Woods have been so dry this summer that mushrooms were hard to find.

McDowell was traipsing around finding nothing when she heard Balfour cry Oh Jayun. And behold a little family of chanties of which one was massive. McDowell immediately called out Biggest Summer Chanterelle Ever! Balfour, who is not as excitable, declared it the Biggest August Chanterelle.

Biggest Summer Chanterelle Ever


McDowell would have been happy finding the two little ones. But that Balfour always pulls a chanterelle out of a hat… And then McDowell puts it into a frying pan!


So even though the mushrooms haven’t started popping, it’s the dog days of summer and McDowell has figs to harvest, firewood to split, deer hanging in the backyard, a new skateboard and late nights of kayaking and howling at the moon. Happiness abounds.

Meron FiglapaloozaEvery August McDowell has 100s of figs to harvest and holds Figlapalooza. Just look for the big fig tree, listen for the music and come on by!


About Cantharellus cibarius

Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus Cantharellus, if not the entire family of Cantharellaceae. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. It emits a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent edible mushroom.

More information: Cantharellus ciborium, Wikipedia