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morelfarmer

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Registered: March 2, 2007
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East Cascades Porcini etc. with August
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My friend August Steinborn did not get more than hand coverage on the History Channel's recent mushroom showing that we watched together with his family on September 18th so here are a few photos of him and his son foraging in Washington State not far from where he guided Chris Matherly in foraging for burn site morels earlier this year.


To view more photos of the day, visit: http://eastcascadesporcini.blogspot.com/



August & Augie Jr like to carve their 'A' into old wormy mushrooms to get other foragers to leave them for propagating the species.





King Boletus @ 'strawberry patch'

There were more than 100 porcini growing in this area covered by three patches within about 100 foot radius.

The center patch is what you can view in the top center of this photo, then there is one behind it and one to the left behind the trees.

If you go to the blog you can left click and enlarge the photo to full size.





Augie Jr





August liked the way I got down to shoot my pix and decided he liked playing in the dirt also to shoot these shaggies ... lol





medium sized ant hill





To view more photos of this trip, visit:
http://eastcascadesporcini.blogspot.com/



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CleElumGrl

Registered: April 17, 2008
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Pictures of August guiding us into the woods for the foray. He did an awesome job. The massive knowledge and information he has should be documented in its own right. I hope some day before he parts our earth he can share or at least pass it on to his son for future knowledge and preservation he spoke to us about. If anyone ever gets a chance to meet August or go on a future guide with him be assured you will learn vast knowledge in such a short time from him because of his 31 yrs doing what he does and sharing it with you. We are very grateful. Hope to have the opportunity to go play in the woods again, thank you August! One HELL of a hike!

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SnipeHunter

Registered: May 29, 2008
Posts: 40
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Right On CleelumGrl

Sounds like a very memorable trip

My bad for not responding immediatly.  I'm glad you able to identify everything eventually.  I am not a mushroom guru and still learning a ton in the woods.   I pick Chantrelles, Ceps, Morels, Lobsters, Cauliflower, Blk Trumpets and a few others.   Havn't been able to really get into the Matzi
s yet.  Still trying to find a spot within 50miles of my house.  I've been doing really good with Chantrelles though.  My foraging excursions have all been less than 3 hours and the least amount harvested has been 14lbs since the middle of September.  I've been going out atleast 3 times a week.  When I mentioned buttons I was meaning a term we use in the kitchen for small Gourmet Mushrooms.(My bad).  Sorry for throwing you off. 

 Heading off tomorrow to hunt for bear hopefully Ill get into some new mushrooms spots. 
CleElumGrl

Registered: April 17, 2008
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East Cascades Porcini etc. with August-thanks for showing us the pics morelfarmer. I love looking...
 
 
I finished drying my shrooms we picked at the forage. The matsi's, lobsters and chantrelles. Man I wish we had more white chanterelles they were so much better eating..

I made this wild mushroom pate (no liver), the recipe lay out is not good, but I was able to get through it. It tasted really good, although I changed several things. The only thing, it wasn't really spread consistency. I would process the mushrooms more, more of them if you try it. I am going to make it again.
Exotic Mushroom Pate Recipe at Epicurious.com. I left it in our trailer, now all the hunting guys will get to eat my day of work I only got a taste of, ugh.

Snipehunter, you are in fall city right? I had to look up that creek on google the last time when you mentioned it, didn't know that. Have you been picking? Have you actually found black trumpet? No biggy about the buttons, it is a common name. I don't know how anyone would hunt bears, don't you want to go the opposite way. Ha Ha! Good luck though. This is the first time ever my husband has gone gun hunting. Has bow hunted his whole life.

August has my  eyes a spying shrooms. The road leading to my house I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I found a patch of shaggy's growing in the neighbors partial driveway. Funny. Most were frozen, the smaller ones were not.

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morelfarmer

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Before I start, let me say that I am not wishing to seem critical about what anyone else chooses to do because we are all adults and make daily choices of our own free will.  If I were to pick in an area that is closed to all mushroom picking then ought I to say so publically?

Many of my mushroom foraging friends never bother being legal and are willing to take the chance of not getting caught.  If you plan to forage in a Western National Forest, call or stop by the Ranger Station for a given area prior to foraging then you can be advised of any changes in the local rules.

I do not like having to cut all of my mushrooms length wise which is required to be done in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as soon as each mushroom is plucked when picking on a free use permit and I was told at the RS that there is no picking allowed without a permit.

In the Naches Ranger District of the Wenatchee National Forest they allow us to pick three gallons per day with out having to obtain a permit and are not required to cut them in half.  If you desire to pick more than three gallons or sell any of the mushrooms for that area you have to drive to the forest headquarters in Wenatchee to purchase the required permit.

When I arrived at Cougar Monday evening I was too late to obtain a permit but did go to the ranger station which is only about seven miles from Cougar on Tuesday morning.  They informed me that since they created the Mount Saint Helen's Monument area there has been no mushroom foraging allowed in it but that I could personal use pick just outside of it in areas where commercial picking is not allowed.

I prefer to get a commercial permit because of the restrictions on a personal usage permit and one cannot legally give any personal picked mushrooms away to friends.

I shot about 500 digital photos of numerous varieties of mushrooms in areas from Cougar to the NE corner of Mount Rainier National Park and will transfer them when I find time,  I might even post a few of them if I manage to get them loaded from my cards.

I took a very interesting photo of a morel stuck on top of a bush at a trail-head in the Saint Helen's area.   It sure looked like a previously partly dried Eastern Oregon or Idaho fire morel that had re-hydrated in the rain... hummmm

I had gone to that area to help the County Sheriff's dept in searching for a lost mushroom hunter age of 73 who's pickup was parked in the "closed to all mushroom foraging" Mount Saint Hellen's Monument and had not come back.

He was found on Tuesday by some Bear Grass pickers who also were foraging in the Monument area.  At least he had told his son where he would be.  He was so wet and cold when found that he could not even speak.


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August

Registered: Oct 14, 2008
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Say john,If and when you come back this way at lest call me before you live.

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morelfarmer

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Yes I should have called from Packwood prior to leaving and when I called from the junction of highway 12 where the Naches meets the Tieton like I usually do I got the voice mail.


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