With the plentiful rains of the past two weeks and now warmer temps, many spring mushrooms are fruiting. We are finding more oysters and the same Pholiota variety that was common last spring, but even more exciting are the reports from those folks in our club who tried their hands at growing their own mushrooms. David M. found plentiful growths of Wine-cap Stropharia this week on his woodchips. Kitty S. also reported the first fruitings of Shiitake on logs that were inoculated two years prior. It is a fun way to see decomposition in action and get a good meal to boot!
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club