A Pep Talk for Beginners
by Brady Raymond
February at first thought doesn’t usually bring to mind mushrooms here in the PNW, but it is a great time to start honing your skills for the months to come and the bounty that is sure to follow (hopefully). The winter months do yield some mushrooms to find and although usually more scarce this time of year, it can be less distracting for someone trying to learn mushrooms. During prime season it is tempting to trek one more bend on the trail, or cross the next ridge in hopes of finding that forty pound Sprassis or basketful of Boletes but if you’re new to mushrooming why not get a head start on learning the basics about mushrooms now.
One of the first things a newcomer should do is obtain a reputable book on the subject. If you are unfamiliar where to start PSMS sells books at our monthly meetings and at our annual spring and fall shows. It is recommended to get a book that encompasses your area and I would recommend having a couple books if funds allow. Here is a link to a previous post I wrote talking about books a little more; Where to Start, Tips and Tools for Learning Mushrooms.