I could not believe my eyes…
There they were, popping out of the grass in our orchard this past Wednesday evening.
A month early, no less…
close up of a morel I found this week.
You’d be proud of me.
I resisted the temptation to pick them all, and went to find my wife. :-)
It felt like we were on an Easter egg hunt, only we were looking for mushrooms.
By the time we were done, we’d found over a 100:
They may look gross to the untrained eye, but boy are they tasty :-)
They sell on craigslist around here for $40 a pound.
In case you’re interested, here’s how I prepare them:
Cut them in 1/2 (sometimes little bugs like to hide in the hollow middle)
Then I soaked them in salt water over night.
Rinsed them in clean water when I got ready to fry them.
Dip them in an egg wash
Then I put them in a baggy with crushed Ritz crackers and Johnny’s Seasoning Salt (shake)
Fry in real butter…
There are 60 semi dwarf apple trees on the East side of our house and another 20 on the West side…
They are in full bloom this week…
Wild bee pollinating in our orchard
Just like the rest of the plants this year, the apple trees are a month ahead of schedule.
I am gradually coming to the place where I think I may build a bee hive.
So far, the wild bees have been doing a pretty good job of pollinating the trees….
We’ll see…maybe next year.
This morning I came across some more “edible landscape”
I can’t stand the stuff myself, but Mrs DM loves it….
My favorite Grant Wood painting is “Spring in the Country”
Remember American Gothic?
Yep, same guy…
Local boy too.
Turns out he was a prolific artist.
Sometime when you have a minute, Google his name and check out some of his other work.
We probably have a dozen of his prints scattered throughout our country farm house.
I feel like I’m living in the middle of that picture this week….
Several of you live in urban settings..
I know it can be kind of stressful….
so tonight is my humble attempt @ bringing a little country to your door.