As most Mainers greet the spring by planting the peas and greens, or readying the lawn mower, the mushroom forager looks for the subtle signs of fruiting mushrooms as spring warms toward summer.

May is when the first mushrooms erupt from the ground or the side of trees, signaling the beginning of a fruiting season that ends only with hard freeze in December. Beginning with Morels in the spring, Chanterelles and Black Trumpets in the mid-summer and a bounty of delicious mushrooms through the fall, Maine is a mushroom paradise.

Join veteran mushroomer and author Greg Marley for a talk on Maine’s best edible and medicinal mushrooms and when to expect them through the year during a talk Thursday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. With a little luck and the generosity of nature, Marley will have fresh morels and others on display.

Marley has spent the better part of 40 years playing with wild mushrooms as food, medicine, intellectual fodder and, most of all, as a way to escape into nature. Though mushrooming is a decidedly solo pursuit, he manages to share his art with loads of people through classes and talks and by writing a couple of good books on the subject. As a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Control Centers across New England, he provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases. When it’s too cold to mushroom, Marley is the clinical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Maine and devotes his professional efforts to support suicide prevention across the state.