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Celebrate The Chanterelle

Marti Crouch inspecting chanterelles at the farmers’ market in 2016 (Annie Corrigan/WFIU)

I’m gonna look through these, I have to confirm that every single one of the individual mushrooms is a chanterelle. — Marti Crouch

That’s right, the wild mushroom inspector at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market has to examine each and every mushroom for sale at the market to make sure no one ends up with a poisonous look-alike.

In-season this time of year is the chanterelle.

Orange, with a vase-like, fluted shape, these tasty wild treats can be found all over the woods in Southern Indiana.

The first time I found a chanterelle, it was the 4th of July. That’s how I remember when to look for them. They’re usually abundant around here this time of year, but especially when we’ve had a hot and rainy late June like this one.

This week’s show is a celebration of chanterelles, with some archival recipes from local chefs and stories from Earth Eats founder and former Host, Annie Corrigan.

Adam Sweet assembles King Dough’s Fancy Dad pizza.(Annie Corrigan/WFIU)

Annie visits with Chef Adam Sweet of King Dough, and Chef Jeff Finch of Finch’s Brasserie* to find out what specials they add to their menus during chanterelle season. Then she tags along with Marti Crouch** as she makes the rounds at the farmers’ market inspecting vendors’ wild mushrooms.

And Harvest Public Media has a new story about vet shortages in rural America, and the impact on our food system.

*Update since this story first aired, Jeff Finch has moved on from Finches. The restaurant has the same great food and a new name, The Roost.

**Marti Crouch retired from her inspector post at the end of 2016. Nowadays it’s Sean Breeden-Ost’s job to check out all the wild mushrooms at market.


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Stories On This Episode

Pasta With Chanterelles And Sugar Snap Peas

Chef Jeff Finch adds a couple special ingredients to make this pasta dish extraordinary -- corn stock and roasted heirloom tomato puree.

Recipe: Finch’s Chanterelle Frittata

Brunchers won't have many more chances to enjoy Jeff Finch's chanterelle frittata. It's available only as long as foragers provide him with fresh mushrooms.

Shortage Of Rural Veterinarians Puts Farmers, Food Supply At Risk

Thirty-eight calves, between two and four months old, moo and kick at the dirt floor in a steel barn in Brush, Colorado. One by one, a handler leads them from the pen to a narrow chute, where their legs are restrained and they’re lifted onto a hydraulic table. A team waits, ready to give each […]

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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