No morel mushrooms at the Farmers Market?

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To my dismay, Oak Parkers can no longer buy morel mushrooms at the Farmers Market. Why have we been deprived of this great delicacy? Apparently the village has enacted a paternalistic regulation prohibiting the sale of "wild mushrooms." Please, reconsider this statute! If you are afraid of being sued, then require posting a disclaimer: "Not responsible for possible consequences of eating mushrooms" or "Eat at your own risk" or "The dullards who run the village cannot recognize a morel among the most distinctive varieties of mushroom!"

The purpose of government is not to take away all choice from the citizenry. Life does not prosper on a diet of Wonder Bread. Give us breathing room!

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park

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nighthawk from port huron  

Posted: May 17th, 2014 1:27 AM

I think we have been regulated to death in this country,i,ve been a morel hunter for 42 years i would never sell my mushrooms but to have the right to sell them taken away from my view is another freedom taken away.iT GOT TO STOP SOMEWHERE.

Don Anderson from Oak Park  

Posted: June 11th, 2013 6:20 PM

Tom, you now have the potential to do something never before done in the history of the Wednesday Journal. Write another letter to the editor saying "Never mind, I was wrong."

4 Freedom  

Posted: June 10th, 2013 4:40 AM

They did have morels at the most recent farmer's market. We must have purchased the last bag and they were not cheap. $26.00. Yikes!

Pun-ishment from Oak Park  

Posted: June 8th, 2013 10:57 PM

People on this website are always complaining about the lack of morel integrity in Oak Park, now we've lost all morels entirely.

Heavens to Betsy  

Posted: June 7th, 2013 9:09 PM

The title should state, "No more real food." While folks complain about mushrooms, the president just recently signed a bill protecting corporations whom plant genetically altered food. Monsanto has more power than the government. They cannot be banned from planting seeds that cause health hazards. In Europe, this is banned and so is flouride in water. People need to wake up, we are declining fast. It's very sad.

Tom DeCoursey from Oak Park  

Posted: June 7th, 2013 5:22 PM

Thanks, Bridgett, for your link to the regulation that appears to ban sale of wild mushrooms at Farmers Markets in Illinois. However, if you read this regulation, it allows sale of morels, because they are specifically exempted from this rule. See IDPH technical information bulletin #16. Too bad they did not exempt chanterelles. Morels & chanterelles are easy to identify and do not resemble any seriously poisonous species.

Same old Farmers Market  

Posted: June 7th, 2013 6:56 AM

No matter where the mushroom regulation is coming from, let's face it that our beloved Farmer's Market isn't exactly the beacon of diverse offerings. It's the same vendors and same stuff over and over and over. How about a little variety? Loosen the rules a bit to allow more diversity.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 7th, 2013 1:02 AM

I'd always heard to be careful about harvesting and consuming wild mushrooms. Never eat them raw. Some are poisonous and can be contaminated with toxic levels of insecticides, arsenic and lead. And of course, there's also the type that they say can give you a one heck of buzz.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: June 6th, 2013 10:04 PM

I'm not sure this is a Village decision. It may be coming from the state. Specifically the Illinois Department of Public Health. Look at page four of this document... http://www.oak-park.us/public/pdfs/Farmers%20Market/technical_bulletins/sanitation_guidelines.pdf If that's the case, why does the WJ print such letters? Or how about print them, but at least cite the inaccuracies. There's like 10 people online who'll read my comment, while 1,000s more read this letter, who won't.

OP Resident #164  

Posted: June 6th, 2013 9:48 PM

Stupid. While the Board is looking out for our health, please ban fast food too. I'm quite certain it kills more and puts a greater burden on the healthcare system than wild mushrooms do. Do something that makes sense for once. (Trustee Luecke's giant soft drink shudders in fear).

Brent from Oak Park  

Posted: June 5th, 2013 9:02 PM

I guess OP also passed an ordinance prohibiting the "folk" musicians at the market from smiling? Someone should tell them that it "aint agin the law" to smile!

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