Well, it was certainly not flip flop weather on Sunday at the Mushroom Festival! I had my wool hat, but I really could have used a scarf and gloves too, I was cold. I’d be curious to know what the temperature difference was from when we were setting up our booth on Saturday, to when we were there for the festival on Sunday, it was quite the contrast. But some rain and cold is to be expected at the end of October for the Mushroom Festival, the rain is what makes all the mushroom magic happen after all.
The Mushroom Festival at Mt.Pisgah in Eugene, Oregon has the largest display of labeled live mushrooms on the West Coast, but I also was told over the weekend that it’s the largest in the world. That’s pretty amazing! You can walk along table after table of mushrooms that have all been identified and see information about each kind of mushroom, and even bring mushrooms to be identified at the show. It’s a great learning experience, discovering more about the natural world around us, and the amazing world of mushrooms. (You can see my post from last year’s festival here.)
I always gravitate towards the yarn dyed with lichen (big surprise there) and the carriage ride is always a highlight. We bought cauliflower mushrooms, a favorite mushroom of ours and a yearly treat we look forward to. Jeff said we needed to head into the woods behind our house and look for chantrelles, we forget about doing that until the Mushroom Festival rolls around and reminds us!