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Heavy rains help produce bounty of mushrooms in NE
Foragers collect big haul as heavy rains help produce bounty of wild mushrooms in Northeast
By The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ' There's a bright side to the heavy rain and tropical storms that devastated parts of the Northeast in August and September.

Wild mushrooms have popped up throughout the region, and foragers are having a heyday collecting them. In some cases, homeowners have discovered hundreds, even thousands, of mushrooms on their soaked lawns.

Mushrooms thrive in wet weather, and there's been plenty in cities like New York, where Central Park got nearly 30 inches of rain in two months.

Boston University researcher Cynthia Kowal says it's been a "special year" for mushrooms.

That's been true for Margaret Primack of Newton, Mass. The middle school teacher has picked 60 to 70 pounds of mushrooms. Her husband, Richard, says they've been eating big bowls of them at dinner.

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