TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – State-approved workshops are being offered this spring on how to forage for safe wild mushrooms.
Michigan’s food code requires that species picked in the wild for commercial use must come from sources where each mushroom is inspected individually by an approved expert.
Three organizations including the Michigan Farmers Market Association worked with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on a curriculum to train and certify commercial foragers.
Workshops are scheduled for April 18 in Lansing, April 25 in Traverse City and May 2 in Marquette.
Participants wishing to be certified as mushroom identification experts must pass an exam at the end of the day.
Officials say the seminars are ideal for farmers, farm market managers, chefs and purchasing agents for grocers. But anyone is welcome.