Our 2013 Fall Mushroom Banquet was held on Saturday, November 23 at the Ranch House, north of Walker. Click on “Fall Mushroom Banquet” on the banner above to see the menu and a photo.
Here’s a photo an article about Van Bialon that appeared in the 10-16-13 Crosby-Ironton Courier
or the full article go to this link: http://www.messagemedia.co/aitkin/community/features/article_37cb5ba2-3b34-11e3-bf8e-001a4bcf6878.html
Sat., Oct. 5, 10 AM Foothills Forest – Meet at Cut Lake Trail parking area on Hwy2, 10 miles west of Pine River off MN 371, or 4 miles east of MN Hwy. 64.
We will meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Concordia Language Villages on County Hwy. 20. From there we will proceed to Waldsee, the German village, for our foray. Directions: Hwy. 20 (sometimes called the Golf Course Road) can be reached several miles north of Bemidji. Drive about 6 miles east to the entrance to the Villages, where there is a large parking lot.
If you arrive late and we’ve already driven in, drive into the language villages and bear left to get to Waldsee. You’ll see a parking lot in front of a large building that has a tunnel through it (it’s called Bahnhof). Park, and then go to the building and through the tunnel. There will be tables and chairs set up there for us. (They will be moved into the tunnel in case of rain.)
Bring a lunch with you and we’ll have a picnic there after the foray.
We found lots of mushrooms in spite of the dry weather. After collecting Anna Gerenday led us in identification. There were more than 50 species! Here’s a picture of a nice example of the Train Wrecker (Neolentinus lepideus) we found.
Change in plans: We will not have the Celebration of Mushrooms Weekend Sept. 6-8, because not enough people signed up.
Sat., Sept.7, 9 AM we will have a foray at Deep Portage. See Calendar of Forays page (click on “Calendar of Forays” in black banner above, just below the opening photograph).
We had our first foray of the year Sat., May 25, near Ten Mile Lake, where there had been an aspen cut.. Some morels were found, but it seemed that it was still early for them. Scott Knudson from Lakeland Public TV was there doing a lot of filming for a show planned for probably some time early 2014. We’ll keep you posted on that.
Our annual pot luck lunch and meeting was held April 13 at the Helga Township Community Center in Nary, south of Bemidji. As usual, we had a good selection of dishes, many of which used mushrooms.
Presentation on Cultivation by Mike Kempenich
Anna Gerenday brought Mike Kempenich from the Twin Cities and he did an informative and fascinating presentation on mushroom cultivation. Mike is a long time mushroom hunter and cultivator and now has a business selling cultivated and collected mushrooms, The Mikeology Store (mikeologystore.wordpress.com). He focuses on growing the best and most beautiful mushrooms and delivering them quickly to customers. His clients include many fine Twin Cities restaurants. Mike also manages the Minnesota Mushroom Forum on Facebook.
In the photo below he showed us a Hericium (Goat’s Beard) mushroom he cultivated in rye grain and wheat straw in a plastic bag with a filter patch to allow some air exchange. When mycelae developed he put a hole in the bag. And here you can see the results.
Kelly Larson on “The Safe Six”
Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club member Kelly Larson showed us the display and handouts she uses in a presentation on mushrooms she callsThe Safe Six.
Click on Calendar of Forays to see the schedule of forays in 2013
A record number, 58 of us, gathered at the Ranch House on November 17th, 2012, for the seventh Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club Fall Banquet. It was a great success. Some of us were members of the club, some were people who have joined us at some dinners in the past, and some were new guests interested in experiencing some fine mushroom cookery.
The Ranch House prepared a splendid dinner for us. It started with a social hour with appetizers. Most included mushrooms in their preparation. The Green Scene, an organic produce store and deli in Walker which helped the Ranch House in planning some vegan alternatives, provided a delicious dip which included chaga as one of its ingredients. As luck would have it we had a portion of the chaga that had been found on one of our summer forays to display at the dinner.
Anna Gerenday spoke to the group about the mushrooms used in the preparation of the dinner, and answered questions that people at the dinner had about the mushrooms.
The main course alternatives included “Chicken Supreme,” which included chanterelles, Oyster mushrooms surrounded by scallops and jumbo shrimps, and a vegan stuffed Portobello mushroom. A soup was served that used Maitake mushrooms, and the salad included King Trumpet mushrooms.
We are thankful to the Ranch House owner and staff for being a wonderful home for our fall mushroom banquets.