What a great day it has been. We were down at my in-laws visiting and loading up on rotted horse manure, and talking about the weather, a very Minnesotan topic to talk about. So far this spring everything seems to be happening about two weeks early. The garlic is four inches tall, the hops are up, dandelions are already flowering, there are flower buds on the apple trees, the asparagus is popping up, and I found the first morel of the season. We usually don’t start looking until the lilacs are starting to flower, which here in the twin cities area is usually around mother’s day. But here we are, April 17 and the morels are starting to pop, at least at my in-laws. They live about an hour from the Twin Cities and have a little bit of land. Last fall we started clearing out some over grown areas that included some dead and dying elm trees. The folk-lore goes that morels grow near elms, especially dead and dying ones. We have always found morels here, but the last couple of years have not been as productive. I have a good feeling about this year, both at my in-laws place, and few other spots I go hunting. This first batch of morels that I came across are still very small, so I left them for my mother-in-law to pick in a day or two from now. For any one not familiar with morel mushrooms, they are considered one of the most delicious and sought after gourmet mushrooms in the world. Fresh morels can sell for $20-$40 a pound, and dried morels can go for at least $100 a pound. Talk about some valuable fungus. As I am planning on having a good season for morels, I will go into a little more detail in another post, until then, happy morel hunting! Cheers!