Every year our pond becomes invaded by snapping turtles that eat the fish and frogs from the ponds. A few weeks ago we found where some varmint had found several turtle egg nests on the farm on the side of a mountain spring that runs through the farm to Sinking Creek.
Dirt bank along side the branch where the turtles had climbed, dug perfect holes, laid their golf-ball-sized eggs and covered them to hatch.
We think this was probably done by a coon, skunk or even a raven or two. Every nest, and we counted at least six had been raided and what eggs were left will not hatch.
You can see the shells along the side of the hole and below it.
But with that being said we don’t like having them in our pond so we set “trot lines” (heavy nylon thread with a huge hook on the end ) to catch the beast that eat our frogs and fish. We caught one night before last and our dinner that night was chicken fried turtle. fried potatoes, cantaloupe and asparagus. So good!!!
Fried turtle is so good!!
Fried potatoes and onions on the left and fried turtle on the right.
Spring is definitely merkel hunting time.
What in the world?????
Morels are a type of mushrooms which can be found growing all over the world in a wide variety of habitats every spring. They are among the most prized of the edible mushrooms because they have a rich and complex flavor that goes well with almost any food. They also have a very distinctive appearance which makes them readily identifiable, assuming they can be found at all, since they’re notorious for being very elusive.
Like all mushrooms, the morel is only the fruiting body of a larger organism. Most mushrooms form a massive web of fibers underground called the mycelium. This web of fibers can be quite large, and when it decides to reproduce it sends up mushrooms, which release spores from the parent fungus. Mushrooms are quite appealing to humans because they are often fleshy and flavorful. Scientists have not determined why mushrooms fruit when they do, but mushrooms are usually linked with rain and heavy moisture. In the case of morels, spectacular growth patterns are also linked with forest fires.
We love to search for these delicasies every spring and this spring is no different. When Mother Nature cooperates we feel like we located the “mother load”!!
During spring gobbler season every year, hubby and his friends make a day of searching for these tasty morsels in their secret honey hole. As in years past, they did very well and these shots will prove harvest:
92 morels cleaned, halved and ready for the skillet!
Some are golden, some are brown and some are white.
It’s a beauty!
Draining all of the water off so they’ll last longer!
There is absolutely nothing better than country fried merkels, baked beans and macaroni salad for supper!! Wish you were here to enjoy them with us 😉