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Morels in southern Ontario 2008

dano bannano May 14, 2008 09:33 AM

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. jayt90 RE: dano bannano May 14, 2008 11:44 AM

    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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      JamieK RE: jayt90 May 14, 2008 01:10 PM

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

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      hungry_pangolin RE: dano bannano May 14, 2008 05:36 PM

      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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        dano bannano RE: hungry_pangolin May 15, 2008 07:39 AM

        do you know if they were found locally

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          hungry_pangolin RE: dano bannano May 15, 2008 08:35 AM

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

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            koknia RE: hungry_pangolin May 15, 2008 10:27 AM

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

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        Nyleve RE: dano bannano May 15, 2008 12:32 PM

        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.

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          dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 15, 2008 01:10 PM

          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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            Nyleve RE: dano bannano May 15, 2008 05:25 PM

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

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            the_nthian RE: dano bannano May 18, 2008 12:17 PM

            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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              Davwud RE: the_nthian May 20, 2008 06:57 AM

              Nice score!!


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                the_nthian RE: Davwud May 21, 2008 07:14 PM

                ..and another 5 plus pounds this morning.

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                  dano bannano RE: the_nthian May 22, 2008 06:03 AM

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

            2. jayt90 RE: dano bannano May 19, 2008 10:54 AM

              For several years I have found brown morels at the back entrance of Greenwood Conservation area, on the roadside, under the maple trees, west side of Church St. I will not be going there this year because of a mobility problem. They have been there as late as June, but never in large quantities.

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                dano bannano RE: jayt90 May 21, 2008 06:02 AM

                hmm bit to far for me to travel , maybe tommorow i will check

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                  bdzyngel RE: jayt90 Jun 2, 2008 11:33 AM


                  Do you mean on the east side of church? On the west side is the quarry...

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                    jayt90 RE: bdzyngel Jun 2, 2008 02:00 PM

                    Quarry side near the fence and the trees.

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                  dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 21, 2008 06:00 AM

                  yes!!! finally found some, not sure about weight but found 85 this weekend !!
                  a couple greys(i think), 3 half free morels and the rest were blacks
                  no yellows yet

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                    dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 21, 2008 06:08 AM

                    found them in norfolk county which is about and hour south west of hamilton on lake erie, in the wodds, mostly oak and ash trees they were growing up through the oak leaves , very hard to see, some you could only see from a certain angle because of the leaves, will try and post some pics later

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                      dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 26, 2008 06:17 AM

                      just some pics, some of these were very hard to find almost completly concealed by oak leaves

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                    dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 22, 2008 10:20 AM

                    found one black today near home on the edge of a very well used trail, searched the area but couldn't find anymore, but 1 is better than 0 , gives me hope that i will find more
                    would like to find some yellows like the_nthian but have only found blacks so far and a couple greys

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                      dano bannano RE: dano bannano May 27, 2008 05:00 AM

                      found a few more in my area yesterday, hopefully we gets some rain soon might bring out a few more

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                        bdzyngel RE: dano bannano Jun 2, 2008 11:31 AM

                        Found about 8 yellows on the Bruce Trail, beaver valley Saturday...they were almost too old and starting to detiorate...still managed to make a nice cream sauce though...

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