Mushroom Hunting with Edmonds Acres!
Troy Edmonds of Edmonds Acres, better known as Farmer Troy to his customers, knows that when conditions are right for morel mushrooms to start popping up that it’s time to start hunting! Around the end of April when you have several 60-degree nights morels start growing. He was surprised this year to have found them growing so early! Morels grow on the edge of forested areas near elm trees. As the season progresses you can find them deeper in wooded areas.
Troy graciously took me along to his sister Mary’s property, also located in Marengo, for one of their morel mushroom excursions. They have spent many years hunting for mushrooms and are both very knowledgeable about morel mushrooms. Farmer Troy definitely has the eye for finding them! He had to point them out several times as they are tricky to see among the leaves. People enjoy hunting for morels in early spring and they enjoy eating them even more! Sauteed morels are a delicious addition to spring recipes. Edmonds Acres has received the proper certifications to be able to offer their morel mushrooms for sale at the market, when in season. (But they go fast!)
When he’s not hunting for morel mushrooms, Farmer Troy can be found on his farmette in Marengo, Illinois growing several non-GMO varieties of vegetables, fruit, and mushrooms as naturally as possible. Along with his 12-acre farmette, Troy has property in Harvard where he grows asparagus and a 7-acre orchard located in Marengo. Several types of fruit trees and fields of sunflowers can be found at his sister Mary’s house. Along with help from his son Alex, most of Troy’s vegetables are hand-planted. He relies on natural solutions to grow his vegetables and utilizes rainwater to water his crops. Cold storage areas on his farm store root vegetables and apples and greenhouses are used to grow tomatoes and microgreens. Along with growing vegetables and fruit, Troy also propagates mushrooms like oysters and shitakes. There is a lot going on at Edmonds Acres!
You can find Farmer Troy at the Woodstock Farmers Market on Tuesdays during the Summer Market. Here are just some of things you can find at the Edmonds Acres’ booth during the outdoor market season – lettuce, arugula, spinach, peas, favas, garlic, shallots, okra, onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, microgreens, and apples. Troy also invites the public to come visit him on Saturdays to see what’s going on at the farm.