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Nov 17, 2007 02:34 PM

Wild Mushrooms


Does anyone know where I can find a good selection of wild mushrooms in the bay area. I am in the peninsula (Menlo Park), so a store around there would be ideal. In SF or berkeley would be great as well.


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  1. Hi -

    I can't help you in Menlo Park other than to suggest Whole Foods, but you will pay, dearly. Up here in Berkeley, the Monterey market on Hopkins St. has great prices on well selected mushrooms. The (infamous) Berkeley Bowl has a great selection, too, but higher prices and frustrating parking.

    Of course, even better, learn how to forage for your own ;) Like I have. the Mycological Society of SF is a great bunch of fungi friendly folks to learn from...


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    1. re: cacao

      Yeah, I thought about Whole Paycheck, but Monterey market sounds good. Ill check that out. I also heard of the MSSF, I was looking forward to trying to get out to pick my own this year. I can't before thanksgiving though, so I will try to buy some.

        1. re: rworange

          I was just at Milk Pail today looking for mushrooms. Their selection was limited to white button, portobello, oyster and shitake.

      1. re: cacao

        I was at Berkeley Bowl yesterday and stopped for a few moments to gawk at the mushrooms -- they had some I'd never seen before (as usual). This time of year I don't bother with the parking lot -- I've yet to fail to find parking on the street within a block. And there aren't any barriers, so you can take your cart all the way to your car, if, like me, you "ran in" for six things and came out with six bags!

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Ruth: You don't say what kinds of mushrooms you got (if any). I was there early last week and was less than thrilled with the chanterelles. They looked limp and watery. Did they look good to you this week?

          Btw, you should get old and retarded, er, retired, like me and go to BB at 2:00 p.m.

          1. re: oakjoan

            ...or smart like me and go Friday or Saturday evening when most "normal" people are out "tying one on"! hee hee

            1. re: chemchef

              Actually, the very, very best time to go is between 4:30 and 5:00 on a weekday night. Nobody's gotten off work and all those who don't work have finished shopping. There are even parking spaces.

              1. re: oakjoan

                Not that it matters, but I get off work at 4, and have gone after work and still think that Friday/Saturday evening is better.

            2. re: oakjoan

              I didn't get any -- I don't like mushroom, I just like to look at them. I didn't look closely, but I thought the chanterelles looked pretty good. They had something called "cauliflower mushrooms" that looked amazing.

              1. re: oakjoan

                I saw on your other post that you didn't think much of the chanterelles at the Monterey market. I thought they looked pretty good when I was there last Wednesday. In fact, I made a mental note to get some once Thanksgiving madness is over.

                1. re: Glencora

                  I haven't looked in the recent past. Will check them out tomorrow.

                  1. re: oakjoan

                    They were a little beat up yesterday but they were $9.00 a pound.

                  2. re: Glencora

                    Thanksgiving madness indeed. Even Raley's was mobbed today. Which brings up that if anyone gets desparate Raley's/Nob Hill had a nice little exotic mushroom package with a few types I haven't noticed before like clamshell mushrooms. I'd go to the farmers markets, Monterry Market or Berkeley Bowl, but it is a backup to consider. They actually looked pretty nice ... but mushrooms are a thing of timing ... you have to hit the market at the right time.

              2. re: cacao

                I tried to go to Monterrey Market Saturday but gave up - parking is too frustrating. I understand Friday is bad, too.

              3. Far West Fungi in the Ferry Plaza building ( typically has an excellent selection - their prices vary depending on availabilty, but last week they had some beuatiful porcinis for about $30 a pound.

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                1. re: BernalFarmer

                  I agree. They also sell at several local farmer's markets including Alemany and Civic Center. They are not all $30 a pound. The shitakes are very high quality and usually <$10 a pound.

                  It looks like they go to the farmers markets in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

                2. I get my Shitaki, Trumpet, and Oyster mushrooms for $3/lb in the Sunset. Somewhere around 23rd and Irving, iirc. Don't know the name of the store.

                  There is a great mushroom place in the ferry building for more 'upscale' wild mushrooms.

                  1. You might try Draegers too since you are in Menlo Park. Also, the local farmers markets will have them.

                    1. I usually buy them at the Berkeley Farmer's market (and other local farmer's markets have them as well). I only mention this because in the Bay Area there are usually farmer's markets nearly every day of the week.

                      I should also mention that there is a mushroom festival going on at the Ferry Bldg next weekend. I'll be out of town, unfortunately, and won't be able to attend, but it looks interesting.

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                      1. re: chemchef

                        Too bad it's after Thanksgiving!