This year I went to the Wild Mushroom Show with Sarah Hartsig of Hazelwood Forest. She’s pretty much the only person I’ve ever encountered who loves mushrooms and Beatrix Potter as much as I do. Probably more! I wore a vintage mushroom dress I’ve had stored away for just the right occasion!
October was all about mushrooms. Hunting, painting, marveling, eating… I have always detested the taste of mushrooms but have been trying over the last few years ever so carefully to find the ones I love. Chantrelles and truffles have pretty much been it! I like them in soups and on pizza. This year I tried cooking the rare matsutake mushroom that tastes a little like cinnamon…I liked it! It only cost me $34 a lb..haha.
Because I really have no intention of eating mushrooms, when I go hunting it’s just to find the prettiest, biggest, most fascinating ones! The kids love it. We were especially delighted by all the Amanita Muscarias that were out this year!
My painting and Oliver’s painting of mushrooms :)
I think my favorite thing at the show was the natural dye display. The colors contrived from lichen and mushrooms are SO delicate and muted. I just adored seeing the silks, yarns, and felt in different fungi palettes. They’re perfect colors for fall!