When the violets bloom
When the spicebush has leaves
When the trillium blooms
When the oak leaves reach the size of a squirrel’s ear, it's time for yellows
When you see squaw root, it is near the end of morel season

GREAT HUNTING HERE:
Trees that are known to associate with morels in this area are tulip poplars, ash, hickory, dead or dying elms, cherry, apple, striped maple, grapevines and sycamore.

Moisture is a key to morel growth. Rainfall, including the preceding year, the months leading up to, and during morel season have a major impact on morels. Natural swales and valleys are good places to look because water always runs downhill. The floodplains of small streams are another. Even small depressions can hold enough extra moisture to produce morels. The place where a steep slope meets relatively level ground is another potential good spot also along streams. Moisture in the general area, along with the right trees are the spots to hunt in Adams County.

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PREPARING TO SELL THEM

Pinched or cut stems
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Do not wash or rinse!
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Dry to the touch. Dirt is OK!

WHAT WE WANT
Mushrooms should be dry to the touch. Dirt on them is OK - we want them dirty.
Do not rinse or wash! No saltwater!
The aroma should be an earthy woodsy smell.
Pinched or cut stems. Don't pull the roots!
Save some for next year! Don't over harvest, leave some behind.


STORAGE: keep them cool and dry, with a little ventilation. Store in a paper or mesh bag, not plastic bags. Never store morels refrigerated in a sealed plastic bag! You can also use a plastic storage box in the refrigerator, don't use a tight fitting lid, drap a moist paper towel over the box instead.



Mushrooms with roots.
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False morels.
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Dried out or frost bitten
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WHAT WE'LL REJECT
Mushrooms with roots attached. (It's the roots that help produce more next year, please leave the roots).
False morels. These are poisonous. BEWARE!
Dried out or frost bitten mushrooms.
Mushrooms that smell bad or "off".

 

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READY TO SELL?

For 2018, we will begin accepting offers to sell March 11 and conclude our purchases for this variety by May 31.

If you send us an email regarding this variety before the start date or after the end date, we'll most likely not look at your email. We will respond to all serious inquiries.

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