6840 Liberty Pole Rd
Welcome to the seventh Annual Mushroom Foray [thanks to both Springwater Trails and the Rochester Area Mycological Association] on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the All Western Evergreen Farm. Three hiking groups are planned, all starting and ending at the parking area at the farm. We will explore much of the farm, enjoying views of the Christmas trees, forests, the valley and close-ups of the floral and mycological specimens.
Please plan to arrive early (1:45 PM) to sign in and to sign the RAMA liability forms.
Maps of the farm, paper bags and paper plates for collecting and displaying mushrooms will be provided. Those who want to learn how to collect mushrooms will be instructed by Gene and Georgia, and any other Rochester Area Mycological Association members who will be our guests.
The Climbers will follow the driveway up to the fields, and explore to the south and west, to explore the varied forests and Christmas tree plantations (Douglas-fir, Nordmann fir, Grand fir, Concolor fir, Canaan fir, Alaska yellow cedar, Norway Spruce, Meyer Spruce) for wild mushrooms up around the pond to Swartz Road and the Cathedral pines up to Story Road. Check out between the Christmas trees fenced off Story Road if you are looking for unusual mushrooms, back by way of the north field road, the giant Concolor fir in Scott Hill triangle and back through the Christmas trees (Fraser, Korean, and Concolor) that are fenced in UVW lots (the electricity will be turned off).
The Tourists will follow the driveway up through the woods, stopping occasionally to explore for mushrooms. When reaching saleable size Christmas trees (Lot Z), head to the right around or through the Christmas tree plantation. At the corner where the small Southwestern White Pine tree row ends and the tall Concolor fir are, follow the trail into the woods and back to the field and head west along the north field road to a hidden corner of the field with some spectacular 35 foot green and blue Concolor fir Christmas trees live, the size seen during Christmas season in a large mall. If there is still time, follow the north field road next to the hedge row up to Story Road along the tillable land that is rented or in the Conservation Reserve Program, along Story Road, the F Lot to the south field road and the Cathedral pines and back to the house through the woods.
The Naturalists will start exploring under and behind the Western red cedars (thuja plicata or giant arborvitae) by the parking area and south to the Alaska yellow cedar, large Concolor fir and spruce, then back up through the woods to the right of the trail up to the main fields. These are likely full of mushrooms, but you will find some swampy areas, so don’t get lost behind people’s homes along Liberty Pole.
All hikers should check their watches and return to the parking area by 4:00 PM to have their collections identified. A portapotty with a sink is nearby.
Once again we are fortunate to have several RAMA members (Randy Weidner, Don Tuminelli, Eugene & Georgia Binder) with us who have volunteered to identify the mushrooms collected between 4 and 5 PM. After the mushrooms are identified please join us for a social (5:00 – 6:30 PM) hosted by Katherine outside the house next to the Furnace Building. She has offered to make Take-out Soup to be available in individual covered containers by donation. Please bring a lawn chair and your own bag lunch and beverage.
We will begin all the hikes at 6840 Liberty Pole Road where there is ample parking at the Christmas tree loading area between the tall Western redcedar and Morton Building and Nursery beds. Follow the parking signs. When we return from our foray, the mushrooms will be displayed for identification on paper plates on the tables outdoors. Please dress for the weather, rain gear as needed. Social distancing and masks are recommended when close together.
From Springwater: Go west from the Springwater light on NY-15 North. Just past the top of the hill and after rounding the tight curve, turn left on CR 38 (Liberty Pole Road). The farm is on the left (the high side) 1.1 miles from NY-15 at 6840 Liberty Pole Road after you cross Carney Hollow Rd. There is a sign for the All Western Evergreen Nursery & Christmas Tree Farm. Follow the orange cones to the parking area and park facing the house.
From Geneseo: Go south on NY-63. About 6.4 miles after passing NY-408, turn left on CR-1 (Groveland Scottsburg Rd) at Groveland Station. This road becomes CR 1A (Springwater Scottsburg Rd) at Scottsburg (Route 256) and then Liberty Pole Road after you cross Stagecoach Road (CR 71), and finally CR-38 (still Liberty Pole Rd) after crossing Reeds Corners Rd (CR-29). It is 7.1 miles from Groveland Station to All Western Evergreen Farm. The farm is on the right (the high side). Follow the orange cones to the parking area and park facing the house.
From Honeoye: Take 20A west to Hemlock and 15A south to Springwater. Then follow the Springwater directions above.
From Rochester: Take I-390S from Rochester. Use Exit 9 for NY-15 Lakeville. Turn left onto NY-15. Stay on NY-15 for 16.5 miles, through Lakeville, Livonia, Conesus and Webster Crossing. When NY-15 curves to the left at the south end of Webster Crossing, continue straight onto CR-60 (Carney Hollow Rd) and take the first right onto Liberty Pole Rd. The farm is on the left (the high side) at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd. Follow the orange cones to the parking area and park facing the house.
If using GPS, use the map directions on the www.allwesterntrees.com website and make sure you are on Liberty Pole Road and not being directed to the center of the farm from Swartz Road or Story Road. Follow the orange cones to the parking area and park facing the house.