State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, today introduced legislation that will remove unnecessary regulations for morel mushroom enthusiasts to obtain a mandatory certification to be able to pick and sell morels to local businesses.
House Bill 5532 will remove morel mushrooms from the food code that requires harvesters to be certified to sell.
“Finding, picking and selling morel mushrooms is a favorite northern Michigan activity,” Rep. Cole said. “The 105th House District hosts two festivals a year, one in Boyne Falls (54th Annual Morel Festival in Boyne City will be held May 12-15, 2016.) and one in Lewiston (Lewiston’s Annual Morel Mushroom Festival & Spring Craft Show Saturday, May 7th, 2016) dedicated to morel mushrooms. Tourists flock to the very rural areas of northern Michigan to hunt for morel mushrooms. This brings a great deal of revenue to my district.”