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Apr 16, 2007 09:21 AM

Morel Season: Who has the goods? (MSP)

Morel season is quickly approaching here in the great white north and I'd love to hear who has found the little buggers fresh for sale or in dishes prepared in local eateries.

I know that in places to our south, the hunt has begun, so if you know of anywhere within driving distance, please feel free to hip us to that info as well.

There is a website devoted to such matters, I shant post it, but it has "morels" and ".com" in the URL.

Happy hunting!

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  1. "kevin the mushroom guy" at the mill city farmer's market had gorgeous morels last spring. not sure if he'll be selling the morels on 1st day of market (May 12), but he does a farmer's mkt in st joseph each year. here's his link

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    1. re: soupkitten

      soupkitten - Oh yes, I know Kevin from last season. Great morels. You can also get his goods at Kowalski's and Lund's in Uptown when in season. Hopefully the new Lund's by us will have them as well, though I am sure they will be marked-up considerably.

      1. re: Foureyes137

        the new NE lund's? i don't dig it-- call it "the grab & go lunds" bc they don't seem to have any real groceries, wretched produce when i visited-- has it improved?

        1. re: soupkitten

          It's figuring itself out. The produce was bad in the begining because they were just buying too much. Other items, like salsa Lisa, black beans and Manny's tortillas, they were perpetually out of until recently. We like the bulk foods section and the produce is defintely better. We shopped at Uptown Kowalski's yesterday as we were in the area and we realized how lacking it is in bulk grains and good produce.

          We split time between Lunds and Eastside Coop. We don't use the ready-made items except the sandwiches as $8 a pound for food is silly unless it's bacon. Great beef and lamb. Good seafood. It's 4 blocks away so we love it. And they have fresh mushrooms and good sales, so there's that.

          EDIT: oh, and we're addicted to the darn Redbox when we can't get to the library for DVDs.

    2. I am bumping this back up because I had a great fresh Morel and Shitake curry at an Indian restaurant in Washington DC this past weekend and now I am craving morels! And not the dried ones in my cupboard.

      Any sightings at the farmer's markets or other stores yet this year?

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      1. re: RedPepper

        I've seen them packaged at Lund's this week. We are hoping to get to the Mill City Farmer's Market this weekend to see what we can find.

        I really would like to find a restaurant serving preparations however as I am more of a gourmand than a gourmet.

        1. re: Foureyes137

          You should be able to find them -- there were fresh ones at the co-op this Saturday.

          1. re: KTFoley

            What co-op? I've been looking at the Mpls. farmers' market and not seen any fresh yet.

            We're hungry for those morels.

            1. re: KTFoley

              Eastside coop does not yet have them. At which coop are you seeing them?

              1. re: Foureyes137

                I bought some at the Mississppi Market co-op on Saturday.

        2. Wanted to bump this back up as the season is fast approaching and I am hoping that some local eateries will do morel specials this year (I don't ever recall finding any last season). List of candidates? My guess/hope would be Lucia's, Spoonriver, Brenda, Red Stag, Firelake, Cosmos, LBV, Heidi's, Alma,...Porter & Frye maybe?

          So if anyone has an inside scoop or sees morels on local menus (or in co-ops) please give a heads-up!

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          1. re: Foureyes137

            Great bump, thank you! If you get out to Lanesboro, Old Village Hall does a lot of fun stuff with morels during the season...


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Oh my goodness! That looks like the most adorable place on earth (like Stillwater before the invasion). Great report. My wife loves day trips to cute little hamlets and this one will be on the radar for sure this season.

            2. re: Foureyes137

              How local is local? Bayport Cookery always has Morel Fest, I want to say in May sometime. That's a bit of a drive, but definitely do-able. I saw morels last year at the Farmer's Market, and I am not going to pass them over this year, even if I just saute them in butter and eat them straight out of the pan.

              1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                Bayport is local enough for me. Hell, I'd drive as far as Duluth for a Morel festival.

                1. re: Foureyes137

                  We did the Morel fest last year at Bayport. We did the 5 course morel tasting menu! Awesome. I highly reccomend it. It is May I believe and they always post the menu on their website.

              2. re: Foureyes137

                Lund's on Ford Parkway in St. Paul has them.


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Lund's in Navarre, Lake Minnetonka, had them as well.

              3. The wedge had them last week but they were too rich for my blood - $17 a package.