Morel Treasure Hunting

Morel mushroom hunting is like a treasure hunt. Once a well-stocked area is found, a ‘Shroomer will always remember it, and sometimes will refuse to share the locations with their closest family members. There are even stories of people finally revealing the treasured spots in their last will!

Flickr Photo Credit - Renee YorkFor those of you who have wanted to try Morel hunting but didn’t know where to start, we found a ‘shroomer willing to dish some secrets. Anthony Williams is the owner of Freshwater Studio, a gallery that features only Michigan artists, and is a designer of beautiful furniture made from locally grown trees. In his spare time, he is a lifelong Morel mushroom hunter, as well as the Morel Mushroom Festival’s “expert in residence.”

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DeKlein Chestnuts

Tim Chilcote, a freelance writer and a Great Lakes enthusiast, takes us on a visit to the DeKlein family orchard. Get your taste buds ready, because it’s time for chestnuts!

Mark DeKlein is heir to DeKlein Orchards, a family-run chestnut farm located southwest of Grand Rapids. I first met Mark at a tailgate in East Lansing when this former Sparty mascot arrived on campus with a burlap sack and a homemade roaster, an old keg with Roasted Chestnuts painted on the side.
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