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May 14, 2008 09:33 AM

Morels in southern Ontario 2008

Anyone find any yet

I live about 30 mins outside of Toronto and have been out looking everyday for the last week and haven't spotted any yet.
this is my first year looking for them so I don't have any secret spots yet, so I am unsure if I am looking in the wrong spots or if I'm just a bit to early

my grandfather used hunt them all the time but i was too young to be interested and unfortunately he took his secret spots to the grave....

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  1. The old saying "look under oak trees when the leaves are the size of a mouse" may help. I have found them in back yards , and roadsides under maples, but rarely in quantity, or successive years. I believe the underground mycelia are quite widespread, but they only fruit when conditions are right. This should be a good year, and one good rain might bring the last of them. Land that has been burned off in the previous fall is another good tip.

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    1. re: jayt90

      actually, when "oak leaves are the size of a mouse's ear" (or squirrel's ear)

    2. I purchased some morels yesterday at the organic farmers' market at Riverdale farm. Unfortunately, I didn't get there until 4:30 (they begin at 3:00), so they were largely picked over. The guy (who was also selling ramps and beautiful fiddleheads) said that they were his most popular item yesterday.

      I'm thinking escargot and morels on the weekend.

      Interestingly, the woman behind me was chatting to her companion about her brother who lives in Helsinki, and how she loved the morels there when she was visiting. I'm half Finnish. Perhaps it's genetic.

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        1. re: dano bannano

          More or less. I think that the morel merchant said that they came from just south of North Bay, or around that area.

          1. re: hungry_pangolin

            We get some nice ones in Prince Edward County. There were picked last May 20th.

      1. I live just west of Peterborough and I found some last week. I only have one secret spot and it's not often generous, but just enough to make us a little happy. I probably picked, at most, 1/4 lb-ish. I think I'll check this afternoon again - it rained last night. Or, if not, then tomorrow for sure.

        1. i was out for 4 hours today looking but only came back with some Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) , i want to find some morels so bad!!!!

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          1. re: dano bannano

            Try tomorrow. The rain should have forced some out of hiding.

          2. Yesterday, about an hour west of Toronto, 4 to 5 pounds of nice yellows. Plus Wild Leeks (northern Ramps), fiddleheads, wild Garlic, onions and some nice dock leaves.

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              1. re: Davwud

                ..and another 5 plus pounds this morning.

                1. re: the_nthian

                  wow, you must have a really good spot, whats it like? terrain? trees?
                  i'm hoping to find a good spot near me