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We used to have Kool-Aid stands

Gerry Sell, Our Town: Antrim CountyOn my way to the Eastport Market I passed a hand-lettered sign: “Fresh Morels.” On the way back I stopped at the impromptu morel stand on US-31. Canny little merchants, these.

How much? I wanted to know. $23 per quart, they told me, not batting an eye. Yikes. I inspected the goods.  They had an entire cooler full.  I did the math.  Something like $300 worth of morels here.  Yikes.

They looked pretty fresh, and they were morels, not the pesky false morels that have been sending people to the hospital. In fact, they looked pretty darned good. But $23 per quart – yikes. I decided I could live without them, and headed home.

I pondered. Back in the day I was tickled to earn a whole dime for an afternoon’s Kool-Aid stand effort. That tells you much more about how ancient I am than it does about the economy. But still. Yikes.

I hope the little pirates do well.  Better them than a lot of other promoters I can think of.  They have the goods and they tell you the price right up front, no fooling around.  I respect that.  Yikes.


    Get over it old lady. Morels are expensive. Supply and demand. They pop up only a few weeks a year and people love them. Shame on you for calling the kids pirates….

  • Mark Cameron

    I think they should have sold lemonade, cherrys, and morels. Market stand concept, though I slam on my brakes anytime I see a sign for peanut butter and chocolate fudge. Though looking at the market for morels, these prices are a bargain. I am seeing $15 – $35 per pound this year. They are rare, and a Web market probably could fetch even a few more dollars per pound, (though not sure how much weight is in a quart).  I give them two thumbs up for entrepreneurship, I am sure some motorists who are looking for a good bargain will stop in and snap them up!

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