First Chanterelle Contest

I am pleased to announce that Sandy Schelhorn is the winner of our First Chanterelle Contest. The chanterelles are from Windham, NY on 6-23-14.

Thanks, Sandy! Lisa

OK myco enthusiasts, The clock is running and it’s on – our annual contest for the first Chanterelle sighting by a club member!  

Get out your cameras and hit the trails. 

………Not only is this contest fun, but you are helping science. Our contest helps us to keep track of trends with climate changes. Climate changes have been affecting where we find some species and this will give us a record of any changes as to when morels are appearing.
Here are the rules:OFFICIAL RULES:I).  Contestant Must Be An MHMA Member In Good Standing.

II).  Must take and submit 3 photos of mushroom still standing…
1). zoom-in shot of mushroom to confirm species & show it has not been not cut
2). zoom-out to show mushroom and time & date on cell phone
3). zoom out to show mushroom and “wild” area around mushroom
Must be a raw photo not edited, “touched-up”, or cropped in any way…

III).  Must be a non-cultivated mushroom, growing in the wild found in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Albany or Orange Counties.

IV).  “Verbal (or Digital) Entry” must be submitted to club president within 24 hours of find…  Pictures must be submitted to club president within
48 hours… V).  Trophy Prize winner will be determined and announced as quickly as possible by the Club’s Standing President.

VI).  The trophy shall be kept in the possession of the current champion but shall remain the property of MHMA.  Each year, the previous year’s winner or designee shall present the trophy to the new winner at the Winter Meal.

VII).  3 Trophies To Be Awarded For “First Found” are:
1). Morel – (Black Morel – (Morchella elata) or Yellow Morel – (Morchella esculenta))
2). Yellow or “Golden” Chanterelle – (Cantharellus cibarius or Cantharellus lateritus)
3). Hen Of The Woods – (Grifola frondosa)
4). Most Exciting Find – (Any species found that because of it’s rarity, because it is a perfect or really attractive specimen, or because of the sheer volume of an choice edible find makes it the most exciting find of the year…)  The winner of this award will be determined by a vote of the club membership prior to our annual dinner.

VIII).  As The Judge, The MHMA President is Not Eligible To Win Any Of The “First” Trophies!

Please send your pictures to and we will announce the winner.

                                 GOOD LUCK!!!
..and then  we can look forward to our first Hen contest ! : ) and a whole season of “mushroom fever”.

Telluride Mushroom Festival

Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride, CO
August 16-19, 2014
Pre-conference- August 15
Greetings!  We are delighted to announce that the 33rd annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, sponsored by the Telluride Institute, will be held from Saturday August 16 through Tuesday August 19.  Pre-festival workshops and an early-bird walk will also be held on August 15.
Set in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, the Telluride Mushroom Festival offers something for everyone, from guided forays in the San Juan mountains, to presentations on mushroom cultivation, anthropology, remediation, and significant research.
This year’s festival very consciously looks at the role of mushrooms across a broad spectrum of human life.  Festival activities include everything from the ever-popular (and sometimes outrageous) mushroom costume parade, to sessions for the mushroom gourmet, to discussions about how recent scientific research has led to exciting new developments in the fields of behavioral pharmacology, oncology, and other areas of human health and medicine.
This year also sees the inception of the Telluride Institute Voucher Program science tent, overseen by internationally renowned mycologist John Holliday, and distinguished author of The Audubon Guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff.   Funded by Aloha Medicinals, the goal of this program is to educate festival participants in the identification and discovery of mushrooms, some of which might be new to science.  Festival participants will be invited to bring fungi samples to the Voucher Program science tent. The specimens will be packaged and sent off for DNA analysis as part of an on-going project to identify fungi of the Telluride area.  Who knows which lucky foray member will be responsible for finding a previously undescribed species!
 The broad array of festival topics is also highlighted through the many workshops and guest lectures.  The keynote speaker, author Langdon Cook, is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and how to find them.  His latest book, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, won the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award.  This remarkable book brings out the mycophile in all of us by showing how mushroom foraging can revitalize our relationship with the natural world.
Mycologists Tradd Cotter and Ron Spinosa will lead workshops on the cutting edge subject of mycoremediation — the use of fungi to clean up a polluted environment.    They will also show how to use toilet paper and kitty litter to grow mushrooms at home, and discuss how growing one’s own mushrooms can improve nutrition and reduce poverty in the U.S.
 On new topics in medicine, Robert Rogers, a leading expert on medicinal fungi, will discuss how mushrooms can improve your health. Biotechology researcher, Dr. Ayman Daba, will discuss the use of mushrooms to reverse cancerous tumors by boosting the host’s immune system. And, Maggie Klinedinst, a senior program coordinator in Behavioral Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss research on the use of mushrooms in developing medications for the treatment of mental disorders.
On the lighter, and more colorful, side of things mycologist and fiber artist Alissa Allen will offer a workshop on the process of extracting brilliantly colored dyes from mushroom specimens and using those dyes to color wool and silk. (Each workshop will be limited to 20 participants, so book early!)  Legendary mushroom photographer, Taylor Lockwood, will screen his most recent film and offer tips for all on how to improve your own mushroom photography. And, Lawrence Millman will give a presentation on ethnomycology, in which he talks about (among other things) how certain Native peoples use fungi to get rid of evil spirits.
 The connoisseur in all of us will be delighted as the Wilkinson Public Library hosts a Mushroom Cook-Off street party on Saturday, August 16.  Chefs from around the country will compete for the “People’s Choice Award,” the “Judges’ Choice Award,” and the much-coveted “Mushroom Cap” by creating delectable and inventive wild mushroom dishes.   Everyone gets to watch the chefs in action, sample their dishes, and vote for their favorites!   The Cook-Off will also feature mushroom-infused beer, live music, vendors, and a grand tasting.
 As always, the very popular Telluride Mushroom Festival Parade will be a lively celebration of all things fungal.  Led by poet laureate and colorful 60s luminary Art Goodtimes, mushroom enthusiasts will parade down Main Street dressed in extravagant mushroom-themed costumes.  Needless to say, there will be a contest for the best (craziest?) mushroom costume.
We welcome you to join us for this wonderful, fun, and surprisingly serious look at the world of fungi.  As Matt Kostalek, vice president of Aloha Medicinals has noted, where else can you see “hundreds of festival participants dressed as mushrooms in the epic annual costume parade,” while also having the opportunity “to learn about and participate in serious science taking place beneath a tent nearby.”
 Join us to explore the Kingdom of Fungi in all its surprising manifestations!
 This year’s Mushroom Festival is expected to sell out. Please reserve your festival pass soon.
    ·         Children under age 12 are FREE, and a 15% discount on lodging is available through Telluride Alpine Lodging.
    ·         Full event passes are available at or by mail at MUSHROOM 2014 c/o Telluride Institute, P.O. Box 1770, Telluride CO, 81435.
    ·         For festival information, please visit us on the web, or email with questions.


 What is Mushroom Festival?
The 33rd Annual Mushroom Festival is the world’s largest mushroom conference welcoming newbies and professional mycologists. The 4-day event features lectures,
“The Telluride Mushroom Festival is the only event of its kind in North America,” says author-mycologist Lawrence Millman, a presenter at this year’s Festival.   “It provides the Big Picture for mushrooms — what they’re doing in nature, and how humans can use them beneficially.”
 Photos: Last Year’s Parade
Keynote Speakers: Taylor Lockwood, John Holliday, Langdon Cook

Wild Mushrooms in a Zurich Market

Friday mornings in Zurich are hopping with locals buying fresh vegetables, flowers, meats and fish.  Two of the vendors had a variety of foraged mushrooms.  I’m asking for your help in identifying them as best you can (click on the picture to see a larger image).  Thanks for your help!

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Please post your identifications as comments below…

Accidental Locavore Gathering – Morel Edition

by Anne Maxfield on June 2, 2014

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Accidental Locavore Ready to ForageForaging for mushrooms is something the Accidental Locavore has wanted to do for years. Ever since a friend of mine gifted me with a big bag of chanterelles he found behind our golf course, I’ve wanted to go in search of mushrooms. However, unlike some kitchen experiments that might make you sick if screwed up, gathering the wrong mushrooms can kill you – definitely a deterrent! So I was happy to discover (and join) the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association.

Accidental Locavore Dryad SaddleThey were promising a morel walk for the past couple of weekends, but the morels weren’t cooperating until last Saturday. The walks are all kept very hush-hush so interlopers won’t go out and pick all the mushrooms. Then, late Friday night, an email giving the time and secret meeting place went out to the members. About fifteen foragers met in a parking lot and once we were briefed, we took off for the woods. Because it had rained (a lot) the night before, our first challenge was fording a couple of small streams. Once up in the woods, it wasn’t long before someone found the first fungi, a couple of Dryad Saddles.

Accidental Locavore MorelFurther into the woods, our first sighting of morels! There were three decent-sized ones, close by a dying elm tree. Once everyone got to admire them, the person who discovered them picked them, and we were on our way. Up a trail past old discarded washing machines and wrecked tires, we hiked on. Suddenly, in the middle of the woods, I had a wardrobe malfunction. My hiking boots, which hadn’t seen the light of day in years, suddenly delamintated. At first it was just the heels flapping around, but before too long, both soles fell off! Rather than risk slipping and falling (note to self, next time, bring a hiking stick), and since my feet were rapidly getting wet, I had to turn back. Reluctantly, I let everyone know, packed my soles in the bag I was going to use for the morels, and hiked back to the car, driving home in bare feet, since boots were ruined and socks were soaked.

Accidental Locavore Trashed BootsIt didn’t help to get the next midnight email, saying how successful the walk had been, with everyone (except me) going home with morels! But I have a better understanding of where to look for them, and a network of people I can send photos to if I need confirmation. I’m looking forward to the next secret meeting and a walk in my own woods to see if there’s anything out there.

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