CMS Meeting: Professional Forager Toby Esthay

Toby Esthay photo by Rebecca Fyffe

Toby Esthay
photo by Rebecca Fyffe

Toby Esthay is the invited speaker for the Cascade Mycological Society Meeting on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm. He is a professional forager in Oregon and plans to show his fantastic mushroom photography, chat briefly about truffling and answer questions from our members.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

Cookbooks, earrings, and t-shirts will be available for sale at this meeting. It is free and open to the public

Weekly Finds: November 2014, Week 2.

Thanksgiving Foray: November 22, 2014

On Saturday November 22, Pavel Gubanikhin and Matthew Johnson will be co-leading a CMS foray. This foray will be heading Westward, with the exact location to be determined. The emphasis of this trip will be on collecting edible species for Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday season, we will encourage sharing of what we find, so that everyone can go home with something edible.

Basket o' Shrooms

What better way to impress your family than showing up to the Thanksgiving table with a basket of Chanterelles?

Please remember to bring your mushroom picking permits and trail parking permit, if you have one. Expect to carpool, and please be prepared to split the cost of gasoline with whomever drives (bring cash). We will be meeting at 10:00 am in Eugene, the precise location will be sent to those registered for the foray.

Participation in this foray is limited to CMS members, and registration will be limited to 15 people. Registration is now closed.

Cascade Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Cookbook Available Online

The Cascade Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Cookbook is now available for sale online.

It is really much more than a cookbook. It is a snapshot of our regions fruiting schedule, the local’s favorite abundant fungi, and tips and techniques collected by a network of mycology lovers with a lifetime of experience to share.

It is organized by season and contains 175 pages filled with beautiful color photographs. It is printed on long-lasting 100# Gloss Book stock with lay-flat spiral binding. The contents are thoroughly and thoughtfully indexed.

Most of the recipes were tested at one of our memorable, pot luck dinners (like the Spring Potluck/Morel Stuffing Party/Grill Out) that gave CMS members the opportunity to savor many of the dishes in the book while communing with their fellow lovers of fungi.

All profits from the sale of the book will go towards supporting CMS grant and scholarship programs.

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It is dedicated to Freeman Rowe, whose love of learning and teaching the beauty and diversity of fungi has touched so many of us.

CMS Weekend Foray

Join the Cascade Mycological Society for an overnight foray at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, OR from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, 2014.


The Andrews Forest is a place of inquiry. First established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, the H.J. Andrews is a 16,000-acre ecological research site in Oregon’s beautiful western Cascades Mountains. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of Cedar and Hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas Firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

about_acm_060This two day adventure is a great way to learn about local fungi. We will go out for a short foray Friday afternoon (optional) and two forays on Saturday led by Cheshire Mayrsohn and Marcia Peeters. On Friday night, Skye Weintraub will present a talk titled “Poisonous or Edible, an Exploration of Look Alikes.” Saturday night, we will have a potluck and cook up some of our finds. We will also talk more about what we found. Cheshire Mayrsohn will lead a dye workshop Sunday morning using mushrooms we find during the week. Wool yarn samples to dye will be provided. If you want to dye silk scarves, they will be for sale at $5 each.

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