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by the Banks of the Little Manistee River

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Friday May 4th, 2007

Here are a couple of pictures of yesterday's finds. The total was 98 blacks.   

We hunted last weekend, April 28th, 2007 and found about 75 blacks, they were a bit small, but I feel it is early in the season and we picked the first crop.  Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of them, but they sure tasted wonderful!

Good Luck this Season to ALL of you MOREL MANIACS!

Last year's finds of the season 2006

Friday, April 28th, 2006

We haven't been up here for a couple of weeks and I think it is still kind-of early, but here are the pictures of the "blacks" we found today.  We found 115 morels, about a skillet full and I am frying them up while I am typing this, my husband has a couple of T-bone steaks over the campfire and then YUM YUM.  We could use some rain up here.  I heard it hasn't rained since last Sunday.  The nights are still very cool also, got down to 27 degrees last night, but up to 65 during the day.  Good Luck and we still have a few days in May open for anyone that would like to stay at Deerwood Cottage.

This one was growing right out of the wood. . . 

and these are growing right out of the moss!

April 14th, 2006

After the warm temps we've been having lately and a very good rain last night, we decided to check out one of our "hot spots" just 5 miles south of Mesick this afternoon.  I was curious, but really thought that we wouldn't find a thing and we'd just have a nice walk in the woods.  Boy was I surprised when I spotted these little babies!!  These Morels may be small right now, but if this is any kind of sign of what's to come.... well bring 'em on!  It just may be an early season this year, only Mother Nature knows for sure!  I have NEVER found morels this early in the year before, this is by far a new record for me!


Good Luck to all of you Morel Mushroom Hunters!

May 6th & 7th, 2005

Our first finds of the season, mostly Blacks!




May 16th, 2005

Check this out, the Greys have definately started popping!




May 27th, 2005

Here's what we found today.  Aren't they GREAT?!?

I haven't been out hunting for over a week.  The wait was well worth it!



The above two pictures were part of an 8 mushroom "Fairy Ring".  This is the 3rd Fairy Ring that we have found in the last two years!

We were finding HUGE whites, yellows and greys.  We even found a few blacks, but they are definately on their way out.  I really feel like we have a couple more weeks of morel picking up here, at least I am hoping so.  Usually we are finding the last of the yellows this time of year and the end of the season, but these are so fresh and seem to be just starting.

2005 has really been a "funny" year. 

Good Luck to All of You Mushroom Hunters!


The Best Advice an Experienced Morel Mushroom Hunter can give to a Novice Morel Mushroom Hunter is to know your Trees in the Spring. 


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14The Annual Mesick Mushroom Festival 2012

May 7th - 8th - 9th

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Mushrooms are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat and sodium. Mushrooms also contain other essential minerals like Selenium, which works with Vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize "free radicals" which can cause cell damage. Studies have suggested that selenium may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, may slow the progress of HIV disease and may aid in symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis and asthma. Studies show men who eat selenium rich foods may lower their risk of prostate cancer.

Potassium (good for the heart) is also found in mushrooms. It has been suggested a diet with potassium may help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Copper is another essential mineral found in mushrooms. Copper aids iron (also found in mushrooms) in making red blood cells and delivers oxygen to the body. Mushrooms also contain three B-complex vitamins; riboflavin for healthy skin and vision, niacin aids the digestive and nervous systems, and pantothenic acid helps with the nervous system and hormone production. These vitamins are found in every cell and help to release energy from fat, protein and carbohydrates in food. Vegetarians should know that mushrooms are one of the best sources of niacin. The vitamin content of mushrooms is actually similar to the vitamin content found in meat.
The amino acid count in mushrooms is higher per serving than corn, peanuts, kidney and soy beans. The average mushroom is also high in protein and nucleic acid.


The Manistee National Forest is one of Michigan's BEST Morel Mushroom Hunting Areas!




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