The Good News Fall Update

I have a fresh round of tinctures made and ready to go out. To celebrate fall and the abundance it’s brought my way, I’m running a special on Maitake and Lions Mane tinctures. For the rest of this month if you buy a Maitake or Lions Mane tincture, 1oz or 2oz, I will add a mixed set of three teabags -1 Chaga, 1 Reishi and 1 Turkey Tail  for free. 

 While roaming around the forest this fall I have come across some nice Maitake, Lions Mane and Turkey Tail mushrooms. These make up a triple crown of medicinal goodness. 

Maitake, Hen of the Woods, or the dancing mushroom, as it’s known, typically grows at the base of Oak trees through the fall. It’s a harder mushroom to find as it is an expert at camouflaging itself among the brown leaves. Maitake is an important mushroom at this time in our world. One of it’s best benefits is that it helps fight off the flu. The flu season is upon us and mixed with the Corona virus, it’s that much more important to protect ourselves the best we can. Maitake also boosts the immune system, is rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids, all things our bodies need.

Lions Mane mushroom grows throughout the fall, on all sorts of dead tree trunks, fallen branches or logs. It’s a toothed mushroom and not much else resembles this beauty. Lions Mane benefits include: improved cognitive function, memory and focus, studies are showing promise against Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases. It helps heal nerve damage, relieve depression, protect against ulcers, reduces heart disease rate, boosts the immune system and may help fight cancer.

Turkey Tail or cloud mushroom, grows wildly abundant all fall long. You can find it on fallen or intact tree branches and trunks. Turkey Tail is a little medicinal powerhouse. Benefits include: aiding in digestion, full of anti-oxidants, combats HPV, boosts the immune system, fights cancer, especially breast cancer, is antibacterial and helps fight canine cancer.

Besides these three, fresh Reishi, Chaga, Usnea, and Four Of A Kind tinctures are being bottled. I have plenty of loose, dried Turkey Tail and Chaga on hand as well.

In more exciting news I have set up my website to take payments and do check out, so no more back and forth emailing, simply pick what you’d like and buy directly online. 

The last market of the year that I’ll be doing is next weekend 11/21 at Black Mountain Tailgate market from 9-12.

November Newsletter

It’s November and the year is almost over, thank goodness. I say that only based on the pandemic and state of our nation, in the world of mushrooms it has been a great year. Since I ended walks for the year and began harvesting for my own personal use and medicine making for the business, the forest has provided! I have found my biggest, single Chaga piece, some grand Maitake clusters, loads of Turkey tail and even some Reishi, Chickens, Indigos, Honeys, Beefsteaks and Cauliflowers! And before the season closes I’m on the hunt for Lions Mane. For me this is a time of foraging, drying, tincture making, tea bag filling and stopping to appreciate the colors and wonders of the forest.

The season of tailgate markets is also winding down. The East Asheville market will end on the 30th of October, which I will be at. I have finished the Weaverville market for the year and a thank you to all who came to support me there. I do plan on doing a few markets in November in Black Mountain 9-12 and Burnsville 9-1, both on Saturdays. I will give announcements of any holiday markets I plan to attend. I’m grateful to all those who come to the markets and support us small local businesses and to all the vendors, volunteers and market managers for making it happen.

I’m also always interested in collaborations and new markets to carry my products. I’m in the works of working with some herbalists and coffee makers to create new products, coming soon. If you know of any connections or are yourself a connection please feel free to contact me. One such collaboration I’ve had for some time is with Sister Of Mother Earth, Lori is an immensely knowledgeable medicine maker who specializes in Elderberry products and various tonics. She uses my Chaga in her syrup and I use it everyday. Her products are all over Western North Carolina: https://www.sisterofmotherearth.com/

More and more information is popping out on the importance of using immune boosters during this pandemic. Vitamins and supplements are gaining a little more spotlight but little mention of mushrooms. I think it’s important to share the immune boosting mushrooms that can help us, such as, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Reishi, Maitake and Lions Mane, also the lichen Usnea. These along with Elderberry, Vitamin C, and Zinc, to name a few, can provide a first line of defense against Co-Vid 19, the flu and the common cold as winter sets in. Here’s a useful link for medicinal mushrooms: https://fullscript.com/blog/mushrooms-for-immune-health

These are some of the wonderful finds I’ve had since the beginning of October. I couldn’t be more ecstatic after finding the biggest single Chaga I’ve ever found. This beauty as you see is the size of a buffalo head! This single piece will make tons of medicine. After searching for several weeks, coming across a group of large Hen of the Woods, Maitake, has been another great highlight. I enjoyed eating and sharing a portion of that but also drying a bunch for tincture making. Maitake is powerful tool against the flu and viruses and all too often overlooked in that category. The Reishi I found is a variety called Ganoderma Curtisii, a bit more rare than the common Ganoderma Tsugae we often find in our region. Honey mushrooms should stick around a little longer, along with Chickens, Blewits, Puffballs and Cauliflowers. This part of late fall is also prime time for Turkey Tail, which I have seen everywhere.

As winter sets in I want to wish everyone safe and healthy days ahead. Do your part to protect yourselves and others from Corona Virus, don’t forget to vote and enjoy some time out in nature collecting vitamin D.

Keep up with my other adventures at my blog: https://funguy2017.wordpress.com/

Fall Update

With fall here among us I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of the season to foraging for medicine making. So I won’t be doing any more walks this year. It’s a great time to be out in the forest and I hope you all go exploring. Walks will resume in the spring with some Morel hunting.

For me the hunt for Maitake is a challenging one, some years it is elusive and others I find a bunch. I refer to as the ghost mushroom, as it goes unseen. I have found Lions Mane in unlikely places and Turkey Tail is showing up every where I go. Not to mention the great Chaga outings to come. I will bring fresh finds of Chicken of the Wood, Honey mushrooms, and Oysters to the market each week I’m there if your interested in those.

Fall Foraging

      Into the chilly morning air
             I go alone
            to search for 
           the ingredients 
         for healing potions.
     to search for dancing mushrooms 
      Turkey Tails and Lions Mane.

       Into the falling leaves
     red, yellow, purple, orange
             and brown,
    strolling about as acorns fall
         to the forest floor. 
        Their colors disguise
 the Chicken of the Wood and the Oyster,
      growing wild and unnoticed. 
                
       It's quiet here, peaceful.
         The mushrooms appear
          one by one by one
    and soon my basket shall be full.

         Into the woods I go
            fall foraging
        in the afternoon delight.  

October News Letter

Beef Steak, Chicken of the Woods and Turkey Tail

Fall has arrived and with it brings the end of the abundant mushroom season. However there are several things still out to be on the look for. I am planning to do a few more walks in October if it works out. This year has been my best yet for walks and I want to thank all those who joined me. The interest in learning is alive and well and thriving in our area for sure. In market news, many markets are planning on winter markets this year and I hope to be a part of those, more information with dates and which markets is coming soon. For now I’m still doing Weaverville and East Asheville on Wednesdays and Fridays, running through the end of this month. This week I will be at both. As fall and winter set in, it is prime time for me to be out Chaga hunting. I’m fully stocked with all my products, so contact me with any needs or wants you may have. So let’s get into it!

Out this month and pretty much ending the season as a whole are these wonderful mushrooms: Honey, Beefsteak, Chickens, Hens, Blewits, Puffballs, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail, Bears Head Tooth. You will see others as well but these make up the edible treasures. Honey mushrooms are known as the largest living organism on earth, measuring 2.4 miles across in Oregon. Honeys are great tasting, especially the stringy stems. They often grow in clusters and always on wood. They have white spore prints, often with a veil around the stem and sometimes with black hairs on the cap. There are Ringless Honeys, which can be smooth on top and no veil. The Deadly Galerina is the look alike to Honeys, they are smoother on the cap and darker orange color and have dark gills. Honeys have white gills. Miatake, Hen of the Woods are a favorite edible of mine taste wise. They are also wonderful medicine, as is Lions Mane. The Bears Head Tooth mushroom taste very similar to Lions Mane and it’s medicinal properties are showing promise much the same as Lions Mane. Blewits and Chickens should stick around through the month and one not pictured here is the Fall Oyster, sometimes called Golden Oysters, which I have found in the winter months before. Here’s a helpful link having to do with Honey mushrooms with a few recipes included: https://foragerchef.com/honey-mushrooms-the-pride-of-eastern-europe/

I want to take a minute and thank everyone who supports what I do….I am grateful to each of you!! I have met so many wonderful people through this work and feel blessed not only to share my passion but live it everyday. Enjoy the changing days and embrace the fall, it’s a pretty season in these mountains and it’s last chance to gather some mushrooms for awhile.