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Picking mushrooms in the dark

Oyster mushrooms

If you really know your wild mushrooms, you can pick them after dark, without a flashlight, by smell and by feel.

Okay, I'll be honest. I'd already scoped out the oyster mushrooms beside the driveway during my morning walk, but they were too frozen to easily pluck at that time. So I waited until we were coming home with our movie-star neighbor from our annual movie out in the big world to pick the next day's dinner.

By the way, The Theory of Everything is the most totally Anna movie I've seen in a long time. No violence, no explicit sex, high geek factor, and so well done that I cried rivers at the end. Almost as good as picking wild mushrooms in the dark. Almost.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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