Fresh and Wild: Where to Buy Mushrooms

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Mushrooms are becoming more popular in the food world now that eating locally is becoming trendy. To that end, the best place to buy fresh wild mushrooms is locally such as the farmers market or a specialty grocer. When that's not possible, though, here are some online mushroom sellers that provide quality products for your mushroom-buying needs. Some mushrooms are highly toxic, so whether it's your local vendor at a farmers market or a box store, always be sure of the seller's...MORE credentials when buying wild mushrooms. 

Mushrooms are neither fruit nor vegetables. Mushrooms are not actually plants but fungi that grow in dead and decaying plant matter. They provide nutritional benefits to the human body. Mushrooms are as high in antioxidants as zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins and green beans to name a few. In general, the best fresh mushrooms are those with unblemished caps that smell earthy, but never fishy. The specifics of how to pick mushrooms depend largely on the type of mushroom you choose. 

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    Oregon Mushrooms sells frozen, dried and fresh wild mushrooms from Oregon and California: Morels, Chanterelles, Lobster, Yellowfoot, Truffles, and lots of other varieties. They also carry a wide selection of dried mushrooms. In addition to those, complimentary mushroom specialty items include truffle items, gift sets, produce, pâtes & tapenades, as well as balsamic creams and vinegar.

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    For years, Marx Foods has been a high-end restaurant distributor but in 2007 they began selling directly to consumers. Lucky for us because Marx Foods has some wonderful products: game meat, seafood, wild produce, and much more. For wild mushrooms, they have morels, chanterelles, hen of the woods, enoki, and more.

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    This Canadian company has a large selection of fresh wild mushrooms from the west coast of Canada and the United States: morels, chanterelles, hedgehog, bear's tooth, trumpet, lobster, and more. Pacific Rim Mushrooms also provides ​wild exotic greens such as fiddleheads and wild onions.

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    Local Harvest is a marketplace for small farmers to sell directly to consumers. The selection is not the largest, but you can find here a few sellers of wild mushrooms. Some of the selections, such as fresh handpicked morels and freshly foraged chanterelle mushrooms may be expensive but may be the best price you find given it's direct from the farm.

If you're unsure of which mushrooms you should buy, ask for references from those who have bought from the seller in question multiple times. Wild mushrooms are also seasonal which affects both their availability and price, so be prepared for some sellers to not have certain varieties at certain times.