Upcoming Foraging Workshops in Grand Junction

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We are excited to present two workshops at the Explore the Outdoors Expo in Grand Junction on February 9th and 10th, 2019.  This will be especially fun because the nearby Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and and Gunnison National Forests are some of our favorite places to hunt! Plus, several major forest fires from the 2018 fire season promise burn morels in Colorado this morel season.

Here are the details:

Mushroom Foraging 101 (High Country Edible Mushrooms)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 2:30 pm
Learn to find choice edible mushrooms in Colorado’s high country: porcinis, chanterelles, morels & more. Did you know that Colorado is home to a natural bounty prized by chefs everywhere? These native culinary delights live at about 10,000 ft in coniferous forests all around us – wild mushrooms! Trent & Kristen Blizzard will open your eyes to our fungal friends, sharing pictures, advice, tips and maybe even a few secret spots to help you find baskets of success in 2019. Learning to hunt wild mushrooms is easier than you might think!

Forest Fires + Morels = Buckets of Fungi (How to find Burn Morels in Old Forest Fires)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 10:30 am

Learn how to find buckets of morels in last year’s burns by locating the right terrain, elevation, aspect and forest types.

Forest fires are a tragic event, but there is a silver lining. As the forest regenerates in the years following a burn, morels grow like crazy in the charred terrain. Learn how to locate and collect these choice edible fungi in Western Colorado. Special attention will be given to online maps and pre-foraging research.

Trent and Kristen are passionate foragers that travel around the United States searching for edible mushrooms. Based in Glenwood Springs, they especially like searching for wild mushrooms in the Grand Mesa NF. They are the authors of Burn Morels of the Pacific Northwest (2019 maps + update coming soon!) and are certified by the State of Colorado as Mushroom Identification Experts.

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  • Steve Bramble
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    Can’t wait….I’ve been looking for someone over here on the western slope to teach me. I’m retired and spend a lot of time in the woods in the fall. See you at the Expo. Steve Bramble.

    • Trent Blizzard
      Reply

      Hi Steve,
      We will look forward to meeting you!

  • Roxanne
    Reply

    Are there mushrooms out this early or is this more of a classroom workshop to prepare you for foraging season? Thanks!

    • Trent Blizzard
      Reply

      Hi Roxanne,
      In Colorado, not quite yet… we have to wait until springtime for morels. Then our main season begins mid-July in the mountains. There are two talks – a 101 on CO mushroom hunting and another specific to hunting burn morels. Both just classroom style to give you tips for the upcoming season. Hope to see you there!

  • jennette
    Reply

    where do we get tickets?

  • Marco pezzica
    Reply

    I move to Montrose last year and I always hunt mushrooms expecially bolete and chanterelles.
    I m a really passionate,i also brought from italy my back chest.
    I wish to go with you foraging in the area when is the season(grand mesa/telluride/ etc..
    Please keep me posted

    • Trent Blizzard
      Reply

      Hi Marco,
      We will look forward to meeting you someday soon. Hopefully Colorado will bring you as much foraging joy as your native home 🙂 As long as we have rain, the mushrooms here are wonderful. Someday I’d like to hunt in Italy! Thanks for reaching out.
      Kristen

  • Steve bramble
    Reply

    Trent, just read you’re into fishing, I’m a fisherman also. Let’s chat tomorrow at the workshop. Steve

  • Chris & Patty
    Reply

    Hoping to connect with a knowledgeable mushroomef to help us identify and propagate some mushrooms that grew out of a stump in our yard, as well as share/trade some local mushroom finds. Thank you!

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