Sunday, April 27, 2008

Morel mushrooms galore

There's a story behind this "nice mess" of morels.

A year ago, the next-door teenage twin boys asked if they and their also-next-door cousin could hunt for morels on my property. I have bad knees and can't keep up with the mushroom-hunting, and I told them yes; somebody may as well have them.

A couple of hours later I heard an engine back in my pasture; going back to check out the situation, I found the three boys I'd given permission to mushroom hunt, along with three other boys, riding a cart behind a lawn mower. Needless to say, I was angry, and I snatched the bag of morels one of the kids had.

Last week, one of the twins called and asked permission to hunt mushrooms on our 43 acres.

"Nope," I told him.

Today one of the twins spent some time here, visiting with me, my husband, and my daughter's family. I told my story about 1993, the year I found morels a-plenty, and how I shared my bounty with the neighbors.

"You know," I said, "all I want is for those who find morels on my property to share what they find with me."

Later on, as I was heading into the house, Tyler (the twin) asked, "Could we hunt mushrooms on your place if we give you half?"

"Hmmm," I said, "I'm not sure I can trust you to share. But for today only, yes... you can."

A couple of hours later there was a knock on my door. It was Tyler and his cousin, Ryan, with a Walmart bag in hand that held fifty mushrooms.

I invited them in and we split the loot. That's my half you see in the picture.

I always thought I liked those boys. God bless them. I told them I now take back anything bad I ever said about them.

Oh, if they bring me another mess of mushrooms, I'll get their pictures for you.


Spyder said...

Hubby posted earlier today about morrells.

Midlife Mom said...

That is a great story!! We have fiddleheads that people steal off our property. I wouldn't mind if only they would ask permission as I don't like them. We call them a mess of fiddleheads or a mess of greens too. They pick them and sell them to the local grocery store too. Yes, get their pictures!!

kansas crochet mom said...

aaww what good kids :)

BarnGoddess said...


we do not have them in Oklahoma.

Stacey said...

Ummm....Donna, if they come back and divvy up more, you have to bring them to Lees Summit. I haven't had a mushroom like that in uhhhh ohhh at least five years. Pleeeeease?! xoxo

PS--I knew you and I would see eye to eye

Glo said... have mushrooms.UMMM they are getting $40.00 a gal. for them here. You know we're the mushroom captial. Our festival is this week-end.I've got to help with our booth.