- 3MTA3 Apr 5, 2010 01:45 PM
So who carries a good selection of (wild) mushrooms ? I need to score me some morels ...SOON !
The mushroom lady at Takoma Park farmers market on Sundays. Sometimes she goes to the farmers market in Pen Quarter Thursday evenings.
I've gotten some divine morels from the mushroom guy who is at the Fall's Church farmer's market on Saturday mornings in the parking lot of City Hall. I paired them up with some veal chops. Don't know when morel season is though, I bought the last of the season morels last year for a father's day dinner.
Balducci's in McLean gets fresh Morels during the season. Got some really good/big (3-4 inches) ones last week, but they need to re up, all the good ones are gone last time I checked on Monday. Might be worth a shot instead of waiting for the farmer's markets. Plus that store is awesome.
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314
They have them in Alexandria as well - If they are not there, ask the produce folks. Unfortunately, it is getting harder and harder to find someone to talk to that knows anything anymore. And, according to them, it's getting harder and harder to get what they want - normally they just get what is sent. The more of us that ask for things like Morels may be able to change that....
This msg doesn't directly answer your question but you may want to consider searching for morels yourself. Morels should be appearing in the woods in the DC Metro area starting next week. I found about 3 lbs. around this time last year.
If you're interested, I suggest you look into the Mycological Assoc. of Washington (www.mawdc.org) which has foraging hikes that are open to all. They're a great group of people and it obviously makes sense to go out with experts until you can identify edible mushrooms with 100% certainty.
Later in the year, you can find chanterelles, hen of the woods, oyster, et al. Even after 10 yrs. of foraging, I still find it remarkable that I can walk to the woods just down the street and find delicious wild mushrooms.