The reports are coming in faster now. Morels are popping in the Peach State. Tennessee and Arkansas are starting to flush, and the mania is marching up the East Coast to both Carolinas and even Virginia. Positive reports are coming out of Missouri, and morels are messing with Texas. Meanwhile, the West Coast is gaining steam. The first morel sighting of the year came from San Diego on February 24, and Oregon had morels by early March, though not in significant numbers. The first sighting near FOTL’s stomping ground hit the wire on March 17, from Bainbridge Island, WA. These were “beauty bark” or landscape morels, early fruiters that stow away in commercial mulches and wood-chips. You can often find these morels in cities and towns, but make sure the mulch hasn’t been sprayed with any nasty chemicals before eating them.
A good place to get an overview of what’s happening nationwide is the Morel Mushroom Hunting Club’s report page.
And you can score at home by following this progress map.
If you’ve found morels, leave a comment for FOTL.