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Hunting for Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms can sometimes be found in local produce stores selling for over $5 a pound. Yet, why buy them when you can hunt your own for free? Chances are high that you can find plenty of these tasty fungi in a nearby forest as they grow in abundance in Southern Illinois. In this episode, filmed in high-definition, mushroom expert, naturalist, and author Joe McFarland shows us why hunting for oyster mushrooms is good for beginners because they are easy to find and identify. McFarland has formed a free organization called the Southern Illinois Mushroom Co-op where local mushroom growers, wild mushroom foragers, mycologists, and anyone who loves nature can share information and learn about regular monthly gatherings. To learn more and get on the group's mailing list, visit

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