MANHATTAN – The Kansas Department of Agriculture, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension, the Kaw Valley Mycological Society and the University of Kansas, is offering a session to help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms.
The session is from 9 to 10 a.m., Feb. 4, at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. North in Wichita. The event is one of the breakout sessions of the Central Kansas Market Grower & Vendor Workshop, which is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb 4.
The session is meant to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in Kansas are safe to consume. Regulations under the KDA’s food safety program require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually checked for safety by an approved mushroom identifier. Participants who complete the workshop will be recognized as approved morel identifiers. This is a three-year approval.
The morel session is free of charge and open to the public. However, if participants attend the rest of the market grower and vendor workshop, they must pay $20 for the entire workshop ($25 if registering after Jan. 27), which includes the cost of lunch. Pre-registration for the morel session is required.
To register for the session and/or the entire workshop, visit www.sedgwick.k-state.edu/ and click on “Central Kansas Market Vendor & Grower Workshop” under “Events” on the right side. For more details on the morel mushroom session, contact Londa Nwadike, KSU/MU extension food safety specialist, at (913) 307-7391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.