Saturday, August 06, 2011
ah, sunny days in early august. the weather is looking beautiful for at least the next few days. a morning trip to the farmers market yielded a basket full of deliciousness, and the freezer is bulging with berries to last us well into the cold months. the full bounty of the season is upon us, and if i had more room for a big freezer or stacks of canning jars, i'd be putting by a lot more.
but one bounty that this season isn't typically known for is mushrooms. in these dry summer months the fungi stay safely underground, waiting for the wetness of fall to burst forth. i've seen a few 'shrooms here and there, mostly the hardier polypores that cling to old trees year round, but mainly i'm waiting for autumn. however, our hike up into the temperate rainforest of the elk river valley found many more fungi, a treat for the eyes.
the last time i hiked this trail was in october, and even though that was quite a few years ago, and i wasn't even that interested in mushrooms at the time, i remember noting the wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, much more than we saw this time. makes me want to venture back there later this fall, or at least in the area. we didn't see any edibles this time (i think), but that doesn't mean they won't appear with a few fall rains. i hope to step up my foraging considerably this year from last, hopefully gathering more mushrooms than just for a couple nights of meals at a time, able to dehydrate some for later. but mushroom hunting is never a guarantee, so i'll be hopeful but see what presents itself. and i've already been spending some time with the 'shroom bible.
weekend plans? i feel like i keep talking about stitching; i promise soon there will be actually something to show for it (i hope!). maybe a bit of knitting on my cardigan, which is actually growing nicely, albeit in fits and spurts. and i MUST get at least one dye jar going today - where has the week gone? i hope yours has gone nicely, and you are enjoying the fruits of the season too. what are you up to today?