Rural Missouri - April 2011 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart 10 Memories of that Mountain Music Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry is the birthplace of “Branson-style” entertainment 5 12 10 Growing pains Building an affordable, reliable energy future photo courtesy of Joyce Mace 14 Mail Bag Letters from our readers 25 Hearth and Home The perfect pear 26 News Briefs News you can use 30 Marketplace Classified ads Best Trail — Southeast: Pickle Springs’ Trail Through Time, Farmington 16 International instruction A year after the quake, co-ops teach safety training to Haitian linemen 19 Best of Rural Missouri Our annual contest showcases reader favorites from around the state 19 32 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Neighbors Man of many miles 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 29 Prairie passage pit stop Eagleville Welcome Center offers artfully crafted view of northwest Missouri 34 Valley of Many Deer Gallery Cooperative helps rural artists succeed 36 About our cover ow is the time morel mushrooms start popping up in wooded areas all across Missouri. Hunting the tasty but elusive delicacies is a spring tradition that goes back centuries. While mushrooms can be found as early as February and as late as June, the height of the season occurs in April. It seems everyone has their favorite place to hunt and some kind of theory on what makes the ideal growing condition. But most agree warm and wet weather are conditions that often get things popping. There are three kinds of morels that grow in Missouri: black or smoky, half free and the common morel. All three are edible, though care must be taken to ensure what you find is truly a morel and not something else. Some people do have allergic reactions to eating mushrooms. Mushrooms are the fruit of a fungus. Their purpose is to Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley N release spores that are the seeds that will form new fungus. The Missouri Department of Conservation recommends collecting fresh, young morels that are free of any insect damage. Take the entire mushroom, including the base, and wrap each one in waxed paper to help preserve it. It’s a good idea to take along an experienced mushroom hunter for help identifying which ones are safe. There are many books available to serve as guides for the novice mushroom hunter. You can also head to MDC’s website — — and search for mushrooms for several excellent articles. In addition, the Missouri Mycological Society based in St. Louis — — offers mushroom-hunting field trips and advice for those new to the sport. You might also check our events page next month for mushroom-related festivals. To order prints of these photos, see page 14. APRIL 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2011

Rural Missouri - April 2011
Memories of that Mountain Music
Growing pains
Mail Bag
International instruction
Best of Rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Prairie passage pit stop
Around Missouri
Valley of Many Deer Gallery

Rural Missouri - April 2011