Is the New Morel Boom Upon Us?

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It all started with a Facebook post. 

Another user shared a photo of a single mushroom found where an ash tree had been cut down, asking for assurance that it was a morel. It was. That was probably case closed for most. But not for me. 

My mind instantly went into overdrive. In a flash, it connected several dots and provided a most compelling hypothesis. I knew trying to ignore it would be torture, whereas following my instincts could bring generous rewards. 

There really was no choice. 

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Foraging in Minnesota: Wild Grapes

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I never paid much attention to wild grapes until a couple years ago. Growing up in the Minnesota River valley, we often encountered beefy grape vines in the woods that disappeared into the tops of the tallest treees. They were sturdy enough to swing on if you could break them at the bottom. The fruit I tasted on occasion wasn’t very good compared to the green and red grapes from the store, so I wrote them off in my youth. I didn’t know what I was missing. 

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Foraging in Minnesota: Sand Cherry

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A couple days ago, my daughter found a single cherry. I could not have been more elated. 

It was our first Sand cherry. We’d been searching hard for two whole days, covering almost 10 miles on foot, in three distinct parts of Minnesota. The triumph was not so much the harvest (ultimately a couple dozen cherries) as it was the successful conclusion to our foraging quest. 

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