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....
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.
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.
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.