We got rained out today and tomorrow is the last legal day of the 2015 digging season. It has been a very good season with lots of ginseng seen and some dug. I think that I saw more young plants than I've ever seen before. That is a good sign and the news seems to be getting out that it's up to the diggers to save ginseng in the Appalachians. Kudos to everyone who planted. We will try one more day and that will be it for us.
Beautiful looking root. My grandmother grew up in Tellico Plains in a small community called Rafter. I think I might try that area next year if I can get a permit and if that area is open. Those mountains are high and deep and if one does a little \"hiking\" then I believe the reward might be great. From the looks of what you are finding I think you are in the right spot. Good luck.
I got an early start today because of the threat of rain and made it to the mountains for my last day of digging for this season. The mountains that I'm hunting in are really steep and today was very dangerous because of all the rain we've had. The danger of taking a bad fall was right up there at the top. I had Boomer with me, but that was all the help for miles around. I was very fortunate to not take any falls and I found the roots that I needed to fill my quota. I believe the season just about any where in East Tn. will be over by the end of the week. Take a look at the colors.