Wine Making Workshop


Thank you so much for a magnificent wine making workshop on June 29th. It was obviously enjoyed and appreciated by all.

You helped to simplify a multi-step art and process to teach us. It was not apparent, but obvious in retrospect, how much time and planning you did to teach us so much.  This included preparing- such as  bringing us wine at different stages to observe.  It also took a lot of work and planning to have all of the equipment there that we needed to learn wine making and bottling methods. I, for one, was glad to have the opportunity to learn about a craft that I always wanted to try- but like many things, never got through that yard sale book that I picked up about wine making.  Having someone show you things makes it that much easier to learn. That fits right in with how our club works- teaching people through hands on learning opportunities from people with more experience.

Thanks to Jill and Carol too for their assistance in the class (Carol) and for putting the time in to plan for our culinary accompaniments to the class.

Thanks again,

Morels have been found in Southern Dutchess County!

Morels have been found in Southern Dutchess County!
We are planning on holding our Members Only Morel walks the weekends of
May 3 and May 10 this year at locations to be announced.

We ask that you don’t forage in our usual spots for the week prior to
these dates to ensure that we will have mushrooms
to find.

Details will be sent out the day before the walk.
(In the past, we’ve had people “scout” for us, and leave us with morel

See you there!

March Meeting of MHMA

The March 25th meeting of MHMA was an evening filled with fungi, friends and fun. Over fifty new and old members of the club filled the Marbletown Community Center.

In the annual election of officers, members reelected Lisa Resnick as President, Barbara Plume as Vice President, Kelly Sinclair as Secretary, and Cynthia Fisher as Treasurer.

Jill Weiss demonstrated her oyster mushroom cultivation kit using kitty litter, guinea pig food and mushroom spawn.  Her bag of oyster mushrooms looked a bit like a porcupine, with the spikes of mushrooms emerging from the plastic growing bag in concentric circles.  The completion of our new web site was announced.  Check it out at

The main event of the evening was Bill Bakiatis’ lecture on safe and unsafe spring mushrooms.  It was illustrated with excellent photos and taxonomic information.

Dina Falconi, an herbalist and MHMA member, sold signed copies of her new book, “Foraging and Feasting: a Field Guide and wild Food Cookbook” which is beautifully illustrated by Wendy Lollender.

Mushroom Club Book Cover Photo