Seasonal Spotlight: Mushrooms

Sure, you know what to do with a cucumber or tomato, the standard summer garden fare. Seasonal Spotlight: MushroomsBut did you know mushrooms are also in season now? Specifically you can find chanterelles, brown oysters, black trumpets and other mushroom varieties growing wild in the summertime for a unique, tasty complement to your summer menu.

Basic prep: Use a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt from the mushrooms. Trim the stems, and chop the rest of the mushroom. Sauté the mushrooms in a skillet over medium heat with a little butter and olive oil until lightly browned, for about five minutes. Season to taste with herbs like oregano or seasonings like garlic powder, and enjoy as a simple side dish.

Step it up: Give burger night a twist by swapping your beef patty for a Portobello mushroom cap. Remove the stem, scoop the gills out with a spoon, and stick it on the grill with your favorite seasonings.

Find it: Cosmos Organic Farm, Honeycreek Mushrooms and other vendors have mushrooms available at The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Stop by 561 Flat Shoals Avenue every Thursday through December from 4 to 8 p.m. If you want to find some yourself, attend a mushroom walk with the Mushroom Club of Georgia on August 8 or August 23. Find more details and sign up at


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