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Don't know if you've been out recently, fm, but the sheer number of baby Maitake I'm seeing makes me a little giddy. This fall is looking pretty amazing in general... today I found: my first ever matsutake stand, 1 random unbuggy :) giant of a chanterelle, a 1/2 lb hedgehog, a dozen small porcini, 2 new maitake babies, and a pair of shaggy manes. And those are just the ones that I was excited about (another wave of oysters? Oceans of honeys? Yawn.) also found a slime mold that resembled a small rabbit & seemed to be going places & a mazegill (?) apartment complex. I am in love with this land.
 

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I'm wondering if anyone can confirm that the mushrooms below are matsutake. I feel pretty certain bc I've never smelled anything else even remotely similar to this "cross between red hots & dirty socks." But since their my first & I'd like to eat them, I'd love another opinion.
 

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Yea this season is going amazing so far. Over 100 lbs of hens but have been traveling like mad. Took a few days off for wormtown but back at it now. Both freezers are packed and all my buyers are well stocked. Also have given away tons. Those look like matsutake to me, you can get a boatload of cash for them, especially the #1's. A few years ago I hopped a train to NYC with a cooler full and hit the Asian markets. Made for some great Christmas cash. Very nice finds by the way. Ramble on baby!
 

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Yea this season is going amazing so far. Over 100 lbs of hens but have been traveling like mad. Took a few days off for wormtown but back at it now. Both freezers are packed and all my buyers are well stocked. Also have given away tons. Those look like matsutake to me, you can get a boatload of cash for them, especially the #1's. A few years ago I hopped a train to NYC with a cooler full and hit the Asian markets. Made for some great Christmas cash. Very nice finds by the way. Ramble on baby!
FM what kind of $$ can that amount of matsutake like ramblinrosies fetch?
 

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I've been selling mushrooms for the past year to restaurants in berkshires & providence area. Do you sell wholesale or to private buyers? Would love to cross check prices with you, fm, if that's not crossing any boundaries. . . Right now, I comb online stores & eBay to get a rough estimate of $ per #. Sold trumpets in berry baskets this summer- told chefs I didn't give a shit what they weighed;) As for selling matsutake, I'm guessing I'd have to have a cooler full before it'd be worth it. Just for giggles, I'd love to know what you got #1s...
 

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I do hens for 12.50 a lb. whole or 17.50 separated and cleaned. Chickens for 10. Never sold any trumpets as those are my favorites and have a hard time parting with them. A few years back I got around 200 a lb for #1's but prices have fallen drastically. Last year I was getting 80 locally. Mostly I sell to local chefs but have made sales at a few organic food markets.

Most people are either all for it or want nothing to do with them. Had a few chefs tell me it's against the law to sell wild foods in ct.
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Went out to check some golden chant spots this morning and barely anything was fruiting. Past years they have put off massive amounts but this year only a few and far between. Moisture seems right, trumpets are fruiting by the masses only a stones throw away. Hopefully I can pin down some new spots to get my fill. Found some amanita jacksonii but they were a bit past. I might give them a shot this year if I find a prime specimen. Also some clavaria zollingeri which looked really cool. View attachment 2751 View attachment 2752
 

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Here is a load of cantharellus cinnabarinus I harvested after work today. Was only able to hit one spot due to some rain rolling in. View attachment 2629 View attachment 2630 View attachment 2631
I got some old pics perhaps in my phone was a good dead log rotting had a bunch of orange guys in it and not chickens these actually aren’t what I hoped to find but these were cool. The orange ones I hoped for were like bright orange half dollar sized caps. Also see these like you got but I swear we’re yellow or orange even in fat clumps of several dozen I’d say. would say last July august. I should have them in a second. I’d guess these are amanita for the white specs on em???
 

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