Thanks in no small part to the alternating rainy and sunny weather that we've been experiencing over the past month or so, there are nice collections of lobster mushrooms to be found on the south coast. What a surprise! We've always thought of them as an early fall mushroom here in this area, but apparently that's not the case this year.
In fact, when we drove through Bandon yesterday, we stopped and talked to a young mushroom buyer who had stationed himself in the parking lot near Ray's Market. He stated that he represented a mushroom outfit located in North Bend and had been buying lobsters for the last couple of hours. During this time he'd acquired a substantial quantity of young, firm lobsters (enough to fill at least 6 large totes) to take back up north at the end of his shift. Not a bad day's outing!
Lobsters come in different shades of red and shapes!
Guess you know what we'll be doing tomorrow! What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July: foraging for lobsters!