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Making a difference with morels

Forest fires in 2017 created an incredible morel mushroom harvest last spring.

And farm and ranch equipment retailer Coastal used the opportunity to raise nearly $8,000 for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, a charitable nonprofit that helps families of firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty.

Coastal partnered with Foods In Season to sell jars of dried morel mushrooms harvested from burn areas — known as “burn morels” or “fire morels” — to raise money.

Morels were sold in each of Coastal’s 17 Northwest stores. Custom recipes were created and used for grill demos and shared with customers.

Foods In Season, based in Washougal, Washington, buys directly from farmers, anglers and foragers. The company provides these foods — including morels — to restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses. Coastal became aware of the organization and the opportunity to raise funds to support the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.

Foods In Season is offering free burn morels to collaborators agreeing to donate the sales, or at least a portion of the receipts, directly to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.

For information about the project, see https://newfoodeconomy.org/morel-mushrooms-harvest-2017-wildfires/