After an unusually stressful workday, we unwound in the woods. Though not really expecting to find any mushrooms, we packed a mesh bag. After about 45 minutes of hopping from Ash to Ash, it became obvious that it was still too early, so I filled the bag with leeks. I updated some visitors that the weekend of the 20th would hopefully still be a good hunting weekend, but if not, we’d still have a good time. Then we drove down the road a bit, just to check a spot that produced a surprising quantity of nice yellow morels last year. Non-hunters: yellows are late-season, so I had no real hope here.
To my utter astonishment, we stumbled upon a small patch of six little blacks. (Season-openers, but still about a month earlier than usual)
And then we stumbled upon more. And then more. I was practically jumping with joy.
All told, we came home with 59 Morchella elata, and left around 25 to grow.
Who else is looking forward to breakfast? Expect a food post soon. Well, expect two, since I made a pecan cake yesterday that I intend to share, too.
Here are a few more photos from our Ohio trip, in case your part of the world isn’t ready for Spring yet, but you are: (Remember: you can click on any image for a larger version)