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A request for articles and other contributions to the club 5-14-2014

Some upcoming walks (see the event description for further details): 

Sunday October 18   Joint walk with NYMS leading walk. Blue Mountain Reservation/Depew Park, Peekskill NY  (We meet at the Peekskill train station to help transport people to the walk site)   ID session and a picnic lunch will follow the walk
Our Club Host Jill Weiss.
Juniper Perlis, from NYMS will lead this walk


MHMA’s annual meeting and pot luck dinner

November 1 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Follow Us To An Unsurpassed Meeting and Gastronomic Event…….

You are invited to MHMA’s

Annual Pot Luck Dinner Meeting and Get Together.

Please Join Us:

Sunday, November 1st 2015

Time: 1pm* to 4PM

*Please show at 12 if you would like to help set up

At The Marbletown Community Center,

3564 Main Street/Route 209, Stone Ridge*

*The Marbletown Community Center is located on Main Street in Stone Ridge (Also known as Route 209, directly across the street from Key Bank

  • This year’s event will feature mycophagy by Jill Weiss…creating extraordinary edible mushroom delights.
  • We will have fantastic door prizes
  • And a great time!
  • The meeting: We will have an awards ceremony, a treasurer’s report, and a short business meeting in which members will have the opportunity to present and discuss ideas for educational programs, walks and events for the coming year.
  • In addition, we will also have a short memorial for our dear friend, Henry Halama, who we sadly lost earlier this year. If you would like, please bring any stories, sentiments, pictures, or other tribute to Henry that you would like to share.

We look forward to sharing, celebrating our club, its members and activities as well as the fall harvest

The event is open to both members, as well as non-members who join the club at this event. Members may bring a guest.

What to bring:

  • Please bring a dish to share, appetizer, entree or desert and something non-alcoholic to drink. Hot beverages and water will be provided.
  • If you need to heat something, make sure to bring your own cookware. Alcohol is not allowed at this event

To minimize waste and clean-up:

  • Please bring your own set of serving ware- a plate, utensils and a cup…. Be eco-friendly : )

Due to the potential dangers of mis-identification, it is MHMA policy that:

  • Please do not bring dishes containing wild harvested mushrooms.
  • Any dish containing wild found mushrooms requires approval from the MHMA president or the president’s designees.
  • We like to share: For all dishes, we ask that you display an index card that includes your name, the title of the dish, recipe and source of recipe.
  • Also bring your favorite mushroom related paraphernalia and educational materials to share.

Membership: Non-members may join at this meeting & we encourage new members to renew their club dues for the year.

Don’t miss the fun, Hope to see you there!


== Here are some pictures from the Locust Grove walk ==








First Morel Sighting of 2015

Morgan Gwenwald <mgwenwald@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi I wanted to share this with the club… Saw it around 8:30am Sat. May 2… actually brushed away some leave litter to find it.  I had no way to include my phone for time etc in the photo as I was out alone… So I guess it doesn’t qualify as an entry, but I did want to share it and suggest that next week will be the time!

Sharing the Wealth, Growing Mushrooms

Gerry McDonald

Although I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, I decided to host a log inoculation workshop for our club this year. It was a labor intensive journey, but involved a lot of the things that I like to do, working in the woods, working with mushrooms and sharing a common interest with others.

My first experience with Shiitakes was in the spring of 2011 at a MHMA workshop. I inoculated 2 logs. 2011 was a wet summer and that fall I was able to admire, photograph, harvest and eat some beautiful shiitakes. With my interest sparked, I inoculated about 20 logs in the spring of 2012. While dealing with some personal health issues, I didn’t do any extra watering or really pay much attention during the next couple summers and I only got a few mushrooms. The spring and early summer of 2014 was wetter and I watered often during middle and later part of summer when things got dry. Success came in September 2014 when I forced a fruiting. I soaked 3 batches of logs in as many days in a 55 gallon drum and the following week I was awash in Shiitakes. I ate them, dried them and gave them to friends.   With this background I thought it would be a good idea to host a workshop.

At a February club meeting, I floated the log inoculation idea with a cost of $6.00 per 100 plugs and 8 people signed up that night. Ultimately 25 people signed up, mostly for batches of a hundred shiitake or a hundred Lion’s Manes plugs or both. Then came the planning, how many extra plugs should I order? How much wood will we need? What are the necessary tools and where can we do this work with a lot of people. I ended up ordering 3000 shiitake plugs and 2000 Lion’s Mane plugs along with 10 pounds of sealing wax, wax daubers, metal tags for marking the logs with species and inoculation date and 5 pounds of sawdust inoculated with Lion’s Mane mycelium. Most people brought a drill, drill bit, cans for melting wax and wax brushes.

One of my favorite parts was working in the woods getting the logs or bolts as they are called. With requests for 36 bolts, I figured I would need at least twice that. I selected several oak trees from a silvacultural perspective. The snow was deep this year and I dropped the trees so that the middle of the crowns landed in the logging road where I could work. Then limb by limb, marking and cutting 3 foot sections of 3 to 7 inch diameter limbs, I loaded them up on the pickup and piled them the deep snow in the pines to maintain moisture levels. A week or so before the workshop, I moved the bolts to a spot behind the garage which was out of the sun. That would have worked out well if the weather cooperated. With the forecast calling for below freezing temperatures and 15 mph winds, we decided a couple days before that the original idea of doing everything outside was a bad idea, so we moved into the garage. Several days before, I moved the frozen logs into the garage so that they would thaw before the workshop. We brought in benches and chairs, a picnic table, several recently built log cradles and lots of extension cords and power strips.

By 10 AM we had a full house. People had their logs and for the next couple hours we drilled, pounded plugs, melted wax to wax over plugs and log ends and tagged the inoculated bolts with permanent metal tags. The extra plugs came in handy as many people wanted to do more inoculation. In all we used almost 4000 plugs and over 50 logs that day. One of the highlights was the totem method demonstration by John Micholetti. We cut an 8 inch diameter sugar maple log into 2 one-foot sections with 2 inch log cookies on each end. John buttered about a quarter inch layer of Lion’s Mane inoculated sawdust spawn into each cut. This assembly was fastened together with thin wood strips nailed to the sides and the whole assembly was wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag. We hope to see good colonization and some Lion’s Mane mushrooms this fall or if not maybe next fall.

Lunch provided a great break from the morning’s work in the cold garage. Carol didn’t disappoint and served an awesome venison pot roast and vegetable lasagna. This was complimented by all the other great food brought along by the group. The feasting and socializing extended into the afternoon after which everyone went on their merry ways with a full belly and an arm full of hopes for mushrooms to come. I hope they all find a good home and fruit heavily in the years to come.

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