Mushrooms are becoming more popular in the food world now that farm-to-table cuisine is booming. The best places to buy fresh wild mushrooms are local, such as at a farmer's market or specialty grocer. When that's not possible, though, there are some online mushroom sellers that provide quality products for your mushroom-buying needs.
If you're unsure of which mushrooms you should buy, it's always helpful to speak directly to the farmer or seller for local recommendations. Feel free to share recipes or personal taste preferences with the farmer or seller. This information will impact which mushrooms they may recommend for your specific taste preference or recipe. Wild mushrooms are seasonal and that affects both their availability and price, so be prepared for some sellers to not have certain varieties at certain times. If possible, it's best to eat what's in season, as it will taste best and likely be the most affordable option.
Some mushrooms are highly toxic, so wherever you choose to shop, always be sure of the seller's credentials when buying wild mushrooms. Do not harvest wild mushrooms unless you are with someone who can safely recognize the difference between safe and poisonous mushrooms.
If you are unable to find fresh mushrooms at your local market, many online retailers sell and ship local mushrooms. Another option is to purchase dried mushrooms, which can easily be rehydrated and used in many tasty recipes.
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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 mushrooms, Oregon Mushrooms sells mushroom-focused specialty items including gift sets, produce, pâtés, and 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, it began selling directly to consumers. In addition to mushrooms, Marx Foods has some wonderful and hard-to-find products such as 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 unique greens such as fiddleheads and wild onions. Pacific Rim Mushrooms also has a number of mushroom-based recipes that use the mushrooms they sell.
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Local Harvest is a marketplace for small farmers to sell directly to consumers. Some of the selections, such as fresh handpicked morels and freshly foraged chanterelle mushrooms, come directly from the farmers and are priced accordingly. Local Harvest is a good resource to see the seasonality of mushrooms, as certain mushrooms will be unavailable during certain seasons.