Chester had mentioned to me that he thought he saw Chicken of the Woods while working in the forest one day. However, he couldn’t remember where he saw it. I took this as a fun challenge to find it! I hiked miles of our trails in search of the wild mushrooms.
Today, it finally happened when I wasn’t even trying to find it! I set out on a hike to measure something along our fence line and while walking back, I found this amazing specimen on a fallen oak tree. Ironic how sometimes you can find exactly what you’re looking for when you least expect it.
Since I wasn’t expecting to find mushrooms, I headed back to the house for supplies. Chester came with me to harvest it and I am so glad he did. We cut off the mushroom so we wouldn’t disturb the mycelium in hopes it will continue to grow next year. The bowl I brought wasn’t big enough and we ended up with almost 21 pounds of Chicken of the Woods! What an amazing find.