French House Farm has proven to be a treasure trove for mushroom collectors from around the region.
My interest in mycology began when I started to notice all of the different varieties of mushrooms that pop up on the farm. I was amazed, and surprisingly, impressed by their color and size – sometimes, we have them as large as dinner plates, the large plate kind, 12 inches across, that make you think of a draft horse hoof or a decent ring slice of watermelon. You get the picture – not an appetizer plate. This set me on the path to discover which of them was edible, which led me to my local mycological society. In my opinion, you can’t beat meeting up with a local group who specializes in knowledge about edible eats outside your back door. I’ve come to learn there is typically someone, or many, amongst the group who has forgotten more than a given person could learn. These are great people to know! And so, I became a proud Mycophile!
If attending a meeting or joining a club isn’t your thing, these groups are generally interested in new mushroom sightings and will answer questions to help identify different species for you. Take photos! You can submit them for review. You may even be lucky enough to set up a foray time with a few of the members – for Mycophiles, this means to scour or venture in a new place for foraging mushrooms. When it’s possible, local club members would be delighted to come out and do some onsite identification for you.
Be the first to the scene whenever new mushrooms are spotted! Join our membership to guarantee email updates on the mycological bounty at French House Farm.
To foray on foray!