Mich. morel mushroom hunters predict bumper crop

Mesick, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s morel mushroom season is almost
here, and experts say it could be a banner year.

That is if Mother Nature comes through with some much-needed
rain.

Some say the early spring snowfall in the state will help
increase moisture levels.

Morel experts agree cold temperatures that extended into this
month could delay the morel season, but it won’t hurt the fungus
growth.

Carl Robinson is the self-proclaimed Mushroom King of Mesick. He
predicts 2009 will be one of the best years for morel hunting.

The annual Mesick Mushroom Festival runs May 8 through 10, while
the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City is set for May
14 through 17.

Mesick is about 30 miles south of Traverse City, and Boyne City
is 65 miles northeast on Traverse City.

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